School District College Prep Grade Methodology

The School District College Prep grade is based on rigorous analysis of data from the U.S. Department of Education along with test scores, college data, and ratings collected from millions of Niche users. Learn where our data comes from.

Factors Considered

Factor Description Source Weight
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 31.9%
AP Test Pass Rate Percentage of AP students who pass at least one AP exam. Civil Rights Data Collection 14.7%
Culture & Diversity Grade Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents. Multiple Sources 14.7%
Graduation Rate Percentage of 12th grade students who graduate. U.S. Department of Education 14.7%
Parent/Student Surveys on College Prep Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the college readiness provided by the district. Self-reported by Niche users 14.7%
AP Enrollment Percentage of students enrolled in at least one AP course. Civil Rights Data Collection 9.3%

Statistics obtained from the U.S. Department of Education represent the most recent data available, as self-reported by the schools. Niche also collects data directly from schools via their Niche Partner Portal. If you work for a school and would like to update your data, please claim your school.

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