Best Middle Schools In Houston
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 middle and junior high school has been constructed. The way it works is that a school with an academic performance index level at 82.6 would have combined STAAR scores that are 17.4 percent lower than the scores of the state’s top performing middle 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.
The 2020 best Houston middle schools lists on this page identify the traditional open enrollment, selective enrollment and charter middle schools that scored highest on the 2019 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) evaluations administered statewide by the Texas Education Agency.
Most of the schools listed in the complete Houston public middle schools rankings are open enrollment schools and a relatively few are magnet and charter schools. Clicking on these 2020 top Houston open enrollment middle schools, 2020 top Houston selective enrollment middle schools and 2020 top Houston charter middle schools jump links displays those ranking views. The high schools identified in these lists also are among the top ranked middle schools in the state of Texas.
Open enrollment middle schools
Of the 304 Houston public middle and junior high schools included in this analysis, 1,423 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 middle schools that rank highest in academic performance and the cities/towns they serve are shown 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 middle schools
|attended by students living in|
|1||Fort Settlement Middle School||Fort Bend ISD||1,538||85.9||A||96||Sugar Land|
|2||Beckendorff Junior High School||Katy ISD||1,699||83.7||A||95||Katy|
|3||Smith Middle School||Cypress-Fairbanks ISD||1,555||82.4||A||95||Cypress|
|4||Seven Lakes Junior High School||Katy ISD||2,032||82.0||A||95||Katy|
|5||Tays Junior High School||Katy ISD||1,718||80.3||A||95||Katy|
|6||McCullough Junior High School||Conroe ISD||2,141||80.2||A||95||Conroe, Spring, The Woodlands|
|7||Lanier Middle School||Houston ISD||1,464||78.9||A||94||Houston|
|8||Sartartia Middle School||Fort Bend ISD||1,326||78.7||A||94||Richmond, Sugar Land|
|9||Austin Middle School||Galveston ISD||564||78.4||A||94||Galveston|
|10||Beck Junior High School||Katy ISD||1,001||76.8||A||94||Katy|
|11||Creekside Park Junior High School||Tomball ISD||766||76.3||A||94||Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball|
|12||McMeans Junior High School||Katy ISD||1,136||76.0||A||94||Houston, Katy|
|13||Memorial Middle School||Spring Branch ISD||1,336||76.0||A||94||Bunker Hill, Houston|
|14||Woodcreek Junior High School||Katy ISD||1,587||75.9||A||94||Katy|
|15||Miller Junior High School||Pearland ISD||895||75.6||A||94||Manvel, Pearland|
|16||Spillane Middle School||Cypress-Fairbanks ISD||1,539||74.1||A||94||Cypress, Houston|
|17||League City Intermediate School||Clear Creek ISD||1,066||73.3||A||93||League City|
|18||Pin Oak Middle School||Houston ISD||1,213||72.0||A||93||Bellaire, Houston|
|19||Cinco Ranch Junior High School||Katy ISD||1,272||71.6||A||93||Katy|
|20||Riverwood Middle School||Humble ISD||1,066||70.9||A||93||Houston, Humble, Kingwood|
|21||Devers Junior High School||Devers ISD||50||70.5||A||93||Devers|
|22||Hamilton Middle School||Cypress-Fairbanks ISD||1,490||70.3||A||93||Cypress, Houston, Willow Park|
|23||Willow Wood Junior High School||Tomball ISD||1,353||69.7||A||93||Cypress, Tomball|
|24||Salyards Middle School||Cypress-Fairbanks ISD||1,592||69.4||A||93||Cypress|
|25||Reading Junior High School||Lamar CISD||2,026||67.8||A||92||Richmond, Rosenberg, Sugar Land|
Selective enrollment middle schools
In addition to their open enrollment schools, a number of Texas school districts also operate selective enrollment schools. Selective enrollment schools provide career-oriented or specialized curriculum in addition to academic subjects, and admittance typically is based on students' previous academic performance and interests demonstrated in student interviews, auditions, essays, and other similar faculty assessments. As would be expected, since admission to selective enrollment schools generally is highly selective and limited, the average standardized test results of the selective enrollment schools generally are much higher than results attained by the open enrollment schools that their students otherwise would attend.
2020 top Houston selective enrollment middle schools
|1||Spring Branch Academic Institute||Spring Branch ISD||111||95.6||A||98|
|2||Mandarin Immersion Magnet School||Houston ISD||748||80.5||A||95|
|3||Project Chrysalis Middle School||Houston ISD||279||73.3||A||93|
Charter middle 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 middle schools
|1||Cornerstone Academy||Spring Branch ISD||377||76.8||A||94|
|2||Houston Gateway Academy - Elite||Houston Gateway Academy||807||70.1||A||93|
|3||Energized for STEM Academy Southwest Middle School||Houston ISD||218||69.1||A||93|
Source: Texas Education Agency
Similar Houston area elementary schools and high schools student performance ranked lists are available on these best Houston public elementary schools and best Houston public high schools pages. Rankings for school districts are shown on this best Houston school districts page.
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