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Published on August 13, 2019
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How do the public high schools in Kansas City 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.

Winnetonka High School's overall rating improved the most among its peers in Kansas City, rising from a B to a B+, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 5815 N.E. 48th St., enrolls 1,340 students. Niche gave the school mixed grades: B- on an A-D scale for academics, B+ for administration and B+ 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, 75% of Winnetonka High School's students scored proficient or above in math, and 66% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 53% in math and 61% in reading.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Ruskin High School saw its overall rating go from a C- to a C. The school is located at 7000 E. 111st St. and is a bit smaller, currently serving 1,078 students, of whom 78% identify as black and 11% identify as white.

Niche gave Ruskin High School mixed grades: C on an A-D scale for academics, C- for administration and B- for clubs and activities. Its latest math proficiency was 45%, and reading proficiency was 57%. The school's upswing is notable since it serves a less-affluent population, with 100% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 24% more than the city average.

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

  • Park Hill High School, with an overall rating of A.
  • Staley High School, with an A rating overall.
  • Lincoln College Preparatory Academy, rated A overall.

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