Best Schools in Boston 2017: Stress Test

What if you skipped the preschool interviews, didn’t sweat the latest standardized test, and overlooked the Ivy League? More than ever, school is making local kids and parents miserable—but it doesn’t have to. Plus: Our annual ranking of the top schools in Greater Boston. Edited by Brittany Jasnoff

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Our Ranking of 125 Public School Districts in Boston »

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

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