Canyon Creek and Cactus Ranch elementary schools have earned top honors in the state by ranking in the top 10 list of Texas elementary schools by U.S. News & World Report. 

Canyon Creek ranked an impressive seven and Cactus Ranch followed shortly after in the nine spot among 4,446 elementary campuses eligible for consideration in Texas. They are also the only two campuses in Central Texas to earn a spot in the top 10 of the organization’s first-ever ranking of elementary campuses. 

According to the organization, the ranking for elementary campuses is based on math and reading proficiency, or how well students perform on state assessments, and math and reading performance, or how well they perform compared to expectations. The data is based on reports from the U.S. Department of Education and only includes public schools. The state assessment data used in the rankings is from the 2018-2019 school year and therefore pre-dates the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on test-taking.

“We are extremely proud to have both Canyon Creek and Cactus Ranch ranked in the top 10 elementary schools in Texas by U.S. News & World Report,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Hafedh Azaiez. “These campuses and so many more within our District are prime examples of the quality of teaching and learning we have taking place in our classrooms and the tradition of excellence our campuses continue to uphold regardless of challenges and obstacles.”