We all know the appeal Austin has for college students looking for art and culture in Texas, from the 2014 X-Games to the SXSW Film Festival. But it’s easy to forget that Austin and its surroundings offer some excellent school districts for the kids.
The Eanes Independent School District is generally considered the best district in the capital area and is often ranked as one of the best in entire state, despite (or perhaps because of) its relatively small size. Eanes serves about 7,500 students from West Austin, Rollingwood, and West Lake Hills. Seven of its nine schools have been recognized as U.S. Blue Ribbon Schools and all nine have been designated Exemplary by the Texas Education Agency.
Lake Travis ISD
If Eanes has any strong competition for the best district in Austin, it would be the Lake Travis Independent School District. Like Eanes, Travis ISD is small ‒‒ it serves 6,500 students on eight campuses in the northwestern and southwestern parts of the city. Lake Travis High School offers six Institutes of Study, designed to challenge and prepare students for bright futures: Advanced Sciences and Medicine; Veterinary and Agricultural Science; Math, Engineering, and Architecture; Business, Finance, and Marketing; Humanities, Technology, and Communications; and Fine Arts.
The Leander Independent School District, serving Northwest Austin and neighboring Williamson County, is one of the fastest growing school districts in Texas. Leander serves nearly 30,000 students on 37 campuses and prides itself on what it considers its top three elements for excellent education: continually improving a world-class curriculum; teaching and modeling ethical behavior; and encouraging parent and community involvement.
Round Rock ISD
Just north of Austin itself is Round Rock, where the school district boasts some of the top schools in central Texas, such as Westwood High School, Canyon Vista Middle School, and Laurel Mountain Elementary. Recently, Houston-based nonprofit organization Children at Risk ranked Round Rock schools as one of the best urban districts, and one of the few urban districts to warrant glowing reviews. It serves almost 47,000 students from Round Rock, northwestern Austin, southeastern Cedar Park, and unincorporated portions off Williamson and Travis counties.
With only the elementary school, which serves students K-8, Coupland is a district of choice for families looking for a great school for pre-high school students. The school has barely 100 students from Williamson and Travis counties, and has been Recognized by the TEA. High school students in the Coupland area attend Taylor High School in the Taylor Independent School District.