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5 Aldine ISD Campuses Earn Recognition in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 ‘Best High School’ Rankings

5 Aldine ISD Campuses Earn Recognition in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 ‘Best High School’ Rankings
Posted on 05/09/2018

It’s a six-peat for Victory ECHS. The campus is ranked a top school in Texas and again earns a Gold medal.

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U.S. News & World Report released the Best High School rankings on May 9. Each year, the media company recognizes schools that prepare students for the future.

In Aldine ISD, Victory Early College High School received a Gold medal. In the national ranking, Victory ECHS came in at #272 and #50 in the state ranking. victory_early_college.jpg

Four other AISD campuses also medaled. Aldine Ninth, Davis Ninth, MacArthur Ninth and Nimitz Ninth Grade Schools each earned Bronze medals.

If this sounds familiar, it should. Aldine Ninth, MacArthur Ninth and Nimitz Ninth each earned Bronze medals in the 2017 and 2016 rankings. This is Davis Ninth’s first year to medal.

The 2018 Best High Schools rankings include data on more than 20,500 public high schools. U.S. News ranks high schools both nationally and by state to show how well schools are preparing students for college.


This is the sixth consecutive year that Victory Early College HS earns a Gold medal.

U.S. News awarded gold, silver and bronze medals to more than 5,900 schools based on a methodology that incorporates performance on state proficiency tests, graduation rates and participation in and performance on challenging college-level coursework using Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate (IB®) examinations.

RTI International, one of the world’s leading research institutes, worked with U.S. News to implement the comprehensive rankings methodology, which reflects how well high schools serve all students, not just those planning to go to college.

The rankings, which are only published online, include an analysis of detailed statistical information from the 2015-2016 school year. U.S. News evaluated data for schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The rankings include school-specific data on enrollment, diversity, participation in free and reduced-price lunch programs, state assessment results and AP® and IB® test participation and performance.


A great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college bound.

Aldine-Ninth-Grade-DonorsChoose-Biology-Teacher-Margie-Cardenas-Recieved-Molecule-and-DNA-Model-Kits-2.jpgA four-step process determined the Best High Schools. The first three steps ensured that the schools serve all students well, using their performance on the math and reading parts of their state proficiency tests and their graduation rates as the benchmarks. For those schools that made it past the first three steps, a fourth step assessed the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work.

Academic and College-Readiness Indicators

  • Step 1 — Students perform better than expected in their state.
  • Step 2 — Disadvantaged students perform better than state average.
  • Step 3 — Student graduation rates meet or exceed a national standard.
  • Step 4 — Students are prepared for college-level coursework.

There are 589 Texas schools in the U.S. News Best High Schools rankings.

AISD Campuses & Medals From U.S. News Over the Years

2018
Gold — Victory ECHS
Bronze — Aldine Ninth Grade School
Bronze — Davis Ninth Grade School
Bronze — MacArthur Ninth Grade School
Bronze — Nimitz Ninth Grade School

2017
Gold — Victory Early College HS
Silver — Carver HS for Engineering, Applied Technology & The Arts
Bronze — Aldine Ninth Grade School
Bronze — MacArthur Ninth Grade School
Bronze — Nimitz Ninth Grade School

2016
Gold — Victory Early College HS
Silver — Carver HS
Bronze — Aldine Ninth Grade School
Bronze — MacArthur Ninth Grade School
Bronze — Nimitz Ninth Grade School

2015
Gold — Victory Early College HS
Silver — Carver HS
Bronze — Aldine Ninth Grade School
Bronze — Aldine HS
Bronze — MacArthur HS

2014
Gold — Victory Early College HS
Silver — Carver HS
Bronze — Eisenhower HS

2013
Gold — Victory Early College HS
Silver — Aldine HS
Silver — Carver HS
Silver — MacArthur HS

2012
Silver — Aldine HS
Silver — MacArthur HS
Bronze — Eisenhower HS
Bronze — Nimitz HS

2009
Silver — Carver HS
Bronze — MacArthur HS

2008
Bronze — Carver HS
Bronze — MacArthur HS

2007
Bronze — Carver HS

U.S. News began ranking high schools in 2007. In 2010 and 2011, the magazine did not rank U.S. campuses due to developing a new method.

The campuses are raking in the awards and recognition. The U.S. Department of Education honored Victory Early College HS with a National Blue Ribbon in 2015. In 2017, Niche ranked Victory ECHS ranked in among the top 50 schools in the Houston area with the best teachers. The campus also ranked in Niche’s Top 50 Best High Schools in the Houston area in 2018, 2016 and 2014. That same year, the campus also made Newsweek‘s ranking of the top 500 schools in the U.S.

The Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and Institute for Productivity in Education (IPE) named Victory ECHS to the 2015 Texas Honor Roll.

There are several AISD high schools that have earned honors over the years. Magnet Schools of America (MSA) recognized Carver High School in 2014. Carver earned the MSA School of Distinction Award. The magnet school also made Niche’s Best Magnet Schools 2016. Carver also made Niche’s 2014 rankings.

Eisenhower High School made Niche’s 2016 Best Magnet School rankings.

MacArthur High School made Niche’s 2014 Top 100 of the Best High Schools in the Houston area.

The National Center for Urban School Transformation also recognized three campuses. In 2013, NCUST named Aldine Ninth Grade School, Aldine HS and MacArthur HS among the Best Urban Schools in America. MacArthur became the first AISD high school to become a two-time winner.

To read about the method used to rank schools, visit U.S. News (click here).