Orlando's charter elementary schools: What are the top rated and most improved?

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How strong are the charter elementary schools in Orlando?

With a fresh school year kicking off, we analyzed newly released data from Niche.com — which include comprehensive report cards, rankings and reviews — to identify those schools that made the biggest strides last year and those that lead their peers.

UCP of Central Florida - East Orlando/Bailes Campus's overall rating improved the most among similar schools in Orlando, rising from a C+ to a B+, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 12702 Science Drive, enrolls 281 students. The school serves a diverse population: 44% of students identify as Hispanic, 34% identify as white and 12% identify as black. Niche graded it 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, 52% of UCP of Central Florida - East Orlando/Bailes Campus's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 67% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 56% in math and 50% in reading.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Orlando Science Elementary Charter School saw its overall rating go from an A- to an A. The school is located at 2611 Technology Drive and is a bit larger, currently serving 495 students, of whom 32% identify as Asian, 28% identify as white and 17% identify as Hispanic.

Niche graded Orlando Science Elementary Charter School an A for academics on an A-D scale. The school's latest math proficiency was at 83%, and reading proficiency was 81%.

Nap Ford Community Charter School also saw improvement in its overall rating, from C+ to B-. The school is located at 325 N. Parramore Ave. and has 147 students currently enrolled, of whom 94% identify as black.

Niche graded Nap Ford Community Charter School a B- for academics on an A-D scale. Its latest math proficiency was at 55%, and reading proficiency was 45%. The school's improved overall grade is notable in that it serves a less-affluent population, with 86% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 18% more than the city average.

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

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

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