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Published on August 20, 2019
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How strong are the charter high schools in Houston?

With a fresh school year kicking off, we analyzed newly released data from Niche.com — which include comprehensive report cards, rankings and reviews — to identify those schools that made the biggest strides last year and those that lead their peers.

Yes Prep North Forest's overall rating improved the most among similar schools in Houston, rising from a C+ to a B, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 6602 Winfield Road, enrolls 865 students. Yes Prep North Forest serves a fairly diverse population: 76% of students identify as Hispanic and 22% identify as black. Niche gave the school mixed grades: B on an A-D scale for academics, B+ for administration and C for clubs and activities.

The overall ranking comes from Niche's proprietary algorithms. A school's ranking might change due to many factors, including the relative rankings of similar schools and whether a school gained or lost peers due to openings or closings. Other numbers come from current public data from the U.S. government.

Academically, 75% of Yes Prep North Forest's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 62% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 76% in math and 63% in reading. The school's improved overall rating is notable in that it serves a less-affluent population, with 84% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Raul Yzaguirre School for Success - High School saw its overall rating jump from a C to a B-. The school is located at 2950 Broadway St. and is much smaller, currently serving 294 students.

Niche gave Raul Yzaguirre School for Success - High School mixed grades: B- on an A-D scale for academics, C+ for administration and C- for clubs and activities. The school's latest math proficiency was at 82%, and reading proficiency was 57%. It also serves a less-affluent population, with 94% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

While some charter high schools in Houston are moving up the ranks, others are consistently top-rated overall, including:

  • Clear Horizons Early College High School, with an overall rating of A+.
  • Westchester Academy for International Studies, with an A rating overall.
  • Harmony School of Advancement-Houston, rated A overall.

Want more of the latest intel on Houston schools? Hoodline also analyzed the latest Niche ratings for the city's public high schools.

This story was created automatically using data from Niche.com, then reviewed by an editor before publication. Click here for more about how and why Hoodline is automating local news. Got thoughts about what we're doing? Go here to share your feedback.