Schools Recognized in Local Academic Rankings

Children at Risk, a Houston-based nonprofit organization, has released its 2013 rankings schools in the eight-county greater Houston area. The rankings are not related to state or federal accountability.

Seventy-six district schools ranked among the top Houston-area schools in the 2013 Children at Risk/Houston Chronicle annual rankings, released on Sunday, April 21.

The ratings criteria for the annual study included the following variables:

  • percentage of students scoring “advanced” or “commended” on the STAAR or TAKS exams in reading and math;
  • an improvement measure that compares students’ state test scores to their scores the prior year;
  • student attendance rate;
  • percentage of economically disadvantaged students;
  • retention rates for elementary and middle schools; and
  • average class sizes for elementary schools.

High schools were additionally rated on the following criteria:

  • graduation rate calculated by Children at Risk (the percentage of freshmen who graduated from any public Texas high school within four to six years);
  • percentage of graduates on the state’s recommended diploma plan;
  • average SAT and ACT score and the test-taking participation rate;
  • percentage of juniors and seniors taking / passing at least one Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exam; and
  • percentage of high school students receiving credit for an advanced course.

High Schools

The Houston-based nonprofit Children at Risk evaluated and ranked 150 high schools in the greater Houston area. CFISD high schools appearing in the rankings are Cypress Woods (29), Cy-Fair (33), Cypress Creek (40), Cypress Falls (41), Langham Creek (43), Jersey Village (50), Cypress Ridge (59) and Cypress Springs (87).

Middle Schools

Children at Risk evaluated and ranked 283 middle schools in the greater Houston area. CFISD middle schools appearing in the rankings are Smith (55), Kahla (56), Hamilton (64), Arnold (75), Aragon (77), Spillane (80), Goodson (81), Labay (86), Truitt (95), Hopper (96), Cook (101), Dean (114), Campbell (141), Thornton (146), Watkins (157) and Bleyl (160).

Elementary Schools

Children at Risk evaluated and ranked 775 middle schools in the greater Houston area. CFISD elementary schools appearing in the rankings are Sampson (11), Hamilton (40), Keith (43), Gleason (45), Warner (71), Birkes (91), Swenke (92), Lee (93), Ault (102), Holmsley (105), A. Robison (123), Hairgrove (134), Wilson (135), Black (155), Adam (156), Owens (160), Copeland (161), Bang (165), Farney (176), Matzke (183), Sheridan (184), Moore (193), Reed (194), Yeager (199), Kirk (226), Millsap (238), Emery (241), Postma (255), McFee (267), Willbern (281), Lowery (290), M. Robinson (299), Rennell (300), Frazier (307), Lamkin (308), Tipps (334), Duryea (352), Danish (361), Fiest (366), Walker (395), Horne (403), Holbrook (420), Emmott (421), Bane (431), Post (451), Hemmenway (456), Andre’ (498), Francone (507), Lieder (513), Metcalf (536), Hancock (561) and Jowell (702).