Searching for the best schools in Austin, Texas is similar to shopping for a new home. Certain criteria is important – perhaps granite countertops, wood floors, renovated bathroom, great location…oh, and the right price. Similarly, when searching for the best schools for your children, there is criteria that often includes:
*Location to work, since Austin is notorious for traffic and long commute times.
*High test scores in neighborhood schools.
Let’s break it down by criteria that is most important to you.
High Test Scores in Austin Suburbs
Neighborhoods that are west of downtown Austin, as well as suburbs to the North and Southwest have above average test scores and district ratings. This includes neighborhoods along Mopac that aren’t in Central Austin, such as Westlake, Lake Travis, Bee Caves and Lago Vista neighborhoods.
Suburbs in North Austin with high test scores include Cedar Park, Round Rock, and Georgetown. Areas southwest with excellent schools include Dripping Springs, Onion Creek and Circle C. Houses in this areas are in the $250-$500k range.
According to MoveToAustin.com, many of these suburban areas tend to be more conservative and may not be as ethnically diverse, which is a consideration for many Austin parents.
High Test Scores, Closer to Central Austin
Many central Austin schools also have high test scores and district ratings. Desirable neighborhoods for these schools include Brentwood, Crestview, Allendale, Hyde Park, Clarksville, Barton Hills, Travis Heights, and SoCo. Of course, this area is not affordable for the average middle-class parents, as homes in these neighborhoods start at roughly $500k.
If you’re looking for more affordable options than Central Austin, but don’t want to commute from the suburbs, East Austin is an option. East Austin is a little bit more quirky, but real estate prices are rising in the area and the neighborhood is one of the few affordable areas in Austin.
In neighborhoods like Cherrywood, University Hills, Windsor Park, Mueller and French Place, you may be able to find housing under $300k, although the price range is quite large. Since the schools in East Austin are not the best in the city or state, many parents who buy houses in East Austin opt to send their children to private schools, but the schools in East Austin are improving and there are incentives to attract good teachers to East Austin schools.
Great location with affordable housing and good schools in Austin, Texas is hard to come by for the average Austinite. Weigh your options, and if you have any questions about location, school districts or home insurance rates, give me a call or send me an e-mail. I’m happy to help you!