2017 Most Diverse Elementary Schools Methodology

The 2017 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 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 51,415 U.S. public elementary 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.

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