Top High Schools in the Dallas, TX Metro
Below are profiles featuring the top nine high schools in the Dallas Metropolitan Area. In order to be featured as a Top High School, the school must have a 2010 Education.com TestRating of 10 out of 10. The TestRating compares a school's standardized test scores for a given year with scores from other schools in the same state. Find your school and see how it compares.
Carroll Independent School District
98 percent of students college-bound after graduating from Carroll High, where college prep is the focus. Students looking for an academic challenge can select from a variety of AP and Honors courses, and the school also provides programs for gifted students and students with special needs.
The school has two campuses: one for underclassmen and one for upperclassmen. Some programs are duplicated, but others are only offered at certain buildings. For example, all music and Mandarin courses are held at the upperclassmen campus.
The school participates in the district-wide Success Scholars Community Service Program, in which students are challenged to volunteer 100 hours over their four years at school. The school has a committee to help facilitate communication between the community and students in order to find unique opportunities.
Athletics are popular, and the school offers football, swimming and tennis. Students can be a member of one of many clubs on campus, including Frisbee Club, International Club, and Photo Club. Service clubs are also on campus, such as Key Club, Best Buddies, and Habitat for Humanity.
Highland Park Independent School District
During lunchtime, volunteers staff the Highland Park High School cafeteria by preparing and serving food. This is just one of the many ways that community and parents support the school through raising funds and donating time.
83 percent of students are very involved on campus through participating in an activity or sports team. Community service is impressed upon the student and most volunteer well over the 50 hours required for graduation.
The school is currently focusing on the Global Education Leadership program, which emphasis global empathy, communications and partnerships. Students have opportunities to go to Africa and Asia through the program.
Sports consistently do well in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and many teams compete on a state level, especially the girl’s swimming team. Performing arts are strong on campus and include a 100 student orchestra and theater program known throughout the state. Academic teams, including the Academic Decathlon, Quiz Bowl, and Science team have also earned state or national honors.
“Our major emphasis is creating students that will be world leaders and will understand the mutual value in cultural understanding. We want them to develop and understand a partnership beyond community service,” said Walter Kelly, Principal.
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