How do the public high schools in Baltimore stack up?
We analyzed newly released data from Niche.com, which incorporates comprehensive report cards, rankings and reviews to help you choose the right school, to find out how schools in your area are performing and which have made the biggest leaps over the past year.
Woodlawn High School's overall rating improved the most among its peers in Baltimore, rising from a D+ to a C-, according to data from Niche.
For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 1801 Woodlawn Drive, enrolls 1,409 students. Woodlawn High School serves a fairly diverse population: 78% of students identify as black and 11% identify as Hispanic. Niche gave the school mixed grades: C- on an A-D scale for academics, D- 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, 46% of Woodlawn High School's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 9% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 46% in math and 24% in reading.
It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts saw its overall rating improve from a D+ to a C-. The school is located at 1500 Harlem Ave. and is much smaller, currently serving 535 students.
Niche gave Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts mixed grades: C- on an A-D scale for academics, C for administration and C for clubs and activities. The school's latest math proficiency was at 27%, and reading proficiency was 12%. Its upswing is notable since it serves a less affluent population, with 70% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 11% more than the city average.
Baltimore Design School also saw improvement in its overall rating, from a C- to a C. The school is located at 1500 Barclay St. and has 502 students currently enrolled, of whom 93% identify as black.
Niche gave Baltimore Design School mixed grades — C- on an A-D scale for academics, C for administration and C for clubs and activities. Its latest math proficiency was at 6%, and reading proficiency was 9%. The school also serves a less affluent community, with 62% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.
While some public high schools are moving up the ranks, others are consistently top-rated overall, including:
- Eastern Technical High School, with an overall rating of A+.
- Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, with an A rating overall.
- Western School of Technology & Environmental Science, rated A overall.
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