The first question on your mind when you move to a new neighborhood: How are the schools? Whether a parent, single or an empty-nester, the answer to this question has far-reaching implications.
On the public-school front, Fort Worth is serviced by Fort Worth Independent School District, which has 88 primary schools, 24 middle schools and 21 high schools. According to Niche.com, which uses standard test scores, reviews from students and parents, and graduation rates as a barometer, Fort Worth ISD ranks 742nd out of 995 school districts in Texas — to compare, neighboring Dallas Independent School District ranks 714th. Over 87,000 students currently attend public school in Fort Worth, and, in 2017, the district passed a $750 million bond aimed at building new schools, technological improvements and a hike in teacher salaries.
With the new bond program, the district is proactive in its attempts to improve and increase graduation rates and college readiness. In an effort to recruit new educators, the district placed billboard advertisements in Oklahoma, where teachers recently went on strike due to lack of education funding. The district also offers college preparatory and vocational school choices such as Trimble Technical High School, Marine Creek Collegiate High School and the Young Women’s Leadership Academy, all of which require an application process.
Top Public High Schools:
Arlington Heights High School / North Side High School / Paschal High School / South Hills High School / Southwest High School / Western Hills High School
On the flip side, Fort Worth’s bevy of private schools serve over 13,000 students, which makes up 15 percent of all Fort Worth students — 6 percent above the national average. Those wishing to enroll their children in a private school won’t be starving for options, either, as Cowtown is home to 67 private schools that cover a wide spectrum of religious and nonreligious affiliations. According to Niche.com’s top private schools for 2019, six private schools in Fort Worth that offer a high school education placed in the top 100 private schools in Texas.
Top Private High Schools:
All Saints Episcopal School / Bethesda Christian School / Covenant Classical School / Fort Worth Country Day / Nolan Catholic High School / Trinity Valley School