New rankings show top-rated and most-improved public high schools in Colorado Springs

New rankings show top-rated and most-improved public high schools in Colorado Springs
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By Hoodline - Published on August 20, 2019.

How strong are the public high schools in Colorado Springs?

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.

Harrison High School's overall rating improved the most among similar schools in Colorado Springs, rising from a B- to a B, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 2755 Janitell Road, enrolls 965 students. Harrison High School serves a diverse population: 48% of students identify as Hispanic, 21% identify as white and 21% identify as black. Niche gave the school mixed grades: B- on an A-D scale for academics, C+ for administration and C+ for clubs and activities.

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, 25% of Harrison High School's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 37% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 22% in math and 32% in reading. The school's improved overall rating is notable in that it serves a less-affluent population, with 80% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 34% more than the city average.

While some public high schools in Colorado Springs are moving up the ranks, others are consistently top-rated overall, including:

  • Cheyenne Mountain High School, with an overall rating of A+.
  • Pine Creek High School, with an A rating overall.
  • Rampart High School, rated A- overall.

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