Austin ranks third on national list of best public schools

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Most Texans are familiar with the phrase “Everything is bigger and better in Texas,” which now applies to Austin public schools.

A new report from the company Home Alarm found the best 10 cities for public schooling nationwide and Austin came in third place. The list is based on SAT, ACT scores, graduation rates, cost spent on students, crimes per square mile and the student to teacher ratio. Alexandria, Virginia topped the list.

As families flock to Austin daily the schools and the city are rapidly growing. The report highlights Austin Independent School District and Eanes Independent School District’s high standards and small student to teacher ratio. Overall, Austin ranked well above the national average for each qualification to land on the list.

Austin public school stats: 

  • Best high school: Lasa High School
  • Average SAT score: 1024
  • Average ACT score: 22.2
  • Crimes per square mile: 139
  • Student to Teacher ratio: 14.47
  • Student spending: $11,588
  • Graduation rate: 86.3

A new report from AISD discovered their students were more likely than other schools to continue college past their freshman year. At four-year universities, AISD students passed the national average by 13 percent. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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