Back to class: Miami's top-rated and most-improved public elementary schools

How do the public elementary schools in Miami 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.

Biscayne Gardens Elementary School's overall rating improved the most among similar schools in Miami, rising from a C+ to a B, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 560 N.W. 151st St., enrolls 582 students. Biscayne Gardens Elementary School serves a fairly diverse population: 85% of students identify as black and 12% identify as Hispanic. 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, 62% of Biscayne Gardens Elementary School's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 53% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 64% in math and 53% in reading. The school's improved overall rating is notable in that it serves a less-affluent population, with 93% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 11% more than the city average.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Earlington Heights Elementary School saw its overall rating improve from a C to a B-. The school is located at 4750 N.W. 22nd Ave. and is a bit smaller, currently serving 458 students, of whom 74% identify as black and 24% identify as Hispanic.

Niche graded Earlington Heights Elementary School a C+ for academics on an A-D scale. The school's latest math proficiency was at 63%, and reading proficiency was 27%. It also serves a less-affluent population, with 99% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

Poinciana Park Elementary School also saw improvement in its overall rating, from C to B-. The school is located at 6745 N.W. 23rd Ave. and has 377 students currently enrolled, of whom 86% identify as black and 11% identify as Hispanic.

Niche graded Poinciana Park Elementary School a C+ for academics on an A-D scale. Its latest math proficiency was at 57%, and reading proficiency was 37%. The school also serves a less-affluent community, with 91% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

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

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

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