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New rankings show Bakersfield's top-rated and most-improved public middle schools

New rankings show Bakersfield's top-rated and most-improved public middle schools
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By Hoodline - Published on August 13, 2019.

How do the public middle schools in Bakersfield stack up?

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

Leon H. Ollivier Middle School's overall rating improved the most among its peers in Bakersfield, rising from a C to a B-, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 7310 Monitor St., enrolls 1,066 students. Leon H. Ollivier Middle School serves a somewhat diverse population: 84% of students identify as Hispanic. 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, 32% of Leon H. Ollivier Middle School's students scored proficient or above in math, and 42% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 26% in math and 40% in reading. The school's improved rating is notable since it serves a less affluent population, with 86% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 11% more than the city average.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. McKee Middle School also saw its overall rating go from a C to a B-. The school is located at 205 McKee Road and currently serves 1,007 students, of whom 82% identify as Hispanic.

Niche graded McKee Middle School a B- for academics on an A-D scale. McKee Middle School's latest math proficiency was at 30%, and reading proficiency was 36%. McKee Middle School also serves a less affluent population, with 83% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

Walter Stiern Middle School also improved, from a C- to a C. The school is located at 2551 Morning Drive and has 1,082 students currently enrolled, of whom 86% identify as Hispanic.

Niche graded Walter Stiern Middle School a C for academics on an A-D scale. The school's latest math proficiency was at 20%, and reading proficiency was 34%. It also serves a less affluent community, with 94% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

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

  • Fruitvale Junior High School, with an overall rating of A-.
  • Rosedale Middle School, with an A- rating overall.
  • Norris Middle School, rated B+ overall.

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