Best Public Schools in Boston 2014 – Top 50 Ranking

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We chased down and analyzed a dizzying array of data—test scores, student-to-teacher ratios, graduation rates—to produce proprietary rankings of both public and private high schools in Greater Boston. Below is our exclusive ranking of the top 50 best public schools. (For more on how we determined the rankings, see our methodology below.)

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To see all of our 2014 Best Schools coverage—including sortable charts and rankings of area public and private schools—go to bostonmagazine.com/schools.


School
Rank
Enrollment
Avg. Class Size
Student-Teacher Ratio
Per-Pupil Spending
Avg. MCAS, Reading
Avg. MCAS, Math
Avg. MCAS, Science
Avg. SAT, Reading
Avg. SAT, Writing
Avg. SAT, Math
Dollars Spent Per SAT Point
% Scoring 3-5 on AP Exams
College Advisors
Grad Rate (%)
% to College
Dover-Sherborn High School16471311.5:1$16,4341009999608617618$8.9298.6498.191
Lexington High School2201419.312.6:1$16,726999796626623656$8.7892.41097.485.3
Acton-Boxborough Regional High School3198919.716.1:1$13,697999897613616649$7.2997.91097.990.9
Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School496919.411.5:1N/A1001009859559064095.5598.691.9
Newton South High School5175916.112.4:1$16,400999689606615636$8.83941398.184.5
Wellesley High School6138114.612.3:1$15,0851009882605606611$8.2892.8898.686.4
Wayland High School785615.612.2:1$15,902999589587592617$8.8590.9699.189.4
Sharon High School8119916.312.9:1$14,527999793589590610$8.1293.8697.188.7
Westford Academy9167519.813.9:1$11,449999796589577601$6.4893.1898.692.7
Winchester High School10115616.714.0:1$11,954999695579585609$6.7485.7698.986.6
Medfield High School119081813.9:1$11,830989693577579605$6.7287.7599.292.4
Weston High School1278618.610.4:1$19,915999783603610622$10.8578.8596.689
Belmont High School13111818.316.8:1$12,259999794586581602$6.9393.2598.487.5
Needham High School14154518.215.1:1$13,742999792585580595$7.8196.3897.888
Concord Carlisle Regional High School15122418.113.5:1$20,525999596598592617$11.3697.799887.2
Boston Latin School16233224.920.2:1$17,283100100100626611632$9.2580.5798.690.6
Westwood High School1790915.613.7:1$14,197989693570565592$8.2291.1598.287.7
Hingham High School18113015.614.0:1$11,4151009594553560569$6.7992.5696.787.9
Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School19159019.913.5:1$17,340989381589594620$9.6293.5898.786.6
Brookline High School2018191412.6:1$16,626989387591590609$9.2994.31493.582.1
Bedford High School2191513.712.0:1$16,6001009487567565579$9.7095695.786.1
Andover High School2217941615.0:1$13,836999888564567588$8.0580.78.596.691.2
Duxbury High School23103719.113.5:1$11,825999794551557574$7.0381.5698.888
Hopkinton High School24112417.514.5:1$12,472989593558555575$7.3981.6699.289.5
Georgetown High School254101311.9:1$10,511999193540534550$6.4797.4296.989.2
Newton North High School26194816.612.0:1$16,400979288573579602$9.3591.81595.482
Manchester Essex Regional High School2747715.512.1:1$13,479989696554553570$8.048739385.8
Masconomet Regional High School28134516.317.2:1$13,094989895553550570$7.8380.3898.791.9
Norwell High School2961514.512.8:1$12,074999491532541546$7.4675.9498.990.7
Reading Memorial High School30128116.814.3:1$11,051989490548543562$6.6981.6696.692.6
Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School3169718.112.6:1$14,759999594556554553$8.8769.1495.386.9
Holliston High School3282815.912.3:1$12,198979190535534556$7.5192.8496.288.5
Arlington High School33122615.417.1:1$12,603989289577576573$7.3083.2692.986.6
Ashland High School3472514.715.1:1$12,183999588530520569$7.5384.6494.990.5
Nashoba Regional High School35101016.4$12,686959287555546579$7.5589.2695.188.9
Lynnfield High School3662615.912.5:1$12,215999293513516553$7.7287.7399.485
Marblehead High School379891413.2:1$12,998969288548552553$7.8686.4496.788.7
Natick High School3815111814.7:1$13,146989391550537557$8.0086.9795.388
Cohasset High School3939018.113.1:1$13,5241009581547544567$8.1694.4295.690.5
Newburyport High School4072916.712.2:1$13,622979487536535551$8.4083.1495.290.4
Foxborough High School4184913.412.9:1$13,635958890543540556$8.3286.7597.280.9
Mansfield High School4213961514.6:1$11,166989385529521552$6.9779.9793.886.9
Scituate High School4392716.615.1:1$12,311999686533545547$7.5874.7393.489.5
Chelmsford High School44159416.514.3:1$11,751989374537539562$7.1782.6795.788.8
Medway High School4580516.115.5:1$11,775979483527526546$7.3672.5398.289.4
North Reading High School4672320.412.3:1$12,498989191547546577$7.4856.2392.487.3
North Attleboro High School47123614.716.0:1$10,139979294531516538$6.4088.6595.282
Pentucket Regional High School4877415.513.5:1$11,821978883548536554$7.2270.4592.783.9
Pioneer Charter School of Science4935317.911.2:1$14,1781009598514509566$8.9250.4195.782.4
Rockport High School5030114.111.5:1$15,484999587528514526$9.8869.6290.485.5

Correction, September 2, 11:30 a.m.: A previous version of this chart excluded Chelmsford High School. We regret the error.

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Correction, September 10, 5:30 p.m.: A previous version of this chart listed the incorrect enrollment for Cohasset High School. Their enrollment is 390. We regret the error.


Methodology:

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We gathered the most recent available data at press time on public schools from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (doe.mass.edu). Private school information was provided by those schools. We also consulted town and school websites if necessary. Statistician George Recck, the director of the Math Resource Center at Babson College, calculated the mean scores for each category, and then ranked the schools based on a weighted average of each school data point’s difference from the mean, using mean values when data was unavailable. Only public schools within the Greater Boston I-495 boundary were included.

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Additional research by Victoria Baena, Ariana Igneri, Megan Moore, Shina Neo, Katie Reilly, and Alex Stoller.