Denver/ Family & Kids
Published on August 20, 2019
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How strong are the charter high schools in Denver?

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

Strive Prep - Excel's overall rating improved the most among similar schools in Denver, rising from a C to a C+, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 2960 Speer Blvd. Building 1913, enrolls 344 students. Niche gave the school mixed grades: C+ 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, 12% of Strive Prep - Excel's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 12% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 31% in math and 39% in reading. The school's improved overall rating is notable in that it serves a less-affluent population, with 82% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Southwest Early College saw its overall rating increase from a C to a C+. The school is located at 3001 S. Federal Blvd. and is much smaller, currently serving 144 students.

Niche gave Southwest Early College mixed grades: C+ on an A-D scale for academics, B for administration and C- for clubs and activities. The school's latest math proficiency was at 35%, and reading proficiency was 35%. It also serves a less-affluent population, with 77% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

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

  • DSST: Stapleton High School, with an overall rating of A+.
  • DSST: Green Valley Ranch High School, rated A- overall.

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

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