Wilbur Middle School headlines most-improved Wichita public middle schools

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How do the public middle schools in Wichita stack up?

We analyzed newly released data from Niche.com, 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.

Wilbur Middle School's overall rating improved the most among its peers in Wichita, rising from a C to a B-, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 340 N. Tyler Road, enrolls 804 students. Wilbur Middle School serves a fairly diverse population: 55% of students identify as white, 21% identify as Hispanic and 11% identify as black. Niche graded the school a C+ 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, 19% of Wilbur Middle School's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 30% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 16% in math and 20% in reading.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Allison Traditional Magnet Middle School saw its overall rating increase from a B- to a B+. The school is located at 221 S. Seneca and is a bit smaller, currently serving 536 students, of whom 46% identify as white, 21% identify as Hispanic and 18% identify as black.

Niche graded Allison Traditional Magnet a B+ for academics on an A-D scale. Allison Traditional's latest math proficiency was at 35%, and reading proficiency was 42%.

Truesdell Middle School also improved, from a C- to a C. The school is located at 2464 S. Glenn and has 1,060 students currently enrolled, of whom 38% identify as white, 27% identify as Hispanic and 17% identify as black.

Niche graded Truesdell Middle School a C- for academics on an A-D scale. Truesdell Middle School's latest math proficiency was at 10%, and reading proficiency was 12%. The school's improved grade is notable in that it serves a less affluent population, with 87% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 12% more than the city average.

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

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