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

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

How strong are the public middle schools in Louisville?

With a fresh school year around the corner, we analyzed newly released data from Niche.com, which incorporates comprehensive report cards, rankings and reviews to help you choose the right school, to identify those schools that made the biggest strides last year, as well as those that top the city's best public middle school rankings.

Johnson Traditional Middle School's overall rating improved the most among its peers in Louisville, rising from a B- to a B+, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 2509 Wilson Ave., enrolls 882 students. Johnson Traditional Middle School serves a diverse population: 45% of students identify as white and 44% identify as black. 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, 58% of Johnson Traditional Middle School's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 64% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 36% in math and 44% in reading.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Jefferson County Traditional Middle School saw its overall rating jump from a B+ to an A-. The school is located at 1418 Morton Ave. and currently serves 919 students, of whom 61% identify as white and 29% identify as black.

Niche graded Jefferson County Traditional Middle School an A- for academics on an A-D scale. Jefferson County Traditional Middle School's latest math proficiency was at 64%, and reading proficiency was 72%.

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

  • Meyzeek Middle School, with an overall rating of A-.
  • Barret Traditional Middle School, with an A- rating overall.
  • Noe Middle School, rated B+ 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.