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Deer Park ISD tops list of safe schools in Houston area

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Schools

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With the 2017-18 school year less than a month away, Deer Park ISD has earned high rankings in the state and Greater Houston Area. Niche.com, a website dedicated to school and neighborhood data, has ranked Deer Park ISD No. 1 in the area for safety and best place to teach.

A data website specializing in education and neighborhoods has ranked Deer Park ISD as the safest school district in the Greater Houston Area.

According to data release by Niche.com, Deer Park ISD topped the list 39 area school districts. The site states that it weighs its rankings on parent/student surveys, expenses per student, student absenteeism, in- and out-of-school suspensions, expulsions, law enforcement referrals and school related arrests.

Deer Park ISD Superintendent Victor White said the top ranking is more than just a feather in the cap of the district.

“In this day and time when it comes to safety and security, it’s something our community values. It is one of our top priorities and makes us feel like we are accomplishing one of our major goals.

White said the peace-of-mind of safe schools can be a beacon for families and businesses who want to locate to the Deer Park community and Deer Park ISD footprint. He said the ranking speaks to the success of the district’s working relationships with the community and first responders.

“It goes hand-in-hand. We have a long-standing history of working with the city. We receive so much valuable cooperation and assistance from the police department and fire department. It echoes the strength of the community,” said White.

When students and faculty feel they are safe in schools, they can focus on learning material.

“We strive for safe schools so that effective learning can occur,” White said. “That is one of the foundations that has to be in place.”

Deer Park ISD has several avenues in place to encourage parents, faculty and students to share information that keeps campuses safe and secure, said White. The district has a long-standing relationship with CrimeStoppers where students can anonymously report illegal activities and threats directly to law enforcement.

In the past students using the CrimeStoppers system and social media to report these incidents have directly led to police investigations and arrests.

“The students are the eyes and ears who see when things are cropping up or are unusual that we need to know about,” he said. “They all assist us make our schools a safe and secure place to teach.”

In addition to the top ranking in safety and security, Deer Park ISD also earned high marks in other areas. Niche.com ranks the school district ranks No. 1 in the Greater Houston Area and No. 11 in the state of Texas as Best Place to Teach.

According to Niche.com, Deer Park ISD ranks No. 7 in the Best School District in the Greater Houston Area and No. 44 in Texas list.