Texas' No. 1 public high school is right here in Austin, list says


One of Austin’s top high schools racked up another honor: Best public high school in Texas.

Liberal Arts & Science Academy, a public magnet school located on the LBJ campus, earned the distinction from the neighborhood and school review site Niche. 

RELATED: Round Rock school beats out LASA in U.S. News’ national ranking

According to Niche’s latest ranking of the best public high schools in the U.S., LASA ranked No. 11, with a grade of A+ on the site. 

Niche compiles the individual grades for factors including academics, culture and diversity, teachers, and parent/student surveys to calculate a school’s overall grade.

LASA’s “report card” includes A+ grades for academics, teachers, clubs & activities, college prep and administration. The school received an A for diversity and two B grades for health & safety and resources & facilities. Food received a B-, and no grade was given for sports since the magnet school doesn’t have athletic teams.  

RELATED: Charter schools see big enrollment gains in Central Texas

In May, the American-Statesman reported that Austin ISD’s magnet programs like LASA had improved in terms of student diversity, but didn’t hit their goals.

Niche reports the school’s average graduation rate as 99 percent. The enrollment for AP courses is listed at 74 percent.

Three other Austin-area high schools also cracked the top 25 list of best public high schools in Texas. Westlake High School in the Eanes district ranked no. 5, Westwood High School in Round Rock’s district placed no. 8, and Vandegrift High School in Leander’s district landed at no. 14.


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