Armatage Elementary School is among most-improved Minneapolis public elementary schools

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With a fresh school year kicking off, we analyzed newly released data from — 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.

Armatage Elementary School's overall rating improved the most among similar schools in Minneapolis, rising from a B+ to an A-, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 2501 W. 56th St., enrolls 622 students. Armatage Elementary School serves a somewhat diverse population: 67% of students identify as white and 19% identify as black. Niche graded the school an A- 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, 77% of Armatage Elementary School's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 76% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 50% in math and 46% in reading.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Kenwood Elementary School saw its overall rating improve from a B- to a B. The school is located at 2013 Penn Ave. South and is a bit smaller, currently serving 429 students, of whom 66% identify as white and 14% identify as black.

Niche graded Kenwood Elementary School a B for academics on an A-D scale. The school's latest math proficiency was at 61%, and reading proficiency was 70%.

Howe Elementary School also saw improvement in its overall rating, from B to B+. The school is located at 3733 43rd Ave. South and has 185 students currently enrolled, of whom 58% identify as white, 22% identify as Hispanic and 13% identify as black.

Niche graded Howe Elementary School a B for academics on an A-D scale. Its latest math proficiency was at 67%, and reading proficiency was 72%.

While some public elementary schools in Minneapolis are moving up the ranks, others are consistently top-rated overall, including:

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

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