How strong are the charter high schools in Dallas?
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.
Dallas Can Academy - Ross Avenue's overall rating improved the most among similar schools in the city, rising from a C- to a C, according to data from Niche.
For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 4621 Ross Ave., enrolls 551 students. Dallas Can Academy - Ross Avenue serves a diverse population: 66% of students identify as Hispanic and 30% identify as black. Niche gave the school mixed grades: C- on an A-D scale for academics, C+ for administration and C- for clubs and activities.
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, 76% of Dallas Can Academy - Ross Avenue's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 41% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 62% in math and 53% in reading. The school's improved overall rating is notable in that it serves a less-affluent population, with 90% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 12% more than the city average.
It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Dallas Can Academy - Grant East saw its overall rating go from a C- to a C. The school is located at 2901 Morgan Drive and is a bit smaller, currently serving 341 students, of whom 81% identify as black and 16% identify as Hispanic.
Niche gave Dallas Can Academy - Grant East mixed grades: C- on an A-D scale for academics, B- for administration and C+ for clubs and activities. The school's latest math proficiency was at 52%, and reading proficiency was 29%. It also serves a less-affluent population, with 99% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.
Early College High School also saw improvement in its overall rating, from B to B+. The school is located at 3939 Vly View Lane Bldg G and has 311 students currently enrolled, of whom 83% identify as Hispanic.
Niche gave Early College High School mixed grades — B+ on an A-D scale for academics, A- for administration and C for clubs and activities. Its latest math proficiency was at 90%, and reading proficiency was 87%. The school also serves a less-affluent community, with 82% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.
While some charter high schools in Dallas are moving up the ranks, others are consistently top-rated overall, including:
- Richland Collegiate High School, with an overall rating of A.
- Harmony School of Business - Dallas, with a B rating overall.
- Uplift Williams Preparatory Upper School, rated B overall.
Want more of the latest intel on Dallas schools? Hoodline also analyzed the latest Niche ratings for the city's public high schools.
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