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Fresno public elementary-middle schools: Here are the top rated and most improved

Fresno public elementary-middle schools: Here are the top rated and most improved
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By Hoodline - Published on August 20, 2019.

How strong are the public elementary-middle schools in Fresno?

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.

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

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 5250 E. Church Ave., enrolls 1,016 students. Edith B. Storey Elementary School serves a diverse population: 56% of students identify as Hispanic and 32% identify as Asian. 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, 32% of Edith B. Storey Elementary School's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 39% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 29% in math and 36% in reading. The school's improved overall rating is notable in that it serves a less-affluent population, with 89% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Washington Colony Elementary School saw its overall rating go from a C to a C+. The school is located at 130 E. Lincoln Ave. and is much smaller, currently serving 428 students, of whom 88% identify as Hispanic.

Niche graded Washington Colony Elementary School a C+ for academics on an A-D scale. The school's latest math proficiency was at 29%, and reading proficiency was 28%. It also serves a less-affluent population, with 86% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

Orange Center Elementary School also saw improvement in its overall rating, from C- to C. The school is located at 3530 S. Cherry Ave. and has 300 students currently enrolled, of whom 72% identify as Hispanic and 21% identify as Asian.

Niche graded Orange Center Elementary School a C for academics on an A-D scale. Its latest math proficiency was at 22%, and reading proficiency was 32%. The school also serves a less-affluent community, with 94% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

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

  • Bullard Talent Project, with an overall rating of B.
  • Houghton-Kearney Elementary School, with a B rating overall.
  • Addicott Elementary School, rated B overall.

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


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