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Published on August 21, 2019
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How do the charter high schools in Philadelphia stack up?

We analyzed newly released data from — 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.

Multicultural Academy Charter School's overall rating improved the most among similar schools in Philadelphia, rising from a C to a B-, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 3821 N. Broad St., enrolls 270 students. Niche gave the school mixed grades: C+ on an A-D scale for academics, A for administration and C for clubs and activities.

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 Multicultural Academy Charter School's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 75% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 26% in math and 42% in reading. The school's improved overall rating is notable in that it serves a less-affluent population, with 100% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 15% more than the city average.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Franklin Towne Charter High School saw its overall rating increase from an A- to an A. The school is located at 5301 Tacony St. Building 108 and is much larger, currently serving 1,192 students.

Niche gave Franklin Towne Charter High School an A+ — the highest mark — for administration, with lower grades for academics (B+ on an A-D scale) and clubs and activities (A). The school's latest math proficiency was at 92%, and reading proficiency was 94%.

While some charter high schools in Philadelphia are moving up the ranks, others are consistently top-rated overall, including Preparatory Charter School of Mathematics, Science, Tech & Careers, with an overall rating of B.

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

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