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5 Aldine ISD Campuses Make U.S. News & World Report's '2016 Best High Schools' Rankings

5 Aldine ISD Campuses Make U.S. News & World Report's '2016 Best High Schools' Rankings
Posted on 05/01/2016

Eisenhower StudentsU.S. News & World Report released the Best High School rankings on April 19. In Aldine ISD, five campuses made the 2016 rankings. Victory Early College High School received a Gold medal, while Carver High School received a Silver medal. Aldine, MacArthur and Nimitz Ninth Grade Schools each earned Bronze medals.

High schools across the country challenge students with college-level coursework. In 2015, students took nearly 4.5 million Advanced Placement (AP) exams. And more than 56,000 received International Baccalaureate diplomas after the May exam session.

To create the 2016 rankings, U.S. News worked with RTI International. This is a North Carolina-based research firm.

Evaluators used a four-step method to rank the schools.

Academic Indicators

  • State Testing. Schools had to perform better than average to pass.
  • How effectively schools educated their least-advantaged students (i.e. African-American, Hispanic and low-income backgrounds).
  • High school graduation rates
  • College Readiness Index. This shows student participation and performance on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams.

U.S. News evaluated more than 28,000 schools across the country. Five hundred high schools received gold medals, 2,173 schools earned silver and 3,545 took home bronze in the national rankings.

U.S. News also produces separate charter and magnet rankings. U.S. News also ranks the Best High Schools for STEM. The acronym stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

There are more than 450 Texas schools in the 2016 U.S. News Best High School rankings.

This is the fourth year in a row that Victory Early College High School earns a Gold medal. The campus has a 100 percent graduation rate. Carver High School again took home a Silver medal. The magnet school earned Silver in the 2015, 2014 and 2013 rankings. Based on state exam performance, three ninth grade schools — Aldine, MacArthur and Nimitz — received Bronze medals.

Current ‘U.S. News’ Best High School Rankings

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

The campuses are raking in the awards and recognition. The U.S. Department of Education honored Victory Early College High School earlier this year. The department named Victory Early College High School a National Blue Ribbon School. The campus again ranked in Niche’s Top 100 of Best High Schools in the Houston area. The campus received an “A” to make the list of the top schools in the Houston area in the 2016 rankings. Victory also made the spring and fall of 2014. Victory ECHS also made Newsweek‘s ranking of the top 500 schools in the U.S.

Magnet Schools of America recognized Carver High School. In 2014, the campus earned a School of Distinction Award from the national organization. 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 the three campuses. In 2013, NCUST named Aldine Ninth Grade School, Aldine High School and MacArthur High School among America’s 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.