Three Fort Worth high schools got a nod from a Houston-based research and advocacy group as among the top urban high schools in North Texas that serve low-income students.
Children At Risk this week posted a list of rankings of comprehensive high schools that are located in urban school districts that also have a high concentration (74 percent or more) of students from economically disadvantaged families.
There were 22 North Texas neighborhood schools (not magnet schools or charter schools) evaluated for this list, of which eight were considered the top, said Caroline Neary, a data analyst for Children at Risk.
Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School was ranked first on the list. Carter-Riverside High School ranked seventh and North Side High School ranked eighth. The sub list also included four Dallas ISD schools and Irving High School.
Schools in other metropolitan areas were ranked on separate lists, Neary said.
The group performs an annual study issuing letter grades and rankings for public and charter schools in major metropolitan areas in Texas. On the group's overall list, Diamond Hill-Jarvis High was ranked 101st among 191 schools in North Texas and 591st among 1,171 high schools statewide.
Carter-Riverside High ranked 149th in North Texas and 926th statewide and North Side High was ranked 154th in North Texas and 964th statewide.
All three schools were given C grades. The highest ranking Fort Worth ISD high school was Paschal High School, which ranked 69th in North Texas and 333rd statewide. The population of economically disadvantaged students there is 46 percent; it is 86 percent at Diamond Hill-Jarvis, according to the Texas Education Agency.
The North Texas region includes nine counties: Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Rockwall and Tarrant.
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