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Wake Young Women's Leadership Academy headlines most-improved Raleigh public high schools

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By Hoodline - Published on August 13, 2019.

How do the public high schools in Raleigh 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.

Wake Young Women's Leadership Academy's overall rating improved the most among its peers in Raleigh, rising from a B+ to an A, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 303 Ashe Ave., enrolls 303 students. Wake Young Women's Leadership Academy serves a diverse population: 41% of students identify as black, 33% identify as white and 17% identify as Hispanic. Niche gave the school mixed grades: A- on an A-D scale for academics, A 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, 70% of Wake Young Women's Leadership Academy's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 82% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 55% in math and 63% in reading.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Athens Drive High School saw its overall rating improve from an A- to an A. The school is located at 1420 Athens Drive and is much larger, currently serving 1,934 students, of whom 44% identify as white, 26% identify as black and 19% identify as Hispanic.

Niche gave Athens Drive High School mixed grades: A- on an A-D scale for academics, B for administration and B- for clubs and activities. Athens Drive High School's latest math proficiency was at 48%, and reading proficiency was 55%.

Wake Early College of Health & Sciences also saw improvement in its overall rating, from an A to an A+. The school is located at 2901 Holston Lane and has 298 students currently enrolled, of whom 29% identify as white, 29% identify as black and 20% identify as Hispanic.

Niche gave Wake Early College of Health & Sciences mixed grades — A on an A-D scale for academics, B for administration and C- for clubs and activities. Wake Early College of Health & Sciences's latest math proficiency was at 87%, and reading proficiency was 95%.

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

  • William G. Enloe High School, with an overall rating of A+.
  • Wake NC State University STEM Early College High School, with an A+ rating overall.
  • Leesville Road 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.

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