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New rankings show Raleigh'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 Raleigh?

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.

Oak Grove Elementary School's overall rating improved the most among similar schools in Raleigh, rising from an A- to an A, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 10401 Penny Road, enrolls 742 students. 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, 67% of Oak Grove Elementary School's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 64% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 53% in math and 49% in reading.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Joyner Elementary School saw its overall rating increase from an A- to an A. The school is located at 2300 Lowden St. and currently serves 723 students.

Niche graded Joyner Elementary School an A for academics on an A-D scale. The school's latest math proficiency was at 68%, and reading proficiency was 64%.

Pleasant Union Elementary School also improved, from A- to A. The school is located at 1900 Pleasant Union Church Roa and has 657 students currently enrolled.

Niche graded Pleasant Union Elementary School an A for academics on an A-D scale. Its latest math proficiency was at 81%, and reading proficiency was 71%.

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

  • Sycamore Creek Elementary School, with an overall rating of A.
  • Combs Elementary School, with an A rating overall.
  • Brassfield Elementary School, rated A overall.

Want more of the latest intel on Raleigh 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.

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