Canton High School is a 3A rural high school with an enrollment of 583 students. Canton High School is a "Recognized" Campus according the the latest accountability rankings from Texas Education Agency. CISD rating is "Exemplary". Across the state there are 1,031 independent school districts, only 43 or 4.2%, met the "Exemplary" standard. There are 190, 3A schools in the University Interscholastic League (UIL) across Texas. Out of these 190 schools that are similar in size to CISD, only 3 or 1.6%, were rated "Exemplary".
The City of Canton is famous for its First Monday Trade days, but it has another distinction that is even more valued by the people who live here – Canton is one of the few places where the family still comes first and there is little fear of serious crime. The setting is beautifully wooded East Texas with lightly rolling hills, and the atmosphere is laid back. The people are family-oriented, genuine and friendly. The schools and community are progressive. The proof is that newcomers become life-long residents and hometown kids keep returning to raise their own families and retire.
As the seat of Van Zandt County and host of the original world-famous First Monday Trade Days, Canton is the center of activity not only for a thriving county, but also for much of East Texas. First Monday has attracted restaurants, shops and businesses not usually found in other small towns.