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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    C-
  9. Food
    A
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Carnegie Vanguard High School is a top rated, public, magnet school located in Houston, TX. It has 808 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 26 to 1. According to state test scores, 90% of students are at least proficient in math and 95% in reading.

Carnegie Vanguard High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
95%
Percent Proficient - Math
90%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1370
304 responses
Average ACT
31
168 responses
AP Enrollment
100%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$100,691
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,395
National
$949
Median Home Value
$477,944
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.24 responses
Poll
88%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.24 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 76 responses
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  • Rhino Fest
    24%
  • IFest
    22%
  • Spirit Week
    20%
  • Graduation
    14%
  • Pep Rallies
    14%
  • Winter Ball
    3%
  • Pep rallies
    1%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
808
Free or Reduced Lunch
31%
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.29 responses
97%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.29 responses
21%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.29 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
26:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$50,258
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.9%
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.42 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.42 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.42 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$13,833/ year
National
$12,239
89%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.45 responses
62%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.45 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.45 responses
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Carnegie used to not have many activities, but as the school grows, we are getting more. We have an awesome cross country team that swept at districts last year for girls, tennis, basketball, and volleyball (UIL). We also have rugby, soccer, and badminton. We are getting a competitive dance team and rumor has it a dance team. We have many other students who play tennis or do track or lacrosse outside of school. Not to mention we have the best theater program in Texas and offer every club imaginable. And if there isn't a club, start one! It looks great on a resume. The only thing lacking are after school programs or special classes and opportunities to take credits during the summer or at a community college. There's less flexibility than there is at bigger schools with a wider range of classes and we're missing a football team too. But does football really outweigh the myriad of amazing students and faculty and an opportunity to ACTUALLY learn SOMETHING at school?
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Being a prestigious school, Carnegie Vanguard is known for having rigorous course work, and challenging material. It is not uncommon for a student to be doing upwards of four hours of homework a night. While this can be very tiring, the community at the school makes it all worth it. The teachers are always committed to helping their students, always going above and beyond, making sure to be available outside of class if needed. In addition, students are always helping each other with material, teaching it to one another, and studying together. Having a supportive environment like the one at Carnegie Vanguard really pushes one's potential. It is not easy, the course work is very tedious and challenging, and can be very overwhelming most times; but completing a week of Carnegie leaves one with a feeling of achievement, and lasting confidence. Friendships t made at Carnegie are friends for life, the people are dependable, and the supportive and environment pushes students to succeed.
My experience at Carnegie Vanguard has been nothing short of impactful. Every teacher is very passionate about the subjects they teach, which makes the students passionate about learning. Carnegie has a good student to teacher ratio, and as a student, I feel like my teachers actually care about me. The teachers' empathy is highly important because there is a large workload that can get overbearing at times. The teachers at Carnegie have found a perfect balance between being strict and caring. Carnegie also has clubs for anyone and everyone, and if there's not a club for you, you are encouraged to start your own. One of the best things about Carnegie, in my opinion, is the solidarity minorities have. There are several different minority-based clubs such as the Asian American Association, Black Student Union, and Carnegie's Gay-Straight Alliance club, Prism. Overall, Carnegie is an amazing school to prepare students for the challenges of adult life, whether in college or anywhere else.