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Cody Elementary is among most-improved Omaha public elementary schools

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By Hoodline - Published on August 13, 2019.

How strong are the public elementary schools in Omaha?

With a fresh school year kicking off, we analyzed newly released data from Niche.com, which incorporates comprehensive report cards, rankings and reviews to help you choose the right school, to identify those schools that made the biggest strides last year, as well as those that top the city's best public elementary school rankings.

Cody Elementary School's overall rating improved the most among its peers in Omaha, rising from a B+ to an A-, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 3320 S. 127th St., enrolls 319 students. Cody Elementary School serves a somewhat diverse population: 56% of students identify as white, 18% identify as Hispanic and 13% identify as black. 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, 77% of Cody Elementary School's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 57% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 69% in math and 50% in reading. The school's improved rating is especially notable since it serves a less affluent population, with 54% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Norman Rockwell Elementary School saw its overall rating go from a B+ to an A-. The school is located at 6370 S. 140th Ave. and currently serves 313 students, of whom 77% identify as white and 11% identify as Hispanic.

Niche graded Norman Rockwell Elementary School a B+ for academics on an A-D scale. Norman Rockwell Elementary School's latest math proficiency was at 82%, and reading proficiency was 57%.

Rockbrook Elementary School also improved, from a B+ to an A-. The school is located at 2514 S. 108th St. and has 294 students currently enrolled.

Niche graded Rockbrook Elementary School an A- for academics on an A-D scale. Rockbrook Elementary School's latest math proficiency was at 87%, and reading proficiency was 62%.

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

  • Manchester Elementary School, with an overall rating of A+.
  • West Bay Elementary School, with an A+ rating overall.
  • Montclair 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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