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Madison Park Business & Art Academy headlines Oakland's most-improved public high schools

How strong are the public high schools in Oakland?

With a fresh school year kicking off, we analyzed newly released data from — which include comprehensive report cards, rankings and reviews — to identify the schools that made the biggest strides last year, as well as those that lead their peers.

Madison Park Business & Art Academy's overall rating improved the most among similar schools in Oakland, rising from a C- to a C+, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 400 Capistrano Drive, enrolls 768 students. Madison Park Business & Art Academy serves a diverse population: 82% of students identify as Hispanic and 14% identify as black. Niche gave the school mixed grades: B- 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, 19% of Madison Park's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 30% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 12% in math and 27% in reading. The school's improved overall rating is notable in that it serves a less-affluent population, with 93% 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. Oakland Technical High School saw its overall rating go from an A- to an A. The school, located at 4351 Broadway, is much larger, currently serving 2,031 students. 30% of students identify as black, 23% as white and 22% as Asian.

Niche gave Oakland Technical High School mixed grades: A- on an A-D scale for academics, C- for administration and C- for clubs and activities. The school's latest math proficiency was at 28%, and reading proficiency was 59%.

Oakland High School also saw an improvement in its overall rating, from a C to a C+. The school, located at 1023 MacArthur Blvd., has 1,562 students currently enrolled, of whom 33% identify as Asian, 32% identify as black and 30% identify as Hispanic.

Niche gave Oakland High School mixed grades — C on an A-D scale for academics, C- for administration and C+ for clubs and activities. Its math proficiency was at 20%, and reading proficiency was 40%. The school also serves a less-affluent community, with 87% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

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

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

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