How strong are the public middle schools in Chicago?
With a fresh school year kicking off, we analyzed newly released data from Niche.com — which include comprehensive report cards, rankings and reviews — to identify those schools that made the biggest strides last year and those that lead their peers.
Albany Park Multicultural Elementary School's overall rating improved the most among similar schools in Chicago, rising from a C- to a C, according to data from Niche.
For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 4929 N. Sawyer Ave., enrolls 277 students. Albany Park Multicultural Elementary School serves a diverse population: 78% of students identify as Hispanic and 10% identify as Asian. Niche graded the school a C for academics (on an A-D scale).
The overall ranking comes from Niche's proprietary algorithms. A school's ranking might change due to many factors, including the relative rankings of similar schools and whether a school gained or lost peers due to openings or closings. Other numbers come from current public data from the U.S. government.
Academically, 17% of Albany Park Multicultural Elementary School's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 22% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 14% in math and 18% in reading.
While some public middle schools in Chicago are moving up the ranks, others are consistently top-rated overall, including:
- Evergreen Academy Elementary School, with an overall rating of C+.
- Hernandez Middle School, with a C rating overall.
- Castellanos Elementary School, rated C overall.
Want more of the latest intel on Chicago schools? Hoodline also analyzed the latest Niche ratings for the city's public elementary schools.
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