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Published on August 20, 2019
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How do the public elementary schools in Atlanta stack up?

We analyzed newly released data from — 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.

Briar Vista Elementary School's overall rating improved the most among similar schools in Atlanta, rising from a C to a B-, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 1131 Briar Vista Terrace NE, enrolls 448 students. Briar Vista Elementary School serves a diverse population: 37% of students identify as Hispanic, 29% identify as black and 21% identify as white. Niche graded the school a B- 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, 37% of Briar Vista Elementary School's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 37% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 31% in math and 31% in reading.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Brandon Elementary School saw its overall rating go from a B+ to an A-. The school is located at 2741 Howell Mill Road NW and is much larger, currently serving 1,011 students, of whom 72% identify as white and 15% identify as black.

Niche graded Brandon Elementary School an A- for academics on an A-D scale. The school's latest math proficiency was at 78%, and reading proficiency was 79%.

Lake Forest Elementary School also saw improvement in its overall rating, from C to C+. The school is located at 5920 Sandy Springs Circle and has 934 students currently enrolled.

Niche graded Lake Forest Elementary School a C+ for academics on an A-D scale. Its latest math proficiency was at 26%, and reading proficiency was 20%. The school's improved overall grade is notable in that it serves a less-affluent population, with 100% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 22% more than the city average.

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

  • Heards Ferry Elementary School, with an overall rating of A.
  • Woodland Elementary School, with an A- rating overall.
  • Morningside Elementary School, rated A- overall.

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

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