DeBakey High School for Health Professions is one of only two Texas schools that are finalists for the Title I National Distinguished Schools award. The award recognizes schools that have consistently demonstrated strong academic performance over a three-year period and have also achieved the “academically exemplary” rating for the present year. The schools must also have a population of 40 percent or more low-income students.
DeBakey was recognized for its successful curriculum and instruction and for providing opportunities for all students to succeed. All of its graduates are accepted into colleges or universities, and in 2012 DeBakey students received more than $30.8 million dollars in scholarship offers. The school was also acknowledged for its continuing professional development for teachers and administrators and its partnerships with parents, families, and members of the community.
“We are excited DeBakey High School for Health Professions is receiving national recognition for its effective approach to learning,” said HISD Superintendent Terry Grier. “We’re proud of the hard work our students, administrators, and staff have shown in making DeBakey one of the best schools in the nation.”
DeBakey is also the 2012 No. 1 high-school in the eight-county Houston region, according to Children at Risk. DeBakey received National Title I Distinguished school recognition during the 2006-2007 school year. This year’s winner will be announced in January.