Top High Schools in the Houston, TX Metro

Top High Schools in the Houston, TX Metro

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Updated on Aug 23, 2011

Below are profiles featuring the top eight high schools in the Dallas Metropolitan Area. In order to be featured as a Top High School, the school must have a 2010 TestRating of 10 out of 10.  The TestRating compares a school's standardized test scores for a given year with scores from other schools in the same state. Find your school and see how it compares.


Carnegie Vanguard High School

Houston Independent School District


The success at Carnegie Vanguard High School is achieved through a strong partnership between the students, parents, staff and community. Parents are very involved on campus through fundraising, volunteering, recruiting students from middle schools, and hosting receptions for prospective students in their homes. The faculty and staff go above the call of duty by volunteering their lunch hours and after school to sponsor clubs and provide extra help to kids. The school also offers a variety of challenging courses, including AP and honors courses.


By partnering with a local theater, the school has provided drama students with exposure and high quality facilities. The school will be soon moving to a new facility in an urban setting to increase availability to students and the community. The school recently began a competitive sports team and has several teams to choose from. Students all have an opportunity to play on these teams.


“This is my seventh year as principal and I am very pleased and honored to be able to work with such dedicated individuals as my students the students, parents, faculty, and staff,” said Ramon Moss, principal.



Challenge Early College High School

Houston Independent School District


Students at Challenge Early College High School focus on the “new” 3 R’s - relationship, relevance, and rigor. The school was the first early college school in Texas and is a charter in the Houston School District. Over 90 percent of the courses are dual enrollment at local colleges and 1/3 of the students graduate with an Associates of Arts or Associates of Science degree in addition to a high school diploma.


Students meet in advisory group four days a week and seniors often facilitate the advisory. On Fridays, the schedule allows for an hour class period for clubs and organizations to meet.


The school offers some athletics and has been successful in girl's and boy's soccer. Students can also participate in clubs, such as several community service clubs, NHS, and Urban Debate League.


“Once you have a relationship with the student and have built in relevance, you can hit them with rigor. We try to promote the student as much as possible and make them as self sufficient as possible,” said Justin G. Fuentes, Principal.



Debakey High School for Health Professionals

Houston Independent School District


If you go into the cafeteria at Debakey High School for Health Professionals, you might hear a student talking about how she saw a baby born in her morning class, or a group of students passionately discussing calculus. The magnet school, located in the Texas Medical Center, focuses on providing students with an understanding of health related careers and preparing them for college and graduate school. The diverse school has a study body that represents over 50 countries, and students benefit from the social education as much as the academic one.


Through a partnership with Baylor University, up to 10 students are selected for admission and a scholarship to Baylor Medical School after college graduation. Many students complete their mandatory 100 community service hours in the medical field, and students often volunteer more than the required amount.


Each student is required to take AP Calculus and an AP science class for graduation, in addition to having other AP courses as an option. During junior year, classes visit various medical centers to observe professionals at work, and as a senior, students shadow a medical professional for four to twelve hours each week.


“Dr. Michael Debakey, the heart surgeon who pioneered the heart transplant, founded the school and continues to be the heart, soul, and inspiration of the school,” said Linda Lazenby, Principal.

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