New rankings show Austin's top-rated and most-improved charter high schools

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How strong are the charter high schools in Austin?

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.

Harmony School of Excellence - Austin's overall rating improved the most among similar schools in Austin, rising from a B- to a B, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 2100 E. St. Elmo Road, enrolls 578 students. Harmony School of Excellence - Austin serves a somewhat diverse population: 87% of students identify as Hispanic. Niche gave the school mixed grades: B on an A-D scale for academics, B- for administration and C- 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, 76% of Harmony School of Excellence - Austin's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 61% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 61% in math and 48% in reading. The school's improved overall rating is notable in that it serves a less-affluent population, with 78% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 10% more than the city average.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Premier High School of North Austin saw its overall rating jump from a B to a B+. The school is located at 1835 A Kramer Lane, Suite 600 and is much smaller, currently serving 133 students, of whom 53% identify as Hispanic and 32% identify as white.

Niche gave Premier High School of North Austin mixed grades: B on an A-D scale for academics, C+ for administration and C- for clubs and activities. The school's latest math proficiency was at 87%, and reading proficiency was 67%.

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

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

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