Below is the profile of the top high school in the San Antonio Metropolitan Area. In order to be featured as a Top High School, the school must have a 2010 Education.com 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.
Northside Independent School District
At Health Careers High School, it is cool to be smart on campus. The school prepares students for careers in the medical field and is located near a large medical center. Students must meet qualifications to apply for the magnet school, where admission is based on a lottery with 850 students typically vying for 2000 spots.
During their freshmen and sophomore years, students learn the vocabulary and ethics of medicine though focused courses in addition to core academic subjects. In 11th grade, students can either visit the hospital for clinical rotations or study on campus in four different labs (dental, patient care, diagnostic services, and medical surgical lab.) In 12th grade, students either focus on advanced labs in a specialized area or earn a certification, such as EMT, registered dental assistant or sterilization processing and distribution.
In addition to focusing on medical subjects, students can select from a wide range of AP course and in a recent year, over 600 tests were given at the school (which only has 850 students!). The school provides many opportunities to help students through individual tutoring and student study groups.
“One of the reasons we are successful is that kids once they get there that they notice that is OK to be successful and to study and that is the norm,” said Dottie Hall, Principal.
Please note that only schools in the following Texas counties were considered for this article: Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Cornal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina and Wilson.