STISD and Campuses Rank Among the Best in the State and Nation in Niche 2016 K-12 Rankings
For the second year in a row, South Texas Independent School District (STISD) and five of its campuses were ranked among the best in the state and nation in the Niche Best K-12 Schools lists.
Released this week, the 2016 K-12 Schools lists grade and rank schools and districts based upon criteria ranging from academics to culture and teachers.
This year, South Texas Preparatory Academy (STPA) in Edinburg ranked 5th in the state and 15th in the nation in the Best Public Middle Schools list, and the campus received an A+ overall Niche grade.
All four STISD high schools ranked among the top in the state in the 100 Best Public High Schools in Texas. The Science Academy of South Texas (Science Academy) in Mercedes ranked 2nd in the state and 15th in the nation and received an A+ overall grade. South Texas Academy for Medical Professions (Medical Academy) in Olmito ranked 35th in the state and received an A+, while South Texas High School for Health Professions (Med High) in Mercedes ranked 41st in the state and received an A+, and South Texas Business, Education & Technology Academy (BETA) ranked 65th and received an A.
At the district level, STISD was ranked 4th out of 100 in the Best School Districts in Texas list and 43rd out of 100 in the nation, and it received an A+ overall Niche grade.
Other notable 2016 Niche rankings for the district and campuses include:
• College Readiness: Science Academy ranked 99th in the nation;
• Districts with Best Academics in America: STISD ranked 140th;
• Middle Schools with Best Academics in America: STPA ranked 77th in the nation and 16th in the state;
• Middle Schools with Best Teachers in America: STPA ranked 80th in the nation and 1st in the state;
• Best Magnet Schools in Texas: Medical Academy ranked 9th;
• Best Facilities in America: STISD ranked 56th in the nation and 4th in the state;
• Best Administration in America: STISD ranked 52nd in the nation and 3rd in the state; and
• Best Teachers in America: STISD ranked 8th in the nation and 1st in TX.
According to the company website, Niche ranks more than 100,000 public and private schools and districts based on dozens of statistics and 27 million opinions from 300,000 students and parents. They offer unique insight into more than 120,000 K-12 schools. Students and parents can explore millions of reviews and rankings and compare educational outcomes across schools and districts.
Additional information on the methodology used for the grading and ranking is available on the Niche website HERE
Marla M. Guerra, Ed.D., superintendent of schools for STISD, was pleased to see all of the campuses appear on the list for the second year in a row. “We are elated to see our campuses and our district ranked among the best in the Niche lists again this year. Our entire school community works diligently to create an atmosphere and culture conducive to academic success, and these rankings – which take into account opinions from students and parents – are a reflection of our success.”
South Texas Independent School District (STISD) serves junior high and high school students who live along the southernmost tip of Texas, the region known as the Rio Grande Valley. The district stretches over three counties – Cameron, Hidalgo and Willacy. The only all-magnet school district in the state, STISD offers Valley students an educational alternative. STISD schools provide a personal environment, a strong scholastic program and hands-on training in various professional career fields.