2018 Best Schools in the Houston AreaAbout this List

Explore the best schools in your area based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Read more on how this ranking was calculated.

  1. The Kinkaid School

    • Private School
    • Houston, TX
    • PK, K-12
    • 68
    2 Best Private High Schools in Houston Area

    Niche User: Kinkaid strives to produce well-rounded students and in my opinion as long as the student is willing to put in the effort needed, Kinkaid succeeds in doing that. I was given so many more opportunities to participate in a broad spectrum of activities than my friends who attended Houston publics schools and even my friends who attended other top tier private schools in the area. I played on 3 sports teams all four years of high school. I also participated in the choir for four years, the spring musical for 2 years and took AP and honors classes all throughout my career at Kinkaid. I found teachers to be understanding of all my activities and were willing to work with me to make sure I got everything taken care, especially when my athletic involvement began to require travel. My teachers were also supportive and encouraging, keeping up with my activities and my interests even after I was no longer in their classes. Teachers were always in attendance at big sporting events and major performances cheering on their students. I felt that the teachers at Kinkaid understood what the school was trying to accomplish and encouraged student involvement in after school activities. I appreciated the benefit of having such a well-rounded education that consisted of arts, athletics, and academics. It is one of the most unique things Kinkaid offers students. However, Kinkaid is very competitive. Students are always striving to be the best and brightest. It is not a place for those without a competitive drive or a desire to continue to improve. Sometimes, the competitiveness can drive a student away. However, I think that if a student at Kinkaid is willing to exert the efforts required of them they can receive an education that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. While the teachers, facilities and opportunities at Kinkaid all play an important role, it does eventually come down to the student's willingness to participate and desire to be a high achiever.
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    • A+
      Overall Niche Grade
    • 1,405 Students
    • 9:1 Student-Teacher Ratio
  2. Seven Lakes High School

    • Katy Independent School District, TX
    • 9-12
    • 933
    2 Best Public High Schools in Houston Area

    Niche User: Aside from dealing with my own stresses, my high school experience was quite positive. Of course, I prefer college, but I'm glad I went to such a positive school with great teachers. One of my favorite experiences was my Spanish for Spanish Speakers class. Señor Brazo is an incredible teacher. He can be tough sometimes but he did not just teach us how to speak proper Spanish, he also taught us about being good people. He encouraged me to speak in class more, despite having a sometimes-awkward accent. He is the reason I found one of my passions - Video Production. We had a project every six weeks and we always did videos and I decided I would be in charge of editing, simply because acting was not my forte and I had a good video editing software. To this day I still do video production on a small scale. I am already including it in my career!

    My second favorite experience was when Señor Brazo encouraged me to join the SLAMcast. I had attended Miller, which was great, but I felt like there was so much more I could still learn than just one school year's worth. I auditioned for the SLAMcast and, despite being incredibly nervous when I was practicing anchoring (and stumbling over my words), I did a great job with the interview portion of the audition. My teacher, Mr. Kolkman, acted as a student in the robotics club, and I had to interview him. I submitted a portfolio of some past work I've done in video production. I ended up being accepted into the organization. It was a lot of work. I've never put this much work after school on projects simply because we incorporated more than just a roll of film. Mr. Kolkman encouraged me to anchor, despite my horrendous anchoring part of the audition. I was hesitant simply because I'm not one to be on camera often, but I agreed. This helped improve my public speaking skills and I became so much more confident in myself. I would choose SLHS again because of how much it helped me grow up.
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    • A+
      Overall Niche Grade
    • 3,463 Students
    • 18:1 Student-Teacher Ratio
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