Yesterday the Houston Independent School District’s Board of Education approved the creation of the Baylor College of Medicine Academy at Ryan, a new magnet middle school with a rigorous curriculum focused on the health sciences. The new magnet school will be located at the historic Ryan Middle School site, 2610 Elgin.

"Having been in Houston for 70 years, Baylor College of Medicine has always had a commitment to the community, especially when it comes to educating young people in the fields of science and math and encouraging them to pursue careers in medicine," said Dr. Paul Klotman, president and CEO of BCM. "The Baylor College of Medicine Academy at Ryan is a great addition to the BCM family and we look forward to working with HISD in providing the best education for future generations."

The school will be aligned with the Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions, which BCM and HISD have jointly operated since 1972. Now, with almost 6,000 graduates, the high school is recognized as one of the finest in the country, with the U.S. News & World Report ranking it at No. 4 in Texas and No. 36 nationally.

The Center for Educational Outreach at BCM will collaborate in the creation of the health sciences magnet program as well as the curriculum of the school. In addition, BCM will:

  • Plan and conduct professional development in science and health for teachers at the school
  • Make available existing middle school science and health curricular content and resources developed by BCM
  • Help facilitate and evaluate joint activities of Ryan teachers with BCM faculty members and students
  • Promote collaboration between Ryan and DeBakey High School teachers and students

"Middle school is a critical transition point for many students. We hope that the new program will prepare students for challenging and rewarding coursework in high school and beyond, and stimulate their interest in and enthusiasm for health and science careers," said Dr. Nancy Moreno, professor and senior associate director of BCM’s Center for Educational Outreach. "The new program will enable middle school students to explore real-world topics in science and health, and explore career opportunities in a variety of fields."

The new school will open with a sixth-grade class and will eventually serve students in grades six through eight. It will be open to students without admission requirements, but will have a rigorous curriculum.