Area Nonprofit Learning Institution Makes the Top Grade

Researchers from Children at Risk used 14-indicators in compiling the top 10schools, among them: graduation rate, college readiness, performance on standardized test scores and college entrance exams, average class size andsocio-econoic status. Children at Risk president and CEO Robert Sanbornannounced the top of the class.

"Our number one school this year...YES PREP!

Yes Pre School Director Keith DeSrosiers says the accolade validates their mission.

"We want to make sure we are staying true to our mission and our mission is servingunderserved community in Houston. If we were looking at grades, if we were looking attheir transcripts and standardized test scores, it would be really easy to say 'Yeah, let'stake the top ten percent of the kids that apply or the top twenty percent. But that's not our mission."

Yes knocked off The HISD's Highschool for the Performing and VisualArts whichtied 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 youngartists, I don't care how talented they are, how much they have an ambition to be in thearts 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)

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