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Published on August 13, 2019
Public elementary schools in Santa Monica: What are this year's top-rated and most improved?Photo: iStock

How do the public elementary schools in Santa Monica 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.

Franklin Elementary School's overall rating improved the most among its peers in Santa Monica, rising from an A to an A+, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 2400 Montana Ave., enrolls 808 students. Niche graded the school an A 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, 87% of Franklin Elementary School's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 88% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 66% in math and 70% in reading.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. John Muir Elementary School saw its overall rating improve from a B+ to an A-. The school is located at 2526 Sixth St. and is much smaller, currently serving 284 students, of whom 39% identify as Hispanic, 36% identify as white and 15% identify as black.

Niche graded John Muir Elementary School a B+ for academics on an A-D scale. John Muir Elementary School's latest math proficiency was at 42%, and reading proficiency was 47%. The school's upswing is notable since it serves a less affluent population, with 51% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 19% more than the city average.

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

  • Roosevelt Elementary School, with an overall rating of A.
  • Grant Elementary School, with an A rating overall.
  • Will Rogers Elementary School, rated A overall.

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