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Moanalua High tops most-improved Honolulu public high schools

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By Hoodline - Published on August 13, 2019.

How strong are the public high schools in Honolulu?

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.

Moanalua High School's overall rating improved the most among its peers in Honolulu, rising from an A- to an A, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 2825 Ala Ilima St., enrolls 1,968 students. Moanalua High School serves a diverse population: 52% of students identify as Asian, 14% identify as Pacific Islander and 10% identify as white. Niche gave the school mixed grades: B+ on an A-D scale for academics, B for administration and A- 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, 43% of Moanalua High School's students scored proficient or above in math, and 74% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 38% in math and 64% in reading.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. President Theodore Roosevelt High School saw its overall rating improve from an A- to an A. The school is located at 1120 Nehoa St. and is a bit smaller, currently serving 1,341 students, of whom 54% identify as Asian, 22% identify as Pacific Islander and 14% identify as multiracial.

Niche gave President Theodore Roosevelt High School mixed grades: A- on an A-D scale for academics, A- for administration and B for clubs and activities. The school's latest math proficiency was 56%, and reading proficiency was 76%.

Adm. Arthur W. Radford High School also saw improvement in its overall rating, from a B to a B+. The school is located at 4361 Salt Lake Blvd. and has 1,295 students currently enrolled, of whom 29% identify as white, 23% identify as Asian and 15% identify as Hispanic.

Niche gave Adm. Arthur W. Radford High School mixed grades — B on an A-D scale for academics, B for administration and B- for clubs and activities. Its latest math proficiency was 33%, and reading proficiency was 66%.

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

  • Kalani High School, with an overall rating of A-.
  • Henry J. Kaiser High School, with an A- rating overall.
  • President William McKinley 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.

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