Westlake High School lauded and other Central Texas education news

Westlake High School received a national ranking. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Westlake High School received a national ranking. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)

Westlake High School received a national ranking. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read more Central Texas education news in the following stories.

‘Our students and teachers amaze us each and every year’: Westlake High School ranks nationally

Eanes ISD’s Westlake High School received national recognition by U.S. News and World Report’s 2020 Best High Schools ranking, according to a press release from the district April 21.

Leander ISD researches coronavirus impact on district growth

After more than a month of coronavirus-related restrictions, housing demand remains strong within Leander ISD—yet demographers say it’s too soon to predict how coronavirus will affect growth projections within the 100-square-mile district.



Dripping Springs ISD seniors make the most of the final weeks of high school as they cross the virtual finish line

Graduation ceremonies have been postponed indefinitely, as has the annual Dripping Springs High School senior girls’ powder puff game. To the chagrin of many students, the long-awaited senior prom has been canceled.

Round Rock, Pflugerville, Hutto parents navigate e-learning for remainder of school year

With school closures and e-learning well underway, Hutto resident Tina Baudier’s work does not end when she clocks out in the evenings. An even bigger job—parenting—is still waiting for her.

GALLERY: Eanes ISD celebrates its 2020 Educators of the Year

Facilities may be closed at Eanes ISD due to COVID-19, but the district is still celebrating its outstanding campus educators.

Amy Rae Dadamo, Brian Perdue, Olivia Aldridge and Kelsey Thompson contributed to this report.






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