See which Houston school districts rank as the top in the state

by Rincey Abraham

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Sixteen Houston-area school districts made it onto the top 100 of Niche.com’s rankings of school districts in Texas.

The website, which reviews neighborhoods, K-12 schools and colleges, ranked more than 800 Texas school districts in its 2018 Best School Districts list, based on a number of weighted factors, including state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, teachers, public school district ratings and extracurricular activities offered.

The highest-ranking Houston-area district was the Katy Independent School District, which came in at No. 14. The district has an average graduation rate of 92 percent, plus an 88 percent proficiency in both math and reading on state tests. The district has 67 schools and more than 70,000 students. The Texas Education Agency previously awarded 32 of those schools with an “exemplary” or “recognized” rating, and 14 have received the National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Award. 

Following closely behind at No. 16 is the Pearland Independent School District, which has 25 schools and more than 20,000 students. Pearland ISD boasts a 97 percent graduation rate and 87 percent proficiency in math and 85 percent proficiency in reading. The student-to-teacher ratio currently sits at 17 to 1, which is slightly higher than the national average of 16 to 1.

The top district in Texas is the South Texas Independent School District in Mercedes, which has an 88 percent proficiency in reading and an 89 percent proficiency in math. It also has a 98 percent graduation rate.

The following table highlights the Houston-area school districts that made it into the top 100. 

Rank District City # of students # of schools
14 Katy ISD Katy 70,330 67
16 Pearland ISD Pearland 20,550 25
20 Friendswood ISD Friendswood 6,106 7
21 Tomball ISD Tomball 13,238 20
24 Clear Creek ISD League City 40,812 47
33 Humble ISD Humble 39,522 45
40 Cypres-Fairbanks ISD Houston 113,023 86
47 Conroe ISD Conroe 56,363 58
51 Deer Park ISD Deer Park 13,140 16
53 Barbers Hill ISD Mont Belvieu 4,903 13
57 Fort Bend ISD Sugar Land 72,152 76
66 Klein ISD Klein 49,402 50
69 Spring Branch ISD Houston 35,110 53
74 Lamar Consolidated ISD Rosenberg 28,332 40
82 New Waverly ISD New Waverly 964 4
85 Montgomery ISD Montgomery 7,936 9
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