Moving to a new city can be especially tough for kids.  Going to the right school can make all the difference in the world. With that in mind, here are some of the top high schools in the Austin area.


St. Stephen’s Episcopal School

Opened in 1950, St. Stephen’s boasts a strong alumni base and is considered one of the top private schools in Austin.  Of course, private means you’ll be forking over some of your hard-earned dollars on tuition, but it could be worth it considering the quality of instruction; most teachers hold advanced degrees and many graduated from prestigious institutions. For those who worry they won’t be able to afford tuition, St. Stephen’s is known for its generous granting of scholarships.


Westlake High School

Westlake is your suburban high school with a difference – it’s ranked as one of the top public schools in the country. Some may find its size intimidating, but for students and parents looking to experience all the standard high school rituals, Westlake might be the best bet in Austin.


Liberal Arts and Sciences Academy

Consistently listed among the top high schools in the nation, Austin ISD’s magnet school, the Liberal Arts and Science Academy, is a great option for students who are truly committed to their studies. Make no mistake – the competition is fierce at “LASA,” as the school requires applicants to take an aptitude test to gain entry. But once they’re in, students and parents alike praise the quality of instructors and special signature courses that prepare students for college.


St. Andrew’s Episcopal School

St. Andrew’s has drawn praise for its focus on individual students, and its strong student-to-teacher ratio is one of the reasons that Austin’s elite families have chosen to send their children here for years. Another plus is that unlike many private schools, St. Andrew’s consistently has strong athletic teams.

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