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

Public middle schools in Aurora: 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 middle schools in Aurora stack up?

We analyzed newly released data from, 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.

Fox Ridge Middle School's overall rating improved the most among its peers in Aurora, rising from an A- to an A, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 26301 E. Arapahoe Road, enrolls 1,438 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, 54% of Fox Ridge Middle School's students scored proficient or above in math, and 54% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 24% in math and 34% in reading.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Laredo Middle School saw its overall rating improve from a B+ to an A-. The school is located at 5000 S. Laredo St. and is a bit smaller, currently serving 1,122 students, of whom 48% identify as white, 22% identify as Hispanic and 16% identify as black.

Niche graded Laredo Middle School a B+ for academics on an A-D scale. Laredo Middle School's latest math proficiency was 31%, and reading proficiency was 46%.

Horizon Middle School also saw improvement in its overall rating, from a B to a B+. The school is located at 3981 S. Reservoir Road and has 953 students currently enrolled, of whom 42% identify as white, 28% identify as Hispanic and 17% identify as black.

Niche graded Horizon Middle School a B- for academics on an A-D scale. The school's latest math proficiency was at 19%, and reading proficiency was 38%. It improved grade is notable since it serves a less-affluent population, with 55% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

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

  • Liberty Middle School, with an overall rating of A.
  • Falcon Creek Middle School, with an A rating overall.
  • Thunder Ridge Middle School, rated A- overall.

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