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Back to class: Las Vegas's top-rated and most-improved charter high schools

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By Hoodline - Published on August 20, 2019.

How strong are the charter high schools in Las Vegas?

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.

Equipo Academy's overall rating improved the most among similar schools in Las Vegas, rising from a C- to a C, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 4131 E. Bonanza Road, enrolls 559 students. Niche gave the school mixed grades: C on an A-D scale for academics, B for administration and C- for clubs and activities.

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, 16% of Equipo Academy's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 37% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 39% in math and 46% in reading. The school's improved overall rating is notable in that it serves a less-affluent population, with 66% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 21% more than the city average.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Beacon Academy of Nevada saw its overall rating go from a C to a C+. The school is located at 7360 W. Flamingo Road and is a bit smaller, currently serving 402 students, of whom 43% identify as white, 31% identify as Hispanic and 12% identify as black.

Niche gave Beacon Academy of Nevada mixed grades: C- on an A-D scale for academics, B+ for administration and C- for clubs and activities. The school's latest math proficiency was at 62%, and reading proficiency was 52%.

Leadership Academy of Nevada also improved, from C+ to B-. The school is located at 7495 W. Azure Drive and has 240 students currently enrolled, of whom 69% identify as white and 20% identify as Hispanic.

Niche graded Leadership Academy of Nevada a C+ for academics — on an A-D scale — and a B+ for administration. Its latest math proficiency was at 37%, and reading proficiency was 57%.

While some charter high schools in Las Vegas are moving up the ranks, others are consistently top-rated overall, including:

  • Odyssey Charter High School, with an overall rating of B.
  • Innovations International Charter School of Nevada - Upper School, with a C rating overall.
  • Explore Knowledge Academy Charter Secondary School, rated C overall.

Want more of the latest intel on Las Vegas 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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