Dallas ISD Young Women's STEAM Academy at Balch Springs Middle School is the best! It holds two very distinct records.
First, for the past 3 years it had the highest School Effectiveness Indices(SEI) scores of all 33 DISD middle schools for two of these three years. That third year it had the second highest SEI.
Second, for the past two years it received the least funding per student of all DISD middle schools.
DISD has much to be proud of. This school leads the way due to the fact that less than 2% of the students are White-non-Hispanic, beyond that it reflects DISD demographics well, and due to the reality of an Economically Disadvantaged percentage of students that is 4 percentage points higher than the rest of DISD.
All of the above data is available on the Dallas ISD Data Portal at https://mydata.dallasisd.org/
Sadly there are middle school magnets that are far below average with their SEI scores and continue below for years in a row. One is consistently majority White and below 50 SEI for the third year in a row. It is recommended all parents study a schools history of SEI scores. Look at the longitudinal scores: https://mydata.dallasisd.org/docs/SEI/SEI1718/201718_LONGITUDINAL_SEI_REPORT.pdf