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

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By Hoodline - Published on August 27, 2019.

How strong are the public middle schools in Jersey City?

With a fresh school year kicking off, we analyzed newly released data from Niche.com — which include comprehensive report cards, rankings and reviews — to identify those schools that made the biggest strides last year and those that lead their peers.

The Academy I Middle School's overall rating improved the most among similar schools in Jersey City, rising from an A- to an A, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 209 Bergen Ave., enrolls 453 students. The Academy I Middle School serves a diverse population: 47% of students identify as Asian, 19% identify as black and 16% identify as Hispanic. 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, 78% of The Academy I Middle School's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 84% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 38% in math and 50% in reading.

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

  • Explore 2000 Middle School, with an overall rating of B.
  • Frank R. Conwell Middle School - M.S. 4, with a B- rating overall.
  • Franklin L. Williams School, rated C overall.

Want more of the latest intel on Jersey City schools? Hoodline also analyzed the latest Niche ratings for the city's public elementary schools.

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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