Dallas Magnet Schools Make Strong Showing in New Rankings

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    Houston non-profit group ranks North Texas schools on how well they prepare students for the future.

    It's the second year that Children at Risk, a Houston non-profit group, has ranked public schools in Texas and North Texas, and again magnet schools made a strong showing.

    For the second consecutive year, The School of Science and Engineering at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center tops the list as the No. 1 high school in North Texas and in the state.

    The organization evaluated 170 high schools in nine North Texas counties. Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Rockwall and Tarrant counties were included.

    Researchers based their methodology on 14 measures of performance to evaluate how well Dallas public schools are preparing students for post-secondary success. Among them was the graduation rate, participation in advanced coursework, and performance on college entrance exams.

    In addition, Children at Risk researched and ranked 309 middle schools and 769 elementary schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

    N. Texas Rank State Rank High School District
    1 1 School of Science and Engineering Dallas
    2 2 School for the Talented and Gifted Dallas
    3 5 School of Health Professionals Dallas
    4 7 Highland Park Highland Park
    5 10 Magnet Center for Public Services Dallas
    6 13 School of Business and Management Dallas
    7 21 School of Education and Social Services Dallas
    8 25 Booker T. Washington Dallas
    9 27 Plano West Senior High Plano
    10 29 Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts Charter School
    N. Texas Rank State Rank Middle School District
    1 1 William B. Travis Academy Dallas
    2 5 C.M. Rice Plano
    3 6 G.B. Dealey International Dallas
    4 7 Dallas Environmental Science Academy Dallas
    5 9 Fowler Frisco
    N. Texas Rank State Rank Elementary School District
    1 2 Walnut Glen Academy for Excellence Garland
    2 7 Tanglewood Fort Worth
    3 8 Skaggs Plano
    4 9 Fisher Frisco
    5 10 Kimberlin Academy for Excellence Garland

    Source: Children at Risk

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