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Back to school: Oklahoma City's top-rated and most improved public elementary schools

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By Hoodline - Published on August 13, 2019.

How do the public elementary schools in Oklahoma City 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.

Kirkland Early Childhood Center's overall rating improved the most among its peers in Oklahoma City, rising from a B to an A-, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 6020 N. Independence Ave., enrolls 343 students. Kirkland Early Childhood Center serves a diverse population: 37% of students identify as white, 26% identify as black and 14% identify as multiracial. Niche graded the school an A- 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, 67% of Kirkland Early Childhood Center's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 72% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 32% in math and 31% in reading.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Central Oak Elementary School saw its overall rating improve from a C- to a C. The school is located at 1901 S.E. 15th St. and is a bit larger, currently serving 593 students, of whom 67% identify as Hispanic and 18% identify as black.

Niche graded Central Oak Elementary School a C for academics on an A-D scale. Central Oak Elementary School's latest math proficiency was at 24%, and reading proficiency was 28%. The school's upswing is notable since it serves a less affluent population, with 97% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 25% more than the city average.

Eugene Field Elementary School also improved, from a C to a C+. The school is located at 1515 N. Klein Ave. and has 432 students currently enrolled, of whom 67% identify as Hispanic and 17% identify as black.

Niche graded Eugene Field Elementary School a C+ for academics on an A-D scale. Eugene Field Elementary School's latest math proficiency was at 35%, and reading proficiency was 34%. Eugene Field Elementary School also serves a less affluent community, with 84% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

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

  • Earlywine Elementary School, with an overall rating of A.
  • Wayland Bonds Elementary School, with an A rating overall.
  • South Lake Elementary School, rated A overall.

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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