Jared Kendall
Austin TX

The next city in our series, Austin, has one of the most striking geographic separations when it comes to GreatSchools school ratings. That line runs roughly along I-35. To the west, and northwest, higher rated schools. To the east and southeast, lower rated schools.

This pattern can be seen on our map of Just The Best schools in Austin; almost every school rated 8 or higher (out of 10) shows up to the west of I-35, with only a trio showing up to the east. Once you get west of I-35, good schools are widely distributed, and no individual neighborhood or area really stood out in our ratings.

To help figure out which specific properties give the best value, we'll use average property rent and school ratings throughout Austin and identify our picks for each grade level.

Austin best schools
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Viewing school ratings by neighborhood allows us to find the areas with superb overall schools, rather than just identifying one-off instances of an individually exemplary school. By this metric, West Austin is the neighborhood closest to the best schools overall.

best neighborhoods public schools austin
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Neighborhood Rank Neighborhood Neighborhood City and State Avg. School Rating
1 West Austin Austin, TX 10.0
2 Steiner Ranch Austin, TX 9.7
3 Barton Hills Austin, TX 9.6
4 Great Hills Austin, TX 9.3
5 Hancock Austin, TX 9.0
6 North Loop Austin, TX 9.0
7 Triangle State Austin, TX 8.8
8 West Oak Hill Austin, TX 8.7
9 Clarksville Austin, TX 8.7
10 Downtown Austin, TX 8.7

Austin area apartments near great schools

Having looked at the best overall neighborhoods, we now try to find the best individual properties near the best schools at the elementary, middle and high school level. Click on any location circle in our interactive maps to pull up info on properties for that location.

Elementary schools

cheap apartments near elementary schools austin
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Value Rank Property Name Avg. Rent Avg. School Rating
1 Westdale Park $1,052 10.0
2 Axis West Campus $1,113 10.0
3 Spicewood Springs $1,159 10.0
4 Club Creek $935 8.0
5 Bridgehead $1,220 10.0
6 Settlers Creek $1,117 9.0
7 Tintara at Canyon Creek $1,251 10.0
8 Ravina $1,255 10.0
9 Promesa $1,186 9.0
10 Laurel Woods Apartments $1,302 10.0

Middle schools

cheap apartments near best middle schools austin
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Value Rank Property Name Avg. Rent Avg. School Rating
1 Melrose Place $1,143 10.0
2 Spicewood Springs $1,159 10.0
3 SoNA Apartments $1,047 9.0
4 Westdale Parke $1,052 9.0
5 The Hendrix $1,103 9.0
6 Parkside Apartment Homes $1,118 9.0
7 Polo Club Apartments $1,121 9.0
8 Tintara at Canyon Creek $1,251 10.0
9 Hunt Club $1,127 9.0
10 Ravina $1,255 10.0

High schools

cheapest apartments near best high schools austin
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Value Rank Property Name Avg. Rent Avg. School Rating
1 Westdale Parke $1,052 9.0
2 Settlers Creek $1,117 9.0
3 Melrose Place $1,143 9.0
4 Spicewood Springs $1,159 9.0
5 Great Hills $1,168 9.0
6 SoNA Apartments $1,047 8.0
7 Griffis Canyon Creek $1,198 9.0
8 Northland Museo $1,199 9.0
9 High Oaks $1,199 9.0
10 Village Oaks $1,208 9.0
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About The Author

Jared is a Baton Rouge, La.-based freelance journalist focused on, in his words, "finding data, 'interviewing it' and then telling its story through interactive tools and traditional journalism." His past work includes analyzing pension shortfalls, looking at election results, tracking campaign finance contributions and analyzing educational and school system data. Some of his work has previously appeared on The Daily Advocate and unfundedmichigan.org.