Learning Environments Make A Difference: U.S. News & World Report Ranks Best High Schools

Proud to see several of our clients, past and present, represented in multiple categories within the US News and World Report’s 2019 Best High School Rankings, including:

Academic Magnet High School in Charleston, SC
#1 in Best (National) Schools and #1 in Best Magnet Schools

The Academic Magnet High School is situated on a 331,000 square foot campus in North Charleston, South Carolina. Managed by CBRE | Heery, the school was designed and constructed with 21 Century Technology, acoustically-designed cafeteria and dedicated outdoor spaces to support a liberal arts campus concept.

What began as a bold vision for a master plan on a shared campus for three of the district’s county-wide magnet schools in a cost effective manner has become a celebrated reality.  Rather than buying a new greenfeld property that had to be cleared and developed, the Board of Trustees opted to redevelop 42.5 acres of land that housed two closed and abandoned schools in North Charleston. This solution not only created cost savings but an opportunity to incorporate numerous sustainable building elements, such as repurposing the abandoned campus and saving the many grand oaks that resided on the grounds.

 Rather than create a single mega-structure to accommodate the various academic, exploratory, athletic and support spaces these programs require, the design team made a conscious decision to deconstruct this campus into nine separate buildings. Master planning the campus as a collection of special purpose facilities as opposed to a mega structure made each facility more intimate for the students and allowed the design team to tailor each building for its core mission. The Academic Magnet High School, the School of the Arts (SOA) High School, the SOA Middle School, the administration and media center, the performing arts center, the fine arts building, the cafeteria, gym and central energy plant are all separate facilities connected by a central circulation spine.

 All of the art studios and the media center benefit from north facing light. The large, modern cafeteria is surrounded by windows on three sides to let natural light flow freely into the building, and the communal space allows the student body of each school to eat together in one area.



DeBakey High School for Health Professions in Houston, TX
#17 in Best (National) Schools, #10 in Best Magnet Schools and #11 in Best STEM Schools

Consistently ranked among the top high schools in the nation, DeBakey strives to provide a challenging college preparatory program that includes five years of science, mathematics and an introductory study of medicine while furthering the understanding and appreciation for Houston’s diverse community.

CBRE | Heery served as the program manager for the new academic facility located in the heart of the Texas Medical Center. The $67 million, 194,000 square foot, five-story state-of-the-art campus opened its doors to students in 2017 and features mock hospital rooms and labs designed to simulate real-world research labs that provide interactive, hands-on learning experiences.

The U.S. News Best High Schools rankings include data on more than 23,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. More than 17,000 schools were ranked on six factors based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.

“Congratulations to these schools and the districts they are from!  We know that the learning environment makes a difference in education, and we are proud of our role in facilitating these great projects.” – David Waggoner, AIA, ALEP, LEED AP BD + C, Managing Director, CBRE | Heery