STISD Claims Top Spot in 'Best School Districts in Texas'

STISD Ranked #1 School District in Texas in Niche 2018 Best Schools
Posted on 08/11/2017
South Texas Independent School District (STISD) is the Best School District in Texas, according to the Niche 2018 Best Schools rankings released this week.

Out of 985 school districts ranked throughout the state, STISD claimed the top spot.

Also, for the fourth year in a row, all five of its established campuses were ranked among the best in the state and nation in the 2018 Niche K-12 Schools lists, which grade and rank schools and districts based upon criteria ranging from academics to culture and teachers.

This year, South Texas Preparatory Academy (STPA) in Edinburg ranked 7th in the state out of 1,986, and 41st in the nation out of 23,000 in the Best Public Middle Schools list, and the campus received an A+ overall Niche grade.

All four STISD high schools ranked among the top in the state and nation in the 2018 Best Public High Schools lists. The Science Academy of South Texas (Science Academy) in Mercedes ranked 9th in the state (out of 1,523) and 121st in the nation (out of 17,867) and received an A+ overall grade. South Texas High School for Health Professions (Med High) in Mercedes ranked 49th in the state and received an A+, while South Texas Academy for Medical Professions (Medical Academy) in Olmito ranked 103rd in the state and received an A, and South Texas Business, Education & Technology Academy (BETA) in Edinburg ranked 109th and received an A.

At the district level, STISD was ranked 6th out of 10,574 in the nation in the Best School Districts in America, and it received an A+ overall Niche grade. The district also ranked 1st out of 981 in the 2018 Best Places to Teach in Texas and 1st out of 984 in the 2018 Districts with the Best Teachers in Texas.

New to the Niche rankings this year, campuses and districts were also ranked according to county, and the district and campuses ranked at the top in their respective categories.

The following are links to access the detailed lists of district and campus rankings: 

The Science Academy of South Texas (Science Academy)
South Texas High School for Health Profession (Med High)
South Texas Business, Education & Technology Academy
(BETA)
South Texas Academy for Medical Professions (Medical Academy)
South Texas Preparatory Academy (STPA)
South Texas Independent School District (STISD)

According to the company website, Niche has the most comprehensive data on U.S. schools and neighborhoods. The company rigorously analyzes dozens of public data sets and millions of reviews and survey responses to help people understand what a place is really like.

Additional information on the methodology used for the grading and ranking is available on the Niche website here: https://k12.niche.com/rankings/methodology/.