Three public high schools in the Austin area have cracked The Daily Beast's 2013 list of America's Best High Schools. Newsweek and The Daily Beast have looked at public school graduation and college acceptance rates, plus participation in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs to determine America's Best High Schools.
Liberal Arts and Science Academy High School (LASA) took the highest honors for Austin, ranking at No. 33 on the list. Its 100 percent graduation rate, 100 percent college acceptance rate, and average SAT score of 1983 contribute to the high ranking.
Westwood High School ranks No. 57 on the list, also boasting a 100 percent graduation rate, and an impressive 4.6 average AP score. Westlake High School in Eanes ISD landed at No. 93, with a 97 percent graduation rate and 99 percent of students college bound.
Eight other schools in the Austin-metro area rank in the top 2,000 public high schools. They are as follows:
- Chaparral Star Academy: No. 410
- Lake Travis High Schoo: No. 420
- Harmony Science Academy-North Austin: No. 448
- James Bowie High School: No. 476
- NYOS Charter School: No. 508
- L. C. Anderson High School: No. 611
- Stephen F. Austin High School: No. 1280
- A N McCallum: No. 1649
Dallas had two schools in the top 10: The School of Science Engineering (No. 4) and The School for the Talented and Gifted (No 5). Houston's Carnegie Vanguard High School ranks No. 28; Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions landed at No. 85.