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PSJA ISD high schools ranked among top in Texas, Nation

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PHARR – Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD’s (PSJA ISD) high schools are ranked among the top in the State of Texas and the Nation, according to the 2021 U.S. News & World Report, with PSJA T. Jefferson T-STEM Early College High School ranked among the top 100. The ranking is based on the school’s Advanced Placement (AP) participation rate.  

The U.S. News & World Report ranks schools based on their performance in state-required tests and how well students are prepared for college. U.S. News ranked approximately 17,790 public high schools, out of a review of more than 24,000 in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  

Through PSJA ISD’s Early College initiative, high school students can graduate with up to 60 college hours or an Associate Degree from higher education partner South Texas College before their high school graduation.  

The district’s high schools were ranked as follows:  

PSJA T. Jefferson T-STEM Early College High School  

  • 90 in Texas Rankings  
  • 608 in National Rankings  

PSJA Early College High School  

  • 201 in Texas Rankings  
  • 2,200 in National Rankings  
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PSJA Southwest Early College High School 

  • 252 in Texas Rankings  
  • 2,876 in National Rankings  

PSJA Memorial Early College High School  

  • 309 in Texas Rankings  
  • 3,629 in the National Rankings  

PSJA North Early College High School  

  • 327 in Texas Rankings  
  • 3,867 in National Rankings  

The U.S. News & World Report ranks high schools based on six factors: College Readiness, Math & Reading Proficiency, Math & Reading Performance, Undeserved Student Performance, College Curriculum, and Graduation Rate.  

“We commend the work of our school teams and, of course, our student achievements,” said PSJA ISD School Board President Jorge Zambrano. “Thank you for continuing to take our school district to the next level.” 

For the last several years, PSJA ISD high schools have ranked higher every year. 

“Congratulations to our students and dedicated staff members,” said PSJA Superintendent Dr. Jorge L. Arredondo. “These rankings highlight our efforts to ensure our students are receiving a high-quality education even during the challenges we have faced this school year.” 

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