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Who We Are

The Houston High Honors Academy consists of over 450 students in grades 9-12 who attend Houston High School in Germantown, Tennessee. These students hail from all parts of Shelby County, Tennessee representing 22 middle schools. 

The 43 members of the Class of 2016 earned an average ACT Composite of 31.05 out of a possible 36 and an average Advanced Placement test score of 3.65 (on a 1-5 scale with 3 considered passing). This cohort earned over $10 million dollars in scholarship offers. 

The Honors Academy challenges students to pursue excellence both in academic coursework and school and community leadership. Members of the Academy have chosen to distinguish themselves academically and to participate actively in service to the school and local community.


Through the Honors Academy experience, students cultivate life skills such as leadership, cooperation, organization, and responsibility. During their senior year, Honors Academy members will complete a capstone project as a culminating experience that will carry them beyond their high school years.

Our Story

The Houston High Honors Academy began in 2010 when GMSD Superintendent Jason Manuel served as an Assistant Principal at Houston High. As Houston High possessed a large number of high achieving students, Mr. Manuel developed the program to both foster a culture of high expectations and to recognize for excellence for this group of students.

A cohort of 24 sophomores and 30 freshmen established many Honors Academy traditions including the Council, the Pinning Ceremony and the Celebration of Excellence.