Seven Round Rock ISD schools were ranked among the top five schools in Central Texas by the CHILDREN AT RISK Annual School Rankings.

Cactus Ranch, Canyon Creek, England, Laurel Mountain and Sommer elementary schools earned the top five spots in the elementary category. In the middle school category, Canyon Vista and Walsh middle schools were ranked first and second, respectively. In addition to the top placings, Round Rock ISD elementary and middle schools were collectively the highest rated in the area.

As part of their ranking process, CHILDREN AT RISK reviewed 488 public and charter schools across the region and assigned A-F grades in order to analyze the current quality of public education in the Greater Austin area, identify trends, and spotlight schools, going above and beyond expectations.

To be considered for a top placement, each campus earned a minimum of an A+ rating.

“As educators, it is our mission to ensure that all students at all levels succeed and that we address any disparities that may prevent them from reaching their potential as scholars and well-rounded individuals,” Superintendent Steve Flores, Ph.D. said. “These results are the product of the hard work taking place at our campuses and the passion, knowledge and skill that our educators bring to our children each day. Our important work will continue to move forward and we are ready to make further strides in closing achievement gaps.”

The CHILDREN AT RISK ranking is based on the measurements of Student Achievement, Campus Performance, Growth and College Readiness. To assess performances in each of the measurements, the organization compiled data based on STAAR Reading and Math tests, graduation rates, college entrance exam participation and scores and Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme participation and scores. Student growth and how campuses support economically disadvantaged students are also taken into consideration, according to the organization.

CHILDREN AT RISK is a nonprofit organization that serves as a catalyst for change to improve the quality of life for children through strategic research, public policy analysis, education, collaboration and advocacy, according to the organization.