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

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

How do the charter elementary schools in Memphis 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.

Cornerstone Prep - Lester Campus' overall rating improved the most among similar schools in Memphis, rising from a D to a D+, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 320 Carpenter St., enrolls 497 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, 16% of Cornerstone Prep's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 9% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 15% in math and 13% in reading. The school's improved overall rating is notable in that it serves a less-affluent population, with 84% 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. Aurora Collegiate Academy saw its overall rating jump from a C- to a C. The school is located at 894 Isabelle St. and is a bit smaller, currently serving 276 students, of whom 60% identify as Hispanic and 36% identify as black.

Niche graded Aurora Collegiate Academy a C for academics on an A-D scale. The school's latest math proficiency was at 27%, and reading proficiency was 22%.

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

  • Leadership Preparatory Charter School, with an overall rating of B-.
  • Power Center Academy Elementary School, with a C+ rating overall.
  • Arrow Academy of Excellence, rated C+ overall.

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

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