Children At Risk releases list of top Houston-area schools

Is your child's school named one of the best? The advocacy group Children At Risk has released its choice for Houston's top schools.

Children At Risk ranked more than 1,300 schools from the Houston area. Along with just about everything in the pandemic, there are a few changes this time, including a new category for racial equity.


"This year we know that it's been a tough time and as we've ranked the schools we've done it a little bit differently and we've gone with three-year averages,” explains CEO of Children At Risk Dr. Bob Sanborn.

Although, even as things change, if you take a look at Children At Risk's choice for the Top 10 Houston area Public High Schools you'll see one thing is exactly the same.

1. DeBakey HS for Health Professions, Houston ISD
2. Kerr HS, Alief ISD
3. Eastwood Academy, Houston ISD
4. Alief Early College HS, Alief ISD
5. Carnegie Vanguard HS, Houston ISD
6. East Early College HS, Houston ISD
7. Challenge Early College HS, Houston ISD
8. Clear Horizons Early College HS, Clear Creek ISD
9. Young Women's College Prep Academy, Houston ISD
10. Seven Lakes HS, Katy ISD


Debakey High holds on to number one for the 14th year in a row. The secret? "We instill in students, the moment they arrive that we expect the best from them. We're a school of excellence. It doesn't matter where they began. It's how they're going to start at Debakey and continue over the next four years,” explains Debakey High School Principal Agnes Perry.

Some of the highest-ranked elementary and middle schools in town are in Spring Branch, Fort Bend, and Tomball but look who's best on both lists.

Top 5 Middle Schools in Houston

1.T.H. Rogers School, Houston ISD
2. Cornerstone Academy, Spring Branch ISD
3. Fort Settlement Middle, Fort Bend ISD
4. Mandarin Immersion Magnet School, Houston ISD
5. Project Chrysalis Middle, Houston ISD

Top 5 Elementary Schools in Houston

1. T.H. Rogers School, Houston ISD
2. Creekside Forest Elementary, Tomball ISD
3. Commonwealth Elementary, Fort Bend ISD
4. Devers Elementary, Devers ISD (Liberty County)
5. Cornerstone Elementary, Fort Bend ISD

HISD's TH Rogers is named top middle and elementary, thanks in part to very involved moms and dads. “There is not an event here on campus that our parents do not help organize, orchestrate, plan and for which they don't show up and show out,” smiles TH Rogers Principal Tiffany Chenier.

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The Top Performing Schools in Racial Equity in the Houston area are highlighted here.

Elementary Schools
1. KIPP Sharp Prep, KIPP Texas Public Schools
2. Lyons Elementary, Houston ISD
3. Burbank Elementary, Houston ISD

Middle Schools
1. Energized for STEM Academy West Middle, Houston ISD
2. Sharpstown International School, Houston ISD
3. KIPP Academy Middle, KIPP Texas Public Charter Schools

High Schools
1. Alief Early College High School, Alief ISD
2. Eastwood Academy, Houston ISD
3. Challenge Early College High School, Houston ISD

These are what's called “Pandemic Proof” schools, said to be high poverty, yet high performing.

Top Pandemic Proof Schools

Pandemic Proof Schools are schools with 75% or more of a campus' students classified as low-income that have been classified as high performing campuses (receiving A or B C@R Grades) for three years running.

Elementary Schools
1. Park Place Elementary, Houston ISD
2. Lyons Elementary, Houston ISD
3. Burbank Elementary, Houston ISD

Middle Schools
1. Texas Serenity Academy, Texas Serenity Academy
2. Amigos Por Vida-Friends for Life Charter School
3. Harmony School of Innovation – Houston, Harmony Science Academy

High Schools
1. Eastwood Academy, Houston ISD
2. East Early College High School, Houston ISD
3. North Houston Early College High School, Houston ISD
"Overall there were 430 of these schools which we considered high performing, getting an A or a B,” adds Sanborn.

"As a former cheerleading coach I'm doing cartwheels over the fact that we have over 20 schools in HISD that placed at or near the top of your list of best public schools in the region,” smiles HISD Interim Superintendent Dr. Grenita Lathan. 

Want to see the complete lists for yourself? Visit TexasSchoolGuide where you can also enter the name of your child's school to see where it ranks.