Tracy, from my experience dealing with clients who have children in both school districts, studying the data, and visiting the campuses, etc. based on your criteria the Lake Travis ISD seems superior overall. They seem to have more attention and focus on areas you are interested in specifically, and overall just seem to have a better academic program, not only when it comes to non-gifted children, but gifted children as well. When I moved here 10 years ago I looked at all the school districts and chose like Travis ISD for not only the elementary, but middle and high schools as well. Of course, It does vary a bit from school to school, but overall I believe the Lake Travis ISD exceeds in more of the criteria that you are interested in. The link I'm including including below from one of my title companies will have some specific information for you to review, but in my experience and from what I have heard from my clients, Lake Travis ISD seems to be a better fit for you and what you are looking for.
If you're not yet working with a qualified, experienced Realtor, feel free to call on me and I will be happy to work with you. I recommend reviewing the data I am sending you, letting me know if you need any other data, and possibly speaking with a few of the school administrators in both areas just to be sure. Based on what you're looking for, I feel Lake Travis would be a better fit. If that is in an area that is close enough to wherever you need to commute, assuming you do need to commute, it is also a great area otherwise for the children. A lot of activities, the Lake, amenities, and plenty to do for Adults as well. Lots of golf, shopping, restaurants, etc. and only about 25 minutes from downtown during non-commute times.
Feel free to contact me, as every other agent has requested as well, and I will do my best to help. I am not only a resident in Lake Travis ISD, I also am one of the top agents in the greater Austin area, am with the #1 Real Estate company in Austin, Keller Williams Realty, plus I do not charge any fees for my services. I also have a great team of lenders, inspectors, etc. to assist us throughout the process. One of the agents that commented prior to me, Melanie Damron, would also be a good resource as she was in the school system for many years, knows the rating system and schools intimately, is a friend and coworker of mine who was taught me much about the schools.
Nevertheless, feel free to contact me and I will do I can to assist! Thanks, Joe
Joe Jarusinsky, REALTOR®, Keller Williams Realty, Austin's #1 Real Estate Company, Call 512-261-4415