2020 Most Diverse Public Schools Methodology

The 2020 Most Diverse Public Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis of demographic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with millions of reviews from students and parents. 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%

* Niche updates data directly from schools via their Niche Partner Accounts. If you work for a school and would like to update your data, please claim your school.

Statistics obtained from the U.S. Department of Education represent the most recent data available, as self-reported by the schools.

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