South Texas ISD Campuses are "Beating the Odds"

South Texas ISD Campuses are "Beating the Odds"
Posted on 08/25/2016
This is the image for the news article titled South Texas ISD Campuses are "Beating the Odds"In Newsweek’s 2016 “Beating the Odds” list, released last week, three South Texas Independent School District (STISD) campuses rank among the 500 top high schools in the nation for low-income students.

The Science Academy of South Texas (Science Academy) ranked 45th, South Texas High School for Health Professions (Med High) ranked 76th and South Texas Academy for Medical Professions (Medical Academy) ranked 293rd.

According to Newsweek, schools included in the “Beating the Odds” ranking were evaluated through a college readiness index based on six indicators – the ratio of students to counselor FTE, changes in 9th- and 12th-grade student enrollment rates (referred to as holding power), high school graduation rates, a weighted SAT/ACT composite score, a weighted AP/IB/dual enrollment composite score, and the percentage of students enrolling in college – and were ranked according to how well the schools performed relative to schools with similar proportions of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.

Science Academy also ranked number 254 on the second listing released by Newsweek — “America’s Top High Schools 2016”— which ranked the top 500 public high schools in the nation without taking into account “non-school factors” on rankings.

To see the “America’s Top High Schools 2016” list, visit, and for information regarding the “Beating the Odds” list, visit Additional information regarding the methodology for this year’s rankings and Frequently Asked Questions can be found on those websites.