Best High Schools 2009: The Best Schools (For You and Your Kid)
HOW WE DETERMINED VALUE: Our rankings this year were computed by statistician George Recck, director of the Math Resource Center at Babson College. As in years past, we gathered data on area schools by consulting school officials and websites, as well as the Massachusetts Department of Education. With this information, Recck calculated mean scores for each data category and then ranked schools based on their distance from the averages. With this traditional performance ranking in hand, he also evaluated performance against tuition, producing a ranking that shows which high schools deliver the most academic bang for the buck.
For schools that did not provide figures, the average was used as a placeholder when computing the rankings.
Our rankings focused on schools in Eastern Massachusetts, mostly inside or around the 495 belt. If your school is not on the list, it does not mean it did poorly, it just means it fell outside our coverage area.
Private Schools Category Weight Breakdown:
Avg. Class Size=15%
Financial Aid %=15%
Public Schools Category Weight Breakdown
Student/Teacher Ratio 15%
Per Pupil Spending 15%
Graduation Rate 10%