New rankings show Stockton's top-rated and most-improved public middle schools

New rankings show Stockton's top-rated and most-improved public middle schools
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By Hoodline - Published on August 27, 2019.

How strong are the public middle schools in Stockton?

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.

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

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 7007 N. Pezzi Road, enrolls 371 students. Waterloo Elementary School serves a diverse population: 59% of students identify as Hispanic and 37% identify as white. Niche graded the school a B- 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, 31% of Waterloo Elementary School's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 40% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 39% in math and 53% in reading.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Morada Middle School saw its overall rating increase from a B- to a B. The school is located at 5001 Eastview Drive and is much larger, currently serving 749 students, of whom 42% identify as Asian and 37% identify as Hispanic.

Niche graded Morada Middle School a B- for academics on an A-D scale. The school's latest math proficiency was at 27%, and reading proficiency was 45%. Its upswing is notable in that it serves a less-affluent population, with 83% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 20% more than the city average.

Sierra Middle School also saw improvement in its overall rating, from B to B+. The school is located at 6768 Alexandria Place and has 665 students currently enrolled, of whom 41% identify as Hispanic, 31% identify as white and 13% identify as Asian.

Niche graded Sierra Middle School a B for academics on an A-D scale. Its latest math proficiency was at 35%, and reading proficiency was 58%.

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

  • Elkhorn, with an overall rating of A.
  • Christa McAuliffe Middle School, with a B rating overall.
  • Delta Sierra Middle School, rated C overall.

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

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