|Student Racial Diversity Index||A high value indicates a very racially diverse student body.||U.S. Department of Education||75.0%|
|Free/Reduced Lunch||Percentage of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch (closer to the national mean is better).||National Center for Education Statistics||15.0%|
|Gender Diversity||Percentage of students belonging to the most represented gender (closer to 50% is better).||U.S. Department of Education||10.0%|
This ranking assesses 15,737 U.S. public middle schools. The same methodology is used to produce the Overall Niche Grade for each ranked school as well as additional schools. Statistics obtained from the U.S. Department of Education represent the most recent data available, usually from 2014–2016, as self-reported by the schools.
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