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Ysleta ISD rated No. 1 in El Paso for 3rd consecutive year

For the third year in a row, the Ysleta Independent School District has been named the No. 1 school district in the El Paso area, according to the 2024 Best Schools and Districts rankings released by Niche, a nationwide online platform that helps parents and students connect with the right schools for their family.

Ysleta ISD maintained its No. 1 ranking and overall grade of A-, which is based on grades in nine categories: Academics (B+), Diversity (C+), Teachers (A+), College Prep (A), Clubs & Activities (A), Administration (A), Sports (A), Food (A), and Resources & Facilities (B+).

“We are exceptionally proud and excited to have retained our No. 1 ranking in El Paso, and it is due in no small part to the persistent efforts of our staff, administrators, and teachers within the four corners of the classroom,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Xavier De La Torre. “Our employees embrace the joys and challenges of working with students – the leaders of tomorrow – who deserve nothing less than a world-class educational experience that positions them to thrive upon graduating from high school.”

Compared to last year, Ysleta ISD significantly improved its nationwide standing in the category of Districts with the Best Teachers in America, skyrocketing up 132 spots this year to No. 286 (up from No. 418 last year).

Statewide, Ysleta ISD made an impressive showing in several categories, including Districts with the Best Teachers in Texas (No. 12 of 1,061 statewide); Best School Districts for Athletes in Texas (No. 45 of 964 districts) and Best Places to Teach in Texas (No. 37 of 1,084 districts).

Ysleta ISD also made its third appearance in the Best School Districts in Texas list, where it ranked No. 195 of 1,052 districts, placing it among the top 18 percent of districts in the state. This year, El Paso ISD is ranked No 365 and Socorro ISD is ranked No. 422.

This is the 10th year Niche has released annual rankings, which updated data for 94,058 public schools, 30,809 private schools, and 12,192 school districts nationwide. Unlike traditional school rankings, Niche officials say they provide a more personal view of a school by combining ratings from current students, alumni, and parents with data from sources like the U.S. Department of Education to evaluate teachers, resources and facilities, extracurricular activity opportunities, and more.

“Deciding where to send their children to school is one of the most important decisions parents will have to make,” said Niche Founder/CEO Luke Skurman. “Primary and secondary education can set a trajectory for a person’s life that influences their future career path, their earning potential, and the impact they will make on the world.”

Ysleta ISD is an “A”-rated, open-enrollment district serving about 35,000 students at 49 campuses. The district has the city’s highest scores in College, Career & Military Readiness, according to the Texas Education Agency, and offers four Early College High School programs; five international schools; full-day pre-K programs; an all-girl public college-preparatory Young Women’s Leadership Academy; exceptionally talented student musicians, performers, and artists; and a high-school athletics program that has resulted in 11 state championships since 2014.

For a full list of the 2024 Niche rankings, visit