Durant Road Middle is among most-improved Raleigh public middle schools

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How do the public middle schools in Raleigh 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.

Durant Road Middle School's overall rating improved the most among similar schools in Raleigh, rising from a B to an A-, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 10401 Durant Road, enrolls 1,062 students. Durant Road Middle School serves a diverse population: 41% of students identify as white, 30% identify as black and 20% 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, 46% of Durant Road Middle School's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 50% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 45% in math and 50% in reading.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Moore Square Museum Magnet Middle School saw its overall rating jump from a B to an A-. The school is located at 301 S. Person St. and is much smaller, currently serving 428 students, of whom 45% identify as white, 33% identify as black and 17% identify as Hispanic.

Niche graded Moore Square Museum Magnet Middle School an A- for academics on an A-D scale. The school's latest math proficiency was at 43%, and reading proficiency was 57%.

Dillard Drive Middle School also saw improvement in its overall rating, from B+ to A-. The school is located at 5200 Dillard Drive and has 1,152 students currently enrolled, of whom 40% identify as white, 26% identify as Hispanic and 26% identify as black.

Niche graded Dillard Drive Middle School an A- for academics on an A-D scale. Its latest math proficiency was at 49%, and reading proficiency was 50%. The school's improved overall grade is notable in that it serves a less-affluent population, with 51% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

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

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

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