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Katy ISD Named Top Houston Area School District; 25 Schools Make Lists


September 28, 2022

By Natalie Cook Clark

Katy ISD was ranked the number 1 public school district in the Houston area out of 1,018 districts ranked in Texas. The District continues to grow with over 92,000 students and four new schools in development.

Number 1 School District; Hayes Number 1 Elementary

Katy ISD was ranked the number 1 public school district in the Houston area while the District’s Hayes Elementary was named the number 1 elementary. 4 Katy ISD high schools, 8 junior highs, and 13 elementary schools all were ranked in the top 20.

Each year, Niche, a ranking and review organization for K-12 schools, assesses school districts from across the country. Rankings are based on a detailed analysis of key statistics, reviews from students and parents, and data from the U.S. Department of Education.

These rankings are from the Niche 2023 Best Schools. Below are the Katy ISD school rankings among the Top 20.

Top 20 Houston Area Public High Schools

4. Seven Lakes High School

6. Tompkins High School

7. Cinco Ranch High School

20. Taylor High School

See the full list of Niche ranked high schools here.


Top 20 Houston Area Junior High Schools

2. Beckendorff Junior High

3. Beck Junior High 4. Tays Junior High

5. Seven Lakes Junior High

7. McMeans Junior High

9. Woodcreek Junior High

11. Cinco Ranch Junior High

14. Memorial Parkway Junior High

See the full list of Niche ranked junior high schools here.


Top 20 Houston Area Elementary Schools

1. Hayes Elementary

3. Kilpatrick Elementary

4. Alexander Elementary

5. Woodcreek Elementary

6. Stanley Elementary

7. Wilson Elementary

8. Griffin Elementary School

9. Randolph Elementary

10. Jenks Elementary

11. Pattison Elementary

12. Holland Elementary

14. Rylander Elementary

15. Katy Elementary

See the full list of Niche ranked elementary schools here.

"Hayes is truly a special place," says Kerri Schutlz, who's three children go through Hayes. "The administration, teachers, PTA and families who attend there are just a family. They genuinely care about the kids and helping them all achieve their best."


Katy ISD Grows to Match Community Need

Factors that weight into the ranking include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings, and more.

The Katy area continues to grow with businesses and residential development. Katy ISD plans four new schools in the next three years to accommodate the projected growth.

"Families are moving to the District in droves, leading to a projected enrollment of more than 100,000 students by 2028,” says Maria DiPetta, Katy ISD Manager of Media Relations & Multimedia/Spokesperson. “Despite this growth, Katy ISD remains a leader in educational excellence.”

Learn more about the District’s growth and plans here.


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