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Carnegie Vanguard and Michael E. DeBakey high schools both scored high in a recent ranking of the best public high schools in the country, according to Houston CultureMap:

When it comes to helping shape your child’s future, selecting a high school is tantamount only to choosing a reproductive mate, but don’t let the pressure get to you.

Newsweek and The Daily Beast have done the hard work for parents across the nation, looking at public school graduation and college acceptance rates, plus participation in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs, to determine America’s Best High Schools.

Carnegie Vanguard High School in Houston was counted among those that best prepare students for college, ranking near the top for the third consecutive year. The school took No. 28 in this year’s rankings, compared to No. 13 in 2012 and No. 11 in 2011.

A selective magnet school that draws gifted and talented students from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds from across the Houston Independent School District, Carnegie Vanguard boasts a 100 percent graduation rate (with 93 percent of those students college-bound) and an average SAT score of 1883.

Houston’s Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions, the first of its kind in the nation, took No. 85 on the list, also citing a 100 percent rate of graduation and a 93 percent rate of college attendance, with an average SAT score of 1844.

Other Houston schools ranking among the top 1,000 included

Clear Horizons Early College High School at No. 201
Memorial High School, No. 254
YES Prep Public Schools — North Central, No. 370
Clear Lake High School, No. 392
Harmony Science Academy, No. 414
Energized for STEM Academy, No. 434
the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, No. 597
KIPP Houston High School, No. 601
Stratford High School, No. 774
YES Prep — Southeast, No. 849
Westchester Academy for International Studies, No. 924.
Dallas had two schools in the Top 10: The School of Science Engineering (No. 4) and The School for the Talented and Gifted (No 5.)

In Austin, the highest ranked public school is the Liberal Arts and Science Academy High School, which came in at No. 33.


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