Researchers from Children at Risk used 14-indicators in compiling the top 10
schools, among them: graduation rate, college readiness, performance on
standardized test scores and college entrance exams, average class size and
socio-econoic status. Children at Risk president and CEO Robert Sanborn
announced the top of the class.
“Our number one school this year…YES PREP!
Yes Pre School Director Keith DeSrosiers says the accolade validates their
“We want to make sure we are staying true to our mission and our mission is serving
underserved community in Houston. If we were looking at grades, if we were looking at
their transcripts and standardized test scores, it would be really easy to say ‘Yeah, let’s
take the top ten percent of the kids that apply or the top twenty percent. But that’s not
Yes knocked off The HISD’s Highschool for the Performing and VisualArts which
tied for third with Clements Highschool, but HSPVA Principal Herb Karpicke
says it’s not enough to be a talented performer.
“But we also want to be second to none academically. This is important because young
artists, I don’t care how talented they are, how much they have an ambition to be in the
arts and entertainment industry. They must have English, Math, Science, Social Studies.
They have to be people who really get it.”
HSPVA was chosen as a Grammy Signature school by the Recording
Academy and Grammy Foundation.
The complete list of the top ten schools rated by Children at Risk can be
found on our website… KUHF DOT org.
Pat Hernandez, Houston Public Radio News.
HOUSTON’S TOP TEN PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS
1. YES PREP SOUTHEAST CAMPUS
2. MICHAEL E. DeBAKEY HIGH SCHOOL FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
3. CLEMENTS HIGH SCHOOL
3. (TIE) HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS
5. CINCO RANCH HIGH SCHOOL
6. MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL
7. JAMES E. TAYLOR HIGH SCHOOL (KATY ISD)
8. WESTCHESTER ACADEMY FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
9. HIGH SCHOOL FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE
10. STEPHEN F. AUSTIN HIGH SCHOOL FORT BEND ISD)