DALLAS AND FORT WORTH: Excellence in Education

Between its universities colleges trade schools public private and parochial schools there’s no shortage of educational resources for those relocating to the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

According to data from the City of Dallas Office of Economic Development over 30 percent of the D/FW area’s workforce has at least a college degree and more than 80 percent have at least a high school education.

Together the K-12 public school systems in Dallas and Fort Worth educate several hundred thousand students and have both received accolades for their education programs resources and diversity.

Public Private and Higher Education

The Dallas Independent School District is the 12th largest school district in the U.S. with more than 20,000 employees and a diverse population of more than 159,000 students who speak more than 70 different languages. The district currently has 224 schools and voters approved a $1.35 billion building program that is adding 14 new schools and various renovations over the next several years. According to The Washington Post DISD is home to two of the top ten public high schools in the country. Several of the district’s schools have been designated as Blue Ribbon schools and scores more rated as exemplary or recognized. DISD also boasts a progressive dual language immersion program benefiting both native English and Spanish speakers along with three “early college” high schools.

Nearby Tarrant County (which includes such major communities as Arlington Fort Worth Hurst-Euless-Bedford Grapevine-Colleyville and Keller) includes 21 school districts. The largest is the Fort Worth Independent School District which is the fifth largest in the state with more than 86000 students in 83 elementary schools 29 middle schools and sixth-grade centers 18 high schools and 16 special campuses.

There are also many smaller school districts across other DFW counties that offer a wealth of education options for families. (See the Public Education section for more detailed information about the area’s largest school districts including enrollment numbers test scores student-teacher ratios and much more). The area also offers multiple choices for private and parochial K-12 education with more than 200 schools of all sizes (see the Private School section for a listing of the DFW area’s largest private schools).

Home to more than 40 public and private colleges and universities the DFW area offers extensive opportunities for workforce training advanced degrees and continuing education. Acclaimed area schools include Southern Methodist University University of Texas at Dallas the University of Dallas Dallas Baptist University the University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Christian University as well as the University of North Texas and Texas Women’s University in nearby Denton. (Refer to our Higher Education section for a listing of area colleges and universities.)

No matter what your preference the DFW area offers much for relocating families to ensure that students of all ages have access to the educational experience that best fits their needs – from nationally renowned parochial schools to smaller private academies and preschools to top-ranked colleges and universities.