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Published on August 27, 2019
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How strong are the charter high schools in Atlanta?

With a fresh school year kicking off, we analyzed newly released data from — 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.

Charles Drew Charter School Junior Academy/Senior Academy's overall rating improved the most among similar schools in Atlanta, rising from a C+ to a B, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 300 E. Lake Blvd. SE, enrolls 755 students. Niche gave the school mixed grades: B+ on an A-D scale for academics, B- 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, 41% of Charles Drew Charter School's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 51% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 27% in math and 42% in reading. The school's improved overall rating is notable in that it serves a less-affluent population, with 80% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 12% more than the city average.

While some charter high schools in Atlanta are moving up the ranks, others are consistently top-rated overall, including Riverwood International Charter School, with an overall rating of A.

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

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