Back to class: Charlotte's top-rated and most-improved public middle schools

Back to class: Charlotte's top-rated and most-improved public middle schools
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By Hoodline - Published on August 27, 2019.

How strong are the public middle schools in Charlotte?

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.

Alexander Graham Middle School's overall rating improved the most among similar schools in Charlotte, rising from a B+ to an A-, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 1800 Runnymede Lane, enrolls 1,422 students. 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, 64% of Alexander Graham Middle School's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 64% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 44% in math and 43% in reading.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Carmel Middle School saw its overall rating jump from a B+ to an A-. The school is located at 5001 Camilla Drive and is a bit smaller, currently serving 1,071 students.

Niche graded Carmel Middle School an A- for academics on an A-D scale. The school's latest math proficiency was at 64%, and reading proficiency was 57%.

Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School also improved, from C- to C. The school is located at 500 Bilmark Ave. and has 973 students currently enrolled.

Niche graded Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School a C for academics on an A-D scale. Its latest math proficiency was at 17%, and reading proficiency was 19%. 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, 29% more than the city average.

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

  • Community House Middle School, with an overall rating of A-.
  • Randolph Middle School, with an A- rating overall.
  • Jay M. Robinson Middle School, rated A- overall.

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