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Dallas ISD Schools top Children At-Risk rankings

The Dallas Independent School District has eight of the top 10 high schools in North Texas according to the 2013 rankings released by Children At-Risk, a non-profit, non-partisan research and advocacy organization.

In addition, Dallas ISD has the top three high schools rated for performance on Math and Science, as well as four of the top five urban comprehensive high schools, representing a high percentage of economically disadvantaged students.

Children At-Risk compiles its data on the basis of fourteen criteria, including graduation rates, advanced coursework and performance on standardized tests. The rankings cover schools in nine North Texas counties including Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, Denton, Rockwall, Ellis, Kaufman, Hunt and Johnson counties.

According to Children At-Risk, the top 10 public high schools in North Texas are:
 
Top 10 Public High Schools in North Texas
  1. School for the Talented and Gifted (Dallas ISD)-(Also ranked 1st statewide)
  2. School of Science and Engineering (Dallas ISD)-(2nd statewide)
  3. Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School (Dallas ISD)-(4th statewide)
  4. School of Health Professions (Dallas ISD)-(7th statewide)
  5. Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet (Dallas ISD)-(8th statewide)
  6. Trinidad Garza Early College High School (Dallas ISD)-(15th statewide)
  7. Middle College High School (Dallas ISD)-(19th statewide)
  8. Rosie Sorrells School of Education and Social Services (Dallas ISD)-(20th statewide)
  9. Highland Park High School (Highland Park ISD)
  10. Uplift Education North Hills Prep (Uplift Education)
  11. In addition, Dallas ISD’s Business and Management Magnet is ranked the 11th best high school in North Texas, while Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts is ranked 13th.
For the first time this year, Shell Oil Company honored the top high schools in North Texas for Math and Science, which were again dominated by Dallas ISD schools:

Shell Oil Company Top High Schools for Math and Science
  1. School of Science and Engineering (Dallas ISD)
  2. School for the Talented and Gifted (Dallas ISD)
  3. Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School (Dallas ISD)
The following schools were named Shell Gold Ribbon schools for math and science, a separate category that recognizes campuses with higher percentages of economically disadvantaged students.

Shell Gold Ribbon Schools for Math and Science
  1. Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School (Dallas ISD)
  2. School of Health Professions (Dallas ISD)
  3. Trinidad Garza Early College High School (Dallas ISD)
Similarly, Dallas ISD had five high schools named Best Urban Comprehensive Schools, which used the Children At Risk’s criteria for top schools but factoring in their higher percentage of economically disadvantaged students.

Best Urban Comprehensive High Schools
  1. Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School (Fort Worth ISD)
  2. Skyline High School (Dallas ISD)
  3. James Madison High School (Dallas ISD)
  4. Moises E. Molina High School (Dallas ISD)
  5. W. H. Adamson High School (Dallas ISD)
Middle and elementary schools were also ranked by Children At-Risk. Eleven Dallas ISD schools received the top rating of “A: schools. In ranking these schools, researchers analyzed STAAR performance and average reading and math gains, among other indicators.

“A” Middle Schools
William B. Travis Academy/Vanguard for the Academically Talented and Gifted (2nd in North Texas)
Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School (4th in North Texas)
Henry W. Longfellow Career Exploration Academy
George Bannerman Dealey International Montessori School
Dallas Environmental Science Academy

“A” Elementary Schools
Stonewall Jackson Elementary School
George Bannerman Dealey Montessori School
Victor H. Hexter Elementary School
Lakewood Elementary School
Harry Stone Montessori Academy
Felix G. Botello Elementary School

For more information about the Children At-Risk rankings, visit www.childrenatrisk.org.