KIPP Texas High Schools Ranked Among Top in the Nation

KIPP Texas Public Schools is proud to announce that nine KIPP Texas high schools were ranked among the top high schools in the nation by the Jay Mathews Challenge Index High School Rankingsformerly known as America’s Most Challenging High Schools, published in The Washington Post


  • KIPP Austin Collegiate is the 3rd best high school in Austin 
  • KIPP Austin Brave is the 4th best high school in Austin


  • KIPP Oak Cliff Academy is the 3rd best high school in Dallas


  • KIPP Connect High School (KIPP CONNECT Preparatory) is the #1 best high school in Houston
  • KIPP Houston High School is the 5th best high school in Houston
  • KIPP Generations Collegiate is the 8th best high school in Houston
  • KIPP Sunnyside is the 9th best high school in Houston
  • KIPP Northeast College Preparatory is the 10th best high school in Houston 


  • KIPP University Prep is the 8th best high school in the Nation and #1 in San Antonio

According to the 2023 rankings, the nine KIPP Texas high schools listed are in the top one percent of America’s 22,000 plus high schools. 

The Challenge Index is the oldest high school ranking system in the country, beginning in 1998 in both Newsweek and The Washington Post. It is the only list that does not rely on test scores, which are more of a measure of student family income than school quality. It is also the only list that compares private and public schools.

The Challenge Index ranks schools by a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or Cambridge tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. 

Congratulations to KIPP Austin Collegiate, KIPP Austin Brave, KIPP Oak Cliff Academy, KIPP Connect High School (KIPP CONNECT Preparatory), KIPP Houston High School, KIPP Generations Collegiate, KIPP Sunnyside, KIPP Northeast College Preparatory, and KIPP University Prep for being ranked the top schools in Texas and among the best in the nation!  

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