Eight area schools are among the best in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report. Austin ISD’s Liberal Arts and Science Academy (LASA) earned the leading spot among Central Texas schools at 37th on the publication’s list of “Best High Schools”announced in April.
“From the arts to STEM, Austin ISD is preparing graduates for success in their many endeavors. I’m very proud of the accomplishments of our students and staff,”AISD interim Superintendent Dr. Paul Cruz said. “We already know AISD has some of the best schools in the nation and are glad to see they are getting the recognition they deserve.”
Other Central Texas schools that ranked in the top 500, a gold medal designation, include charter school KIPP Austin Collegiate at 63rd, Round Rock ISD’s Westwood High School at 157th, Eanes ISD’s Westlake High School at 172nd, charter school Harmony Science Academy at 298th, Leander ISD’s Vandegrift High School at 347th, charter school Not Your Ordinary School at 386th, and Dripping Springs ISD’s Dripping Springs High School at 466th. For the full list of rankings, visit usnews.com/highschools.
The national rankings were determined by evaluating more than 31,242 public high schools throughout the country, using performance data from state proficiency tests and then assessing the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work.