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Top High Schools: Top Stories in Central Mass in 2012

Monday, December 31, 2012

 

In Massachusetts, not all schools are created equal. Far from it.

GoLocalWorcester’s first ever high school rankings helped the Commonwealth’s residents develop a clearer understanding of which schools are excelling and which are struggling. Our staff gathered thousands of data points from publicly available resources in five specific areas including MCAS proficiency scores, SAT scores, student to teacher ratios, spending per student and total school enrollment.

Finishing first and earning the top slot as Central Massachusetts’ top school is Worcester’s Mass Academy for Math and Science School. The school, which enrolls 100 academically accelerated 11th and 12th graders, provides students with more than 1200 hours of instruction and has an average of 12.1 students per teacher, while the state average is 15. They spend $12,906 per student, below the state average of $13,704. In addition, average SAT scores were off the charts as scores hovered around 661 on verbal, 662 on writing, and 703 in math. But it isn’t all about the academically rigorous activities at Mass Academy. The school offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities including a robotics team, mock trial, math teach, speech and debate, an acapella group, GSA and student government. Students must apply to Mass Academy during their sophomore years though Juniors can repeat 11th grade at the Academy. The admissions process is very selective and grades and teacher recommendations are heavily weighed.

Rounding out the top 10 schools in Central Mass was The Bromfield School, Westborough High School, Hopkinton High School, Algonquin Regional High School, Nashoba Regional High, Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School, Tahanto Regional High School, Shrewsbury Sr. High School, and Oakmont Regional High School.

 

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