By GreatSchools Staff
Education quality score: 74.42
Median home price: $85,120
Ross Perot's hometown is also the birthplace of famous athletes (Eddie Matthews) and musicians (Scott Joplin). With 37% of its population African American and 34.8% of its children living below the poverty line, Texarkana deserves a standing ovation for its high academic achievement and socioeconomic diversity. Parental involvement is high, and the thrifty administration consistently achieves large results on a tight budget.
Four schools have perfect-10 GreatSchools scores, including the specialized Martha & John Morriss Math & Engineering Elementary School. Perot's alma mater — Texas High — produces more National Merit scholars than any rival in northeast Texas (47% of its faculty have master's degrees.) Like the maverick Perot, the district encourages creative initiative: Its IT department offers training videos, and the Texarkana Public Schools Foundation delivers $10,000 grants to innovative educators.
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