Back to class: San Diego's top-rated and most-improved charter middle schools

Back to class: San Diego's top-rated and most-improved charter middle schoolsPhoto: iStock
Published on August 27, 2019

How strong are the charter middle schools in San Diego?

With a fresh school year kicking off, we analyzed newly released data from — 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.

King-Chavez Preparatory Academy's overall rating improved the most among similar schools in San Diego, rising from a C- to a C, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 500 30th St., enrolls 356 students. 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, 11% of King-Chavez Preparatory Academy's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 17% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 33% in math and 48% in reading. The school's improved overall rating is notable in that it serves a less-affluent population, with 100% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 39% more than the city average.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. High Tech Middle School saw its overall rating improve from a B+ to an A-. The school is located at 2359 Truxtun Road and currently serves 310 students.

Niche graded High Tech Middle School a B+ for academics on an A-D scale. The school's latest math proficiency was at 41%, and reading proficiency was 59%.

While some charter middle schools in San Diego are moving up the ranks, others are consistently top-rated overall, including:

  • Albert Einstein Academy Charter Middle School, with an overall rating of A-.
  • Magnolia Science Academy San Diego, with an A- rating overall.
  • High Tech Middle Media Arts, rated B+ overall.

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

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