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New school rankings show Anaheim's top-rated and most-improved public elementaries

New school rankings show Anaheim's top-rated and most-improved public elementaries
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By Hoodline - Published on August 13, 2019.

How do the public elementary schools in Anaheim stack up?

We analyzed newly released data from Niche.com, which incorporates comprehensive report cards, rankings and reviews to help you choose the right school, to find out how schools in your area are performing and which have made the biggest leaps over the past year.

Dr. Jonas E. Salk School's overall rating improved the most among its peers in Anaheim, rising from a B- to a B, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 1411 S. Gilbert St., enrolls 804 students. Dr. Jonas E. Salk School serves a fairly diverse population: 71% of students identify as Hispanic, 14% identify as Asian and 10% identify as white. Niche graded the school 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, 39% of Dr. Jonas E. Salk School's students scored proficient or above in math, and 47% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 35% in math and 40% in reading. The school's improved rating is notable since it serves a less affluent population, with 85% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 14% more than the city average.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Lord Baden-Powell School also saw its overall rating improve from a B- to a B. The school is located at 2911 Stonybrook Drive and is a bit smaller, currently serving 660 students, of whom 70% identify as Hispanic, 12% identify as white and 10% identify as Asian.

Niche graded Lord Baden-Powell School a B- for academics on an A-D scale. Its latest math proficiency was at 36%, and reading proficiency was 45%. The school also serves a less-affluent population, with 83% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

Patrick Henry Elementary School also improved, from a D+ to a C-. The school is located at 1123 W. Romneya Drive and has 636 students currently enrolled.

Niche graded Patrick Henry Elementary School a C- for academics on an A-D scale. Its latest math proficiency was at 14%, and reading proficiency was 16%. It also serves a less-affluent community, with 90% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

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

  • Woodsboro Elementary School, with an overall rating of A.
  • Crescent Elementary School, with an A- rating overall.
  • Running Springs Elementary School, rated A- overall.

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.