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

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By Hoodline - Published on August 13, 2019.

How do the public high schools in Denver 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.

Emily Griffith High School's overall rating improved the most among its peers in Denver, rising from a C- to a C+, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 1860 Lincoln St., enrolls 370 students. Emily Griffith High School serves a diverse population: 55% of students identify as Hispanic, 25% identify as black and 15% identify as white. Niche gave the school mixed grades: C- on an A-D scale for academics, C+ for administration and B- 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.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Abraham Lincoln High School saw its overall rating increase from a C- to a C. The school is located at 2285 S. Federal Blvd. and is much larger, currently serving 1,159 students, of whom 89% identify as Hispanic.

Niche gave Abraham Lincoln High School mixed grades: C- on an A-D scale for academics, C+ for administration and B for clubs and activities. The school's latest math proficiency was 10%, and reading proficiency was 11%. Its upswing is notable since the school serves a less-affluent population, with 92% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 20% more than the city average.

Thomas Jefferson High School also improved, from a B+ to an A-. The school is located at 3950 S. Holly St. and has 1,053 students currently enrolled, of whom 39% identify as white, 31% identify as Hispanic and 19% identify as black.

Niche gave Thomas Jefferson High School mixed grades — B on an A-D scale for academics, B- for administration and B for clubs and activities. The school's latest math proficiency was 35%, and reading proficiency was 49%.

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

  • East High School, with an overall rating of A+.
  • Denver School of the Arts, with an A+ rating overall.
  • D'Evelyn Junior/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.

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