McNabb ES, Anderson ES and Wunsche HS receive Gold Ribbon designations by nonprofit
The Spring Independent School District’s Roberson Middle School has been ranked on Children at Risk’s annual list of best public schools in the Houston area, coming in at number 10 on the list of the 15 best middle schools in the region.
Roberson Middle School, a 2020 National Blue Ribbon School and a school of choice in Spring ISD, serves students in grades 6-8 with a program that emphasizes math, science and the fine arts through participation in one of four communities: STEM Engineering, Law Enforcement, Performing Arts, and Environmental/Agriculture. The school received a brand-new facility on Veterans Memorial Drive, which opened in 2019, as part of the 2016 bond program.
“We are so proud of all of our schools in Spring ISD, but this ranking by Children at Risk supports what we already know, and that is our students have an abundance of options in our district to grow and chart their own paths to excellence,” Superintendent Dr. Lupita Hinojosa said. “We want everyone to know about excellent and equitable opportunities available in Spring ISD. Whether students choose to pursue college or career options after graduation, we can prepare them for success.”
Roberson was also one of two middle schools in the top 10 that received Gold Ribbon School status from the organization. That designation recognizes high-performing schools that outperform their peers and where more than 75 percent of students are considered low-income and have received an A or a B in the nonprofit’s rankings.
Spring ISD had three additional Gold Ribbon schools this year: McNabb Elementary, Anderson Elementary and Carl Wunsche Sr. High School.
Roberson Principal Cecelia Brumsey said she and her staff were extremely honored to receive the recognition from Children at Risk.
“This is a proud moment for our school and a testament to the hard work our students and teachers put in each and every day to produce exemplary results,” Brumsey said. “This just motivates us even more to uphold the highest academic standards and reach even greater achievements in the year and years to come.”
Children at Risk is a nonprofit child advocacy organization that ranks and grades public schools in Texas for the purposes of informing the community and inspiring change as needed. The organization has provided these rankings for nearly two decades and utilizes state standardized test scores in reading and math, as well as high school achievement data to compile its rankings.
Elementary and middle schools are graded across three main areas: student achievement, achievement relative to poverty levels, and year-over-year student growth. For high schools, college readiness is added as another category of measurement.