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UCS Among the 2024 Best Elementary Schools

U.S. News & World Report Recognizes University Charter School Among the 2024 Best Elementary Schools


Washington, D.C. – December 1, 2023 – University Charter School has been ranked No. 1 in Alabama Charter Elementary Schools among the 2024 Best Elementary School rankings by U.S. News & World Report. The rankings include more than 79,000 public elementary and middle schools across the country. Schools are ranked at the state and district level, with Best Charter Schools and Best Magnet Schools ranked as stand-alone categories.


University Charter School was also ranked No. 74 in Middle Schools in Alabama out of 916 Middle Schools.


UCS Head of School, Dr. JJ Wedgworth, said the recognition was a reflection of the hard work and dedication of the staff, students and parents.  “I’m extremely proud of our students, our faculty and staff, our parents and our community,” Wedgworth said. “It truly takes a team effort to make sure that our students have an opportunity to be successful."


“We owe this distinction to a variety of factors including our commitment to academic excellence; a highly qualified staff who care about our students and their success; a board of directors committed to providing the resources required for UCS to succeed; and students who care about their futures and their families who are supportive," she said in a statement.


The methodology focuses on state assessments of students who were proficient or above proficient in mathematics and reading/language arts while accounting for student backgrounds, achievement in core subjects, and how well schools are educating their students. Student-teacher ratios are applied to break ties in the overall score.


The 2024 Best Elementary and Best Middle Schools rankings are based on publicly available data from the U.S. Department of Education. For district-level rankings, at least two of the top performing schools must rank in the top 75% of the overall elementary or middle school rankings to qualify for district-level recognition.


“The 2024 Best Elementary and Middle Schools rankings offer a way for parents to get a snapshot of their child’s school and how well it is doing compared with other schools in their community," said LaMont Jones, managing editor for education at U.S. News. “In addition, U.S. News provides easily accessible data on student-teacher ratios, district spending, and the number of counselors a school makes available to its students.”


Parents, educators and students can see how University Charter School compares to other institutions and how the rankings are calculated on


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