AUSTIN (KXAN) - The list of the Top 10 high schools throughout the Central Texas area is out, and two schools from the Austin Independent School District made the cut.
Children At Risk graded nearly 400 schools in and around Austin looking at testing scores, poverty rates, and classroom improvement.
Top 10 public high schools in Central Texas
- Harmony Science Academy in North Austin
- Nyos Charter School
- Westlake High School (Eanes ISD)
- Westwood High School (Round Rock ISD)
- Star Charter School (Chaparral Star Academy)
- Dripping Springs High School (Dripping Springs ISD)
- McNeil High School (Round Rock ISD)
- Anderson High School (Austin ISD)
- Lake Travis High School (Lake Travis ISD)
- Bowie High School (Austin ISD)
"Honestly it is all about the students and children and teachers, said Harmony Science Academy principal Mustafa Altindag. "I think the most important factor is really dedicated teachers and administrators."
The charter school integrates science, technology, engineering, and math or STEM into every subject.
Social studies teacher John Rodriguez uses blogs and online collaboration to enrich the learning experience.
Harmony Science Academy has a 100% college acceptance rate. Students must show an acceptance letter to the counselor before they can graduate.
Rodriguez said, "some of the questions we're trying to solve today in social studies are the ones they were trying to solve 2,000 years ago and will be trying to solve 2,000 years from now."
Elementary- and middle schools also received a ranking.
Top Five middle schools
- Canyon Vista Middle School (Round Rock ISD)
- KIPP Austin College Prep (KIPP Austin Public Schools)
- Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders (Austin ISD)
- Harmony School of Science - Austin (Harmony Science Academy)
- West Ridge Middle School (Eanes ISD)
Top Five elementary schools
- Spicewood Elementary School (Round Rock ISD)
- Canyon Creek Elementary School (Round Rock ISD)
- Bryker Woods Elementary School (Austin ISD)
- Lee Elementary School (Austin ISD)
- Cactus Ranch Elementary School (Round Rock ISD)
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