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San Jose public high schools: What are this year's top-rated and most improved?

San Jose public high schools: What are this year's top-rated and most improved?
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By Hoodline - Published on August 13, 2019.

How strong are the public high schools in San Jose?

With a fresh school year kicking off, we analyzed newly released data from Niche.com, which incorporates comprehensive report cards, rankings and reviews to help you choose the right school, to identify those schools that made the biggest strides last year, as well as those that top the city's best public high school rankings.

Leigh High School's overall rating improved the most among its peers in San Jose, rising from an A- to an A, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 5210 Leigh Ave., enrolls 1,691 students. Niche gave the school mixed grades: A 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, 64% of Leigh High School's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 84% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 32% in math and 52% in reading.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. William C. Overfelt High School saw its overall rating go from a B- to a B. The school is located at 1835 Cunningham Ave. and is a bit smaller, currently serving 1,462 students, of whom 78% identify as Hispanic and 17% identify as Asian.

Niche gave William C. Overfelt High School mixed grades: B- on an A-D scale for academics, B+ for administration and B- for clubs and activities. William C. Overfelt High School's latest math proficiency was at 23%, and reading proficiency was 55%. The school's upswing is notable in that it serves a less affluent population, with 89% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 43% more than the city average.

Del Mar High School also saw improvement in its overall rating, from a B+ to an A-. The school is located at 1224 Del Mar Ave. and has 1,191 students currently enrolled, of whom 66% identify as Hispanic and 17% identify as white.

Niche gave Del Mar High School mixed grades — B+ on an A-D scale for academics, A- for administration and C+ for clubs and activities. Del Mar High School's latest math proficiency was at 30%, and reading proficiency was 72%.

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

  • Leland High School, with an overall rating of A+.
  • Lynbrook High School, with an A+ rating overall.
  • Evergreen Valley High School, rated A 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.