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

New school rankings show Plano'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 Plano 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.

Williams High School's overall rating improved the most among its peers in Plano, rising from a B+ to an A-, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 1717 17th St., enrolls 1,090 students. Williams High School serves a diverse population: 38% of students identify as Hispanic, 24% identify as white and 19% identify as Asian. Niche gave the school mixed grades: A- 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, 83% of Williams High School's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 70% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 76% in math and 72% in reading.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Vines High School saw its overall rating go from a B+ to an A-. The school is located at 1401 Highedge Drive and currently serves 1,087 students, of whom 54% identify as white and 24% identify as Hispanic.

Niche gave Vines High School mixed grades: A- on an A-D scale for academics, B for administration and C+ for clubs and activities. Vines High School's latest math proficiency was at 81%, and reading proficiency was 80%.

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

  • Plano West Senior High School, with an overall rating of A+.
  • Jasper High School, with an A+ rating overall.
  • Plano East Senior 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.