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Aurora's public elementary-middle schools: What are this year's top rated and most improved?

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By Hoodline - Published on August 20, 2019.

How do the public elementary-middle schools in Aurora stack up?

We analyzed newly released data from Niche.com — including comprehensive report cards, rankings and reviews — to find out how schools in your area are performing and which have made the biggest leaps over the past year.

Edna & John W. Mosley P-8's overall rating improved the most among similar schools in Aurora, rising from a C- to a C, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 55 N. Salida Way, enrolls 994 students. Edna & John W. Mosley P-8 serves a diverse population: 52% of students identify as Hispanic, 21% identify as white and 15% identify as black. 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, 13% of Edna & John W. Mosley P-8's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 25% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 32% in math and 43% in reading. The school's improved overall rating is notable in that it serves a less-affluent population, with 65% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 15% more than the city average.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Murphy Creek K-8 School saw its overall rating increase from a B to a B+. The school is located at 1400 S. Old Tom Morris Road and is a bit smaller, currently serving 682 students, of whom 39% identify as white, 32% identify as Hispanic and 17% identify as black.

Niche graded Murphy Creek K-8 School a B for academics on an A-D scale. The school's latest math proficiency was at 46%, and reading proficiency was 61%.

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

  • Aurora Quest K-8, with an overall rating of A-.
  • Aurora Frontier K-8, with a B rating overall.

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

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