HISD boasts half of 8-county region’s top elementary, middle and high schools

District is home to No. 1 schools at every level in statewide rankings

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Houston Independent School District campuses occupy half of the top 10 slots on the 2016 Children at Risk public school rankings of the region’s best public schools.

Additionally, HISD schools took the statewide No. 1 ranking in every category, with River Oaks No. 1 among elementary schools, T.H. Rogers No. 1 in the middle school category, and DeBakey High School for Health Professions No. 1 at the high school level.

The rankings were publicly released Monday at a ceremony conducted at HISD’s Pilgrim Academy, which received special distinction as a Gold Ribbon school, recognizing the region’s highest-performing, high-poverty campuses.

“Houston drives the nation’s economy, and our high-performing public schools are the engine,” said HISD School Board President Manuel Rodríguez Jr. “These rankings solidify HISD’s status as the best urban school district in America.”

Released annually, the Children at Risk rankings are based on student academic achievement. The rankings account for achievement growth and college readiness as measured by performance on the SAT, Advanced Placement exams and International Baccalaureate exams.

“Congratulations to the principals, teachers and staff members, who are preparing students in schools across Houston for higher education and promising careers,” said Interim HISD Superintendent Ken Huewitt. “Houston is a strong city because of our community’s long, consistent history of support for public education.”

HISD’s Top 10-rated high schools

DeBakey High School for Health Professions (1)

Carnegie Vanguard (2)

Eastwood Academy (3)

Challenge Early College (5)

HS for the Performing and Visual Arts (6)

HISD’s Top 10-rated middle schools

T.H. Rogers (1)

Lanier (3)

Pin Oak (8)

Project Chrysalis (9)

Wharton Dual Language (10)

HISD’s Top 10-rated elementary schools

 River Oaks (1)

T.H. Rogers (3)

Horn (4)

West University (5)

Bush (9)

HISD schools also received half of the 10 Gold Ribbon recognitions from Children at Risk. HISD’s high-performing, high-poverty schools are: De Chaumes ES, Park Place ES, Lyons ES, Ed White ES, Pilgrim Academy, and Sharpstown HS.