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Published on August 27, 2019
Charter middle schools in Kansas City: What are this year's top rated and most improved?Photo: Unsplash

How do the charter middle schools in Kansas City stack up?

We analyzed newly released data from Niche.com — including comprehensive report cards, rankings and reviews — to find out how schools in your area are performing and which have made the biggest leaps over the past year.

Academie Lafayette - Oak's overall rating improved the most among similar schools in Kansas City, rising from an A to an A+, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 6903 Oak, enrolls 472 students. 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, 68% of Academie Lafayette - Oak's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 88% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 28% in math and 48% in reading.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Frontier School of Innovation - Middle School saw its overall rating jump from a C- to a C. The school is located at 1575 Universal Drive and is a bit smaller, currently serving 327 students.

Niche graded Frontier School of Innovation - Middle School a C for academics on an A-D scale. The school's latest math proficiency was at 20%, and reading proficiency was 49%. Its upswing is notable in that it serves a less-affluent population, with 100% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 16% more than the city average.

University Academy - Middle School also improved, from C+ to B-. The school is located at 6801 Holmes Road and has 198 students currently enrolled.

Niche graded University Academy - Middle School a B- for academics on an A-D scale. Its latest math proficiency was at 27%, and reading proficiency was 62%.

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

  • Ewing Marion Kauffman Middle School, with an overall rating of B+.
  • Brookside Charter Middle School, with a C rating overall.

Want more of the latest intel on Kansas City schools? Hoodline also analyzed the latest Niche ratings for the city's charter high schools.

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