Carnegie Vanguard High School is No. 1.
DeBakey came in at No. 2.
Clements High School earned the No. 3 spot.
Seven Lakes High School was honored as No. 4.
Kinder HSPVA landed at an impressive No. 5.
The new school year is here for many already, close for others. The air is full of composition notebooks, mechanical pencils and back-to-school outfits.
It’s an exciting time, and Houston is home to a number of high-ranked public schools — despite HISD’s well documented issues. And now, we know exactly which schools your high schoolers should book it to.
College prep? Check. Diversity? Check. Best Teachers? Check.
The new rankings of the Top 25 Public High Schools in the Houston area for 2020 have been released from rankings giant Niche.
The high schools are all fantastic in their own ways, but there can only be one winner.
And once again, the champion is no surprise. To the shock of absolutely no one, Carnegie Vanguard High School reigned supreme.
The rigorous analysis of the top schools utilized key statistics and millions upon millions of students’ and parents’ reviews with data from the U.S. Department of Education.
Factors considered included state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT and ACT scores, teacher quality and high school ratings. Academic grades were the most heavily weighted at 60 percent of each school’s ranking.
You could call it comprehensive.
Carnegie wowed in many ways. In Niche’s report card, it earned A+s for academics, college prep, diversity, health and safety, administration and food.
The No. 2 spot was a serious come-up. Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions jumped up spectacularly from No. 7. It also earned a special accolade from U.S. News & World Report this Spring — N0. 3 on the round-up of 2019’s Best High Schools.
Rounding out the Top 5 are Clements High School (No. 3), Seven Lakes High School (No. 4) and Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (No. 5), which is undergoing a massive transformation with its new campus. Each of those schools ranked in the prestigious Top 5 last year, too.
There were even some impressive newbies on this year’s list, breaking into the big leagues for the first time. Alief Early College High School earned the No. 21 spot, while Cy-Fair High School came in at No. 22 and Langham Creek High School topped out at No. 24.
Niche also ranked schools on Most Diverse, Best Teachers, College Prep, Largest, Best for STEM, Best for Athletics and Best for Arts.
Schools ranged from all different districts, including HISD, Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, Friendswood Independent School District and beyond.
Read on for the complete list of the Top 25.
Carnegie Vanguard High School
Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions
Clements High School
Seven Lakes High School
Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts
Cinco Ranch High School
Obra D. Tompkins High School
Memorial High School
The Woodlands High School
Cypress Woods High School
Glenda Dawson High School
College Park High School
Cypress Ranch High School
Kingwood High School
Tomball Memorial High School
Clear Horizons Early College High School
Dulles High School
Clear Lake High School
Stephen F. Austin High School
Friendswood High School
Alief Early College High School
Cy-Fair High School
Stratford High School
Langham Creek High School
George Ranch High School