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Charter high schools in Oakland: What are this year's top-rated and most improved?

How do the charter high schools in Oakland 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.

Oakland School for the Arts's overall rating improved the most among its peers in Oakland, rising from an A- to an A, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 530 18th St., enrolls 779 students. Oakland School for the Arts serves a diverse population: 38% of students identify as white, 25% identify as multiracial and 18% identify as black. Niche gave the school mixed grades: B+ on an A-D scale for academics, A- 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, 48% of Oakland School for the Arts's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 65% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 34% in math and 55% in reading.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Aspire Golden State College Preparatory Academy saw its overall rating go from a C to a C+. The school is located at 1009 66th Ave. and is a bit smaller, currently serving 571 students, of whom 85% identify as Hispanic and 14% identify as black.

Niche gave Aspire Golden State College Preparatory Academy mixed grades: B- on an A-D scale for academics, C for administration and C- for clubs and activities. Aspire Golden State College Preparatory Academy's latest math proficiency was at 25%, and reading proficiency was 42%. The school's upswing is notable since it serves a less affluent population, with 91% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 16% more than the city average.

BayTech School also saw improvement in its overall rating, from a C+ to a B-. The school is located at 8251 Fontaine St. and has 294 students currently enrolled, of whom 47% identify as Hispanic, 37% identify as black and 11% identify as white.

Niche gave BayTech School mixed grades — C+ on an A-D scale for academics, B- for administration and C- for clubs and activities. BayTech School's latest math proficiency was at 37%, and reading proficiency was also 37%. BayTech School also serves a less affluent community, with 99% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

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


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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