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Public Schools in Dallas, TX

When relocating to a new city, especially with school-age children, it's important to lake a look at the schools—and the district as a whole—to judge the quality of the education your child will receive, and possibly to choose a neighborhood location within proximity of top-rated public schools. To make your search easier, we've compiled some data on both the Dallas Independent School District, and the Highland Park Independent School District, the two main public school districts serving the Greater Dallas area.

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Dallas Independent School District:

With a Vision to Become the Best Urban District in the United States

Dallas ISD serves a diverse range of students throughout the cities of Dallas, Cockrell Hill, Seagoville, Addison, and Wilmer as well as parts of Carrollton, Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Farmers Branch, Garland, Grand Prairie, Highland Park, Hutchins, Lancaster, and Mesquite. It is the second-largest public school district in the state and the 14th largest in the country, with over 160,000 students across 227 schools. The district employs nearly 20,000 teachers, faculty, and staff.

Throughout recent years, the district has seen continual growth in student achievement, especially after the 2008 approval of $1.35 billion in construction upgrades to improve and expand current facilities and build new schools. Today, it is considered to be one of the fastest-improving districts in America.

Accolades and Achievement

Dallas ISD has more than a few things to brag about. It’s home to two of the nation’s top high schools—Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center’s School of Science and the Engineering and School for the Talented and Gifted—as well as numerous Blue Ribbon schools. The graduation rate of the district sees continual increases over the years, and the AP scores of 3 or above have continued to increase over the last six years, especially in minority populations.



Highland Park ISD

Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve

The smaller Highland Park ISD served over 7,000 students in a 6.21 suburban area comprised of Highland Park, University Park, and some of North Dallas. There are four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, and one high school within the district, as well as 800 employees, over half of which are teachers. High school students within the district consistently outscore state and national averages on both the ACT and SAT, making Highland Park ISD a nationally-notable district for academic achievement.

Accolades and Achievement

The list of Highland Park ISD’s Point of Pride is nearly endless. Starting with its top ACT, SAT, and state testing scores, and moving right along to its 16 National Merit Semifinalists, 47 National Merit Commended students, and 7 National Hispanic Scholars, Highland Park High School truly stands apart. In fact, the U.S News & World Report named HPHS the top comprehensive public high school in Texas, and ranked it 17th overall in the state of Texas and 104th in the country. Additionally, HPHS was named among America’s Best High Schools in 2015 by Newsweek Magazine.


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