Back to school: Here are Sunnyvale's most improved public middle schools

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How do the public middle schools in Sunnyvale stack up?

We analyzed newly released data from, 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.

Sunnyvale Middle School's overall rating improved the most among its peers in Sunnyvale, rising from a B+ to an A-, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 1080 Mango Ave., enrolls 1,176 students. Sunnyvale Middle School serves a diverse population: 36% of students identify as Asian, 31% identify as white and 25% identify as Hispanic. Niche gave the school an A- 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, 67% of Sunnyvale Middle School's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 71% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 58% in math and 64% in reading.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Marian A. Peterson Middle School saw its overall rating increase from an A- to an A. The school is located at 1380 Rosalia Ave. and is a bit smaller, currently serving 907 students, of whom 42% identify as Asian, 25% identify as white and 23% identify as Hispanic.

Niche graded Marian A. Peterson Middle School an A- for academics on an A-D scale. Marian A. Peterson Middle School's latest math proficiency was at 58%, and reading proficiency was 68%.

Columbia Middle School also improved, from a C+ to a B-. The school is located at 739 Morse Ave. and has 756 students currently enrolled, of whom 57% identify as Hispanic and 25% identify as Asian.

Niche graded Columbia Middle School a B- for academics on an A-D scale. Columbia Middle School's latest math proficiency was at 26%, and reading proficiency was 34%. The school's improved grade is notable since it serves a less affluent population, with 54% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 31% more than the city average.

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