Top Houston Schools by National Merit Semifinalists 2020

The 2020 National Merit Scholarship Competition generally represented a good year for Houston-area high school juniors. There were 386 area students who scored in the top 1% on the PSAT to earn the celebrated "Semifinalist" designation. Versus 365 Semifinalists in the previous year, there were 5% more brilliant students in Houston this go around. A National Merit Semifinalist (NMSF) [...]

By |2019-09-19T15:04:46-05:00September 18th, 2019|Analysis, Featured, Houston's Best Schools 2019|0 Comments

Houston’s Richest Private Schools by Endowment Value

Of the 15 Houston private schools reporting endowments, the average value is $24 million or $40,000 per student. Assuming schools are able to apply up to 5% of this amount towards annual expenditures, that amounts to $2,000 per student in support provided by their endowment. Given the young age of most of the schools in Houston, sizeable endowments are [...]

Best Houston Public High Schools by AP Scores

AP stands for Advanced Placement, which is a national curriculum for very smart high school students administered by the College Board. The College Board is the same non-profit organization that administers the SAT college admissions test. The College Board offers AP curricula in 38 subjects ranging from Art History to English Literature to Physics to Chinese, but most schools [...]

Top Houston Public High Schools by SAT Scores

Together with the ACT, the SAT is one of the most widely administered college admissions tests in the United States; more than 3 million high school students take these tests annually. As such, these scores are among the best to use when comparing the relative college-preparedness of a high school's graduates. The tables below show three sets of numbers: [...]

Houston’s Best Public Schools by STAAR Results

The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) tests are the primary, quantitative measure of academic performance for Texas public schools. All public school students in grades 3-12 take some number of STAAR tests. The tests are administered every spring in core subjects including reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. Students' scores are lumped into four performance [...]

Top Houston Schools by National Merit Semifinalists 2019

A National Merit Semi-Finalists (NMSF) is a high school student who scored in the top 1% of Texans on the PSAT their junior year.‚Äč The number and percentage of awardees is one of the only statistics that is cross-comparable between private and public high schools. These NMSF figures are particularly attractive, versus SAT and ACT scores, because they're publicly [...]

By |2019-09-18T16:40:11-05:00August 5th, 2019|Analysis|0 Comments

Houston Private School Tuition 2019

Private school is expensive. Regardless of grade level, Houston private school tuition will set families back about $22,166 a year per child. At $15,626, Catholic schools represent a holy grail of savings or nearly 30% versus the city average. We currently track tuition for about 45 of the most popular Houston-area private schools. The cost below does not include [...]

By |2019-08-15T16:38:02-05:00August 1st, 2019|Analysis, Featured, Private Schools|0 Comments

Top Houston ISD Magnet Pre-Kindergarten Schools

There were 3 magnet schools that accepted 3-year old students, and 7 magnet schools that accepted 4-year old students. However, admission priority at pre-kindergarten is strongly for disadvantaged families, and for these students there is no tuition to attend. (Image Caption - With 173 applications for 30 seats, Wilson Montessori is one of the most popular and difficult to [...]

By |2019-08-08T22:25:25-05:00July 29th, 2019|Analysis, HISD Schools|0 Comments

Top Houston ISD Magnet High Schools

DeBakey assumed the top spot for the first time followed by Carnegie Vanguard and Bellaire High School. Qualified families had about a 34% chance of getting into a top high school. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 5,946 students submitted 16,659 applications for 9th grade to 39 HISD magnet high schools. (Image Caption - With 1,606 applications for 300 seats, [...]

By |2019-08-08T22:26:22-05:00July 29th, 2019|Analysis, HISD Schools|0 Comments

Top Houston ISD Magnet Middle Schools

Pin Oak, Lanier, and T.H. Rogers middle schools retained their titles as the most popular choices. Qualified families had about a 40% chance of getting into a top middle school. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 4,361 students submitted 11,431 applications for 6th grade to 34 HISD magnet middle schools. (Image Caption - With 1,735 applications for 140 seats, Pin [...]

By |2019-08-08T22:26:53-05:00July 29th, 2019|Analysis, HISD Schools|0 Comments