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

Public high schools in Newark: 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 Newark 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.

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

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 91 W. Market St., enrolls 688 students. Newark Technical School serves a diverse population: 54% of students identify as black and 44% identify as Hispanic. Niche gave the school mixed grades: C+ on an A-D scale for academics, A- for administration and A- 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, 21% of Newark Technical School's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 56% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 15% in math and 31% in reading. The school's improved rating is notable since it serves a less affluent population, with 86% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 15% more than the city average.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. American History High School saw its overall rating jump from a C to a C+. The school is located at 74 Montgomery St. and is a bit smaller, currently serving 433 students, of whom 76% identify as black and 23% identify as Hispanic.

Niche gave American History High School mixed grades: C on an A-D scale for academics, B- for administration and C+ for clubs and activities. American History High School's latest math proficiency was at 8%, and reading proficiency was 38%. American History High School also serves a less affluent population, with 77% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

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

  • Science Park High School, with an overall rating of A+.
  • Technology High School, with an A- rating overall.
  • Bard Early College High School, rated B+ 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.