Fort Bend ISD ranked 4th among large school districts based on 2014 Children at Risk rankings

Pictured (from left) are FBISD principals: David Yaffie, Clements High School; Thomas Heinly, Quail Valley Middle School; Dr. Jennifer Nichols, Sartartia Middle School; Julie Diaz, Fort Settlement Middle School; Joanna Hagler, Commonwealth Elementary School; and Gene Dupont, Colony Meadows Elementary School.

Pictured (from left) are FBISD principals: David Yaffie, Clements High School; Thomas Heinly, Quail Valley Middle School; Dr. Jennifer Nichols, Sartartia Middle School; Julie Diaz, Fort Settlement Middle School; Joanna Hagler, Commonwealth Elementary School; and Gene Dupont, Colony Meadows Elementary School.

The 2014 Children at Risk Rankings have been released and Fort Bend ISD is ranked fourth among the 13 large school districts in the Greater Houston area. Additionally, five FBISD schools are among the Top 10 schools, and 25 earned an “A” letter grade. Districts and campuses are ranked on student achievement, campus performance and student growth.

Children At Risk strives to improve the quality of life of children across Texas through strategic research, public policy analysis, education, collaboration and advocacy. Since 2006, its ranking system has highlighted the successes and need for improvement of local public schools. The rankings not only provide a tool to parents and students, but also provide information to campuses and districts on how they perform relative to their peers and compared against successful models of high-performing public schools.

Children at Risk awarded the Top 10 high schools and the Top Five middle and elementary schools in the Greater Houston Area at an awards ceremony. Five FBISD principals were also honored with certificates commending their schools’ performance and ranking on the 2014 Children at Risk Ranking Lists. Principals Gene Dupont (Colony Meadows Elementary School – 2nd), Joanna Hagler (Commonwealth Elementary School – 7th), Julie Diaz (Fort Settlement Middle School – 2nd); Dr. Jennifer Nichols (Sartartia Middle School – 4th), and David Yaffie (Clements High School – 8th) received certificates on behalf of their FBISD schools. Their schools also earned an “A” letter grade based on the Children At Risk rankings.

“Colony Meadows Elementary is proud to be recognized by the Children At Risk organization for this top honor,” said Gene Dupont, principal. “Our staff is committed to providing all of our students with the best opportunities for achievement and success possible. Keeping in line with our District’s mission, we strive to inspire and equip all students to pursue futures beyond what they can imagine.”

“I am extremely proud to represent Fort Settlement Middle School and all of the work that goes on daily behind the scenes,” said Julie Diaz, principal at Fort Settlement Middle School. “I am reminded of a quote by Margaret Mead who said ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.’ That quote embodies Fort Settlement Middle School, its students, faculty, staff, and community. Our own small group of thoughtful, committed citizens helps us to consistently exceed expectations, celebrate success, and work through challenges.”

Other FBISD schools to receive an “A” letter grade (along with their Houston-area rating) are: high schools – Austin (24); middle schools – Quail Valley (12), First Colony (25), Garcia (28), Dulles (61); and elementary schools – Walker Station (21), Cornerstone (24), Settlers Way (27), Brazos Bend (38), Austin Parkway (43), Scanlan Oaks (46), Drabek (55), Sienna Crossing (60), Barrington Place (91), Schiff (96), Lexington Creek (102), Meadows (104), Colony Bend (132), Sugar Mill (144), and Fleming (175).

Also included in the Greater Houston’s Top High Schools in Math and Science was Clements High School, ranked third; and Austin High School, ranked tenth.

To review the full listings of the 2014 Greater Houston school rankings, go to: http://childrenatrisk.org/research/school-rankings/houston/.

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