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Published on August 13, 2019
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How do the public high schools in Pasadena 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.

Cis Academy's overall rating improved the most among its peers in Pasadena, rising from a C to a B-, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 2925 E. Siera Madre Blvd., enrolls 168 students. Cis Academy serves a diverse population: 70% of students identify as Hispanic and 17% identify as white. Niche gave the school mixed grades: C+ 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, 12% of Cis Academy's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 22% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 22% in math and 38% in reading.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Rose City High School saw its overall rating jump from a C- to a C. The school is located at 351 S. Hudson Ave. and currently serves 207 students, of whom 79% identify as Hispanic and 15% identify as black.

Niche gave Rose City High School mixed grades: C- on an A-D scale for academics, C for administration and B- for clubs and activities. Rose City High School's latest math proficiency was at 5%, and reading proficiency was 5%. The school's upswing is notable since it serves a less affluent population, with 63% 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:

  • Marshall Fundamental, with an overall rating of B+.
  • Pasadena High School, with a B+ rating overall.
  • Blair High School, rated B- overall.

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