Best High Schools 2009: The Best Schools (For You and Your Kid)
An immodest sampling of what makes our schools great.
PRIVATE Interested in ambitious volunteer work? Several local schools offer service trips to some fairly remote locales. Nobles sponsors treks to South Africa and Romania, and this summer Belmont Hill students made a 10-day excursion to Belize.
PUBLIC Never mind the school newspaper—the new Wayland Student Press is a campus media concept for the 21st century. Packed with video and articles, the Web-only news outlet picked up a Gold Crown Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association in March.
This fall Concord-Carlisle High School opens its professional-grade recording studio, which will offer budding producers rare technical training in audio engineering.
Deerfield Academy’s new Koch Center is one of the greenest buildings in the U.S. It was built from recycled scrap steel, has a turf-covered roof, and boasts a Gold LEED rating.
PRIVATE Nobody knows hockey like our area preps: Places like Catholic Memorial, St. John’s Prep, and St. Sebastian’s routinely stock NHL rosters. Plus, the U.S. women’s team currently features eight local grads.
PUBLIC Newton South girls’ track 4x mile relay team cleaned up at national finals this year, helping South lock down Sports Illustrated‘s nod as the state’s top school sports program.