Five HISD schools are on the 2010 Best High Schools list in the latest issue of U.S. News and World Report. Carnegie Vanguard High School and the Michael DeBakey High School for Health professions made the top 100 list. DeBakey was placed at number 40 and Carnegie Vanguard at number 77. Both schools have made the Top 100 list since its inception three years ago.

The top 100 schools in the analysis earned gold medals. The next 461 schools were awarded silver medals and 1189 schools earned bronze medals.

Challenge Early College High School, The High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice and the High School for Performing and Visual Arts received Silver Medals and Eastwood Academy received a Bronze Medal.

HISD is the only school district in Harris County to have any schools on the top 100 list. Two independent Houston charter schools also made the list. Carnegie Vanguard has continually achieved excellence in an old elementary school building which is considerably less than excellent. Last night in its regular monthly meeting the HISD Board of Education unanimously approved a plan to build a brand new Carnegie Vanguard High School on property the district owns next to the Gregory Lincoln Elementary and Middle School near downtown.

U.S. News and World Report uses a formula produced in collaboration with School Evaluation Services, a K–12 data research and analysis business run by Standard & Poor’s. The magazine put 18,743 high schools in 49 states through a three-step analysis. First, they measure how each school’s students performed on state tests, adjusting for student circumstances. They next evaluate how well each school’s disadvantaged students did. Finally, they look at whether the school was successful in providing college-level coursework.