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Best Elementary Schools In Houston

The 2020 best Houston elementary schools lists on this page identify the traditional open enrollment and charter elementary schools located in the Houston area that scored highest on the 2019 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) evaluations administered statewide by the Texas Education Agency.

To make the evaluation of each schools’s academic performance more precise and meaningful, an academic performance index that indicates the relative combined STAAR score of each Texas elementary and intermediate school has been constructed. This mean that a school with an academic performance index level at 93.4, for example, has a combined STAAR score that equals 93.4 percent the combined score of the state’s top performing elementary school. Each school also has been assigned an academic performance score based on its rank in the overall academic performance index. Schools that rank among top 10 percent of schools included this study received an academic performance score of 10, schools in the next lower ninth decile received a score of 9, and so on. Accountability ratings awarded by the TEA in were not considered in this ranking analysis since in addition to STAAR scores these ratings take into account factors that generally have no meaningful linkage to the academic performance of individual students, such as changes in student performance at the school on the STAAR evaluations from one year to the next. Such factors may be meaningful to administrators and teachers, but not to most parents or students. Also not considered in this study are frequently, sometimes purposefully, misleading subjective factors such as opinions of self-selected contributors of anonymous parent and student reviews and "expert insights" regarding teacher quality.

Clicking on these 2020 top Houston open enrollment elementary schools and 2020 top Houston charter elementary schools jump links displays these rankings. The elementary schools identified in these lists also are among the top ranked elementary schools in the state of Texas. A comprehensive list of Houston area public elementary schools and additional information about how the rankings were derived are provided on this complete Houston public elementary schools rankings page.

Open enrollment elementary schools

Of the 893 Houston public elementary and intermediate schools included in this best Houston elementary schools analysis, 840 are traditional open enrollment schools which are operated by local independent schools districts and where the only requirement for admittance is student residency in the school's attendance area. The Houston open enrollment schools that ranked highest in this 2020 analysis and the Houston towns and cities they serve are listed below.

The data presented in this table can be sorted by clicking on the table headings. You also can limit the data display to a single school or school district by typing the name of a school or school district in the Search box. Additional performance and other information for middle schools located in the communities profiled on this website can be accessed by clicking on the name of the school.

2020 top Houston open enrollment elementary schools

attended by students living in
1Creekside Forest Elementary SchoolTomball ISD54693.9A96Spring, The Woodlands
2West University Elementary SchoolHouston ISD1,27393.1A96Houston, Southside Place, West University Place
3Commonwealth Elementary SchoolFort Bend ISD1,01891.3A96Sugar Land
4Galatas Elementary SchoolConroe ISD61190.8A96Spring, The Woodlands
5Cornerstone Elementary SchoolFort Bend ISD1,10190.3A96Sugar Land
6Pope Elementary SchoolCypress-Fairbanks ISD78290.2A96Cypress
7Rummel Creek Elementary SchoolSpring Branch ISD73790.2A96Houston
8Roberts Elementary SchoolHouston ISD75688.9A96Houston
9Mitchell Intermediate SchoolConroe ISD1,19588.6A95Conroe, The Woodlands
10Horn Elementary SchoolHouston ISD80587.8A95Bellaire
11Wilson Elementary SchoolKaty ISD1,03987.5A95Katy
12Pattison Elementary SchoolKaty ISD1,01687.2A95Houston, Katy
13Devers Elementary SchoolDevers ISD12687.0A95Devers
14Kilpatrick Elementary SchoolKaty ISD1,17286.4A95Katy
15River Oaks Elementary SchoolHouston ISD67486.4A95Houston
16Stanley Elementary SchoolKaty ISD1,00486.0A95Katy
17Alexander Elementary SchoolKaty ISD95385.5A95Katy
18Wolman Elementary SchoolKaty ISD97285.3A95Katy
19Sampson Elementary SchoolCypress-Fairbanks ISD96884.9A95Cypress
20Campbell Elementary SchoolLamar CISD56384.8A95Sugar Land
21Bush Elementary SchoolHouston ISD88184.7A95Houston
22Collins Intermediate SchoolConroe ISD75384.6A95Conroe, The Woodlands
23Frostwood Elementary SchoolSpring Branch ISD71084.1A95Bunker Hill, Houston
24McCormick Sullivan Elementary SchoolFort Bend ISD1,30383.8A95Sugar Land
25Windsong Intermediate SchoolFriendswood ISD55983.5A95Friendswood
26Frost Elementary SchoolLamar CISD59683.4A95Richmond, Rosenberg
27Shafer Elementary SchoolKaty ISD1,17183.1A95Katy
28Tough Elementary SchoolConroe ISD87583.1A94Spring, The Woodlands
29Griffin Elementary SchoolKaty ISD96082.7A94Katy
30Deretchin Elementary SchoolConroe ISD90782.3A94The Woodlands
31Colony Meadows Elementary SchoolFort Bend ISD74882.1A94Sugar Land
32Wilchester Elementary SchoolSpring Branch ISD81782.1A94Houston
33Dickinson Elementary SchoolLamar CISD51681.3A94Sugar Land
34Buckalew Elementary SchoolConroe ISD65880.9A94Spring, The Woodlands
35Walker Station Elementary SchoolFort Bend ISD83480.8A94Richmond, Sugar Land
36Silvercrest Elementary SchoolPearland ISD71180.6A94Manvel, Pearland
37Randolph Elementary SchoolKaty ISD1,09380.0A94Fulshear
38David Elementary SchoolConroe ISD65579.7A94Conroe, Spring, The Woodlands
39Sienna Crossing Elementary SchoolFort Bend ISD1,08878.8A94Missouri City
40Kolter Elementary SchoolHouston ISD64978.1A94Houston
41Woodcreek Elementary SchoolKaty ISD1,19277.6A93Katy
42Scanlan Oaks Elementary SchoolFort Bend ISD93777.2A93Missouri City
43Hassler Elementary SchoolKlein ISD85577.2A93Spring
44Timber Creek Elementary SchoolTomball ISD57077.2A93Spring, The Woodlands
45Swenke Elementary SchoolCypress-Fairbanks ISD1,14777.1A93Cypress
46Warner Elementary SchoolCypress-Fairbanks ISD1,33276.7A93Cypress
47Twain Elementary SchoolHouston ISD86976.5A93Houston, Southside Place
48Holland Elementary SchoolKaty ISD1,09176.5A93Katy
49Bush Elementary SchoolConroe ISD73776.4A93Conroe, The Woodlands
50Rogers Middle SchoolPearland ISD80076.3A93Pearland
51Clark Intermediate SchoolConroe ISD82076.2A93Spring
52Madden Elementary SchoolFort Bend ISD99276.1A93Richmond
53Creekview Elementary SchoolTomball ISD72075.4A93The Woodlands, Tomball
54Willow Creek Elementary SchoolHumble ISD48475.4A93Houston, Kingwood
55Northpointe Intermediate SchoolTomball ISD75275.4A93Tomball
56Jenks Elementary SchoolKaty ISD1,29475.4A93Fulshear, Katy
57Condit Elementary SchoolHouston ISD77075.1A93Bellaire, Houston
58Valley Oaks Elementary SchoolSpring Branch ISD71875.0A93Houston, Hilshire Village, Spring Valley Village
59Oak Forest Elementary SchoolHouston ISD85975.0A93Houston
60Ride Elementary SchoolConroe ISD70674.8A93Spring, The Woodlands
61Memorial Drive Elementary SchoolSpring Branch ISD42574.8A93Bunker Hill, Hedwig Village, Houston, Hunters Creek, Piney Point
62Wells Elementary SchoolCypress-Fairbanks ISD73574.8A93Katy
63French Elementary SchoolKlein ISD77674.7B93Spring
64Hubenak Elementary SchoolLamar CISD94874.5A93Richmond
65Wilder Elementary SchoolAlvin ISD85274.4A93Pearland
66Williams Elementary SchoolLamar CISD41974.3A93Richmond, Rosenberg
67Campbell Elementary SchoolKaty ISD77773.8A93Fulshear, Katy
68Katy Elementary SchoolKaty ISD67073.7A93Katy
69Barbers Hill Elementary School SouthBarbers Hill ISD92073.4A93Baytown, Beach City, Cove, Mont Belvieu
70Brazos Bend Elementary SchoolFort Bend ISD68873.3A93Sugar Land
71Powell Elementary SchoolConroe ISD86373.0A93Conroe, The Woodlands
72Frank Elementary SchoolKlein ISD65872.9A93Spring
73Alexander Middle SchoolPearland ISD82872.6A93Pearland
74Barbers Hill Elementary School NorthBarbers Hill ISD84072.3A92Baytown, Mont Belvieu, Old River-Winfree
75Keith Elementary SchoolCypress-Fairbanks ISD99572.1A92Cypress

Charter elementary schools

Generally speaking, any student can apply for admission to a Texas charter school, though the school's charter can specify certain restrictions. A typical example of this would be that a student must reside in a specific town or city in order to apply for admission. In most cases, the school's admissions policy also will describe its lottery process. A charter school must use a lottery process when the number of applications to the school exceeds the number of available spaces.

2020 top Houston charter elementary schools

1KIPP Unity Primary SchoolKIPP Texas Public Schools73379.1A94
2Harmony Science Academy - Sugar LandHarmony School of Science69872.0A92
3KIPP Shine PreparatoryKIPP Texas Public Schools86370.5A92

Similar Houston area high schools and middle schools student performance ranked lists are available on these best Houston public high schools and best Houston public middle schools pages. Rankings for area school districts are shown on this best Houston school districts page.


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