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Back to school: New Orleans' top-rated and most improved charter elementary-middle schools

Back to school: New Orleans' top-rated and most improved charter elementary-middle schools
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By Hoodline - Published on August 13, 2019.

How do the charter elementary-middle schools in New Orleans 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.

James M. Singleton Charter School's overall rating improved the most among its peers in New Orleans, rising from a C- to a B-, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 2220 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., enrolls 412 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, 66% of James M. Singleton's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 61% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 51% in math and 59% in reading. The school's improved rating is notable since it serves a less affluent population, with 99% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 18% more than the city average.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. International School of Louisiana saw its overall rating jump from an A to an A+. The school has three campuses located at 4040 Eagle St. (K-2), 1400 Camp St. (3-8) and 502 Olivier St. (K-5) and is much larger, currently serving 1,379 students. It's also fairly diverse, with 42% of students identifying as African American, 28% as Hispanic, 27% as white, 2% as Pacific Islander/Asian, and 1% as Native American.

Niche graded International School of Louisiana an A for academics on an A-D scale. International School of Louisiana's latest math proficiency was at 84%, and reading proficiency was 93%.

Langston Hughes Charter Academy also saw improvement in its overall rating, from a C- to a C. The school is located at 3519 Trafalgar St. and has 803 students currently enrolled.

Niche graded Langston Hughes a C+ for academics on an A-D scale. Langston Hughes's latest math proficiency was at 54%, and reading proficiency was 61%. Langston Hughes Charter Academy also serves a less affluent community, with 82% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

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

  • Lake Forest Elementary Charter School, with an overall rating of A.
  • Audubon Charter School, with an A- rating overall.
  • Edward Hynes Charter School, rated A- overall.

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