In a new statewide ranking of schools, Austin has some of the best grades and some of the worst.
The group – Children at Risk – grades schools on an A through F scale. Out of the four major metro areas in Texas, the Austin area has the highest percentage of campuses with A's.
Austin also has the lowest percentage of schools with an 'F' Grade. Anderson and Bowie high schools ranked in the top ten high schools. But most of the other top ranked schools are in nearby districts or charter schools. Harmony Science Academy—a charter school in North Austin—ranked the top Public High school.
Children At Risk’s Executive Director Bob Seaborn says charter schools have an advantage because they can attract the brightest students from a wide area. But he also says charter schools can try new ideas to ensure student success.
“They have figured out a way to have a longer school day, they have figured out a longer school year. They have a clear mission and high expectation from principals. So they’re doing some of these things that are necessary to make sure you’re successful with all kids," Seaborn said.
Three of the four high schools given an F grade are within AISD: Lanier, Travis and Reagan High Schools. Seaborn says the survey is a tool for parents to identify which schools are preparing students for college and which schools need improvement.