All Six Campuses Rank Among the Best in State and Nation

All Six STISD Campuses Among Best in State and Nation in Niche 2019 Rankings
Posted on 08/10/2018

South Texas Independent School District (STISD) ranked 2nd in Texas and 9th in the nation in the 2019 Best School Districts rankings released this week. 


Out of 995 school districts ranked throughout the state, STISD was part of the top five, and out of 10,758 districts ranked throughout the nation, STISD ranked in the top 10. 

 

This year, all six STISD campuses were ranked among the best in the state and nation in the 2019 Niche K-12 Schools lists, including the district’s newest middle school, Rising Scholars Academy of South Texas (Rising Scholars), which opened in San Benito in 2015. The Niche rankings grade and rank schools and districts based upon criteria ranging from academics to culture and teachers. 

This year, the two STISD middle schools claimed spots within the top three in the Best Public Middle Schools in Texas list, and the Best Public Middle School Teachers in Texas. 

 

In the Best Public Middle Schools list, South Texas Preparatory Academy (STPA) in Edinburg ranked 2nd in the state out of 2,066, and 18th in the nation out of 23,783, and Rising Scholars ranked 3rd in the state and 19th in the nation. Both campuses received an A+ overall Niche grade. In the Best Public Middle School Teachers list, Rising Scholars ranked 1st in Texas out of 1,978, and 9th in the nation out of 22,968, and STPA ranked 2nd in Texas and 10th in the nation. 

All four STISD high schools ranked among the top in the state and nation in the 2019 Best Public High Schools lists. The Science Academy of South Texas (Science Academy) in Mercedes ranked 13th in the state (out of 1,624) and 186th in the nation (out of 18,841) and received an A+ overall grade. South Texas Academy for Medical Professions (Medical Academy) in Olmito ranked 69th in the state and received an A, while South Texas High School for Health Professions (Med High) in Mercedes ranked 70th in the state and received an A, and South Texas Business, Education & Technology Academy (BETA) in Edinburg ranked 136th in the state and received an A. 


At the district level, STISD received an A+ overall Niche grade. The district also ranked 1st out of 1,020 in the 2019 Districts with the Best Teachers in Texas, and 1st out of 1,015 in the Best Places to Teach in Texas. 

Campuses and districts were also ranked according to county, and the district and campuses ranked at the top in their respective categories. 

 

The following are links to access the detailed lists of district and campus rankings: 


South Texas Independent School District 

Rising Scholars Academy of South Texas 

South Texas Academy for Medical Professions

South Texas Business, Education & Technology Academy

South Texas High School for Health Professions

South Texas Preparatory Academy

The Science Academy of South Texas 


According to the company website, Niche has the most comprehensive data on U.S. schools and neighborhoods. The company rigorously analyzes dozens of public data sets and millions of reviews and survey responses to help people understand what a place is really like. 

Additional information on the methodology used for the grading and ranking is available on the Niche website here: 
https://k12.niche.com/rankings/methodology/.