2018 Most Diverse Elementary Schools Methodology

The 2018 Most Diverse Elementary Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis of student demographic data from the U.S. Department of Education. Learn where our data comes from.

Factors Considered

Factor Description Source Weight
Student Racial Diversity Index A high value indicates a very racially diverse student body. U.S. Department of Education 60.0%
Parent/Student Surveys on Culture & Diversity Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding student culture and diversity at the school. Self-reported by Niche users 25.0%
Economically Disadvantaged Percent Percent of students classified as economically disadvantaged. U.S. Department of Education 10.0%
Gender Diversity Percentage of students belonging to the most represented gender (closer to 50% is better). U.S. Department of Education 5.0%

 

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. Niche also collects data directly from schools via our school data update form. If you work for a school and would like to update your data, please claim your school.

For more details about how we calculate our rankings, click here.