U.S. News & World Report Ranks Six AISD High Schools Among Best in Nation

Six Austin ISD high schools are among the best in the nation, according to the 2016 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

“Austin ISD has some of the best schools in the country. I am excited to see Austin schools continue to rank well in Texas and the nation,” Superintendent Paul Cruz said. “I’m proud of our staff and students for all the hard work they do in the classroom every day.”

All six also were among the top-ranked public high schools on the magazine's list in 2015.

After evaluating more than 21,000 high schools throughout the country, U.S. News & World Report ranked:

  • LASA—seventh in Texas, 43rd nationally;
  • Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders—23rd in Texas, 125th nationally;
  • Anderson—115th in Texas, 1030th nationally;
  • McCallum—119th in Texas, 1172nd nationally;
  • Austin—140th in Texas, 1417th nationally; and
  • Bowie—152nd in Texas, 1596th nationally.

Many of the six AISD schools rank at the top of other national lists that recognize the best educational programs in the country.

The report also ranked the top STEM schools among the 500 overall best schools in the nation. Among those, LASA was ranked 41st among STEM schools

The national rankings are determined through a three-step process.  

For the first two steps, U.S. News & World Report reviewed overall student performance on state-required tests and factored in how effectively the schools educated their least-advantaged students. Finally, the publication assessed the schools on how well they prepared students for college, based on participation in and performance on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams.

To review the full list of rankings, please visit www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools.