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John Adams High is among most-improved Cleveland public high schools

John Adams High is among most-improved Cleveland public high schools
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By Hoodline - Published on August 13, 2019.

How strong are the public high schools in Cleveland?

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 high school rankings.

John Adams High School's overall rating improved the most among its peers in Cleveland, rising from a D to a D+, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 3817 Martin Luther King Jr Drive, enrolls 738 students. Niche gave the school mixed grades: C- on an A-D scale for academics, C for administration and B- 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, 12% of John Adams High School's students scored proficient or above in math, and 22% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 21% in math and 38% in reading. The school's improved rating is notable since it serves a less-affluent population, with 100% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 57% more than the city average.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Cleveland School of Science and Medicine saw its overall rating improve from a B+ to an A-. The school is located at 2075 Stokes Blvd. and is a bit smaller, currently serving 416 students, of whom 79% identify as black.

Niche gave Cleveland School of Science and Medicine mixed grades: B+ on an A-D scale for academics, A for administration and B+ for clubs and activities. Its latest math proficiency was 47%, and reading proficiency was 92%.

Health Careers Center High School also saw improvement in its overall rating, from a D+ to a C-. The school is located at 1651 E. 71st St. and has 391 students currently enrolled.

Niche gave Health Careers Center High School mixed grades — C- on an A-D scale for academics, C- for administration and B+ for clubs and activities. The school's latest math proficiency was 5%, and reading proficiency was 12%.

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

  • Mayfield High School, with an overall rating of A.
  • Bard Early College Cleveland, with a B rating overall.
  • Cleveland Early College High School, rated B 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.