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

New rankings show Portland's top-rated and most-improved public elementary schools
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By Hoodline - Published on August 21, 2019.

How strong are the public elementary schools in Portland?

With a fresh school year kicking off, we analyzed newly released data from Niche.com — 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.

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

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 13200 S.E. Lincoln St., enrolls 644 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, 32% of Lincoln Park Elementary School's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 43% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 44% in math and 53% 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, 31% more than the city average.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Lynch Wood Elementary School saw its overall rating go from a C to a C+. The school is located at 3615 S.E. 174th St. and is a bit smaller, currently serving 505 students.

Niche graded Lynch Wood Elementary School a C for academics on an A-D scale. The school's latest math proficiency was at 28%, and reading proficiency was 36%. It also serves a less-affluent population, with 82% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

Beach Elementary School also improved, from B- to B. The school is located at 1710 N. Humboldt St. and has 464 enrolled.

Niche graded Beach Elementary School a B for academics on an A-D scale. Its latest math proficiency was at 52%, and reading proficiency was 52%.

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

  • Findley Elementary School, with an overall rating of A.
  • Jacob Wismer Elementary School, with an A rating overall.
  • Bonny Slope Elementary School, rated A overall.

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