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

New rankings show Louisville's top-rated and most-improved public elementary schools
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By Hoodline - Published on August 20, 2019.

How do the public elementary schools in Louisville 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.

Auburndale Elementary School's overall rating improved the most among similar schools in Louisville, rising from a C+ to a B-, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 5749 New Cut Road, enrolls 611 students. Auburndale Elementary School serves a diverse population: 45% of students identify as white, 21% identify as black and 19% identify as Hispanic. 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, 51% of Auburndale Elementary School's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 38% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 41% in math and 43% in reading. The school's improved overall rating is notable in that it serves a less-affluent population, with 79% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 13% more than the city average.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Lincoln Elementary Performing Arts School saw its overall rating go from a B- to a B. The school is located at 930 E. Main St. and currently serves 562 students, of whom 46% identify as white, 33% identify as black and 13% identify as Hispanic.

Niche graded Lincoln Elementary Performing Arts School a B for academics on an A-D scale. The school's latest math proficiency was at 55%, and reading proficiency was 54%.

Bates Elementary School also improved, from B- to B. The school is located at 7601 Bardstown Road and has 538 students currently enrolled, of whom 63% identify as white, 15% identify as black and 12% identify as Hispanic.

Niche graded Bates Elementary School a B for academics on an A-D scale. Its latest math proficiency was at 54%, and reading proficiency was 59%.

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

  • Stopher Elementary School, with an overall rating of A-.
  • Norton Elementary School, with an A- rating overall.
  • Wheeler Elementary School, rated A- overall.

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