New rankings show Colorado Springs's top-rated and most-improved charter high schools

New rankings show Colorado Springs's top-rated and most-improved charter high schools
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By Hoodline - Published on August 27, 2019.

How do the charter high schools in Colorado Springs stack up?

We analyzed newly released data from — 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.

Thomas MacLaren School's overall rating improved the most among similar schools in Colorado Springs, rising from an A to an A+, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 1702 N. Murray Blvd., enrolls 449 students. Niche gave it an A+ — the highest mark — for administration, with lower grades for academics (A on an A-D scale) and clubs and activities (B-).

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, 62% of Thomas MacLaren School's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 72% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 42% in math and 52% in reading.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Atlas Preparatory High School saw its overall rating go from a B- to a B. The school is located at 1450 Academy Park Loop and currently serves 405 students, of whom 66% identify as Hispanic, 16% identify as white and 14% identify as black.

Niche gave Atlas Preparatory High School mixed grades: B- on an A-D scale for academics, C+ for administration and C for clubs and activities. The school's latest math proficiency was at 17%, and reading proficiency was 32%. Its upswing is notable in that it serves a less-affluent population, with 87% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 60% more than the city average.

While some charter high schools in Colorado Springs are moving up the ranks, others are consistently top-rated overall, including:

  • The Vanguard School Senior High, with an overall rating of A+.
  • Classical Academy High School, with an A rating overall.
  • The Classical Academy College Pathways, rated A overall.

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

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