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Published on August 20, 2019
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How strong are the charter high schools in Kansas City?

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.

Allen Village High School's overall rating improved the most among similar schools in Kansas City, rising from a B- to a B, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 706 W. 42nd St., enrolls 162 students. Allen Village High School serves a diverse population: 58% of students identify as Hispanic and 36% identify as black. Niche gave the school mixed grades: B- on an A-D scale for academics, B- for administration and C- for clubs and activities.

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, 45% of Allen Village High School's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 85% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 53% in math and 65% in reading. The school's improved overall rating is notable in that it serves a less-affluent population, with 91% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

While some charter high schools in Kansas City are moving up the ranks, others are consistently top-rated overall, including:

  • University Academy - Upper School, with an overall rating of B+.
  • Ewing Marion Kauffman High School, with a B- rating overall.
  • Frontier STEM High School, rated C+ overall.

Want more of the latest intel on Kansas City schools? Hoodline also analyzed the latest Niche ratings for the city's public high schools.

This story was created automatically using data from Niche.com, then reviewed by an editor before publication. Click here for more about how and why Hoodline is automating local news. Got thoughts about what we're doing? Go here to share your feedback.