Highly valued for its beautiful homes, its gorgeous natural surroundings, and its zoning for the esteemed Eanes Independent School District, Westlake is one of the most prized regions for homebuyers in central Texas. Stretching westward beginning about three miles west of downtown Austin, “Westlake” commonly refers to the approximately 31-square-mile area that feeds into Westlake High School, including the cities of West Lake Hills and Rollingwood and a portion of Austin. Only ten minutes from downtown Austin, Westlake residents are able to enjoy both the benefits of a major metropolitan area and the relative seclusion of a smaller community.
The 31-square-mile area that feeds into the Eanes Independent School District commonly is referred to as “Westlake.” This region includes the cities of West Lake Hills and Rollingwood, plus a portion of the City of Austin. One of the most desirable residential locations in Central Texas, Westlake is valued for its proximity to Lake Austin, its beautiful trees and topography, and its upscale luxury homes, in addition to its zoning for one of the top school districts in the United States. With such a strong identity in the school district, residents in the area known as Westlake are able to enjoy a small-community feel, while still benefitting from the large-city advantages of Austin.
St. Michael’s Catholic Academy is a college preparatory school of approximately 350 students in grades nine through 12. It is known for its excellence in academics, arts, and athletics. Its six core values are to Encounter Christ, Radiate joy, Aspire for better, Collaborate, Respect the family, and Act with integrity.
St. Stephen’s Episcopal School is a college preparatory day school and boarding school of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. It serves grades six through 12 with a diverse student body made up of almost 700 students from across the United States and from dozens of countries across the world. Approximately 200 of its students are boarders. The school aims to provide “an academically challenging experience for our students within the context of a balanced program in academics, athletics and the arts.”
Westlake High School serves about 2,600 students in grades nine through 12. Consistently named as one of the state’s best schools, it was ranked the #1 high school in Texas and the #7 high school in the United States by Niche.com in 2015. Since 2012, over 98 percent of its graduates have enrolled in college, and its standardized testing results always exceed regional and state averages. Westlake takes an innovative approach to education, with each high school student receiving an iPad Air 2. In addition to academics, Westlake High School has a stellar reputation in music, the arts, and in athletics. On Friday nights in football season, the Chaparral Stadium is sold out with attendees. Westlake High School is located east of Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360) on Westbank Drive.
Barton Creek Elementary School is on Patterson Road, off of Bee Caves Road west of Capital of Texas Highway (360) and east of Highway 71. Patterson Road intersects with Emma Avenue, home of West Ridge Middle School. The closest neighborhoods to this school are Palomino Ridge, Angelwylde Place, Patterson Place, and Barton Bend. Barton Creek Elementary has over 500 students in grades kindergarten through fifth and has received numerous awards, including being named the top elementary school in the Austin area for 2014-2015 by research site Niche.
Bridge Point Elementary School is on the southwest side of the intersection of Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360) and Cedar Street. The closest homes to Bridge Point are those in the Bunny Run area between 360 and Lake Austin. Bridge Point is the largest Eanes Independent School District elementary school and enrolls about 740 students in grades kindergarten through fifth. The school maintains an “Exemplary” rating under Texas’ education rating standards and has received the Texas Successful Schools Award for Outstanding Performance.
Cedar Creek Elementary School is in the heart of Westlake at the intersection of Walsh Tarlton Lane and Pinnacle Road. It shares grounds with the Eanes Child Care Center and is just one street over from Hill Country Middle School. Pinnacle Road also connects to Westlake High School. Cedar Creek has just under 500 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. While Cedar Creek is an older school (built in 1978,) it has been expanded twice and fully modernized. It also has received the Texas Successful Schools Award for Outstanding Performance.
Eanes Elementary School serves the many established neighborhoods along Bee Cave Road (RM 2244.) Off of Bee Cave between Westlake Drive and Buckeye Trail, the elementary school connects to Westlake High School via Camp Craft Trail. The school has just under 700 students in kindergarten through fifth grade and has received the Texas Successful Schools Award for Outstanding Performance. It also has received an “Exemplary” education rating every year since 1996.
Forest Trail Elementary School is just east of Capital of Texas Highway (360) between Westbank Drive and Lost Creek Boulevard. Built in 1985 and upgraded twice, the school serves approximately 600 children in grades kindergarten through fifth who live in the central part of the Eanes Independent School District. It has received numerous award distinctions, including being named a U. S. Blue Ribbon School, receiving the Texas Successful Schools Award for Outstanding Performance, and being placed on the Texas Business and Education Coalition Honor Roll. The properties for Forest Trail and Valley View Elementary back to each other.
St. Gabriel’s Catholic School serves almost 500 children for preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school on 32 acres of rolling hill country. In addition to STEAM learning, the school promotes a school-wide Social Emotional Learning approach, as well as athletics and extracurricular activities.
Trinity Episcopal School serves over 500 students in kindergarten through eighth grades. It uses an innovative workshop approach to reading and writing and develops math fluency by treating math “as a language to understand rather than a series of facts to memorize.”
Valley View Elementary School is on the east side of Capital of Texas Highway (360) between Westbank Drive and Lost Creek Boulevard. It shares a main street entrance with Forest Trail Elementary, which backs up to the property. Valley View has about 500 students in kindergarten through fifth grade, and, in addition, the school offers the largest Child Development Center in the Eanes Independent School District, serving infants through kindergarten. Valley View has received the Texas Successful Schools Award for Outstanding Performance.