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Published on August 20, 2019
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How strong are the public elementary schools in Milwaukee?

With a fresh school year kicking off, we analyzed newly released data from — which include comprehensive report cards, rankings and reviews — to identify those schools that made the biggest strides last year and those that lead their peers.

Stormonth Elementary School's overall rating improved the most among similar schools in Milwaukee, rising from an A to an A+, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 7301 N. Longacre Road, enrolls 482 students. Stormonth Elementary School serves a somewhat diverse population: 69% of students identify as white and 12% identify as black. Niche graded the school an A 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, 77% of Stormonth Elementary School's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 77% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 17% in math and 18% in reading.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Elm Creative Arts Elementary School saw its overall rating increase from a D+ to a C-. The school is located at 900 W. Walnut St. and currently serves 398 students.

Niche graded Elm Creative Arts Elementary School a C- for academics on an A-D scale. The school's latest math proficiency was at 7%, and reading proficiency was 2%. Its upswing is notable in that it serves a less-affluent population, with 92% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

95th Street Elementary School also saw improvement in its overall rating, from C- to C. The school is located at 3707 N. 94th St. and has 389 students currently enrolled, of whom 55% identify as black, 19% identify as white and 11% identify as Hispanic.

Niche graded 95th Street Elementary School a C- for academics on an A-D scale. Its latest math proficiency was at 27%, and reading proficiency was 32%.

While some public elementary schools in Milwaukee are moving up the ranks, others are consistently better-than-average, including:

  • Milwaukee Spanish Immersion School, with an overall rating of C+.
  • Milwaukee German Immersion School, with a C+ rating overall.
  • Starms Early Childhood Center Families, rated C+ overall.

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

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