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Public elementary schools in Charlotte: What are this year's top rated and most improved?

Public elementary schools in Charlotte: What are this year's top rated and most improved?
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By Hoodline - Published on August 20, 2019.

How do the public elementary schools in Charlotte stack up?

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

Idlewild Elementary School's overall rating improved the most among similar schools in Charlotte, rising from a B to a B+, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 7101 Idlewild Road, enrolls 1,002 students. Idlewild Elementary School serves a diverse population: 42% of students identify as Hispanic, 34% identify as black and 13% identify as Asian. 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, 65% of Idlewild Elementary School's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 43% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 57% in math and 43% in reading. The school's improved overall rating is notable in that it serves a less-affluent population, with 100% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 30% more than the city average.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Nations Ford Elementary School saw its overall rating increase from a C to a C+. The school is located at 7050 Nations Ford Road and is a bit smaller, currently serving 781 students, of whom 65% identify as Hispanic and 31% identify as black.

Niche graded Nations Ford Elementary School a C+ for academics on an A-D scale. The school's latest math proficiency was at 46%, and reading proficiency was 20%. It also serves a less-affluent population, with 100% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

Tuckaseegee Elementary School also improved, from C to C+. The school is located at 2028 Little Rock Road and has 764 students currently enrolled, of whom 49% identify as black and 34% identify as Hispanic.

Niche graded Tuckaseegee Elementary School a C for academics on an A-D scale. Its latest math proficiency was at 35%, and reading proficiency was 25%. The school also serves a less-affluent community, again with 100% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

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

  • Elon Park Elementary School, with an overall rating of A-.
  • Polo Ridge Elementary School, with an A- rating overall.
  • Providence Spring Elementary School, rated A- overall.

Want more of the latest intel on Charlotte schools? Hoodline also analyzed the latest Niche ratings for the city's public high schools.


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.