2018 Niche Standout High Schools Methodology

The 2018 Niche Standout High Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis of academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with test scores, college data, and ratings collected from millions of Niche users. The list is limited to only public high schools with 1) at least 50% of students identifed as economically disadvantaged by the school and 2) a Niche Overall Grade of B or higher. Learn where our data comes from.

Factors Considered

Factor Description Source Weight
Composite SAT/ACT Score Average SAT/ACT composite score (normalized to the same scale), as reported by Niche users from this school. Self-reported by Niche users 20.0%
Top Colleges Score Average score of colleges that students are most interested in or go on to attend, based on Niche Best Colleges ranking. Self-reported by Niche users 20.0%
Economically Disadvantaged Graduation Rate Percentage of economically disadvantaged 12th grade students who graduate. U.S. Department of Education 10.0%
Economically Disadvantaged Math Proficiency Percentage of economically disadvantaged students at or above math proficiency level on state assessments. U.S. Department of Education 10.0%
Economically Disadvantaged Percent Percent of students classified as economically disadvantaged. U.S. Department of Education 10.0%
Economically Disadvantaged Reading Proficiency Percentage of economically disadvantaged students at or above reading proficiency level on state assessments. U.S. Department of Education 10.0%
Minority Graduation Rate Percentage of 12th grade minority students who graduate. U.S. Department of Education 10.0%
Student Racial Diversity Index A high value indicates a very racially diverse student body. U.S. Department of Education 10.0%

 

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.