Houston’s Best Elementary Schools, High Schools and Districts Ranked

by James McClister


In WalletHub’s 2015 list of the best and worst school systems in America, Texas ranked among the bottom half of states, coming in at No. 27 overall – and No. 31 when only “quality” was considered. However, despite the state’s less than stellar standing, schools in its biggest metro have still managed to show up on a number of national rankings this year, highlighting what has become another attraction for homebuyers and investors to the city. In a recent report, education ranking and review site Niche took a closer look at Houston’s school system to determine the best elementary schools, high schools and districts.

The rankings are as follows:

Top 5 Best Elementary Schools:

  1. Katy Elementary School
  2. Bonnie Holland Elementary School
  3. Jean & Betty Schmalz Elementary School
  4. Joella Exley Elementary School
  5. Sue Creech Elementary School

Top 5 Best High Schools:

  1. Carnegie Vanguard High School
  2. Seven Lakes High School
  3. Cinco Ranch High School
  4. Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions
  5. Performance & Visual Arts High School

Top 5 Best School Districts:

  1. Katy Independent School District
  2. Friendswood Independent School District
  3. Pearland Independent School District
  4. Clear Creek Independent School District
  5. Humble Independent School District

Niche compiled its list from over 300,000 student and parent reviews, dozens of statistical factors – including academics, diversity, teacher and facility quality, and survey responses, among others – and millions of student outcome stats.

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