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Dartmouth Elementary tops most-improved Aurora public elementary schools

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By Hoodline - Published on August 27, 2019.

How strong are the public elementary schools in Aurora?

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.

Dartmouth Elementary School's overall rating improved the most among similar schools in Aurora, rising from a C- to a C+, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 3050 S. Laredo St., enrolls 402 students. Dartmouth Elementary School serves a diverse population: 41% of students identify as Hispanic, 32% identify as white and 16% identify as black. Niche graded the school a C+ 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, 27% of Dartmouth Elementary School's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 32% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 25% in math and 32% in reading.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Buffalo Trail Elementary School saw its overall rating increase from an A- to an A. The school is located at 24300 E. Progress Drive and is a bit larger, currently serving 678 students, of whom 56% identify as white, 17% identify as Hispanic and 11% identify as black.

Niche graded Buffalo Trail Elementary School an A- for academics on an A-D scale. The school's latest math proficiency was at 45%, and reading proficiency was 56%.

Mission Viejo Elementary School also saw improvement in its overall rating, from B to B+. The school is located at 3855 S. Alicia Parkway and has 616 students currently enrolled, of whom 49% identify as white, 25% identify as Hispanic and 12% identify as black.

Niche graded Mission Viejo Elementary School a B for academics on an A-D scale. Its latest math proficiency was at 33%, and reading proficiency was 37%.

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

  • Pine Ridge Elementary School, with an overall rating of A.
  • Fox Hollow Elementary School, with an A rating overall.
  • Coyote Hills Elementary School, rated A overall.

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


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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