Best Public High Schools in Boston 2018

Sort by what matters most to you—SAT scores, class size, AP participation, and more.

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Methodology: This chart ranks public high schools in towns or districts within, or partially within, I-495. To compile the list, we used the most recent data for each school available at press time from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education. In cases of missing information, we used data from a previous year as necessary.

We omitted highly specialized schools and schools reporting insufficient information, as well as charter schools. To calculate the rankings, statistician George Recck, director of the Math Resource Center at Babson College, analyzed the results, comparing each high school’s data points to the overall average for all schools. He then applied a percentage weight to the standardized value for each school to create an aggregate “score” to determine each high school’s rank. We considered it more desirable to have a smaller class size and a lower student-to-teacher ratio.

Research by Shubhankar Arun, Greta Bjornson, Brenna Donovan, Amanda Madigan, Devon Musgrave-Johnson, Sophie Nunnally, and Clare Zicari