Comparing schools in a broad geographical area is fairly difficult. Austin and San Francisco have school districts that are better than others. For the purposes of this page, we’ll tell you where schools in each area are best. Our recommendation would be to always get school information before purchasing a home. Historically, homes in better school districts have held their values better than homes in inferior school districts. Even if you don’t have school aged kids, schools are important.

Austin Schools

The Austin area is known for its well performing public schools. Unlike other urban cities, kids who live in the city of Austin attend well performing schools. The best schools in and around Austin are in the Eanes ISD (ISD is Texas’ acronym for school districts) and in the Lake Travis ISD. Both districts have earned the highest rating, Exemplary, from the Texas Education Agency.

Looking for the best districts in and around Austin? Try Best School Districts in Austin and Best School Districts Around Austin.

San Francisco Schools

The best schools in the San Francisco Bay Area are found just outside San Francisco in the suburbs. San Mateo County and Santa Clara County on the mid-peninsula are known for their well performing schools as well as some schools in the East Bay in Fremont and surrounding cities.

Austin vs San Francisco Schools

When researching schools, its best to look at several sources for test scores, parent reviews and overall ratings. A site like is a good resource once you’ve narrowed down your target geographical area or school.