When evaluated using factors such as high school graduation rate, affordability of housing, and best access to educational resources. As an educated town (88 percent of all residents have graduated from high school, 41 percent have earned a bachelor’s degree, and 14 percent have earned a graduate degree), education at all levels continues to be a priority to Austin. Fortune magazine named Austin as one of the country’s top five intellectual capitals.

The greater Austin area has 29 public school districts with 10 top-ranked public schools, according to the 2012 Newsweek study “America’s Best High Schools.” Other educational opportunities include more than 17 charter schools and 69 private schools. Though it may take a while to sort through the available options, know that you can find a setting and educational approach for your children here.

The Education Progress Report, now in its seventh year of publication, is developed and issued annually by the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce’s Education Progress Report Task Force. Eleven Central Texas school districts and their local Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development Boards participated this year. The report focuses on high school graduation, college and career readiness, and college enrollment rates, which are closely tied to the workforce talent and in turn, economic development in the region. It also serves as a tool for the community to track and assess school district performance trends. Additional indicators in the report give a comprehensive view of how the district is performing overall and provides further insight to predicting success for a future cohort of students leading up to high school.

For more information, contact Austin Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President for Education and Talent Development, Mr. Drew Scheberle at (512) 322-5628 or

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