Ridge Point High School has another accolade to add to its long list of honors — it is ranked among the top 9 percent of high schools across the nation.
The U.S. News & World Report recently released its annual tally of the Best High Schools in the U.S. after reviewing data from approximately 24,000 schools. There were 17,790 traditional, magnet and charter schools that were ranked nationally. Among the 1,485 ranked Texas high schools, Ridge Point was No. 169 with an overall score of 90.42.
Schools are ranked on performance on state-mandated tests, graduation rates and how well they prepare students for college. Ninety percent of Ridge Point’s students are proficient in math and 82 percent are proficient in reading, according to STAAR end-of-course testing. The overall student performance on the state-required tests is 87.1 percent — well above expectations nationally. The graduation rate stands at 98 percent and 48 percent of students took at least one AP exam, with 36 percent passing at least one AP exam.
Located in Sienna, Ridge Point is Fort Bend’s newest high school. One hundred sixty-three dedicated teachers instruct and mentor students and approximately 43 percent of Ridge Point’s teachers have a master’s or doctorate degree. Students can choose from more than 200 courses, including an extensive vocational and technical curriculum. There are 28 Advanced Placement courses, 16 honors programs, and gifted-and-talented programs for English, math, science and social studies. Students can also earn college credit before graduating.
Beyond the classroom, Ridge Point Panthers can participate in football, basketball, tennis, track, soccer, golf, swimming, volleyball, baseball, softball and diving. The school’s choir, band, orchestra and theater programs are thriving, and students have access to dozens of school clubs.
Ridge Point is just one of seven Fort Bend ISD schools located in Sienna, giving residents a full K-12 education. A number of preschools and private schools also are located within Sienna, giving parents a wide range of options.