Houston’s top ranked middle schools

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 the middle school rankings off three factors: student achievement, achievement and poverty (performance indicators) and student growth. 

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. 

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.

Three of Houston’s middle schools ranked in the top ten around the state. T.H. Rogers School placed fifth, Cornerstone Academy placed ninth and Houston Gateway Academy-Coral Campus placed tenth. All three middle schools received an A+ grade from children at risk.   


Houston Rank School District State Rank
1 T.H. Rogers School Houston ISD 5
2 Cornerstone Academy Spring Branch ISD 9
3 Houston Gateway Academy – Coral Campus Houston Gateway Academy INC 10
4 Project Chrysalis Middle Houston ISD 12
5 Houston Gateway Academy INC Elite College Prep Houston Gateway Academy INC 15
6 Lanier Middle Houston ISD 17
7 Fort Settlement Middle Fort Bend ISD 18
8 Energized For STEM Academy Southwest Middle Houston ISD 22
9 Mandarin Immersion Magnet School Houston ISD 24
10 Austin Middle Galveston ISD 30
11 Beckendorff Junior High Katy ISD 39
12 Houston Gateway Academy Houston Gateway Academy INC 42
13 Creekside Park Junior High Tomball ISD 44
14 Sartartia Middle Fort Bend ISD 47
15 Pin Oak Middle Houston ISD 51
16 Harmony School of Innovation- Sugar Land Harmony School of Science – Houston 52
17 Tays Junior High Katy ISD 53
18 Seven Lakes Junior High Katy ISD 58
19 Harmony School of Innovation- Katy Harmony School of Science – Houston 63
20 Smith Middle Cypress-Fairbanks ISD 65

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