How strong are the charter middle schools in San Antonio?
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.
KIPP Aspire Academy's overall rating improved the most among similar schools in San Antonio, rising from a D+ to a C-, according to data from Niche.
For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 239 Stark St., enrolls 477 students. 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, 62% of KIPP Aspire Academy's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 65% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 71% in math and 69% in reading. The school's improved overall rating is notable in that it serves a less-affluent population, with 88% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.
It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. KIPP Camino Academy saw its overall rating jump from a C- to a C. The school is located at 4343 W. Commerce St. and currently serves 469 students.
Niche graded KIPP Camino Academy a C+ for academics on an A-D scale. The school's latest math proficiency was at 72%, and reading proficiency was 72%. It also serves a less-affluent population, with 89% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.
Idea Walzem College Preparatory also saw improvement in its overall rating, from C- to C. The school is located at 6445 Walzem Road and has 327 students currently enrolled, of whom 65% identify as Hispanic and 26% identify as black.
Niche graded Idea Walzem College Preparatory a C for academics on an A-D scale. Its latest math proficiency was at 66%, and reading proficiency was 69%.
While some charter middle schools in San Antonio are moving up the ranks, others are consistently top-rated overall, including:
- Idea Mays College Preparatory, with an overall rating of A.
- Idea South Flores College Preparatory, with a B+ rating overall.
- Idea Carver College Preparatory, rated B+ overall.
Want more of the latest intel on San Antonio schools? Hoodline also analyzed the latest Niche ratings for the city's public elementary schools.
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