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Houston Independent School District
News Release
Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Three HISD Schools Earn Spots on the New Newsweek Best High Schools List


Three HISD’s High Schools earned a place on the 2011 Newsweek Best High Schools list. Out of 1,100 high schools reviewed, Newsweek chose only 500, nationwide. HISD’s Carnegie Vanguard High School placed at number 11; DeBakey High School for Health Professions came in at number 30 and Challenge Early College High School placed at number 327.


This year’s list is brand new. In years past, the list was compiled by the Washington Post and published in Newsweek. This year, that list moved to the Washington Post and Newsweek changed its criteria to reflect six components: graduation rate (25%), college matriculation rate (25%), and AP tests taken per graduate (25%), plus average SAT/ACT scores (10%), average AP/IB scores (10%), and AP courses offered per graduate (5%).


The Washington Post list, now called the High School Challenge, was released last month. It is compiled by taking the total number of AP tests, International Baccalaureate tests, and Cambridge tests taken by all students at a school and dividing by the number of graduating seniors. A total of 25 HISD schools made that list with three in the TOP 100.


The Houston Independent School District is the largest school district in Texas and the seventh-largest in the United States with 298 schools and more than 200,000 students. The 301-square-mile district is one of the largest employers in the Houston metropolitan area with nearly 30,000 employees. For more information, visit the HISD Web site at

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