Houston high school makes national top 10 list

by James McClister


U.S. News & World Report has been the gold standard for educational rankings for more than three decades, and in its 2016 “Best High Schools” list, Houston’s Carnegie Vanguard High School broke the national top 10.

Leveraging data compiled by social science research firm RTI International, the media company compared thousands of public schools, evaluating graduation rates, diversity and college readiness (among other factors) to determine the country’s “top performers.”

Texas high schools had a strong showing in this year’s top 10, with three state schools making the cut (two in Dallas and one in Houston).

National Rank School City Student-Teacher Ratio College Readiness
1 School for the Talented and Gifted Dallas 15:1 100
2 BASIS Scottsdale Scottsdale, Ari. N/A 100
3 BASIS Tucson North Tucson, Ari. N/A 100
4 School of Science and Engineering Dallas 16:1 100
5 Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Alexandria, Va. 17:1 100
6 BASIS Oro Valley Oro Valley, Ari. N/A 100
7 Pine View School Osprey, Fla. 17:1 100
8 Academic Magnet High School North Charleston, S.C. 14:1 100
9 International Academy Bloomfield Hills, Mich. N/A 100
10 Carnegie Vanguard High School Houston 17:1 100

According to the report, Carnegie Vanguard’s ranking comes as a reflection of its college readiness score and its strong student-teacher ratio, as well as a litany of other stats, such as its high minority enrollment rate (59 percent) and perfect graduation rate (100 percent).

Statewide, Carnegie Vanguard was slotted in the No. 3 spot, alongside three other Houston high schools.

State Rank School City
1 School for the Talented and Gifted Dallas
2 School of Science and Engineering Dallas
3 Carnegie Vanguard High School Houston
4 Summit International Preparatory Arlington
5 DeBakey High School for Health Professions Houston
6 YES Prep – Southwest Houston
7 Liberal Arts and Science Academy Austin
8 Eastwood Academy Houston
9 Westlake Academy Westlake
10 KIPP Austin Collegiate Austin

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