Three Austin Schools have made Newsweek's list of America's Top High Schools 2016. In conjunction with Westat, Newsweek compiled the list of the country's best public high schools using the following criteria:
Students' performance on standardized tests such as state-wide assessments, SATs, and ACTs
College acceptance and enrollment rates
Existence of AP, IB, and AICE programs
Students enrolled in both high school and college courses (dual enrollments)
Here are the three top Austin public high schools that ranked in the country's top 500 schools, as well as information on where to live if you'd like your children to attend these schools!
Westwood High School (#48)
Westwood High School earned the ranking as the country's 48th best public high school, and Austin's best public high school. Westwood achieved its high rating thanks to a college readiness score of 85.9/100, a graduation rate of 100 percent, and 93.4% of its students continuing on to a post-secondary degree. Westwood also landed at number 96 on Newsweek's "Beating the Odds" list, as the school achieved high academic rankings despite 13.7 percent of its students living in poverty.
Westwood High School is part of the Round Rock ISD, and serves several neighborhoods in Northwest Austin. If you're looking to move into the school district, consider Anderson Mill, which offers affordable, family-friendly ranchers. For more upscale homes, Spicewood at Balcones is another great option, offering newly renovated homes and fantastic yards. Great Hills offers impressive luxury homes along the fairways of the Great Hills Country Club. Canyon Creek real estate offers spacious homes only 5 miles from Lake Travis.
Vandegrift High School (#193)
Vandegrift High School earned its ranking in the top 200 schools thanks to a stellar 100 percent graduation rate. 83.5 percent of its students continued on to higher education, and the school achieved a college readiness score of 78.7.
Vandegrift is part of the Leander ISD, serving a wide area in Northwest Austin, east of Lake Travis. For homes within the district, Steiner Ranch real estate offers a 4,600-acre master-planned community set among mature trees. There are also a variety of other Northwest Austin neighborhoods that are served by Vandegrift High School.
Anderson High School (#256)
Anderson High School, yet another Northwest Austin school, had an impressive 97.8 percent graduation rate, with an incredible 95.1 percent of students attending college. Anderson High School, home to over 2,200 students, serves a wide and diverse range of neighborhoods, including Allandale, Great Hills, Northwest Hills, Mesa Park, Millwood, The Domain, and more.