Local schools top the ranking list of best schools in state


by Rekha Muddaraj/ KHOU 11 News


Posted on April 25, 2013 at 11:21 AM

HOUSTON—Carnegie Vanguard High School students gave their principal a standing ovation as Ramon Moss accepted an award from Children At Risk.

The HISD school ranked second in the Houston area and fifth in the state, according to a study done by the non-profit organization.

“The kids are excited their hard work paid off,” Moss said.

CEO Dr. Bob Sanborn says his organization looked at several factors including state test results, SAT and ACT scores, graduation rates and poverty levels to compile its annual rankings.

Debakey for Health Professionals was ranked the top high school. Eastwood Academy came in third.

T.H. Rogers was named both the top middle school and top elementary school.

For the first time, schools were also given grades.

Sanborn says many charter high schools made the top ten, but that elementary school charters received failing grades.

“Parents cannot look at charters and say ‘if it’s a charter, it’s a good school,’” Sanborn says.

Harmony School of Science was ranked second for middle schools, and Ser-Ninos Charter came in third.

River Oaks Elementary and Commonwealth Elementary were ranked second and third in their category.

A complete list of the rankings can be found here.