New school rankings show Nashville'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 Nashville 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.

McGavock High School's overall rating improved the most among its peers in Nashville, rising from a B- to a B, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 3150 McGavock Pike, enrolls 2,376 students. McGavock High School serves a diverse population: 42% of students identify as white, 38% identify as black and 16% identify as Hispanic. Niche gave the school mixed grades: B- on an A-D scale for academics, B- 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, 62% of McGavock High School's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 31% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 54% in math and 32% in reading.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Maplewood Comprehensive High School saw its overall rating jump from a C- to a C. The school is located at 401 Walton Lane and is much smaller, currently serving 965 students, of whom 74% identify as black and 15% identify as Hispanic.

Niche gave Maplewood mixed grades: C- on an A-D scale for academics, C for administration and C+ for clubs and activities. Maplewood's latest math proficiency was at 44%, and reading proficiency was 7%. The school's upswing is notable since it serves a less affluent population, with 70% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 20% more than the city average.

East Nashville Magnet School also saw improvement in its overall rating, from a C to a C+. The school is located at 110 Gallatin Road and has 747 students currently enrolled, of whom 88% identify as black.

Niche gave East Nashville Magnet School mixed grades — C+ on an A-D scale for academics, C+ for administration and C- for clubs and activities. East Nashville Magnet School's latest math proficiency was at 47%, and reading proficiency was 27%.

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

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High School, with an overall rating of A+.
  • Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet School, with an A+ rating overall.
  • Nashville School of the Arts, rated B+ overall.

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