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Back to class: Durham's top-rated and most-improved public elementary schools

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By Hoodline - Published on August 20, 2019.

How strong are the public elementary schools in Durham?

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.

E.K. Powe Elementary School's overall rating improved the most among similar schools in Durham, rising from a C+ to a B-, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 913 Ninth St., enrolls 476 students. 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, 46% of E.K. Powe Elementary School's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 41% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 37% in math and 32% in reading.

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

  • Pearsontown Elementary School, with an overall rating of B+.
  • Morehead Montessori School, with a B+ rating overall.
  • Creekside Elementary School, rated B overall.

Want more of the latest intel on Durham 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.

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