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

New rankings show Sacramento's top-rated and most-improved charter elementary schools
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By Hoodline - Published on August 26, 2019.

How strong are the charter elementary schools in Sacramento?

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, as well as those that lead their peers.

Aspire Capitol Heights Academy's overall rating improved among similar schools in Sacramento, rising from a C- to a C, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 2520 33rd St., enrolls 292 students. Aspire Capitol Heights Academy serves a diverse population: 61% of students identify as black and 29% identify as Hispanic. 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, 17% of Aspire Capitol Heights Academy's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 22% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 24% in math and 28% in reading. The school's improved overall rating is notable in that it serves a less-affluent population, with 83% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. New Joseph Bonnheim Community Charter School also saw its overall rating improve from a C- to a C. The school is located at 7300 Marin Ave. and currently serves 290 students, of whom 64% identify as Hispanic and 14% identify as black.

Niche graded New Joseph Bonnheim Community Charter School a C for academics on an A-D scale. The school's latest math proficiency was at 22%, and reading proficiency was 27%. It also serves a less-affluent population, with 93% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

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

  • Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep Elementary School, with an overall rating of B.
  • Aspire Alexander Twilight College Preparatory Academy, with a C+ rating overall.
  • Bowling Green Elementary School, rated C overall.

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