Houston’s top ranking high 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 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.

Two Houston high schools made the top ten. Debakey High School for Health Professionals ranked first in the state and Eastwood Academy ranked ninth. Both received A+ grades from Children at Risk. 


Houston Rank School District State Rank
1 Debakey High School for Health Professionals Houston ISD 1
2 Eastwood Academy Houston ISD 9
3 Carnegie Vanguard High School Houston ISD 18
4 Kerr High School Alief ISD 19
5 Alief Early College High School Alief ISD 21
6 East Early College High School Houston ISD 25
7 Spring Early College Academy Spring ISD 33
8 Sharpstown International School Houston ISD 36
9 Victory Early COllege High School Aldine ISD 38
10 Challenge Early College High School Houston ISD 39
11 Impact Early College High School Goose Creek CISD 40
12 Clear Horizons Early College High School Clear Creek ISD 43
13 Harmony School of Innovation- Sugar Land Harmony School of Science- Houston 45
14 North Houston Early College High School Houston ISD 46
15 Seven Lakes High School Katy ISD 55
16 High School for Performing and Visual Arts Houston ISD 63
17 YES Prep- North Central YES Prep Public Schools INC 67
18 Quest Early College High School Humble ISD 68
19 Young Women’s College Prep Academy Houston ISD 69
20 Cypress Ranch High School Cypress-Fairbanks ISD 72

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