Top High Schools in the Houston, TX Metro (page 3)

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Updated on Aug 23, 2011

Performing & Visual Arts High School

Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown


If you visit Performing & Visual Arts High School, you may hear instruments as you walk through the hall, see students dancing in the Commons, notice fine art hanging in the gallery, or see drama students practicing plays. The school provides artistically inclined students specialized training to perfect their gifts. The students simultaneously take academically challenging courses at the school, which was the second fine arts school founded in the country.


Students attend academic classes for half the school day and then shift their focus to music, dance, visual art, or theater for three hours. The school calendar has exhibits or performances most every night during the school year, and in the spring of their senior year, each student has a “capstone recital, performance, or show” to showcase what they've learned. Graduation for the school is held off campus and includes performances from students and graduates.


“Whether it is an academic or art course, teachers build relationships with kids. There is a connection because of the art that IS HSPVA. Our students AND teachers are here because they love art and education and they want to grow together. Our school is one like no other,” said Scott Allen, Principal.



Yes Prep

Yes Preparatory Public Schools School District


Yes Prep is a Houston-based charter school with eight campuses that operate under the same philosophy, each implementing programs that work for their specific population.


To graduate, each student must get accepted to college and the school works to provide the tools students need for that goal. The students attend an extended school day and stay after school if their homework is not completed. The school has a strict discipline system and all students must meet a community service requirement to graduate.


To meet these high standards and expectations, students are given the support and mentoring that they need. Each teacher has a school cell phone for students to call if they need help, and teachers provide many hours of extra help to their students. When the students head to college, the school keeps in contact and provides any support needed.


Two of the YES campuses are on the list of top rated schools:


  • North Central Campus

    Rising freshmen at North Central Campus attend a week-long camp before school starts, which enables them to learn the cultural expectations of YES and begin to meet their classmates. As a reward system, students earn YES dollars through turning in work and participating in class, which can be redeemed on teacher sponsored trips.

    The YBlazers, a student run video editing business, does work for the school and private companies, and earns around $50,000 each year. To help build relationships and celebrate successes, students get together on Friday in small, student led groups to share their work for the week.

    “We focus on our teaching building relationships with students,” Mark DiBella, Principal of North Central Campus.


  • Southwest Campus

    Students at the Southwest campus take a seminar class throughout their fours that covers different topics including SAT preparation and college integration. Students can participate in all sports other than football at school, and a full range of extracurricular clubs and performing arts programs are offered.

    “We really focused on results and making sure that all students are supported and pushed toward their goals,” said Southwest principal Chris Claflin.




Please note that only schools in the following Texas counties were considered for this article: Austin, Brazoria, Chambres, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberry, Montgomery, San Jacinto, and Wallter


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