Houston’s Best Schools2019-08-16T10:13:24-05:00

Houston’s Best Private and Public Schools

DeBakey, River Oaks Elementary, St. John's, Carnegie, Kinkaid

You’re fortunate if you you have the ability to choose a school for your child. Either you can afford upwards of $25,000 a year for private school or you have the ability to move into a certain neighborhood or apply to a desirable public school. Either way, you’re right to want the best for your child. But what does it mean to be the best? What should you be looking for in a new school?

At General Academic, we don’t believe in a singular definition of, “best.” We don’t think that schools can simply be ranked on a single list that will work for every family, for every child, at every single stage of their life.

Instead, we have analyzed the available data in areas that you might find important. But this quantitative analysis—these numbers and percentages—should just be a starting point in your search. Ultimately it’s the qualitative aspects—the warm and fuzzy feelings—that will likely make your decision for you.

Houston’s Top Schools Lists

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Top Houston ISD (HISD) Magnet Schools of 2019

The most popular Houston magnet schools were River Oaks Elementary, Pin Oak Middle School, and DeBakey High School for the 2019-2020 academic year.  Families had about a 20%-40% chance of gaining admission to a desirable magnet school for a prime entry year, the year [...]