When U.S. News & World Report magazine unveiled its annual list of the country’s best high schools in its December 8th issue, Houston Independent School District’s DeBakey High School for Health Professions and Carnegie Vanguard High School ranked at 56 and 79, respectively. The schools made the magazine’s “Top 100 Gold Medal List.”
U.S. News analyzed 21,069 public high schools in 48 states using data from the 2006-2007 school year.
Also making the list of best high schools were the High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice and the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, both of which made the magazine’s Silver Medal List. Earning spots on the Bronze Medal List were Challenge Early College High School and Eastwood Academy High School.
“The DeBakey community is proud to be recognized on U.S. News’s Gold Medal List,” said DeBakey principal Linda Lazenby. “We are equally thrilled to have moved up 31 slots from last year.” DeBakey earned the number 87 spot on the rankings list last year.
According to U.S.News & World Report, the methodology used for the magazine’s rankings was developed by School Evaluation Services, a K-12 education data research business run by Standard & Poor’s. The top 100 high schools nationwide were ranked numerically and awarded gold medals. The next 504 top-performing high schools nationwide earned silver medals. An additional 1,321 high schools in 48 states were awarded bronze medals.