Best Schools Boston 2011

BOSTON’S BEST PUBLIC SCHOOLS 2011

Our exclusive ranking of the region’s school districts.

Part I: In the Classroom | Part II: Achievement Scores

RankingSchool DistrictEnrollmentStudent/Teacher RatioPer-Pupil SpendingGraduation RateNo. of Sports TeamsHalf or Full Pre-KNo. AP Classes
1Dover-Sherborn1,15511.6:115,90198.136None14
2Concord-Carlisle1,20813.9:118,87296.456Both9
3Weston2,36512.2:118,5919653Both15
4Lincoln-Sudbury1,61412.9:116,3249763None18
5Lexington6,36611.8:115,86292.848Full20
6Manchester Essex1,51813.9:113,58295.342Half14
7Wayland2,68614:0115,21996.555Full7
8Northborough-Southborough1,43813.9:113,69598.158Both20
9Hamilton-Wenham1,97612.4:114,28393.839Half7
10Sharon3,43513.6:113,93296.928Full17
11Wellesley4,89213.3:115,39296.770Full14
12Newton11,93413.2:116,59794.5139Half39
13Cohasset1,53513.6:113,52092.937Half10
14Westwood3,14813.8:113,81494.950Both20
15Acton-Boxborough2,42116.6:113,11096.459Both15
16Newburyport2,26713.3:113,43589.935Half12
17Medfield2,93915.3:110,74197.759Half12
18Bedford2,38312.3:115,96189.957Half8
19Holliston2,87013.3:112,18693.448Half13
20Winchester4,28214.8:111,36394.972Both16
21Masconomet2,09015.5:112,7189655None18
22Belmont3,92815.7:111,60992.342Half27
23Brookline6,62712.6:117,0909041Both18
24Marblehead3,20613.7:112,23590.456Half15
25Cambridge Rindge and Latin6,01910.5:125,73785.265Full15
26Westford5,29114.6:110,69794.665Both17
27Duxbury3,24714.2:111,08498.958Half18
28Old Rochester1,19013.7:114,04592.946Both8
29Nashoba3,49514.2:112,52192.644Half14
30Hopkinton3,45414.7:111,92197.344Half14
31Needham5,35815.2:113,24594.962Half12
32Natick4,82514.1:112,91093.266Both13
33Medway2,64014.2:110,96496.847Both15
34Lynnfield2,30815.7:111,03397.143Both10
35Silver Lake1,92613.8:112,42596.746Half12
36Foxborough2,83613.6:112,12596.346Both11
37Burlington3,65212.7:114,27695.147Half12
38Andover6,17814.2:113,26395.370Both14
39Hingham4,10015.1:110,98296.459Both16
40Swampscott2,27313:0112,4489439Half8
41Ipswich2,11114.3:110,9029643Half15
42Ashland2,62416.6:111,54697.247Both17
43Canton3,21813.4:112,91691.446Half12
44Norwell2,34316.3:111,38096.647Half15
45North Reading2,67514.3:111,28893.946Half10
46Arlington4,80813.7:112,50293.360Both14
47Rockport94612.5:113,06787.921Full9
48Georgetown1,65215.4:19,14894.731Both6
49Hanover2,68513.3:110,56195.7N/AHalf13
50Somerset2,75612.6:112,53691.844Half11
51Wakefield3,35914:0111,41995.948Full13
52Reading Memorial4,45914.5:110,74986.157Full13
53Watertown2,64911.7:115,9858237Full12
54Waltham4,79611.2:118,96072.660Full14
55Walpole3,96114.9:111,97192.943Full15
56Littleton1,58416.1:111,88191.130Full11
57Dedham2,87913.3:114,85283.743Both15
58Freetown-Lakeville1,92013.9:110,92087.5N/ABoth8
59North Andover4,63815.6:111,27795.765Half14
60Scituate3,27614.2:110,99292.751Half13
61King Philip Regional2,14217.6:111,74287.146None17
62Pentucket3,12914.3:110,75188.944Half11
63Framingham8,18212.6:115,6758457Both18
64Carver1,78513.7:111,52184.330Both9
65Marshfield4,67114.6:110,0549454Full17
66Franklin6,03214.7:110,32695.852Half15
67Easton3,89315:0110,20193.446Half10
68Millis1,46515.7:110,39193.333Half7
69Stoneham2,55013.3:111,57792.324Half10
70Danvers3,63714:0112,62689.457None15
71Milton3,92115.3:111,79292.555Both18
72West Bridgewater1,29916.2:19,92694.820Half9
73Norwood3,45412.8:112,7908952Half18
74Braintree5,46714.2:110,92792.562N/A18
75Hull1,16414.1:113,00984.925Full8
76Hudson2,99313.6:111,87982.456Half15
77Chelmsford5,30715.8:110,55089.471Half13
78Dartmouth3,96414.9:110,70391.644None17
79Wilmington3,73213.8:111,57391.150Half5
80Stoughton3,77712.7:111,60581.940Full12
81Plymouth8,12613.9:112,56288.594Half34
82Triton Regional3,05914.6:111,50388.345Half11
83Marlborough4,57312.9:113,82584.463Both22
84Mansfield4,82616.3:19,94791.855Half12
85Maynard1,31214.4:113,32184.326Both10
86Norton2,78015.4:110,93282.629Both9
87Gloucester3,20313.3:112,84486.541Half11
88Winthrop1,96113.8:111,08978.138Half9
89Beverly4,25114.2:112,2598646Half14
90East Bridgewater2,31416.2:19,98995.926Half7
91Pembroke3,37816.3:19,9539545Half15
92Amesbury2,38514.4:112,3848215Half5
93Billerica5,79214.7:112,00687.157Half10
94Melrose3,77515.8:110,49393.635Both13
95Seekonk2,14114.9:111,35388.537Half5
96North Attleborough4,69216.4:19,83788.848Half7
97Whitman-Hanson Regional2,27517:0110,20486.743Both8
98Medford4,84914.3:112,8187843Both15
99Middleborough3,45715.4:111,57682.639Half11
100Swansea2,03814.1:110,58696.455Full3
101Avon77211.9:112,74788.916Half3
102Dighton-Rehoboth3,18614.8:110,41688.728Half5
103Abington2,01617.2:110,24786.825Half5
104Tewksbury4,04916.6:110,9268443Half8
105Fair Haven1,98414.4:111,27472.636Half9
106Weymouth6,93515.4:111,18381.554Both18
107Woburn4,80912.9:114,02486.245Half10
108Quincy9,12513.2:113,94283.124Full36
109Westport1,83515.4:110,5948224Both5
110Wareham3,08413.2:111,65277.936Full15
111Randolph2,87613.1:114,99466.724Half11
112Saugus2,84914:0111,76980.559Both8
113Dracut4,01817:019,87683.451Half8
114Bellingham2,56715.3:110,65681.432Half5
115Salem4,56511:0113,86779.140Half13
116Methuen7,11214.6:110,91279.259Half25
117Peabody6,07514.4:113,35177.641Full14
118Somerville4,85512.4:115,93772.646Full10
119Malden6,56514.7:112,40071.741Both19
120Attleboro5,85515.5:111,21782.241Half12
121Rockland2,26016.3:112,04779.633Half5
122Everett6,14214.2:112,44176.841Full41
123Haverhill6,80415:0111,48466.249Half15
124Bridgewater-Raynham5,70719.9:110,52592.542Half8
125Revere6,22914.5:112,7796930None13
126Taunton7,91215.7:110,82876.352Half13
127Boston56,03713.3:116,66663.2196Both155
128Holbrook1,18713.7:112,87365.516Half4
129Lowell13,60013.7:112,89969.463Half14
130Fall River9,87314.2:113,28466.229Both14
131Lynn13,54714.8:113,15868.557Full14
132Chelsea5,57013.4:113,41153.321Half13
133Brockton15,82814.1:112,38266.744None11
134New Bedford12,53814.1:112,87453.546Full23
135Lawrence12,78413.2:113,95546.721HalfN/A

Research By: Mara Berg, Laura Biedron, Caitlin Bueller, Stephanie Horst, Rebecca Klein, Chris Malloy, Ursula Munn, Hannah Sawyer, Gillian Smith, and Lindsay Tucker
METHODOLOGY
Our rankings were computed by statistician George Recck, director of the Math Resources Center at Babson College. We gathered the most recent available data on area school districts by consulting school officials and websites, as well as the Massachusetts Department of Education. With this information, Recck calculated the mean scores for each category, then ranked the districts based on a weighted average of each school data point’s difference from the mean.