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Back to class: Jacksonville's most-improved charter middle schools

Back to class: Jacksonville's most-improved charter middle schools
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By Hoodline - Published on August 27, 2019.

How do the charter middle schools in Jacksonville 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.

KIPP Impact Middle School's overall rating improved the most among similar schools in Jacksonville, rising from a C- to a C, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 1440 McDuff Ave. North, enrolls 289 students. KIPP Impact Middle School serves a diverse population: 93% of students 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, 39% of KIPP Impact Middle School's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 37% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 30% in math and 36% in reading. The school's improved overall rating is notable in that it serves a less-affluent population, with 71% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. School of Success Academy Charter Middle School saw its overall rating increase from a C- to a C. The school is located at 6974 Wilson Blvd. and is a bit smaller, currently serving 173 students, of whom 80% identify as black and 10% identify as Hispanic.

Niche graded School of Success Academy Charter Middle School a C for academics on an A-D scale. The school's latest math proficiency was at 37%, and reading proficiency was 32%. It also serves a less-affluent population, with 80% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

Valor Academy of Leadership Middle School also improved, from D to D+. The school is located at 4819 Soutel Road and has 135 students currently enrolled.

Niche graded Valor Academy of Leadership Middle School a C- for academics on an A-D scale. Its latest math proficiency was at 27%, and reading proficiency was 22%. The school has 99% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

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


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