By Laurie Fox
Frisco ISD knows good schools. The Collin County district again dominates the Dallas Morning News’ rankings: Six of the 10 best neighborhoods for schools send their young residents to the district’s campuses.
Among those, Central Plano is at the head of the class. The northern section of the city, just south of State Highway 121, is the best neighborhood for public schools, according to The News’ ranking, which was based on state test scores as well as a statistical model that considers student improvement over time. In addition to strong Plano ISD schools, Central Plano benefits from a handful of Frisco ISD campuses, including Anderson, Taylor, Borchardt and Riddle elementaries and Fowler Middle School. Some students who live in Central Plano attend Vandeventer Middle School and Liberty High School, which are in Frisco. Beyond top schools, Central Plano families live close to some of the city’s best parks and athletic complexes, including Russell Creek Park and Heritage Yards at Plano. Neighborhoods are also close to corporate campuses in West Plano, allowing easy commutes that help families get to after-school activities.
Neighborhoods in this affluent northeast Tarrant County suburb near Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport are buoyed by Carroll ISD’s high-performing campuses.
3 Frisco (east of Preston)
It’s difficult to find areas in this Frisco neighborhood east of Preston Road where students don’t attend consistently good schools.
4 Frisco (southwest of Dallas North Tollway)
This neighborhood boasts high-end planned communities and very strong schools, including Staley Middle and Sparks Elementary.
5 West Plano
This area is served by schools in both Plano ISD, including Plano West Senior High, and Frisco ISD.
6 Frisco (north of Eldorado)
The area north of Eldorado Parkway and west of Coit Road is rich with quality schools. Sem Elementary is one of the region’s finest campuses for grade-schoolers. The area is also home to Maus Middle School. Highly rated Heritage High School and Roach Middle School are nearby.
7 Frisco (Main Street and Frisco Square)
The city continues efforts to revitalize its older core and original downtown, offering families a different kind of living experience and excellent schools. Older homes, as well as condos, provide a less expensive alternative to some newer Frisco developments.
8 McKinney West
McKinney West is only a short drive from Frisco’s “North of Eldorado” neighborhood and has many of the same strong schools. Just north toward U.S. Highway 380 is Prosper ISD, where quality schools such as Lorene Rogers Middle rival Frisco ISD campuses.
9 Northwest Frisco
This area north of Eldorado Parkway and south of U.S. Highway 380 is full of new homes and benefits from several strong schools, such as Purefoy Elementary and Griffin Middle.
10 Highland Park
The small, achievement-minded Highland Park ISD is celebrating 100 years of educating young minds. The district is drafting a master facilities plan and weighing building a kindergarten campus as it copes with rising enrollment.