has just released their new 2016 Best Places to Live rankings, and Plano is the #3 City with the Best Public Schools in America. This is no surprise. PISD has had a great reputation for decades with exceptional teachers and staff and an innovative two-year high school and two-year senior high school system that allows schools to offer more vocational and elective classes, courtesy of 1970s Superintendent H. Wayne Hendrick.

Here are some fast facts about Plano schools:

Average Graduation Rate

  •  National average: 82.2%
  • PISD: 95.7%

Average High School Dropout Rate

  • National average: 1.9%
  • PISD: 0.6%

Student proficiency

  • Math: 89.6%
  • Reading: 91.1%

Student-Teacher Ratio

  • National average: 16:1
  • PISD: 15:1

These new rankings from Niche explore the cities with the best public schools based on state test scores, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, and student and parent reviews.

Check out the full list of the 2016 Cities with the Best Public Schools, and find more information about how they calculate their rankings and where their data comes from by visiting

Niche helps you discover the schools and neighborhoods that are right for you. They rigorously analyze dozens of public data sets and millions of reviews to produce comprehensive rankings, report cards, and profiles for every K-12 school, college, and neighborhood in the U.S.

Go Plano!