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

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By Hoodline - Published on August 27, 2019.

How do the public middle schools in Honolulu stack up?

We analyzed newly released data from Niche.com — 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.

Aliamanu Middle School's overall rating improved the most among similar schools in Honolulu, rising from a C+ to a B+, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 3271 Salt Lake Blvd., enrolls 678 students. Aliamanu Middle School serves a diverse population: 32% of students identify as white, 24% identify as Asian and 12% 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, 40% of Aliamanu Middle School's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 59% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 41% in math and 51% in reading.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. William P. Jarrett Middle School saw its overall rating jump from a C+ to a B. The school is located at 1903 Palolo Ave. and is much smaller, currently serving 251 students, of whom 59% identify as Pacific Islander and 25% identify as Asian.

Niche graded William P. Jarrett Middle School a B- for academics on an A-D scale. The school's latest math proficiency was at 33%, and reading proficiency was 47%. Its upswing is notable in that it serves a less-affluent population, with 74% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 24% more than the city average.

King David Kalakaua Middle School also improved, from C+ to B-. The school is located at 821 Kalihi St. and has 1,017 students currently enrolled, of whom 70% identify as Asian and 25% identify as Pacific Islander.

Niche graded King David Kalakaua Middle School a B- for academics on an A-D scale. Its latest math proficiency was at 35%, and reading proficiency was 44%. The school also serves a less-affluent community, with 66% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

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

  • Kaimuki Middle School, with an overall rating of A-.
  • Niu Valley Middle School, with an A- rating overall.
  • Moanalua Middle School, rated A- overall.

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


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.

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