According to Zillow and GreatSchools.org, the Dallas Independent School District ranks a four out of 10. Some schools in the district do have high ratings, such as the School for the Talented and Gifted and the School of Science and Engineering Magnet, both with a 100 percent rating for college readiness, and the Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, with an 84.7 percent rating for college readiness.
DISD contains 225 schools and 157,000 students as of 2016; 87 percent of the students in the district qualify for free or discounted lunches. While 68 percent of high school students graduate within four years, 90 percent of test takers are not deemed college-ready. The district has an annual budget of $1.5 billion, with 52 percent coming from local taxes.
As of January 2016, since the Dallas Independent School District is a district officially designated “in need of improvement,” local students have the right to attend a higher-performing high school in the district or in another district, based on a lottery system and subject to space considerations. Top Dallas area school districts include Carroll Independent School District, Lovejoy Independent School District, Highland Park Independent School District, Argyle Independent School District and Frisco Independent School District.