A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    C-
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions is an elite, public school located in Houston, TX. It has 844 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 95% of students are at least proficient in math and 99% in reading.
Address
3100 Shenandoah St
Houston, TX 77021
Telephone
(713) 741-2410

Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
99%
Percent Proficient - Math
95%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1350
293 responses
Average ACT
31
77 responses
AP Enrollment
44%
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Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
94%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.54 responses
Poll
54%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.54 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 172 responses
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  • Field Day
    27%
  • Ifest
    23%
  • Fall Fest
    15%
  • Talent Show
    12%
  • Science Symposium
    10%
  • Winter ball
    8%
  • Welcome back dance
    2%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
844
Free or Reduced Lunch
42%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.60 responses
55%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.60 responses
13%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.60 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
1.9%
58%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.76 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.76 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.76 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
Expenses Per Student
$10,414/ year
National
$12,239
78%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.86 responses
20%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.86 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.86 responses
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Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions Reviews

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DeBakey is really no ordinary High School. It's a place where there are no sports, no fun activities, and no incentives to develop a school spirit. I would say that DeBakey's best aspect is its teachers. They are passionate, dedicated and admirable for their resilience in putting up with the horrendous administration. The majority are well-educated and actually knowledgeable in their field, however, there are some few that just sit on their bums and fabricate grades which is a bit frustrating. The student body is a whole other thing as well. The best way I could describe it is if you combined all the top 10% students from the other high schools in the district and put them into one school. The students are highly competitive and not very socially adept. The food here is decent and the hospital rotations make up for the depressing atmosphere and overabundant amount of homework. Lastly, the administration is absolutely useless, rude, ignorant, and arrogant.
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DeBakey High School doesn't seem to actually care about anything that aren't grades. I will admit, there are good teachers here but they are too small a group. Many of the teachers don't care that there are 7 other classes we have homework in, they just blame us for poor time management skills while never giving us any advice on how to manage time better other than cutting out everything that could possibly be considered fun.
Finally, its a very stressful place. The school prides itself on getting kids ready for college but honestly, all it really does is make us so sleep deprived before we get to college that we just can't care anymore. The work load and the grade stress are too much for a bunch of teenagers who aren't even getting the full high school experience and are still trying to figure out who they are.
I personally believe at DeBakey, there are things you must struggle at or even fail in order to succeed. There will be a lot of sacrifices made and stress from AP courses. However, this school is truly a gift towards people who want to pursue in the medical field/STEM and for those who keep persevering. You can't depend on counselors or teachers. Also, don't be afraid to reach out for help when you are struggling because you have the resources and teachers to guide you. Otherwise, it is not hard to fall behind quickly, and catching up is very difficult. If you feel stressed, it's ok. Every intelligent person goes through this. Think of it as a requirement instead of a sob story. Don't survive, thrive. I hope for those who get accepted into this school, will learn to appreciate what they have and maybe strive for a little more because everyone has potential. Education helps you realize it, and hopefully, compels or inspires you onward.