2017 Best Public High Schools in Texas

The 2017 Best Public High Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, and high school ratings.
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    Liberal Arts & Science Academy

    • Austin, TX
    • 343 reviews
    Senior:This school is very rigorous. With this comes both an immaculate education but also a deteriorated mental state. Despite it's stressful environment, I am very grateful to learn what I have learned. The people there are all very unique and wonderful and the teachers are brilliant and truly care about your education. I would like to see some administration changes as far as student accommodations and respect.
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    Sophomore:Academically rigorous, this school is filled with opportunities and challenges that continually matures students to become better people and citizens. Students are throughly prepared for college, and they are encouraged to take AP classes and other subject that are challenging. Majority of the teachers arrive early and are always ready to help their students in anyway possible. Because Townview TAG is a rather small school, there is a strong sense of family and community. Everyone knows each other, and students are more than just another face in the class or a name on a paper to our teachers. I love this school, and I couldn't image attending any other .
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    School of Science & Engineering

    • Dallas, TX
    • 149 reviews
    Sophomore:The School of Science and Engineering at Townview Magnet Center is a great high school. I believe I am learning a lot considering I am taking many accelerated courses compared to my home school. I took 4 AP classes last year and am taking 5 AP classes this year, but I can still maintain my GPA and not get as stressed as I should be. I am still able to play sports and I was able to receive gym credit for it. I think the only thing I would change about this school is how the district contacts parents and students. The way they do it now isn't very efficient.
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    Westlake High School

    • Austin, TX
    • 370 reviews
    Senior:I think overall, the students at Westlake feel pressured to do better. Freshmen are taking all Advanced Placement classes and Juniors feel like they don't have enough time in the day to do all of the tasks required of them. I think overall, Westlake is a great school if your kid wants to excel in everything. Socially, it is a little hard to fit into, but once senior year comes around, you are pretty much friends with everybody. The teachers here are excellent, especially in AP classes. One tip I would have is to not focus all four years on getting that "perfect gpa", because honestly, that is not the only factor that gets you into college - so chill! My time at Westlake was great, the school spirit is fantastic, even when the sports teams are not. Go Chaps!
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    The Science Academy of South Texas

    • Mercedes, TX
    • 259 reviews
    Senior:Attending Science Academy has been so rewarding and inspiring in multiple ways. Being able to understand what it takes to be successful in a tough, competitive environment such as Sci-Tech, is extremely rewarding. Especially when you attend a school like mine that gives you the opportunities to learn inside and outside the classroom. Not only do you learn the core materials that are essential for college, but you also learn what type of person you are, the student you are and what are your interests and aspirations. Coming to Science Academy isn't always the easiest choice, but it is definitly the right choice if you want to be pushed and excel at your craft.
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    Carnegie Vanguard High School

    • Houston, TX
    • 230 reviews
    Senior:Carnegie Vanguard is a unique school. It's a competitive school filled with motivated students, making it extremely challenging at times. The community of this school is great however everyone is like a team, with a "we're all in this together" vibe. Most of the teachers are really amazing people and teachers. The only thing this school lacks is its lack of school spirit. Yes we have a spirit team/cheerleading team but that isn't enough. We never do anything school wide such as homecoming games or have a band or even a football team. All in all it's a one in a million schools that's out of the ordinary.
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    Highland Park High School

    • Dallas, TX
    • 120 reviews
    Parent:We wanted to give our daughter the leg up that this school provides, with the rigorous education offered to help her get into the college of her choice. She even had enough AP credits to enter college almost as a sophomore. She was lucky enough to be a part of a very competitive Varsity Volleyball team which is steeped in tradition.
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    Parent:Booker T Washington HSPVA is a nationally recognized school and is truly a treasure. People elsewhere spend tons of money for what our kids get for free at a public School.

    The teachers are soooo passsionate. In addition to being one of the top Arts school in the nation, the academics are fierce. Our kids are well rounded artistically and academically.

    It's an environment of extreme diversity and acceptance.

    For one school to have kids being accepted into Julliard year after year and having students attend MIT and Stanford is just phenomenal.

    it was the best choice for my daughter!
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    Liberty High School

    • Frisco, TX
    • 413 reviews
    Junior:I enjoyed my 3 years here at Liberty; I was able to join many clubs, meet many unique individuals, and everyone was nice and intelligent. Liberty is super competitive, and the curriculum is difficult, but that helps us all in the long run, especially in college. The opportunities I had at Liberty are unforgettable. I really loved my experience here, however there were a few ups and downs, the overall time I had was great. I won't forget Liberty!
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    Westwood High School

    • Austin, TX
    • 438 reviews
    Alum:Westwood couldn't have prepared me more for college. I've had friends at the University of Texas from other high schools, and none of them remembered having to study too hard in high school. So, was Westwood challenging? Absolutely. But the teachers put great effort into teaching their students the best study methods, the best note-taking methods, and, not to mention, they'd go out of their way to help a student understand if they're confused on a certain topic. Westwood's staff is very dedicated in preparing the student for college, and that never got in the way of the social life! Pep-rallies, exciting football and basketball games, competitive marathons, theater clubs, dance practice, the list is endless. No matter what kind of person you are, you're bound to make friends and more likely than not, great grades.
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    Seven Lakes High School

    • Katy, TX
    • 885 reviews
    Niche User:Aside from dealing with my own stresses, my high school experience was quite positive. Of course, I prefer college, but I'm glad I went to such a positive school with great teachers. One of my favorite experiences was my Spanish for Spanish Speakers class. Señor Brazo is an incredible teacher. He can be tough sometimes but he did not just teach us how to speak proper Spanish, he also taught us about being good people. He encouraged me to speak in class more, despite having a sometimes-awkward accent. He is the reason I found one of my passions - Video Production. We had a project every six weeks and we always did videos and I decided I would be in charge of editing, simply because acting was not my forte and I had a good video editing software. To this day I still do video production on a small scale. I am already including it in my career!

    My second favorite experience was when Señor Brazo encouraged me to join the SLAMcast. I had attended Miller, which was great, but I felt like there was so much more I could still learn than just one school year's worth. I auditioned for the SLAMcast and, despite being incredibly nervous when I was practicing anchoring (and stumbling over my words), I did a great job with the interview portion of the audition. My teacher, Mr. Kolkman, acted as a student in the robotics club, and I had to interview him. I submitted a portfolio of some past work I've done in video production. I ended up being accepted into the organization. It was a lot of work. I've never put this much work after school on projects simply because we incorporated more than just a roll of film. Mr. Kolkman encouraged me to anchor, despite my horrendous anchoring part of the audition. I was hesitant simply because I'm not one to be on camera often, but I agreed. This helped improve my public speaking skills and I became so much more confident in myself. I would choose SLHS again because of how much it helped me grow up.
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    Health Careers High School

    • San Antonio, TX
    • 420 reviews
    Sophomore:Overall, I really enjoy being a student at Health Careers! The one thing we are known for is our abundance of homework, and at times that gets very overwhelming. Although I feel teachers often overdo it with the amount they assign, I do think it's contributing to our high school experience and our college readiness once we graduate. Our school is extremely diverse, and it truly feels like a family, there's such a great and welcoming atmosphere! We may be small, but I couldn't imagine graduating from any other high school!
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    Plano West Senior High School

    • Plano, TX
    • 806 reviews
    Senior:Plano West Senior High is a very academically rigorous school and pretty AP based. Some students may experience some difficulty adjusting to the heavy workloads; however, it is great preparation for college because students learn to balance schoolwork with extracurricular activities. West is well-recognized in a plethora of areas, including but not limited to science fair, speech and debate, choir and art. Although the football team isn't the best, West also has numerous other sports teams like soccer, swimming, wrestling, golf, basketball, baseball, and track and field. The majority of the teachers are knowledgeable in the subject they teach and want to actively help students learn the material; simultaneously, they encourage the independent and proactive mindset necessary for success in college.
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    Senior:DeBakey High School's rigorous curriculum provides a challenging, yet rewarding academic experience that truly prepares students for college and even goes as far as giving students the real world experience of working in the medical field by allowing them to shadow medical professionals. The teachers and faculty are very approachable and actually try to look out for the students by listening to their problems and helping the best they can. The classrooms are very small, which serve to be better learning environments, since there's more room for interaction between the students and the teachers. Although there are no formal sports, there are intramural and club sports that make up for it, as well as dozens of cultural, academic, and community service based clubs that make up for it. Overall, the atmosphere in DeBakey is unique and I would highly recommend it to anyone.
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    Coppell High School

    • Coppell, TX
    • 576 reviews
    Alum:As an academically-oriented student, I had access to the best teachers and resources that the school had available. Coppell has wonderful technology labs, 1:1 ipad to student rations, and great athletics facilities. The teachers for the upper level academics are brilliant. However, I've heard from many of my friends that teachers in the lower levels are not as much, and that the students do not have access to the same technology as the upper levels classes. Coppell High School also has a large focus on athletics, while letting the fine arts feel forgotten. However overall the education is very good, and the school has a very high graduation rate considering its size.
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    Carroll Senior High School

    • Southlake, TX
    • 358 reviews
    Senior:The best thing about Carroll Senior High school and Carroll Independent School District in general is the academic excellence. CISD is located in Southlake, Texas. This area is generally considered upper class, and the average income for a family in the area is very high. This contributes to high educational standards from people who have used their education to start businesses, medical practices, etc. and have become very successful. The main thing about Southlake and CISD that is unappealing is the lack of diversity. The vast majority of the population is Caucasian, so there isn't much of a cultural or idealogical mix.
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    Clements High School

    • Sugar Land, TX
    • 581 reviews
    Alum:Clements high school is a great school. I loved it because of the opportunities it brought me to join organizations that suited my needs. I was able to make good positive friends and the aura around the school was good. The only issue is that the school was quite competitive so sometimes it was hard to keep up with pressure and workload. Other than that, the school is safe and is great!
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    Senior:My high school experience was absolutely amazing. It sounds cliche, but all four years meant so much to me. So many memories were created and friendships. Connections were made and eyes were opened. When I say eyes were opened, I am specifically talking about me. It opened my eyes to the world of opera. I study vocal at my school and it is the best. I have learned and have grown a burning passion for opera. This high school had a heavy influence on it, so much that it gave me an opportunity to sing in an opera at the Houston Grand Opera; an experience i will never forget. That would have never happened if my high school did not have the connections it did. I am thankful and grateful for attending this school. I am thankful for the balance of arts and academics it allowed me to learn. I am thankful for HSPVA.
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    International School of the Americas

    • San Antonio, TX
    • 227 reviews
    Freshman:Our teachers here are awesome. They take the next step to create lasting relationships with us students and support us in and out of the classroom. They can be chill at times, but at the same time they make our class very challenging and make sure we are thinking outside of the box. The school is one I could have not past an opportunity on. This school is great!
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    Cypress Woods High School

    • Cypress, TX
    • 695 reviews
    Senior:I was extremely pleased with my experience at Cypress Woods High School. I was placed in a positive learning environment with teachers who genuinely care about my academic progress and want to prepare my for the future. I developed meaningful relationships with majority of my teachers, and almost all of them have impacted me in a way that has shaped my future. The school spirit is unlike anything I have ever seen before. Everyone there is grateful that they get to attend such an exemplary school, and it shows in the excitement of students and faculty at all events. If I could do high school over again, I would not change a thing!
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    Uplift North Hills Preparatory

    • Irving, TX
    • 194 reviews
    Senior:It's difficult and the facilities aren't the best, but the community find a way to make it work. At first glance, it's doesn't look great, but I wouldn't be the person I am today without the teachers and students I'm surrounded by. Having teachers and students that care education really allows for a thriving classroom. In addition, this college prep school really does prep you for college. The counselors do a great job helping every student find a college that fits their needs. If you're willing to put in a lot of work(and are willing to work with your teachers if your struggle), this is the place for you! And trust me, there's a lot to work on in AP and IB classes.
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    Glenda Dawson High School

    • Pearland, TX
    • 648 reviews
    Senior:This school is wonderful in terms of diversity, culture, school activities, and in terms of involvement. A administration and staff are helpful and contribute to the great experience and seem to care for your future success. Overall, it's a wonderful experience and creates an engaging environment for individuals to find what they're passionate of and also allows academics to mingle with extracurricular to create a balanced but accumulative experience. Although, the lunches and facilities may need some further improvements in terms of available space and quality of food. Also, due to the growing population of the school, academic competitiveness has intensified making it more difficult for students to improve in terms of ranking and GPA wise. However, these drawbacks shouldn't be limiting factors for students wanting a wonderful and acceptive environment to engage in academic studies as well as enjoying activities they love with others who share that same passion.
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    Flower Mound High School

    • Flower Mound, TX
    • 655 reviews
    Senior:Flower Mound High School is a very sociable place with many activities going on all the time to make you feel invited. The achievements of the school are incredible, majority are accomplished students with great attitudes and aspirations for their future, but they are lacking in diversity and good textbooks (you can always use an iPad now, though). I definitely would recommend this school, especially for its ability to set your child with a great education and environment!
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    Lovejoy High School

    • Lucas, TX
    • 171 reviews
    Alum:I enjoyed the amount of emphasis that Lovejoy places on their academics, whether that be through their high level (and success) of involvement in UIL academics or through their high-achieving students. I liked being around Ivy-league bound kids whose parents were also successful. It instilled in me a humility that being a big fish at another school wouldn't have done. However, I hated the Lovejoy had 8 classes a day and did not alternate days. It made life stressful constantly. Also, more recognition went to sports than it did to the arts department, which I didn't ever think was fair.
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    Senior:In my four years of attending South Texas High School for Health Professions, or for short, Med High, I have experienced tremendous advantages in my education, social skills, leadership abilities, college readiness, and determination. The teachers have many years of experience, and they strive for student achievement. Students grow in these four years with exposure to wide student diversity. Getting to know other people of different religions, races, and ethnic backgrounds builds social personality within each student. Med High also caters multiple college classes that students can take to prepare for future college life. These college classes transfer over to select colleges and universities that students wish to be accepted to. One characteristic that makes Med High stand out more than every high school in America is the Health Science education.
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