Children at Risk, a research and advocacy group that tracks academic performance by hundreds of schools, announced its top ranked schools in the San Antonio area.
The No. 1 rankings in each category are Roan Forest Elementary School in the Northeast Independent School District, SAISD’s Young Women’s Leadership Academy, which was also was ranked as the best middle school in Texas, and Health Careers High School in the Northside Independent School District.
Delia Montelongo McLarren, the academy's principal, said from Day 1, the girls learn this isn't their average middle school.
"We start teaching them right away what's expected of them," McLarren said. "They will be speaking in front one another. They'll be taking stands on various issues."
Carrie Pullins, a math teacher at the academy since it began, said she and other teachers try to draw real-life connections to what they are teaching. "This is important and it's not just pencil and paper, we do it."
“We’re seeing great principals, great teachers, teachers with missionary zeal,” said Dr. Bob Sanborn, Children at Risk’s president.
Sanborn said many of them do whatever is necessary to help their students succeed.
However, he also said the rankings also raise some red flags.
Sanborn said for the first time, the schools are being graded to make it easier for parents to measure the performance of their child’s school.
“There are still some schools that we want parents to be aware of, maybe they’re not doing as well as they should,” Sanborn said.