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Published on August 20, 2019
McKinley Elementary tops most-improved Long Beach public elementary schoolsPhoto: Unsplash

How do the public elementary schools in Long Beach stack up?

We analyzed newly released data from Niche.com — including comprehensive report cards, rankings and reviews — to find out how schools in your area are performing and which have made the biggest leaps over the past year.

McKinley Elementary School's overall rating improved the most among similar schools in Long Beach, rising from a C+ to a B+, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 6822 Paramount Blvd., enrolls 664 students. McKinley Elementary School serves a diverse population: 75% of students identify as Hispanic and 14% identify as black. Niche graded the school a B 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, 38% of McKinley Elementary School's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 49% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 43% in math and 48% in reading. The school's improved overall rating is notable in that it serves a less-affluent population, with 92% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 23% more than the city average.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Lincoln Elementary School saw its overall rating go from a C+ to a B. The school is located at 1175 E. 11th St. and is a bit larger, currently serving 1,104 students, of whom 80% identify as Hispanic and 11% identify as Asian.

Niche graded Lincoln Elementary School a B- for academics on an A-D scale. The school's latest math proficiency was at 37%, and reading proficiency was 38%. It also serves a less-affluent population, with 91% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

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

  • Lowell Elementary School, with an A rating overall.
  • Gant Elementary School, rated A overall.

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

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