Houston’s top elementary schools, according to Children at Risk

by Lauren Clohessy

Children at Risk released their 2018 statewide rankings for 191 Texas elementary, middle and high schools. This is the 13th year the nonprofit organization has put out the list. 

Children at Risk based their elementary and middle school rankings off three factors: student achievement, achievement and poverty (performance) and student growth. High schools were ranked with the three factors as well as college readiness.

The achievement indicators are based on students performance on STAAR Reading and Math tests. Performance indicators adjust the achievement indicators get rid of bias for schools with lower percentages on economically disadvantaged students. Growth indicators are based on standardized test scores that improved in math and reading. College readiness looked at graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores and AP/IB rates and scores.

Children at Risk found that 56 percent of students are categorized as economically disadvantaged in Houston and 58 percent of students statewide are in the same category.

Additionally, 9 percent of Houston-area schools were labeled gold ribbon schools, meaning at least 75 percent of the student body is economically disadvantaged, but the school is not a magnet or charter school and still has an A or B ranking.

While the top elementary school in Houston did not rank first in the state, it still made it in the top ten. T.H. Rogers school received an A+ grade from Children at Risk and placed seventh on the statewide list. It was the only Houston elementary school to make the top ten.


Houston Rank School District State Rank
1 T.H. Rogers School Houston ISD 7
2 Creekside Forrest Elementary Tomball ISD 11
3 Commonwealth Elementary Fort Bend ISD 13
4 Horn Elementary Houston ISD 14
5 River Oaks Elementary Houston ISD 17
6 West University Elementary Houston ISD 20
7 Houston Gateway Academy – Coral Campus Hosuton Gateway Academy INC 21
8 Harmony Science Academy – Sugar Land Harmony School of Science – Houston 23
9 Devers Elementary Devers ISD 24
10 Kipp Sharp College Prep Kipp INC Charter 28
11 Galatas Elementary  Conroe ISD 31
12 Cornerstone Elementary Fort Bend ISD 32
13 Wilchester Elementary  Spring Branch ISD 42
14 Collins Intermediate  Conroe ISD 46
15 Houston Gateway Academy INC Elite College Prep Houston Gateway Academy INC 48
16 Pope Elementary Cypress-Fairbanks ISD 50
17 Buckalew Elementary Conroe ISD 52
18 Deretchin Elementary Conroe ISD 55
19 Rummel Creek Elementary  Spring Branch ISD 57
20 Mandarin Immersion Magent School Houston ISD 62

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