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 837 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 90% 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
90%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1350
320 responses
Average ACT
31
83 responses
AP Enrollment
44%
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Living in the Area
A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C-
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Cost of Living
    B
  4. Good for Families
    A-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$47,010
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$898
National
$949
Median Home Value
$140,300
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
95%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.55 responses
Poll
55%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.55 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 175 responses
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  • Field Day
    27%
  • Ifest
    23%
  • Fall Fest
    15%
  • Talent Show
    11%
  • Science Symposium
    10%
  • Winter ball
    9%
  • 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
837
Free or Reduced Lunch
41%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.61 responses
54%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.61 responses
13%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.61 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$50,981
Teachers in First/Second Year
1.9%
57%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.77 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.77 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.77 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.87 responses
20%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.87 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.87 responses
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My time at DeBakey was definitely stressful but I would not go back and change a thing! I met life long friends from all around Houston, and had amazing math teachers. Science teachers are not the greatest (especially biology, ironic). The school is beyond safe, and the student body is definitely very competitive but also supportive. I thank this school for setting me up to do extraordinarily well on my AP test! I wish we had dual credit courses and sports, but at the end of the day my 4 and 5 scores on the AP exams made up for that.
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Overall. DeBakey HSHP tries very hard to live up to its expectations, to push its students to their academic limits, stretches their endurance and health, and does what it thinks best for preparing students for college and university. It is extremely challenging, but when your class of 100 students all goes through agony together, you develop a sense of mutual empathy as everyone knows how it feels to struggle, and to overcome, massive workloads and extreme difficulties. Overall? It's worth it. Though, it would be nice if the school had a counselor (not an academic one, and actual gives-advice-and-support one), the school has has begun to implement suicide prevention slowly but surely as the administration finally realizes that its students weren't exaggerating their stress levels.
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.