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

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By Hoodline - Published on August 21, 2019.

How do the public elementary schools in New York City 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.

P.S. 173's overall rating improved the most among similar schools in New York City, rising from a C to a B-, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 306 Fort Washington Ave., enrolls 539 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, 38% of P.S. 173's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 35% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 48% in math and 47% in reading. The school's improved overall rating is notable in that it serves a less-affluent population, with 87% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 28% more than the city average.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. P.S. 192 - Jacob H. Schiff saw its overall rating increase from a C- to a C+. The school is located at 500 W. 138th St. and is a bit smaller, currently serving 279 students, of whom 89% identify as Hispanic.

Niche graded P.S. 192 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 92% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

P.S. 92 - Mary McLeod Bethune also improved, from C to B-. The school is located at 222 W. 134th St. and has 271 students currently enrolled, of whom 59% identify as black and 38% identify as Hispanic.

Niche graded P.S. 92 a B- for academics on an A-D scale. Its latest math proficiency was at 37%, and reading proficiency was 37%. When it comes to free or reduced lunch, 99% of students qualify.

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

  • P.S. 130 - Hernando De Soto, with an overall rating of A.
  • P.S. 11 - William T. Harris, with an A rating overall.
  • P.S. 199 - Jessie Isador Straus, rated A overall.

Want more of the latest intel on New York City 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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