How do the area’s public schools stack up against the rest of Texas?
Some are shining, while others entered the summer lagging behind.
Children at Risk, a nonprofit that has ranked Texas public schools for more than a decade, released its 2019 rankings earlier this week. They are based on how well schools support economically disadvantaged students as well as students’ standardized test scores, yearly growth and, in the case of high schools, readiness for college and careers.
Field Elementary in the Heights was the area’s top performer, ranking 22nd among Houston-area elementary schools and 64th in the state with an A+ grade. The campus also was recognized as the Houston area’s top “Gold Ribbon” school for having a high achievement level despite a high population of students living in poverty.
Field, where 71 percent of the 464 students this past year were economically disadvantaged according to Houston ISD, also received high praise in January. The school was nominated by the Texas Education Agency for national Blue Ribbon recognition as an exemplary school.
“All the way around, we’re feeling really good this year,” longtime Field principal John Hendrickson said. “I think it’s well-earned. We have a dedicated faculty and staff here to work with our children. We also have the support of the PTO and community.”
Oak Forest Elementary also fared well in the Children at Risk rankings with an A- grade. Four other area HISD elementary schools in the area received a grade of B- or better, as did Black Middle School and Hamilton Middle School.
The four public high schools in the area performed poorly according to Children at Risk, which gave a D+ to Heights High School, a D to Scarborough, a D- to Waltrip and an F to Washington.
Three other area schools – Highland Heights Elementary, Smith Elementary and Williams Middle School – also received failing grades from Children at Risk.
According to the nonprofit’s website, its rankings “aim to help parents, educators and community members understand how their schools are performing and spark dialogue on the quality of public education across Texas.”
Below is a complete list of Children at Risk grades for area schools, with their Houston-area and state rankings in parentheses:
Children at Risk Grades
Field: A+ (22nd region, 64th state)
Oak Forest: A- (92nd region, 375th state)
Travis: B+ (158th region, 682nd state)
Crockett: B+ (165th region, 731st state)
Harvard: B+ (168th region, 742nd state)
Browning: B- (339th region, 1,653rd state)
Helms: C+ (407th region, 1,997th state)
Sinclair: C+ (414th region, 2,019th state)
Garden Oaks Montessori Magnet: C+ (457th region, 2,280th state)
Durham: C- (617th region, 3,078th state)
Love: D (703rd region, 3,501st state)
Wainwright: D (745th region, 3,702nd state)
Stevens: D- (814th region, 4,045th state)
Smith: F (852nd region, 4,249th state)
Highland Heights: F (906th region, 4,528th state)
Black: B+ (90th region, 434th state)
Hamilton: B (108th region, 563rd state)
Hogg: C+ (168th region, 950th state)
Clifton: D (285th region, 1,696th state)
Williams: F (327th region, 2,058th state)
Heights: D+ (148th region, 1,091st state)
Scarborough: D (160th region, 1,196th state)
Waltrip: D- (175th region, 1,273rd state)
Washington: F (198th region, 1,406th state)