Carnegie Vanguard High School has been ranked as the sixth best high school in the country, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best High Schools rankings. Last year, the school was ranked 23rd on the prestigious list.
Two additional Houston Independent School District schools were ranked in the top 100 — DeBakey High School for Health Professions, which was ranked 23rd, and Eastwood Academy, which came in at 53rd.
The U.S. News & World Report rankings are designed to identify great high schools that serve all students — no matter their socioeconomic status. The list is determined by looking at results from state assessments results, as well as the degree to which students at each school are prepared for college-level work.
“We are proud to see these schools recognized for their commitment to academic excellence,” HISD Superintendent Terry Grier said. “This recognition highlights all the hard work being done by teachers and students on these campuses.”
A total of 17 HISD schools were included on the 2015 list, which recognized the top 6,517 public high schools from across the country. Seven received Gold Medal Designations, nine received Silver Medal Designations, and one received a Bronze Medal Designation.
Fifteen of these schools also were included on the U.S. News & World Report lists for Best Magnet, Charter, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Schools. Carnegie Vanguard secured a third-place spot on the Best Magnet Schools list. DeBakey earned a seventh-place spot on the Best Magnet Schools list and a sixth-place spot on the list of Best STEM Schools. Eastwood Academy took home 17th place on the Best Charter School list.
The complete list of rankings is available at http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/national-rankings. HISD high schools included in rankings are listed below.
2015 Best High Schools List – HISD high schools
Gold Medal Designations
Carnegie Vanguard High School (U.S. rank: 6; Texas rank: 3; Magnet: 3)
DeBakey High School for Health Professions (U.S. rank: 23; Texas: 5; Magnet: 7; STEM: 6)
Eastwood Academy (U.S. rank: 53; Texas: 9; Charter: 17)
Challenge Early College High School (U.S. rank: 130; Texas: 26; Charter: 37)
The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (U.S. rank: 166; Texas: 31; Magnet: 36)
North Houston Early College High School (U.S. rank: 195; Texas: 34; Charter: 56)
Westside High School (U.S. rank: 463; Texas: 54; Magnet: 73)
Silver Medal Designations
Bellaire High School (U.S. rank: 533; Texas: 65; Magnet: 81)
South Early College High School (U.S. rank: 576; Texas: 70)
East Early College High School (U.S. rank: 609; Texas: 72; Charter: 112)
High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (U.S. rank: 813; Texas: 92; Magnet: 108)
Houston Academy for International Studies (U.S. rank: 860; Texas:95; Charter: 131)
Sharpstown International School (U.S. rank: 934; Texas: 99; Magnet: 120)
Lamar High School (U.S. rank: 1,962; Texas: 171; Magnet: 224)
Jordan High School for Careers (U.S. rank: 2,060; Texas: 184; Magnet: 231)
Reagan High School (U.S. rank: 2185; Texas: 194; Magnet: 240)
Bronze Medal Designations
T.H. Rogers School (no ranking)