U.S. News and World Report has listed two Spring ISD high schools among the best in the nation – with one breaking into the top 100 in Texas – on its 2023-2024 Best High Schools rankings.
In the annual rankings of nearly 18,000 schools, Spring Early College Academy was ranked #528 nationally and #72 in Texas. Carl Wunsche Sr. High School earned the #2253 ranking in the U.S. and #224 in Texas. Both campuses boasted 100% graduation rates, with SECA earning additional accolades for a 100% AP participation rate.
“This level of recognition on a national level confirms what we already know – that Spring ISD is a place for exceptional learning and preparation for college, career or a future in the military,” Superintendent Dr. Lupita Hinojosa said. “Our goal is to keep pushing to give all of our students ample choice and opportunities to be successful in achieving their dreams.”
This year’s rankings showcase the schools whose students demonstrate outstanding outcomes, surpassing the anticipated benchmarks, including achieving high graduation rates.
U.S. News & World Report‘s 2023-2024 Best High Schools measures high schools on six factors: college readiness, reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum offerings, and graduation rates – putting them in the top 40% of high schools ranked nationwide.
Spring Early College Academy Principal Kristine Guidry said the recognition makes the hard work the campus puts in every day to serve their students worth it.
“This is such an honor, and the recognition this brings is a reflection on the staff, students and parents of this school community,” she said. “Our continued improvement is a combined effort of all and it validates even further for our students and staff, that all of the work and sacrifice they put in is recognized and celebrated.”
Dr. Alfred James, who serves as principal of Carl Wunsche Sr. High School, also praised his staff and students for striving for excellence every day.
“Our staff deserves the recognition because they constantly work to provide the best educational experiences for our students,” he said. “Our scholars never cease to amaze me with their competitive spirit and their commitment to learning. This is a huge honor – not only for Wunsche High School, but for Spring ISD.”