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Back to school: NYC's top-rated and most improved public high schools

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By Hoodline - Published on August 13, 2019.

How strong are the public high schools in New York City?

With a fresh school year kicking off, we analyzed newly released data from Niche.com, which incorporates comprehensive report cards, rankings and reviews to help you choose the right school, to identify those schools that made the biggest strides last year, as well as those that top the city's best public high school rankings.

The High School Of Fashion Industries' overall rating improved the most among its peers in New York City, rising from a B to a B+, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 225 W. 24th St., enrolls 1,674 students. The High School Of Fashion Industries serves a diverse population: 52% of students identify as Hispanic and 37% identify as black. Niche gave the school mixed grades: B- on an A-D scale for academics, A- for administration and B+ 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, 96% of The High School Of Fashion Industries' students scored as proficient or above in math, and 99% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 79% in math and 85% in reading. The school's improved rating is notable since it serves a less affluent population, with 82% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 10% more than the city average.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. A. Philip Randolph Campus High School saw its overall rating go from a B- to a B. The school is located at 433 W. 135th St. and is a bit smaller, currently serving 1,385 students, of whom 61% identify as Hispanic and 29% identify as black.

Niche gave A. Philip Randolph mixed grades: B- on an A-D scale for academics, C+ for administration and B for clubs and activities. A. Philip Randolph's latest math proficiency was at 94%, and reading proficiency was 95%. A. Philip Randolph also serves a less affluent population, with 83% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

School of the Future High School also saw improvement in its overall rating, from a B to a B+. The school is located at 127 E. 22nd St. and has 756 students currently enrolled, of whom 37% identify as white, 28% identify as Hispanic and 15% identify as Asian.

Niche gave School of the Future High School mixed grades — B on an A-D scale for academics, B- for administration and C- for clubs and activities. School of the Future High School's latest math proficiency was at 62%, and reading proficiency was 75%.

While some public high schools are moving up the ranks, others are consistently top-rated overall, including these schools with impressive A+ ratings:

  • Stuyvesant High School
  • Fiorello H. Laguardia High School Of Music & Art & Performing Arts
  • The Beacon School

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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