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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions is a top rated, public, magnet school located in Houston, TX. It has 891 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 95% of students are at least proficient in math and 98% in reading.

Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
98%
Percent Proficient - Math
95%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1360
458 responses
Average ACT
31
106 responses
AP Enrollment
55%
Living in the Area
A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$69,619
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,272
National
$949
Median Home Value
$260,505
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
94%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.66 responses
Poll
53%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.66 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 217 responses
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  • Field Day
    26%
  • Ifest
    23%
  • Fall Fest
    14%
  • Talent Show
    11%
  • Winter ball
    9%
  • Science Symposium
    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
891
Free or Reduced Lunch
44%
99%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.72 responses
54%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.72 responses
13%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.72 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$50,258
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.2%
58%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.88 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.88 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.88 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$13,833/ year
National
$12,239
79%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.98 responses
22%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.98 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.98 responses
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Hi, I’m a current senior at DeBakey and I really love this school! Even though DeBakey is a challenge, for people who want to enter the heath or STEM fields this school is the perfect choice. DeBakey has great teachers in all departments, who are always willing to help if the student shows interest. However, this school places special emphasis on the sciences and mathematics. We even have special anatomy and health sciences classes to accommodate our interests. Also, we have many AP classes to choose, especially juniors and seniors. The best part is, without a doubt, going to hospitals and shadowing nurses for about 4-6 hours each week! The overall student body at DeBakey is very receptive and understanding because the school is so small. All in all, if you want to succeed at DeBakey, be focused, but also join clubs, hang out with friends, and go to the school dances to have some fun!
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DeBakey HSHP seemed impossible to graduate from; however, as an alum, I appreciate how it prepared me for college. I was introduced to fast paced learning and mastered the art of self-teaching through this school. Teachers and administrators are reasonable and understanding. The small student population was great!
The community at DeBakey is by far the best thing about it. Since the sizes of the grades are much smaller than in a traditional High School, there are more opportunities for students to connect with each other and bond over common interests. This is only fostered by the teachers, most of whom genuinely care about their students' academic and emotional well-being.

Although there are some hiccups in administrative capabilities and problems concerning the options for extracurricular sports at DeBakey, the environment created by the teachers, students, and staff almost override all of its flaws. Overall, DeBakey is an amazing school, and it has been an immense pleasure of mine to have spent four years interacting with its members and furthering my education here.