Hopi Elementary among Phoenix's most-improved public elementary schools

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How strong are the public elementary schools in Phoenix?

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.

Hopi Elementary School's overall rating improved the most among similar schools in Phoenix, rising from an A- to an A, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 5110 E. Lafayette Blvd., enrolls 876 students. Niche graded 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, 77% of Hopi Elementary School's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 79% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 43% in math and 41% in reading.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Roadrunner Elementary School saw its overall rating increase from a C+ to a B-. The school is located at 7702 N. 39th Ave. and currently serves 813 students.

Niche graded Roadrunner Elementary School a B- for academics on an A-D scale. The school's latest math proficiency was at 35%, and reading proficiency was 39%. Its upswing is notable in that it serves a less-affluent population, with 100% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 29% more than the city average.

Granada Primary School also saw improvement in its overall rating, from C to C+. The school is located at 3232 W. Campbell and has 799 students currently enrolled.

Niche graded Granada Primary School a B- for academics on an A-D scale. Its latest math proficiency was at 50%, and reading proficiency was 29%. The school also serves a less-affluent community, with 97% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

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

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

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