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New school rankings show Cincinnati's top-rated and most-improved public high schools

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

How do the public high schools in Cincinnati 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.

Finneytown Secondary Campus's overall rating improved the most among its peers in Cincinnati, rising from a B- to a B, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 8916 Fontainebleau Terrace, enrolls 671 students. Finneytown Secondary Campus serves a diverse population: 43% of students identify as black and 42% identify as white. 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, 37% of Finneytown Secondary Campus's students scored proficient or above in math, and 40% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 40% in math and 52% in reading.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Deer Park Junior/Senior High School saw its overall rating go from a B to a B+. The school is located at 8351 Plainfield Road and is a bit smaller, currently serving 551 students, of whom 75% identify as white.

Niche gave Deer Park Junior/Senior High School mixed grades: B on an A-D scale for academics, C for administration and C+ for clubs and activities. The school's latest math proficiency was 60%, and reading proficiency was 64%.

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

  • Walnut Hills High School, with an overall rating of A+.
  • Sycamore High School, with an A+ rating overall.
  • Turpin High 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.