How strong are the charter middle schools in Miami?
With a fresh school year kicking off, we analyzed newly released data from Niche.com — 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.
Mater Academy - East Middle School's overall rating improved the most among similar schools in Miami, rising from a C+ to a B, according to data from Niche.
For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 998 S.W. First St., enrolls 228 students. Niche graded the school a B+ 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 Mater Academy - East Middle School's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 54% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 65% in math and 61% in reading. The school's improved overall rating is notable in that it serves a less-affluent population, with 87% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 18% more than the city average.
It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Palm Glades Preparatory Academy saw its overall rating increase from a C to a C+. The school is located at 22655 S.W. 112nd Ave. and currently serves 325 students, of whom 67% identify as Hispanic and 27% identify as black.
Niche graded Palm Glades Preparatory Academy a C for academics on an A-D scale. The school's latest math proficiency was at 26%, and reading proficiency was 34%. It also serves a less-affluent population, with 77% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.
Somerset Academy Bay Middle School also improved, from B+ to A-. The school is located at 9500 S.W. 97th Ave. and has 43 students currently enrolled, of whom 81% identify as Hispanic and 12% identify as white.
Niche graded Somerset Academy Bay Middle School an A for academics on an A-D scale. Its latest math proficiency was at 90%, and reading proficiency was 85%.
While some charter middle schools in Miami are moving up the ranks, others are consistently top-rated overall, including:
- Archimedean Middle Conservatory (AMC), with an overall rating of A.
- International Studies Charter Middle School, with an A- rating overall.
- Somerset Academy Charter Middle School, rated A- overall.
Want more of the latest intel on Miami schools? Hoodline also analyzed the latest Niche ratings for the city's public elementary schools.
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