Sunday, May 08, 2005

EDU: A different list

A compilation, calculated without school input (yeah!), of the best schools in America by Newsweek. These things will never latch on to the nuances that make a school a great school, but at least this one seems to have eliminated the lobbying component that makes Texas Monthly's attempt so dreadful and completely untrustworthy. There are some familiar, perhaps expected, schools here, and some surprises.

Tops in Texas? Here's from the Top 500.

Rank School City State Index Subsidized Lunches**

* Gave IB tests. AP and IB participation rates are indicators of a school’s efforts to get students to excel and prepare for college. Newsweek excluded schools with strict academic admissions criteria that prohibit motivated, average students from attending.

**Percent of student body that is eligible for free and reduced lunches, an indicator of socio-economic status. A number of 40 percent generally signifies a high concentration of children in poverty.

6 Science/Engineering Magnet Dallas Texas 5.54537.8
12 Highland Park Dallas Texas 4.588 0
40 Science Academy of South Texas Mercedes Texas 3.570 42
72 Westlake Austin Texas 3.035 1.8
76 Westwood* Austin Texas 2.978 6.5
77 W. T. White Dallas Texas 2.971 47
100 Grapevine Grapevine Texas 2.788 7.7
112 Bellaire* Bellaire Texas 2.659 28.2
133 Memorial Houston Texas 2.570 11
136 Paschal Fort Worth Texas 2.543 39.7
142 South Texas High School for Health Professions Mercedes Texas 2.518 54.5
165 Lyndon B. Johnson Austin Texas 2.442 41
178 Garland* Garland Texas 2.369 34
172 Debakey High School for Health Professions Houston Texas 2.407 49.8
178 Garland* Garland Texas 2.369 34
179 Plano West Plano Texas 2.367 5
203 LSU Laboratory* Baton Rouge La. 2.270 3 (just a note for my LSU buds!)
204 Lanier Austin Texas 2.263 76.6
228 New Braunfels New Braunfels Texas 2.172 38.7
229 Stratford Houston Texas 2.171 16
235 Carroll Southlake Texas 2.148 1
236 Coppell Coppell Texas 2.148 1
287 Diamond Hill-Jarvis Fort Worth Texas 2.000 79.1
298 Anderson* Austin Texas 1.955 14
306 McKinney McKinney Texas 1.941 13.8
313 Clements Sugar Land Texas 1.919 2
364 Plano Plano Texas 1.813 8
393 Rider Wichita Falls Texas 1.753 19.4
414 Boerne Boerne Texas 1.725 11.2
418 Brackenridge San Antonio Texas 1.713 100
433 Northside Health Careers San Antonio Texas 1.687 21
441 Stephen F. Austin Austin Texas 1.675 25.1
447 A&M Consolidated College StationTexas 1.664 20
448 Round Rock Round Rock Texas 1.661 14.9
449 McKinney North McKinney Texas 1.660 17.3
463 Westside Houston Texas 1.624 21.4
465 Cinco Ranch Katy Texas 1.620 2.6
475 High School for Performing & Visual Arts Houston Texas 1.598 17
483 Creekview Carrollton Texas 1.590 31
487 Taylor Katy Texas 1.585 6
489 Alamo Heights San Antonio Texas 1.584 11.5
494 J.J. Pearce Richardson Texas 1.578 13.6
499 Plano East* Plano Texas 1.571 15

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