Health Careers, O'Connor, Beard, and Leon Springs named best public schools in San Antonio

April 11, 2011

Once again, Health Careers is the No. 1 high school in the San Antonio area, according to Children at Risk, a Houston-based nonprofit organization that researches and ranks public schools.

O’Connor High School was No. 9 in the rankings, and in the elementary school category, Beard was No. 5, and Leon Springs was No. 8.

In addition, Jay High School was ranked No. 2 among “most improved high schools in greater San Antonio.” Rankings in this category were based on three years of student data.

Superintendent John Folks said Northside ISD is blessed with educators who work hard and believe every single student can achieve success.

“These schools are great because they have great teachers and they have great leaders,” Folks said. “But the schools that aren’t on this list also have great teachers and principals.”

Children at Risk uses 14 indicators to evaluate schools, including the four-year graduation rate, participation in advanced coursework, and performance on college entrance exams.

“We do this so that parents have good data, so that they understand why schools are better than others and why should be advocates for their children’s education,” said Dr. Bob Sandborn, president and CEO of Children at Risk.

Pictured to the right are the principals of some of San Antonio’s best schools: Mark Rustan, Beard Elementary School; Dottie Hall, Health Careers High School; and Jackie Horras, O’Connor High School.