Ranking and Accolades

Katy, Texas has the characteristics that define success, responsible growth and an enviable living environment. We are about the energy that inspires growth, sparks innovation and creates a fertile environment for learning and collaboration. We invite you to explore some of the stellar achievements that make the Katy area a great place to live and work.


  • Katy ISD recognized as top school district in Houston area for 2020 by Niche
  • Niche.com ranks top 25 elementary schools in Houston metro, Katy ISD places 19 schools in top 25
  • Katy ISD named top Houston area school district for 2017 by Niche
  • Voters approve Katy ISD November $609.2 million bond package
  • Finalist in H-E-B Excellence in Education Program in the large district category
  • Texas Comptroller’s Platinum Leadership Circle Award
  • College Board 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll
  • Ranked second among large school districts nationwide in the Digital School Districts Survey
  • Best Communities for Music Education for seventh consecutive year
  • 2015 District-Wide Principals of the Year: Dr. Sanee Bell, Cimarron Elementary and Lee Crews, Morton Ranch High School
  • School Bell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Music Education: Executive Director for Fine Arts Bob Bryant
  • Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) National Volunteer of the Year Award: Chief Information Officer Dr. John Alawneh
  • A total of 26 students received State Medallions at the Visual Art Scholastic Event (VASE), with four students winning the Gold Seal of Excellence Award.
  • Katy ISD had 21 National Merit Scholarship Winners
  • McMeans Junior High was selected as a Texas “School to Watch” for 2015-2016
  • Katy ISD 2015 graduates accepted more than $21 million in scholarships
  • 2014 Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) Champions: Schmalz Elementary P.E. teachers Kashif Aleem and Scott Power
  • Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show & Rodeo auction set District record of more than $638,000
  • Four Katy ISD campuses had students place at the State Science Olympiad Tournament and advance to nationals
  • Katy ISD had 41 All-State Dancers, Musicians and Athletes for 2014-2015
  • Six student art pieces were selected for the Youth Art Month State Capital Show
  • More than 50 student athletes signed letters of intent to play sports at colleges and universities across the nation