Are you a parent looking for the best school districts in Austin to set your kids up for future success? Our team of education experts reviewed all of the top school districts in the greater Austin area to pick the best of the best.
Our staff reviewed each school district to determine which is truly the best. Our rating system includes things like graduation rate, student-teacher ratio, extracurricular activities, college readiness, academic performance, and state test scores!
|School District||Our Rating||Location|
|Eanes Independent School District||10/10||West Austin|
|Leander Independent School District||10/10||West of Round Rock|
|Lake Travis Independent School District||9.5/10||Southwest Travis County|
|Dripping Springs Independent School District||9/10||West of Austin|
|Liberty Hill Independent School District||9/10||Near Georgetown|
|Austin Independent School District||9/10||Downtown Austin|
|Round Rock Independent School District||9/10||Roundrock|
Keep reading to learn more about our top picks
Eanes Independent School District
Eanes ISD is one of the top rated public school districts in the Austin area. It has a little more than 8,000 enrolled students spread out across 6 elementary, 2 middle schools, 1 high school – all of which received an Exemplary from, the State of Texas.
Leander Independent School District
Leander ISD is located in Leander, TX and has 43 schools for more than 39,000 students. Dr. Bruce Gearing is ‘Leading to a Bright Future’ – and we like the District because of the high academic standards and extra curricular activities.
Lake Travis Independent School District
Lake Travis ISD is located in Southwest Travis County and home to about 10,000 students. The Superintendent is Paul Norton and the district has received an “Exemplary” rating from the TEA.
Dripping Springs Independent School District
Dripping Springs ISD is located West of Austin down 290. It is home to about 7,200 students with 7 schools, including Dripping Springs High School for grades 9–12.
Liberty Hill Independent School District
Liberty Hill ISD is a 5A District (meaning it is one of the largest in the state) that has been recognized by the TEA with roughly 5,000 currently enrolled students.
Austin Independent School District
Austin ISD is located in the City of Austin, plus a few surrounding towns. With over 80,000 students and 5,000+ teachers it is one of the largest districts in the state with 129 open school campuses in 2021.
Round Rock Independent School District
Round Rock ISD serves the 51,000+ students of Round Rock, which is located just North of Austin. It has high academic standards and good extra curricular activities at all school levels.
How We Picked
Looking for more information about our rating system. Here are the factors that helped us pick the top public and private schools in Central Texas.
- Location – If it is not close to Austin, it does not count! All school districts on this list are within 1 hour of downtown Austin
- State test scores – Test scores are not everything, but they give a good idea of the academic standards in a school district
- Extracurricular activities – Having fun outside the classroom is key to healthy child development and an important ranking factor in our formula
- Public sentiment – What people think of your school district matters, it means access to better colleges and higher property values