If you’re thinking of moving to San Antonio you may be wondering just how good are the schools. To help make your move easier for you, we’ve taken the time and effort to rank and review the top 12 schools in the San Antonio area.

To rank these schools we averaged the ratings of each individual school in each of the areas school districts as provided by both Great Schools and Niche. After averaging the schools of each independent school district, we created an average score based on a normalized rating of the two rating systems to get our final rating. We ranked them from school district with the highest average score to school district with the lowest.

This list is comprised of the top 12 most highly rated school districts in the area. We did not include any charter or private schools in our ranking.

1. Randolph Field Independent School District

Top-rated in both sports and academics, the Randolph Field Independent School District is top-rated on both Niche and Great Schools. Starting in elementary school, students have access to extracurricular activities including groups like the young astronauts, poetry, and theater clubs. They also have a thriving Air Force Junior ROTC program.

As far as academics go, students at Randolph High School, which is “dedicated to excellence”, can not only take Advanced Placement sources but can also take academic dual credit courses. Schools in the area are active in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) as well as the arts and humanities.

Area of Town/Neighborhood: Randolph Field Air Force Base, Olympia Hills, and Universal City

What Parents / Students Are Saying: “The school itself was not too big, and though I excelled, it gave an opportunity to everyone to shine.”

Our rating for the School District: 4.6 out of 5

2. Boerne Independent School District

Serving Borne, Texas the Boerne Independent School District is a school system that works hard to ensure that no student is left behind. They offer students the opportunity to excel in both academics and sports.

Schools like Samuel V. Champion High School, Fair Oaks Ranch Elementary, and Boerne Middle School South offer students a wide variety of clubs including robotics, Sign Language, and mock trial. Additionally, to help students thrive in all their endeavors schools in the area offer students counseling and special education services.

Area of Town/Neighborhood: Boerne

What Parents / Students Are Saying: “I have always found staff easy to contact and got prompt replies about concerns.”

Our rating for the School District: 4.3 out of 5

3. Alamo Heights Independent School District

The Alamo Heights Independent School District is home to a plethora of top-rated schools, including Woodbridge Elementary. The school district offers students a variety of services including gifted and talented programs, special education, athletics, and ROTC.

Students that attend schools in the Alamo Heights district have access to schools that help them to better prepare for college and look to educate the whole child. To help educate the entire child, they offer both athletic and academic programs that challenge students to be the best that they can be both in the school setting and in the world-at-large.

Area of Town/Neighborhood: Alamo Heights

What Parents / Students Are Saying: “Our daughter attended Woodridge in 1st grade and is now transitioning to 2nd. Her teacher last year was fantastic—kind, collaborative, and focused on both learning and character development. We’re looking forward to our daughter’s involvement in The Heights (GT) program next year.”

Our rating for the School District: 4.3 out of 5

4. Fort Sam Houston Independent School District

Students served by the Fort Sam Houston Independent School District have access to both Fort Sam Houston Elementary and Robert G. Cole (a combined middle and high school). At the elementary school level, children have access to a variety of clubs including stem-focused clubs like robotics.

In middle and high school, students looking for options to excel in their favorite subjects can sign up for JROTC and the National Honors Society, amongst others.

Both schools prepare students for the challenging world after high school by setting them up for success. Both the elementary school and Robert G. Cole offer students a Chromebook program. High School students are giving the tools they need to prepare for higher education and the school has an 87 percent college placement rate.

Area of Town/Neighborhood: Fort Sam Houston

What Parents / Students Are Saying: “The teachers actually care about the kids, the sports programs and coaches are excellent, the band teacher has really been awesome. We decided to live on base specifically so she could attend Cole and I think we made the right decision.”

Our rating for the School District: 4.3 out of 5

5. Lackland Independent School District

Lackland Independent School District is best known for its work at creating a cooperative learning environment. Students in the district have access to two schools: Lackland Elementary and Virginia Allred Stacey Junior and Senior High School. Students here are encouraged to think of others within not only their own community but also the world at large.

The Virginia Allred Stacey Junior and Senior High School is home to the award-winning robotics team, the Bots in Blue. But the schools in this district offer more than just high-achieving intellectual pursuits. Both the elementary school and high school offer achievement-oriented sports opportunities.

Area of Town/Neighborhood: Lackland AFB and Alamo Ranch

What Parents / Students Are Saying: “This school is amazing! They have an all-day PreK program and I absolutely love my son's teacher. They do PE every day and have tons of exposure to music, art, technology, etc.”

Our Rating for the School District: 4.3 out of 5

6. Comal Independent School District

The Comal Independent School District is home to 31 different schools. Schools in this district include top-rated schools like Memorial Early College High, Smithson Valley Middle, and Sprecht Elementary. The district is known for its high achievements including its 98 percent graduation rate, low class sizes, and 20 different Texas UIL athletic sports.

Schools in the district are places where high achievers can feel challenged. Johnson Ranch Elementary School fifth-graders were recently crowned champions of the Pentabowl Math Competition.

But most importantly, the school system in Comal works hard to see all of their students achieve success. With over 22 dedicated school psychology specialists, schools in the Comal Independent School District work hard daily to ensure that special education students are given just as many opportunities to succeed as anyone else.

Area of Town/Neighborhood: New Braunfels and Comal

What Parents / Students Are Saying: “My experience with Comal ISD IS great in Canyon High School. They always aim to keep us students safe and provide many academic opportunities for us, such as providing us with college credit with [advanced] college courses!”

Our Rating for the School District: 4 out of 5

7. La Vernia Independent School District

The motto of the La Vernia Independent School District is “uncompromising excellence, unlimited possibilities” and the schools in this district do their best to strive to meet the lofty goals of their motto.

The four schools in the La Vernia district are La Vernia Primary, Intermediate, Junior High, and High Schools. Students at these schools tend to excel in mathematics, have high SAT scores, and go on to graduate high school with a 98 percent graduation rate.

Students of the district's schools are highly supportive of their sports program but are still very educationally minded. For students that excel not on the field but in the classroom, there is a gifted and talented program to support them.

Area of Town/Neighborhood: La Vernia

What Parents / Students Are Saying: “It's a really nice school, LVISD offers a lot! Whatever you need they will give it to you, like if there is something that you think they should offer they'll give it to you. We got a new gymnasium and auditorium just because we didn't like our old gym.”

Our Rating for the School District: 3.9 out of 5

8. Medina Valley Independent School District

Medina Valley Independent School District students are known for their exceptional levels of pride in not only their schools but the community-at-large. Students in Medina Valley Public Schools are presented with a wide variety of options to help them contribute to their community. One such example is their program where high school students read to the elementary schools.

As far as academics go, students have four elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school to choose from. At these schools, students can receive instruction from award-winning teachers, participate in unique learning experiences for science and math, have access to a supportive team of in-school counselors, and a variety of clubs to help peak their interests.

All students of the Medina Valley Independent School District have access to a gifted and talented program. The goal of this program is to help those students who demonstrate exceptional academic abilities to receive a more challenging education.

Area of Town/Neighborhood: Castroville and La Coste

What Parents / Students Are Saying: “I have attended Medina Valley since the 7th grade, it has been such a great experience and was a definite upgrade from my last school. Medina Valley High School has offered nothing but the greatest courses and extra-circulars. I am involved in many extra-circulars that my previous school never offered such as: Mu Alpha Theta (Greek Math Society) FFA judging teams and public speaking events, Student Council, Swim and many more.”

Our Rating for the School District: 3.8 out of 5

9. Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District

Serving the Texas communities of Schertz, Cibolo, and Universal City, the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District’s motto is “Inspire - Innovate - Excel.” Schools in this district pride themselves on being able to foster a close student-teacher relationship as you would find in a small town but also their ability to offer students top-notch educational opportunities.

There are 16 schools in this district that serves over 15,000 students. The district is home to several top-rated schools, including O. G. Wiederstein Elementary, J. Frank Dobie Junior High, and Byron P. Steele II High Schools. Students of these schools, and others in the district, tend to go onto higher educational opportunities and have a 96% graduation rate.

The district offers academically exceptional students the ability to participate in a gifted and talented program. Byron P. Steele II offers a dual-credit program for students that wish to attain college credits while in High School. There are also a number of clubs and athletic options to help students achieve excellence in all aspects of their lives.

Area of Town/Neighborhood: Schertz, Cibolo, and Universal City

What Parents / Students Are Saying: “We have had an awesome experience at Wiederstein. The teachers are amazing and the Principal is wonderful.”

Our Rating for the School District: 3.8 out of 5

10. New Braunfels Independent School District

Students who live in New Braunfels (just a 30-minute drive from the heart of San Antonio) are able to attend the highly-rated schools of the New Braunfels Independent School District. The school district serves students with its 10 different elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school. Although, a second high school is being added to help keep class sizes small.

The school system offers students a variety of programs to help them excel in their world. Schools offer advanced placement, career and technical education, dual credit, dual language, JROTC, and a gifted and talented program to name a few of the student’s opportunities.

Students can also participate in the New Braunfels High School Green Cord Program. The Green Cord Program exists to give special recognition to community and volunteer-minded students. The program helps students learn the value of being civically minded. A great opportunity for all students who are dedicated to helping improve their community.

Area of Town/Neighborhood: New Braunfels

What Parents / Students Are Saying: “I think New Braunfels has amazing staff at every campus in the New Braunfels school district. Every teacher I had was outstanding and very nice! Rate 10 out of 10!”

Our Rating for the School District: 3.6 out of 5

11. North East Independent School District

Located right in San Antonio is the North East Independent School District. This large school district is home to 47 elementary schools, 16 middle schools, and 11 high schools. Some notable schools in the area are Texas Purple Star Campus Reagan High School, The International School of the Americas, and Bush Middle School. While many of the schools in this district are highly rated, these are three of the top-most rated.

Many of the schools in the district provide students with take-home iPads. Moreover, teachers and administrators are dedicated to seeing their children succeed and offer Family Specialists to help bridge the gap between home and school to help all their students to achieve success.

Schools in the district take a whole-child approach to education and not only offer opportunities to excel within the classroom setting in science, math, English, and history but also offer them access to athletics, fine arts, and JROTC.

Area of Town/Neighborhood: Stone Oak

What Parents / Students Are Saying: “I love this School they always are available when you need help. The teachers, the school director, and AP are AWESOME!!!! I have my daughter in the DUO program and she [speaks] and [understands] both languages.”

Our Rating for the School District: 3.6 out of 5

12. Marion Independent School District

The Marion Independent School District is located in and serves the community of Marion, TX. Nearly 1500 students attend the four different schools in this district. The schools are Marion Elementary School - Karrer Campus, Marion Elementary School - Krueger Campus, Marion Middle School, and Marion High School.

Students in this district benefit from close student-teacher interaction due to their relatively small class sizes of 14 students per teacher. Small class sizes are exceptionally beneficial in high school where the school offers students both advanced placement and dual credit courses to help them excel after high school.

Marion Independent School District schools are dedicated to ensure that their students are able to succeed in all their endeavors. This is why both Marion Middle and High Schools offer students opportunities for Future Farmers of America and a robust fine arts education.

Area of Town/Neighborhood: Marion

What Parents / Students Are Saying: “I attended Marion ISD since second grade, and I am proud to say that I am a Marion Bulldog. The schools have incredibly well-kept facilities, and the school district itself has had an influx of funding. There are plenty of new facilities in development.”

Our Rating for the School District: 3.5 out of 5

And there you have it, our recommendations for the best school districts in and around San Antonio. If you want to make sure that your child succeeds in all their passions, speak to one of our real estate experts. The agents at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate HomeCity can help you find the perfect home in a great district!