New rankings show Detroit's top-rated and most-improved charter elementary schools

How do the charter elementary schools in Detroit 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.

Rutherford Winans Academy's overall rating improved the most among similar schools in Detroit, rising from a D- to a C-, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 16411 Curtis St., enrolls 241 students. Niche graded the school a C- 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, 17% of Rutherford Winans Academy's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 27% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 17% in math and 24% in reading. The school's improved overall rating is notable in that it serves a less-affluent population, with 100% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 12% more than the city average.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. University Prep Science & Math Elementary School saw its overall rating go from a C- to a C. The school is located at 2251 Antietam Ave. and is much larger, currently serving 513 students.

Niche graded University Prep Science & Math Elementary School a C for academics on an A-D scale. The school's latest math proficiency was at 32%, and reading proficiency was also 32%.

EA Academy also improved, from D to D+. The school is located at 3811 Cicotte St. and has 302 students currently enrolled, of whom 88% identify as Hispanic.

Niche graded EA Academy a C- for academics on an A-D scale. Its latest math proficiency was at 5%, and reading proficiency was 22%.

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

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

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