Tampa/ Family & Kids
Published on August 27, 2019
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How strong are the charter elementary-middle schools in Tampa?

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.

BridgePrep Academy of Tampa's overall rating improved the most among similar schools in Tampa, rising from a C to a B-, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 2418 W. Swann Ave., enrolls 291 students. BridgePrep Academy of Tampa serves a diverse population: 38% of students identify as Hispanic, 31% identify as black and 22% identify as white. 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, 37% of BridgePrep Academy of Tampa's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 52% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 54% in math and 54% in reading.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Hillsborough Academy of Math & Science saw its overall rating improve from a B to a B+. The school is located at 9659 W. Waters Ave. and is much larger, currently serving 810 students, of whom 53% identify as Hispanic and 33% identify as white.

Niche graded Hillsborough Academy of Math & Science a B+ for academics on an A-D scale. The school's latest math proficiency was at 71%, and reading proficiency was 60%.

Literacy Leadership Technology Academy also improved, from B- to B. The school is located at 6771 Madison Ave. and has 605 students currently enrolled, of whom 63% identify as white, 22% identify as Hispanic and 11% identify as black.

Niche graded Literacy Leadership Technology Academy a B for academics on an A-D scale. Its latest math proficiency was at 58%, and reading proficiency was 54%.

While some charter elementary-middle schools in Tampa are moving up the ranks, others are consistently top-rated overall, including:

  • Horizon Charter School of Tampa, with an overall rating of A-.
  • Trinity School for Children, with a B+ rating overall.
  • Henderson Hammock Charter School, rated B overall.

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

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