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New rankings show Glendale's top-rated and most-improved public elementary schools

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

How do the public elementary schools in Glendale 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.

R.D. White Elementary School's overall rating improved the most among its peers in Glendale, rising from a B+ to an A-, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 744 E. Doran St., enrolls 909 students. Niche graded the school 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, 55% of R.D. White Elementary School's students scored proficient or above in math, and 56% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 47% in math and 56% in reading. The school's improved rating is especially notable since it serves a less-affluent population, with 63% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Thomas Jefferson Elementary School saw its overall rating increase from a B to a B+. The school is located at 1540 Fifth St. and is a bit smaller, currently serving 660 students.

Niche graded Thomas Jefferson Elementary School a B+ for academics on an A-D scale. Its latest math proficiency was 48%, and reading proficiency was 51%. Thomas Jefferson Elementary School also serves a less-affluent population, with 76% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

Horace Mann Elementary School also saw improvement in its overall rating, from a B+ to an A-. The school is located at 501 E. Acacia Ave. and has 650 students currently enrolled, of whom 47% identify as white and 44% identify as Hispanic.

Niche graded Horace Mann Elementary School an A- for academics on an A-D scale. The school's latest math proficiency was at 58%, and reading proficiency was 65%. It also serves a less-affluent community, with 91% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

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

  • Mark Keppel Elementary School, with an overall rating of A-.
  • Verdugo Woodlands Elementary School, with an A- rating overall.
  • John C. Fremont Elementary School, rated A- 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.