It’s no secret that HISD is home to some of the best public schools in the country. The excellence of the district’s offerings was reaffirmed this month with the publication of the Washington Post‘s annual list of the most challenging schools in America. Two-thirds of HISD’s high schools made the list. Four were ranked in the top 100, namely Carnegie Vanguard High School, Energized for STEM Academy, The High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, and Challenge Early College High School. A further four were ranked among the top 200: DeBakey High School for Health Professions, Eastwood Academy, Lamar High School, and HSPVA.
The Washington Post rankings are based on the challenge level of a school’s curriculum, as measured by the administration of college-level tests. The US News and World Report rankings, which use different criteria, rank four HISD high schools in the top 200: Carnegie Vanguard, DeBakey High School for Health Professions, Eastwood Academy, and HSPVA.
In both ranking systems, Carnegie Vanguard is the highest ranked HISD high school – it is 11th in the nation according to the Washington Post, and 23rd according to the US News and World Report. DeBakey, while ranked at 129 in the Washington Post list, comes in close second to Carnegie Vanguard in the US News and World Report rankings with a score of 33.
The full list of Washington Post ranked HISD high schools is available here.