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

Back to class: Seattle's top-rated and most-improved public elementary schools
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By Hoodline - Published on August 21, 2019.

How strong are the public elementary schools in Seattle?

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.

Emerson Elementary School's overall rating improved the most among similar schools in Seattle, rising from a C+ to a B, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 9709 60th Ave. South, enrolls 290 students. Emerson Elementary School serves a diverse population: 39% of students identify as black, 21% identify as Hispanic and 19% identify as Asian. 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, 57% of Emerson Elementary School's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 37% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 60% in math and 60% in reading. The school's improved overall rating is notable in that it serves a less-affluent population, with 67% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 24% more than the city average.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. APP at Lincoln saw its overall rating go from an A- to an A. The school is located at 4400 Interlake Ave. North and is much larger, currently serving 754 students.

Niche graded APP at Lincoln an A for academics on an A-D scale. The school's latest math proficiency was at 99%, and reading proficiency was 98%.

Daniel Bagley Elementary School also saw improvement in its overall rating, from A- to A. The school is located at 7821 Stone Ave. North and has 427 students currently enrolled.

Niche graded Daniel Bagley Elementary School an A for academics on an A-D scale. Its latest math proficiency was at 72%, and reading proficiency was 82%.

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

  • Bryant Elementary School, with an overall rating of A.
  • View Ridge Elementary School, with an A rating overall.
  • Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, rated A overall.

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

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