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Skinner Middle is among most-improved Denver public middle schools

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By Hoodline - Published on August 27, 2019.

How do the public middle schools in Denver stack up?

We analyzed newly released data from Niche.com — including comprehensive report cards, rankings and reviews — to find out how schools in your area are performing and which have made the biggest leaps over the past year.

Skinner Middle School's overall rating improved the most among similar schools in Denver, rising from a B- to a B+, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 3435 W. 40th Ave., enrolls 606 students. Skinner Middle School serves a diverse population: 59% of students identify as Hispanic and 31% identify as white. 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, 37% of Skinner Middle School's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 51% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 25% in math and 38% in reading.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Hill Campus of Arts & Sciences saw its overall rating increase from a B- to a B. The school is located at 451 Clermont St. and is a bit larger, currently serving 742 students, of whom 38% identify as white, 32% identify as Hispanic and 20% identify as black.

Niche graded Hill Campus of Arts & Sciences a B+ for academics on an A-D scale. The school's latest math proficiency was at 39%, and reading proficiency was 51%.

Grant Beacon Middle School also saw improvement in its overall rating, from C+ to B-. The school is located at 1751 S. Washington St. and has 435 students currently enrolled, of whom 74% identify as Hispanic and 14% identify as white.

Niche graded Grant Beacon Middle School a B- for academics on an A-D scale. Its latest math proficiency was at 24%, and reading proficiency was 44%. The school's improved overall grade is notable in that it serves a less-affluent population, with 83% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 15% more than the city average.

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

  • McAuliffe International School, with an overall rating of A-.
  • Denver Discovery School, with an A- rating overall.
  • Morey Middle School, rated B+ overall.

Want more of the latest intel on Denver schools? Hoodline also analyzed the latest Niche ratings for the city's charter high 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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