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

Public middle schools in Chula Vista: 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 Chula Vista 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.

Castle Park Middle School's overall rating improved the most among its peers in Chula Vista, rising from a C to a B-, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 160 Quintard St., enrolls 877 students. Castle Park Middle School serves a diverse population: 90% of students identify as Hispanic. Niche graded the school a B- 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, 31% of Castle Park Middle School's students scored proficient or above in math, and 37% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 37% in math and 52% in reading. The school's improved rating is notable since it serves a less-affluent population, with 78% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 30% more than the city average.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Rancho Del Rey Middle School saw its overall rating go from a B+ to an A-. The school is located at 1174 E. J St. and is much larger, currently serving 1,778 students, of whom 55% identify as Hispanic and 24% identify as Asian.

Niche graded Rancho Del Rey Middle School a B+ for academics on an A-D scale. The school's latest math proficiency was  48%, and reading proficiency was 66%.

Eastlake Middle School also saw improvement in its overall rating, from a B+ to an A-. The school is located at 900 Duncan Ranch Road and has 1,625 students currently enrolled, of whom 55% identify as Hispanic, 18% identify as Asian and 14% identify as white.

Niche graded Eastlake Middle School an A- for academics on an A-D scale. Its latest math proficiency was 52%, and reading proficiency was 71%.

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

  • Bonita Vista Middle School, with an overall rating of B+.
  • Hilltop Middle School, with a B- rating overall.
  • Chula Vista Middle 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.