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MA Ranked #1 in U.S. for Education

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

 

MA ranked #1 in U.S. for education

Massachusetts is the best state in the country for education.

According to a recent study completed by WalletHub, Massachusetts is the number one state in the U. S. for education.

"Most parents don’t have the luxury of placing their children in exclusive, private or preparatory schools that are known for providing their students with greater individual attention," said WalletHub.

In New England, New Hampshire ranks #3, Vermont ranks #5, Connecticut ranks #8, Maine ranks #10 and Rhode Island ranks #25. 

Massachusetts’ Rankings

  • 1st - Highest Math Test Scores
  • 1st - Highest Reading Test Scores
  • T-1 - Highest Median ACT Score
  • 1st - Lowest % of threatened/injured High School Students

 

Overall Rankings 

Massachusetts ranks as the best while New Jersey, New Hampshire, Wisconsin and Vermont round out the top five. 

Louisiana is ranked as the worst state for education. 

See the chart below for the full rankings

Source: WalletHub

 

Methodology

In order to determine the best and worst states for public-school education, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across two key dimensions, including “Quality” and “Safety.”

They evaluated those dimensions using 21 relevant metrics. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the best school-system quality.

Finally, they determined each state and the District’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its total score and used the resulting scores to rank-order the sample.

Quality – Total Points: 60

  • Presence of Public Schools in “Top 700 Best U.S. Schools”: Full Weight (~3.00 Points)
  • High School Graduation Rate Among Low-Income Students: Full Weight (~3.00 Points)
  • Dropout Rate: Double Weight (~6.00 Points)
  • Math Test Scores: Double Weight (~6.00 Points)
  • Reading Test Scores: Double Weight (~6.00 Points)
  • Share of 2016 High School Class Scoring “3” or Higher on Advanced Placement Exams: Double Weight (~6.00 Points)
  • Median SAT Score: Double Weight (~6.00 Points)
  • Median ACT Score: Double Weight (~6.00 Points)
  • Share of High School Graduates Who Completed ACT and/or SAT: Double Weight (~6.00 Points)
  • Division of SAT Results by Percentile: Full Weight (~3.00 Points)
  • Division of ACT Results by Percentile: Full Weight (~3.00 Points)
  • Pupil-Teacher Ratio: Full Weight (~3.00 Points)
  • Share of Licensed/Certified Public K–12 Teachers: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)

 

Safety – Total Points: 40

  • Share of Threatened/Injured High School Students : Double Weight (~8.00 Points)
  • Share of High School Students Not Attending School Due to Safety Concerns: Full Weight (~4.00 Points)
  • Share of High School Students with Access to Illegal Drugs: Full Weight (~4.00 Points)
  • Share of High School Students Participating in Violence: Full Weight (~4.00 Points)
  • Share of Armed High School Students: Full Weight (~4.00 Points)
  • Bullying Incidence Rate: Double Weight (~8.00 Points)
  • Disciplinary Incidence Rate: Full Weight (~4.00 Points)
  • Youth Incarceration Rate: Full Weight (~4.00 Points)

 

Sources: Data used to create this ranking were collected from the U.S. Census Bureau, National Center for Educational Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. News & World Report, College Board and ACT.

 

Related Slideshow: MA’s Top 100 High Schools 2015

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#100 Nipmuc Regional High

Upton, MA

2014 Rank: #134

Enrolment: 627

Mascot: Warrior

Claim to Fame: Aerosmith played its first gig at Nipmuc Regional high on November 6, 1970.

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 96.2% (+0.7%)

District spending per pupil: $11,900

Student-teacher ratio: 13:1

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#99 Somerset Berkley Regional HS

Somerest, MA

2014 Rank: #88

Enrolment: 925

Mascot: Raiders

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Gerald Peter Remy (Aka Jerry Remy) who played second base for the Boston Red Sox and is a current NESN announcer: a position he has held for nearly three decades. 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 95.7% (-1.4%)

District spending per pupil: $12,970

Student-teacher ratio: 11.2:1

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#98 Shawsheen Valley Vocational Tech

Billerica, MA

2014 Rank: #83

Enrolment: 1,368

Mascot: Rams

Claim to Fame: This school offers 21 vocational career pathways to its students.

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 97.3% (-0.9%)

District spending per pupil: $18,376

Student-teacher ratio: 10.6:1

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#97 Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter

Hyde Park, MA

2014 Rank: #91

Enrolment: 213

Mascot: Dragons

Claim to Fame: Despite its small student body, Academy of the Pacific Rim sent students to Smith College, Hamilton College, Boston College, and Brandeis University in 2013.

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 85.3% (-7.3%)

District spending per pupil: $17,598

Student-teacher ratio: 12.2:1

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#96 Milton High

Milton, MA

2014 Rank: #120

Enrolment: 973

Mascot: Wildcats

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Rich Hill, who was a relief pitcher for the Boston Red Sox from 2010 to 2012.

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 95.2% (0%)

District spending per pupil: $12,992

Student-teacher ratio: 13.3:1

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#95 North Central Charter Essential

Fitchburg, MA

2014 Rank: #197

Enrolment: 217

Mascot: N/A

Claim to Fame: Students from over 30 cities and towns in central Massachusetts are eligible to enroll at North Central Charter Essential. 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 78% (-8.3%)

District spending per pupil: $13,569

Student-teacher ratio: 9.4:1

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#94 Georgetown Middle/High

Georgetown, MA

2014 Rank: #78

Enrolment: 404

Mascot: Royal Lancer

Claim to Fame: The class of 2014 will enroll at Ivy League schools, premier liberal arts schools, and others.

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 94.5% (-2.4%)

District spending per pupil: $11,056

Student-teacher ratio: 12:1

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#93 Wakefield Memorial High

Wakefield, MA

2014 Rank: #118

Enrolment: 1,030

Mascot: Warriors

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Scott Brown, a former Massachusetts Senator.

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 94% (-0.1%)

District spending per pupil: $12,418

Student-teacher ratio: 13.4:1

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#92 Pentucket Regional Sr High

West Newbury, MA

2014 Rank: #100

Enrolment: 765

Mascot: Sachems

Claim to Fame: Every year Pentucket and Triton Regional High School play football against each other on Thanksgiving Day.

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 94.2% (+1.5%)

District spending per pupil: $12,327

Student-teacher ratio: 12.6:1

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#91 Reading Memorial High

Reading, MA

2014 Rank: #90

Enrolment: 1,251

Mascot: Rockets

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Brad Whitford (Rythm guitarist for Aerosmith), Mark Erelli (Folk musician), and Mark Feeney (Pulitzer prize winning author). 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 96.2% (-0.4%)

District spending per pupil: $11,281

Student-teacher ratio: 14:1

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#90 Shrewbury Senior High

Shrewsbury, MA

2014 Rank: #117

Enrolment: 1,684

Mascot: Colonial

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Shawn Loiseau, who played linebacker in the NFL. 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 94.9% (+0.2%)

District spending per pupil: $11,612

Student-teacher ratio: 14.8:1

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#89 Boston Latin Academy

Boston, MA

2014 Rank: #66

Enrolment: 1,174

Mascot: Dragon

Claim to Fame: Boston Latin has the oldest continuous high school football rivalry in the U.S., which started back in 1887 against English High School. 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 92.1% (+1.5%)

District spending per pupil: $17,598

Student-teacher ratio: 17.7:1

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#88 Franklin High School

Franklin, MA

2014 Rank: #116

Enrollment: 1,698

Mascot: Panthers

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Peter Laviolette, the current coach of the Nashville Predators.

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 97.2% (+12.5%)

District spending per pupil: $11,131

Student-teacher ratio: 14.5:1

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#87 Lunenburg High School

Lunenburg, MA

2014 Rank: #104

Enrollment: 427

Mascot: Blue Knights

Claim to Fame: Gordon Edes, a sportswriter for The Boston Globe, is a member of the class of 1972.

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 98.2% (+1.4%)

District spending per pupil: $12,027

Student-teacher ratio: 12.4:1

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#86 Foxborough High School

Foxborough, MA

2014 Rank: #61

Enrollment: 855

Mascot: Warriors

Claim to Fame: Advanced Placement courses are offered in English Language and Literature, Calculus, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics C, French, Spanish, Psychology, Studio Art, U.S. History, U.S. Government & Politics, and European History. 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 93.9% (-3.3%)

District spending per pupil: $13,775

Student-teacher ratio: 12.7:1

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#85 Dedham High School

Dedham, MA

2014 Rank: #113

Enrollment: 700

Mascot: Marauders

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Leon Edney, retired Vice Chief of Naval Operations for the U.S. Navy. 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 94.1% (+3.5%)

District spending per pupil: $16,434

Student-teacher ratio: 10.7:1

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#84 Natick High School

Natick, MA

2014 Rank: #72

Enrollment: 1,493

Mascot: Red Hawks

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Doug Flutie, a Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL star.

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 95.5% (+0.2%)

District spending per pupil: $13,511

Student-teacher ratio: 14.7:1

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#83 Wahconah Regional High School

Dalton, MA

2014 Rank: #92

Enrollment: 543

Mascot: Warrior

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Jeff Reardon, who at one time held the MLB record for saves. 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 95.2% (+6.1%)

District spending per pupil: $14,143

Student-teacher ratio: 12.1:1

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#82 Wilmington High School

Dalton, MA

2014 Rank: #115

Enrollment: 930

Mascot: Wildcat

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Jason Bere, who pitched in the MLB for 11 seasons.

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 94.5% (+1.1%)

District spending per pupil: $14,049

Student-teacher ratio: 12.1:1

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#81 Chelmsford High School

North Chelmsford, MA

2014 Rank: #109

Enrollment: 1,577

Mascot: Lions

Claim to Fame: The school is based on a three-house system. The houses are all named after Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and John Greenleaf Whittier, three famous New England writers. 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 95.8% (+0.1%)

District spending per pupil: $12,158

Student-teacher ratio: 14:1

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#80 Minuteman Regional Vocational

Lexington, MA

2014 Rank: #55

Enrollment: 673

Mascot: Mustangs

Claim to Fame: The school offers 20 vocational specialties to its students, ranging from biotechnology to plumbing. 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 86.5% (+5.4%)

District spending per pupil: $26,245

Student-teacher ratio: 8.5:1

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#79 Mansfield High School

Mansfield, MA

2014 Rank: #130

Enrollment: 1,337

Mascot: Hornets

Claim to Fame: The Mansfield football team has won the State Championship seven times, with the last victory occuring in 2013. 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 95.7% (+1.9%)

District spending per pupil: $12,101

Student-teacher ratio: 13.9:1

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#78 Watertown High School

Watertown, MA

2014 Rank: #129

Enrollment: 693

Mascot: Raiders

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Eliza Dushku, who has starred in Tru Calling and True Lies. 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 89.2% (+3.9%)

District spending per pupil: $17,279

Student-teacher ratio: 10.9:1

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#77 Mystic Valley Regional Charter

Malden, MA

2014 Rank: #106

Enrollment: 396

Mascot: Raiders

Claim to Fame: 95% of the class of 2014 will be enrolling in a four-year college in the fall. 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 96.3% (+0.1%)

District spending per pupil: $12,792

Student-teacher ratio: 14.1:1

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#76 North Reading High School

North Reading, MA

2014 Rank: #49

Enrollment: 792

Mascot: Hornet

Claim to Fame: North Reading spent 2014 on a brand new building (pictured).

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 94.8% (+2.6%)

District spending per pupil: $13,471

Student-teacher ratio: 12.2:1

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#75 Ashland High School

Ashland, MA

2014 Rank: #101

Enrollment: 719

Mascot: Clockers

Claim to Fame: Ashland High School boasts a safe, supportive learning environment by empowering individuals to be respectful, responsible and active partners as they develop lifelong learning skills. 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 96.9% (+2%)

District spending per pupil: $12,677

Student-teacher ratio: 13.6:1

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#74 Innovation Academy Charter School

Tyngsboro, MA

2014 Rank: #67

Enrollment: 361

Mascot: Red-Tailed Hawks

Claim to Fame: All seniors work on a year-long independent Senior Project.

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 92.3% (-1.6%)

District spending per pupil: $12,086

Student-teacher ratio: 11.4:1

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#73 Tahanto Regional High

Boylston, MA

2014 Rank: #80

Enrollment: 297

Mascot: Stags

Claim to Fame: Students, teachers, and faculty now enjoy a $32.2M building that opened in 2013.

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 94.2% (+7.3%)

District spending per pupil: $11,644

Student-teacher ratio: 12:1

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#72 Masconomet Regional High School

Topsfield, MA

2014 Rank: #79

Enrollment: 1,313

Mascot: Chieftains

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Chris Kreider, a forward for the New York Rangers.

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 99.4% (+0.7%)

District spending per pupil: $13,374

Student-teacher ratio: 16:1

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#71 Littleton High School

Littleton, MA

2014 Rank: #46

Enrollment: 445

Mascot: Tigers

Claim to Fame: Their football team went undefeated and took home the Division VI State Championship in 2013.

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 93.1% (+1.8%)

District spending per pupil: $12,719

Student-teacher ratio: 14.8:1

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#70 Lynnfield High School

Lynnfield, MA

2014 Rank: #75

Enrollment: 632

Mascot: Pioneer

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Richard Tisei, who was the Minority Leader of the Massachusetts Senate from 2007 to 2011.

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 95.3% (-4.1%)

District spending per pupil: $12,615

Student-teacher ratio: 12:1

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#69 Prospect Hill Academy Charter School

Cambridge, MA

2014 Rank: #23

Enrollment: 318

Mascot: Wizards

Claim to Fame: 11th and 12th graders partake in the College Institute program, which is the school's ways of familiarizing students with college coursework.

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 85% (+1.5%)

District spending per pupil: $27,474

Student-teacher ratio: 13.1:1

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#68 Canton High School

Canton, MA

2014 Rank: #86

Enrollment: 913

Mascot: Bulldogs

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Bill Burr, an esteemed stand-up comedian.

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 96.6% (+2.9%)

District spending per pupil: $13,379

Student-teacher ratio: 12.5:1

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#67 Groton Dunstable Regional High

Groton, MA

2015 Rank: #62

Enrollment: 867

Mascot: Crusaders

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Dan Shaughnessy, a sports columnist for The Boston Globe.

2014 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 99% (+2%)

District spending per pupil: $12,849

Student-teacher ratio: 15.5:1

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#66 Burlington High School

Burlington, MA

2014 Rank: #74

Enrollment: 1,123

Mascot: Red Devils

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Amy Poehler, star of Saturday Night Live and Parks and Recreation.

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 92.7% (-2.8%)

District spending per pupil: $16,643

Student-teacher ratio: 12.1:1

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#65 Smith Academy

Hatfield, MA

2014 Rank: #57

Enrollment: 130

Mascot: Falcon

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Judy Strong, who won a bronze medal in field hockey at the 1984 Summer Olympics.

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 96.8% (+5.1%)

District spending per pupil: $12,977

Student-teacher ratio: 9.4:1

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#64 Hampshire Regional High School

Westhampton, MA

2014 Rank: #69

Enrollment: 488

Mascot: Raiders

Claim to Fame: Their softball team took home the Divsion II title in 2015.

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 96.1% (+2%)

District spending per pupil: $14,819

Student-teacher ratio: 11.4:1

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#63 Tantasqua Regional High School

Fiskdale, MA

2014 Rank: #63

Enrollment: 770

Mascot: Warrior

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Joel Crouse (Country Singer) and James Lynch (Guitarist for the Dropkick Murphys).

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 91.7% (-3.2%)

District spending per pupil: $12,403

Student-teacher ratio: 9.6:1

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#62 Boston Collegiate Charter School

Dorchester, MA

2014 Rank: #41

Enrollment: 296

Mascot: Hurricanes

Claim to Fame: Members of the class of 2014 will be heading off to Wellesley College, Smith College, Dartmouth College, and others in the fall.

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 77.8% (+1.1%)

District spending per pupil: $17,598

Student-teacher ratio: 11.7:1

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#61 Newburyport High School

Newburyport, MA

2014 Rank: #52

Enrollment: 784

Mascot: Clipper Ship

Claim to Fame: The building this school occupies was built in 1831 and still contains much of the original architecture. 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 96.3% (+1.1%)

District spending per pupil: $13,428

Student-teacher ratio: 13.1:1

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#60 Framingham High School

Framingham, MA

2014 Rank: #58

Enrollment: 1,995

Mascot: Flying Eagle

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include David Blatt, the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 86.7% (0%)

District spending per pupil: $16,515

Student-teacher ratio: 11.5:1

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#59 Pioneer Valley Regional School

Northfield, MA

2014 Rank: #103

Enrollment: 301

Mascot: Black Panther

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Aaron Lewis, founding member of the rock group Staind.

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 90.4% (+0.7%)

District spending per pupil: $17,077

Student-teacher ratio: 10.5:1

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#58 Monument Mt. Regional High School

Great Barrington, MA

2014 Rank: #51

Enrollment: 552

Mascot: Spartans

Claim to Fame: Students work on a site called "The Maroon Tribune", posting school news, sports stories, and more.

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 95.5% (+3.5%)

District spending per pupil: $16,106

Student-teacher ratio: 11.9:1

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#57 Frontier Regional High School

South Deerfield, MA

2014 Rank: #37

Enrollment: 377

Mascot: Mohawk

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Mark Chmura (class of 1987), who played football at Boston College and later for the Green Bay Packers.

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 91.9% (-1%)

District spending per pupil: $16,786

Student-teacher ratio: 11.3:1

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#56 Salem Academy Charter School

Shetland Park, MA

2014 Rank: #93

Enrollment: 187

Mascot: Navigators

Claim to Fame: This school is based on a REACH motto, which stands for responsible, empathetic, assertive, cooperative, and honest.

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 88.6% (+0.9%)

District spending per pupil: $14,837

Student-teacher ratio: 8.7:1

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#55 Belmont High School

Belmont, MA

2014 Rank: #45

Enrollment: 1,236

Mascot: Marauder

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Emily Cook, who has competed in three Olympic games for skiing.

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 96.3% (-2.1%)

District spending per pupil: $12,659

Student-teacher ratio: 18:1

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#54 Andover High

Andover, MA

2014 Rank: #40

Enrollment: 1,760

Mascot: Golden Warriors

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Michael Chiklis (actor), Jay Leno (comedian), Rob Oppenheim (professional golfer), and Ryan Hanigan (professional baseball player for the Boston Red Sox).

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 95.7% (-0.9%)

District spending per pupil: $14,377

Student-teacher ratio: 14.8:1

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#53 Mt. Everett Regional

Sheffield, MA

2014 Rank: #71

Enrollment: 223

Mascot: Eagle

Claim to Fame: Students may take courses at Simon's Rock College and at Berkshire Community College.

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 90.6% (-2.8%)

District spending per pupil: $17,100

Student-teacher ratio: 8.4:1

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#52 Rockport High

Rockport, MA

2014 Rank: #43

Enrollment: 304

Mascot: Viking

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Paula Cole, singer and songwriter known for the hit single "Where have all the cowboys gone?" and Andrew Stanton a screenplay actor for Disney's Pixar. 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 97.1% (+6.7%)

District spending per pupil: $15,877

Student-teacher ratio: 10.8:1

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#51 Algonquin Regional High

Northborough, MA

2014 Rank: #33

Enrollment: 1,452

Mascot: The Tomahawk (T-Hawk)

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Mark "The Bird" Fidrych (former MLB pitcher), Ryan Gallant (professional skateboarder), Nathaniel Raymond (human rights investigator and anti-torture advocate), and Mike Sherman (former head coach of the Green Bay Packers), and current offensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins). 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 97.1% (-0.4%)

District spending per pupil: $12,929

Student-teacher ratio: 13.7:1

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#50 Monomoy Regional High School

Harwich, MA

2014 Rank: N/A

Enrollment: 467

Mascot: Sharks

Claim to Fame: The 2014-2015 school year was the first year of opperation for Monomoy Regional High School. 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 94.6% (N/A)

District spending per pupil: $15,793

Student-teacher ratio: 9.7:1

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#49 Pioneer Valley Performing Art

Charter Public School 

South Hadley, Ma

2014 Rank: #54

Enrollment: 271

Mascot: N/A

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Elisha Yaffe (comedian, actor and producer) Naia Kete (singer/songwriter who was featured on The Voice in 2012), Seth Glier (singer/songwriter who was nominated for a Grammy award in 2012 for his album The Next Right Thing), Sonya Kitchell (singer/songwriter), and Zoe Weizenbaum (actor). 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 82.4% (-4.3%)

District spending per pupil: $13,675

Student-teacher ratio: 10.2:1

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#48 Norfolk County Agricultural

Walpole, MA

2014 Rank: #39

Enrollment: 498

Mascot: Aggie Rams

Claim to Fame: Upperclassmen at Norfolk County Agricultural can acquire on-the-job training and demonstrate work readiness through the Cooperative Education Program.

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 95.7% (-4.3%)

District spending per pupil: $21,252

Student-teacher ratio: 11.4:1

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#47 Hingham High

Hingham, Ma

2014 Rank: #60

Enrollment: 1,205

Mascot: Harbormen

Claim to Fame: Hingham High's baseball team was the 2013 Division II State Champion.

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 95.2% (-1.5%)

District spending per pupil: $11,430

Student-teacher ratio: 14.3:1

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#46 Swampscott High

Swampscott, MA

2014 Rank: #82

Enrollment: 679

Mascot: Big Blue

Claim to Fame: Classes in Swampscott High's IVY program range in size from two to five, with an instructor-to-student ratio of 3:1 or better. 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 98.5% (+4.2%)

District spending per pupil: $14,549

Student-teacher ratio: 11.5:1

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#45 Nashoba Regional

Bolton, MA

2014 Rank: #76

Enrollment: 1,075

Mascot: Chieftain

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Hal Gill (National Hockey League player with the Nashville Predators), Koren Zailckas (Author of bestselling book Smashed), and Clive Weeden (Professional basketball player).

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 95.3% (+0.2%)

District spending per pupil: $13,107

Student-teacher ratio: 14.2:1

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#44 Duxbury High

Duxbury, MA

2014 Rank: #44

Enrollment: 1,106

Mascot: Dragons

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Bill Curley (Former NBA forward), Juliana Hatfield (Indie rock singer), Max Quinzani (Major League Lacrosse player), and Don Webber (High School football player who earned All-Patriot League honors).

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 98.2% (-0.6%)

District spending per pupil: $12,497

Student-teacher ratio: 14:1

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#43 Norwell High

Norwell, Ma

2014 Rank: #68

Enrollment: 675

Mascot: Clippers

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Jennifer Coolidgev(Actress who appeared in American Pie as Stifler's Mom), Jeff Corwin (Host of The Jeff Corwin Experience and Corwin's Quest on Animal Planet) Jennifer Reed (Award winning children's book author), Susan Tedeschi (American Blues and soul singer), and Colin Reed (Press Secretary for Senator Scott Brown).

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 97.5% (-1.4%)

District spending per pupil: $13,333

Student-teacher ratio: 12.8:1

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#42 Four Rivers Charter Public School

Greenfield, MA

2014 Rank: #27

Enrollment: 144

Mascot: Otters

Claim to Fame: The school is located on an historic farm in Greenfield, Massachusetts.

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 88.9% (-2.3%)

District spending per pupil: $12,586

Student-teacher ratio: 10.3:1

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#41 Arlington High

2014 Rank: #84

Enrollment: 1,217

Mascot: The Indian

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Michael Bowman (actor in Me, Myself and Irene), Dane Cook (Actor and comedian),  Alan Hovhaness (Composer), Jim Driscoll (Former MLB player for the Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers), Olympia Dukakis (Oscar Winning Actress), Andy Powers (Professional hockey player), John A. Kelley (2-Time Boston Marathon Winner), Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson (Guitarist/songwriter of Canned Heat), Chris Leary (actor), Carl Sumner (Former MLB player for the Boston Red Sox), and Liam Ezekiel (Former NFL player). 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 94.6% (+1.7%)

District spending per pupil: $12,546

Student-teacher ratio: 13.7:1

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#40 Hopkinton High

Hopkinton, MA

2014 Rank: # 53

Enrollment: 1,122

Mascot: Hillers

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Keegan Bradley (Professional Golfer).

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 99% (-0.2%)

District spending per pupil: $13,005

Student-teacher ratio: 13.9:1

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#39 Nauset Regional High

North Eastham, MA

2014 Rank: #38

Enrollment: 959

Mascot: Warriors

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Mike DeVito (NFL defensive lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs) and Meghan Trainor (Singer/songwriter currently signed to Epic Records).

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 93.7% (+0.5%)

District spending per pupil: $16,818

Student-teacher ratio: 11.5:1

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#38 Marblehead High

Marblehead, MA

2014 Rank: #65

Enrollment: 1,025

Mascot: Magician

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Keith Ablow (American psychiatrist and Fox News political commentator), Shalane Flanagan (Olympic bronze medalist in the 10,000m), Joel Mark Noe (Pioneering reconstructive surgeon and Harvard Medical School professor), Cory Schneider (American professional ice hockey goaltender), and Rob Delaney (American comedian and writer).

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 97.6% (+0.9%)

District spending per pupil: $12,706

Student-teacher ratio: 12.1:1

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#37 Community Charter School

Cambridge, MA

2014 Rank: #11

Enrollment: 237

Mascot: Cougar

Claim to Fame: Since 2009, when Community Charter School of Cambridge graduated its first class, 100% of seniors have been admitted to college, 90% to four-year schools.

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 80.6% (-7.6%)

District spending per pupil: $27,474 

Student-teacher ratio: 12.9:1

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#36 Westford Academy

Westford, MA

2014 Rank: #34

Enrollment: 1,634

Mascot: Grey Ghosts

Claim to Fame: Westford Academy was founded in 1788, and it is one of the oldest public high schools in the United States.

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 99% (+0.4%)

District spending per pupil: $11,838

Student-teacher ratio: 14.2:1

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#35 Longmeadow High

Longmeadow, MA 

2014 Rank: #32

Enrollment: 967

Mascot: Lancer

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Bridget Moynahan (Actress), Steve Courson (Offensive Guard for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Aaron Lewis (Lead singer of the band Staind), Jay Heaps (Coach of the New England Revolution), Craig E. Campbell (Alaska's 12th Lieutenant Governor and retired Lieutenant General of the Alaska National Guard), Joey Santiago (Lead guitarist of The Pixies), Joe Philbin (Current head coach of the Miami Dolphins), Meghann Fahy (Actress), Marisa Mosely (Assistant Coach for the UCONN Women's Basketball), Andrea Leers (Principal of Leers-Weinzapfel Associates and world-renowned architects), and Michael Palmer MD (Best-selling novelist). 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 98.3% (0%)

District spending per pupil: $13,695

Student-teacher ratio: 12.5:1

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#34 Westwood High

Westwood, MA

2014 Rank: #28

Enrollment: 971

Mascot: Wolverine

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Jon Finn (award-winning guitarist), John Harrington (Former CEO of the Boston Red Sox), Peter S. Pezzati (Portrait painter), Jackie MacMullan (Newspaper sportswriter and NBA columnist for ESPN.com), and Douglas Mackinnon (Former White House and Pentagon official and bestselling author). 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 99.5% (+1.3%)

District spending per pupil: $14,827

Student-teacher ratio: 13.3:1

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#33 Francis W. Parker Charter Essential

Devens, MA

2014 Rank: #17

Enrollment: 253

Mascot: Panther

Claim to Fame: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gave a $500,000 grant to their Teachers Center. 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 91% (-1.9%)

District spending per pupil: $14,691

Student-teacher ratio: 8.6:1

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#32 Cohasset High School

Cohasset, MA

2014 Rank: #48

Enrollment: 391

Mascot: Skippers

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Kate Bosworth (Actress) and Keith Elam (Rapper). 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 99% (+3.4%)

District spending per pupil: $13,478

Student-teacher ratio: 12.4:1

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#31 Holliston High

Holliston, MA

2014 Rank: #70

Enrollment: 800

Mascot: Panthers

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Mark Sweeney (Former professional baseball player), Kara Wolters (Former US Women's Olympic Basketball Team), Paul Loscocco (Former member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives), and Adam Green (Filmmaker). 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 99.5% (+3.3%)

District spending per pupil: $12,548

Student-teacher ratio: 12.4:1

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#30 Martha's Vineyard Regional High

Oak Bluffs, MA

2014 Rank: #4

Enrollment: 687

Mascot: The Vineyarders

Claim to Fame: Since 1991, Martha's Vineyaard Regional High's cross country team has won the state title five times. 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 92.5% (+0.8%)

District spending per pupil: $18,986

Student-teacher ratio: 9.1:1

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#29 Winchester High School

Winchester, MA 

2014 Rank: #29

Enrollment: 1,209

Mascot: Sachems

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Patrick Aufiero (Professional Hockey Player), Joe Bellino (Won the Heisman Trophy in 1960, and later played for the Boston Patriots), Pat Badger (Bassist for the band Extreme), Bob Bigelow (NBA player), John Cazale (Actor in The Godfather and other films) Janet Doub Erickson (Graphic artist and author), Tony Fryklund (MMA fighter), Wally Gagel, (Music Producer), Art Johnson (Played for the Boston Braves), and Kofi Kingston (WWE Wrestler). 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 99.2% (+0.3%)

District spending per pupil: $12,380

Student-teacher ratio: 14.1:1

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#28 Needham High

 Needham Heights, MA

2014 Rank: #30

Enrollment: 1,614

Mascot: Rockets

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Eric Johnson (Former NFL Tight End), Mike Tannenbaum (Executive VP of Football Operations for the Miami Dolphins), Bert and John Jacobs (Founders of the 'Life is Good' T-shirt company), Robbie Ftorek (NHL coach), Karl Ravech (ESPN Baseball Tonight anchor), Sarah Saltzberg (Actress/singer), Jeff Taylor (Founder of Monster.com), Sunita Williams (NASA astronaut), Lee Eisenberg (Film and television writer), Charles D. Baker (Governor of Massachusetts), Aly Raisman (Won the Olympic gold medal in London 2012 for gymnastics), Steven Hauschka (NFL Kicker), and James S. Gracey (Former Commandant of the United States Coast Guard).

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 97.5% (-0.3%)

District spending per pupil: $14,320

Student-teacher ratio: 14.5:1

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#27 Boston Latin

 Boston, MA

2014 Rank: #20

Enrollment: 1,621

Mascot: Wolfie

Claim to Fame: Boston Latin School was founded in 1635.

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 97.1% (-1.5%)

District spending per pupil: $17,598

Student-teacher ratio: 20.5:1

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#26 Westborough High

Westborough, MA

2014 Rank: #26

Enrollment: 1,045

Mascot: The Ranger

Claim to Fame: Westborough High offers a wide variety of curricular and extracurricular musical ensembles. 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 97.1% (+0.5%)

District spending per pupil: $14,306

Student-teacher ratio: 12.7:1

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#25 Cambridge Rindge and Latin

Cambridge, MA

2014 Rank: #15

Enrollment: 1,836

Mascot: Falcons

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Ben Affleck (Actor), Casey Affleck (Actor), Leroy Anderson (Composer), Orson Bean (Actor), Traci Bingham (Actress and model), Walter Brennan (Actor and three-time Academy Award winner), Max Casella (Actor), Peggy Cass (Actress and comedian), Eric Cornell (2001 Nobel Prize in Physics), E. E. Cummings (Poet), and Matt Damon (Actor).

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 91.1% (+3.3%)

District spending per pupil: $27,474

Student-teacher ratio: 10.3:1

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#24 Sturgis Charter Public School

Hyannis, MA

2014 Rank: #21

Enrollment: 806

Mascot: East - Storm

West - Navigators

Claim to Fame: Sturgis East won the 2014 Hurvitz Cup trophy for having the highest score in their division in the State Chess Team Turnament.

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 94.6% (+2.3%)

District spending per pupil: $14,110

Student-teacher ratio: 9.5:1

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#23 Medfield Senior High

Medfield, MA

2014 Rank: #36

Enrollment: 876

Mascot: Warrior

Claim to Fame: Medfield High School is committed Challenging academics, Lifelong learning, Excellence, Achievement of personal success, and Respect (CLEAR).

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 98.7% (-0.5%)

District spending per pupil: $12,321

Student-teacher ratio: 13.3:1

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#22 Mt. Greylock Regional High

Williamstown, MA

2014 Rank: #42

Enrollment: 347

Mascot: Mounties

Claim to Fame: Student learning at Mt. Greylock Regional high is enhanced by the close proximity of three museums (Clark Art Institute, Williams College Museum of Art, and MASS MoCA).

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 100% (+11.1%)

District spending per pupil: $18,688

Student-teacher ratio: 11.3:1

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#21 Hamilton-Wenham Regional High

South Hamilton, MA

2014 Rank: #31

Enrollment: 625

Mascot: Generals

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include David Morse (Actor) and Michael Carter-Williams (NBA player). 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 97.8% (+2.5%)

District spending per pupil: $15,057

Student-teacher ratio: 12.2:1

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#20 Acton-Boxborough Regional High

Acton, MA

2014 Rank: #25

Enrollment: 1,903

Mascot: The Colonial

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Seth Abramson (Poet), Tom Barrasso (Member of the 2002 U.S. Silver Medal hockey team and in the NHL hall of fame), Bob Brooke (NHL hockey player), Drew Houston (Dropbox founder), Maria Konnikova (Journalist), Jeff Norton (NHL hockey player), Caroll Spinney (Sesame Street puppeteer who performs Big Bird), Evelyn Stevens (cyclist), Bob Sweeney (NHL hockey player), and Pat Morris (NHL hockey player). 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 98.1% (+0.2%)

District spending per pupil: $12,169

Student-teacher ratio: 15.3:1

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#19 Manchester Essex Regional High

Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

2014 Rank: #35

Enrollment: 440

Mascot: Hornet

Claim to Fame: Manchester Essex Regional High offers Senior Choice of Related Experience (SCORE), which is an internship program that allows students to gain hands-on learning in a field of their choice. 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 97.4% (+4.4%)

District spending per pupil: $14,317

Student-teacher ratio: 11.4:1

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#18 Amherst Regional High

Amherst, MA

2014 Rank: #19

Enrollment: 980

Mascot: Hurri the Cane

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Annie Baker (Pulitzer Prize winning playwright), Thomas Bezucha (Film director and writer of Big Eden and The Family Stone), John Henry (Former MLB player), James Ihedigbo (NFL safety for the Detroit Lions), Amory Lovins (CEO of the Rocky Mountain Institute), Eric Mabius (Actor), Julie McNiven (Actress), Ellen Moran (Chief of Staff to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce), Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Actor), Perry Moss (NBA player), Benjamin Nugent (Writer), Gil Penchina (CEO of Wikia), and Robbie Russell (MLS player) 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 90.2% (-1.1%)

District spending per pupil: $19,054

Student-teacher ratio: 13.1:1

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#17 Essex Agricultural and Tech

Danvers, MA

2014 Rank: #22

Enrollment: 1,128

Mascot: Essex Aggie Rams

Claim to Fame: Essex Agricultural Tech offers study in Plant Science, Animal Science and Environmental Science.

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 99.1% (+1.7%)

District spending per pupil: $23,149

Student-teacher ratio: 10.4:1

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#16 Sharon High

Sharon, MA

2014 Rank: #16

Enrollment: 1,104

Mascot: Eagles

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include the head men's basketball coach at Auburn, Bruce Pearl.

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 97.1% (0%)

District spending per pupil: $14,659

Student-teacher ratio: 12.6:1

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#15 Concord Carlisle High

Concord, MA

2014 Rank: #7

Enrollment: 1,255

Mascot: Minutemen

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Chester G. Atkins (Former Congressman from Massachusetts's 5th congressional distric), Bob Diamond (CEO of Barclays), Richard Fadden (CSIS Director), Kristin Hedstrom (USA Rowing national team member and London 2012 Olympian), Sam Presti (General Manager of the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder), Ted Sarandis (Sports radio personality), and John Tortorella (Former head coach of NHL's New York Rangers). 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 97% (-1%)

District spending per pupil: $16,274

Student-teacher ratio: 13.4:1

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#14 Bromfield School

Harvard, MA

2014 Rank: #13

Enrollment: 414

Mascot: Trojan

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Keir O'Donnell (Starred in the popular comedy movie the Wedding Crashers) and Lynn Jennings (In 1992 she became the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in long-distance track). 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 97.1% (-1.2%)

District spending per pupil: $14,691

Student-teacher ratio: 12.9:1

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#13 Brookline High

Brookline, MA

2014 Rank: #12

Enrollment: 1,905

Mascot: Spartan Warrior

Claim to Fame: Brookline High has played Football on Thanksgiving Day against their rival, Newton North High School, since 1894. 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 92.2% (-1.3%)

District spending per pupil: $16,924

Student-teacher ratio: 12.2:1

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#12 Bedford High

Bedford, MA

2014 Rank: #18

Enrollment: 913

Mascot: Buccaneers

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Doug Ardito (Guitarist for Puddle of Mudd), Steve Shea (Former MLB player), John Rennie (Former editor in chief of Scientific American magazine), Taec Yeon Ok (Actor), John Ferrillo (Boston Symphony Orchestra), and Bonnie Comley (Broadway Actress and Producer). 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 98.4% (+2.7%)

District spending per pupil: $16,993

Student-teacher ratio: 11.4:1

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#11 Wellesley Sr High

Wellesley Hills, MA

2014 Rank: #9

Enrollment: 1,480

Mascot: Raider

Claim to Fame: American poet Sylvia Plath attended Wellesley Sr High. 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 98.1% (-0.5%)

District spending per pupil: $17,232

Student-teacher ratio: 13:1

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#10 Newton North High

Newton, MA

2014 Rank: #14

Enrollment: 2,038

Mascot: Tiger

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Katharine Lee Bates (Composer of America the Beautiful), Amalie Benjamin (Boston Red Sox reporter for The Boston Globe), Louis C. K. (Stand-up comedian) Jim Corsi (MLB pitcher), Michael Thomas (author), and Matt LeBlanc (Actor). 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 94.9% (+0.5%)

District spending per pupil: $17,141

Student-teacher ratio: 11.4:1

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#9 Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High

Sudbury, MA

2014 Rank: #10

Enrollment: 1,617

Mascot: Warriors

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Lynne Berry (Children's author), Mike Croel (NFL linebacker), Chris Evans (Actor), Scott Evans (Actor), Diana Golden (Gold medal in Disabled skiing at the 1988 Winter Olympics), Mike Gordon (Bassist from the band Phish), Maggie Hassan (Governor of New Hampshire), Robert Kirshner (Astrophysicist and author), John Linnell and John Flansburgh (founders of the band They Might Be Giants), and Joe Sims (NFL tackle/guard).

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 98.7% (0%)

District spending per pupil: $18,304

Student-teacher ratio: 13.1:1

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#8 MA Academy for Math and Science

Worcester, MA

2014 Rank: #285

Enrollment: 97

Mascot: Gompei the Goat

Claim to Fame: Seniors at MA Academy for Math and Science take a full-time course load at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate:100% (0%)

District spending per pupil: $13,466

Student-teacher ratio: 13.1:1

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#7 Newton South High

Newton, MA

2014 Rank: #5

Enrollment: 1,803

Mascot: Lion

Claim to Fame: Newton South High has the Newton-Beijing Jingshan School Exchange Program which is the oldest public secondary school student exchange between the U.S. and the People's Republic of China.

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 97.8% (-0.3%)

District spending per pupil: $17,141

Student-teacher ratio: 12:1

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#6 Wayland High School

Wayland, MA

2014 Rank: #8

Enrollment: 851

Mascot: Warriors

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Samuel Adams Wisner (Rapper), Daniel Roberts (Journalist at Fortune magazine), Taylor Schilling (Actress), Ryan Sypek (Actor), Justin Lerner (Film director / writer), Evan Sneider (Actor), Sarah Hurwitz (Speechwriter to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama), Gary Gray (Host and producer of the Playboy TV series The Helmetcam Show), Gregg Kavet (Writer and co-executive producer of Seinfeld), Phil Regan (Former manager and MLB player), Scott Levin (Television news anchor for WGRZ Buffalo, NY), Alberto Salazar (Winner of the Boston Marathon and three-time winner of the New York City Marathon), and Elliott Francis (Television/Radio news anchor). 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 99.5% (0.4%)

District spending per pupil: $16,177

Student-teacher ratio: 12.2:1

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#5 Advanced Math and Science Academy

Charter School

Marlborough, MA

2014 Rank: #6

Enrollment: 569

Mascot: War Eagle

Claim to Fame: Advanced Math and Science Academy offers more than ten computer science classes to students: ranging from Game Design to Intro to Java/Networking. 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 99% (+0.4%)

District spending per pupil: $14,723

Student-teacher ratio: 12.3:1

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#4 Lenox Memorial High

Lenox, MA

2014 Rank: #24

Enrollment: 237

Mascot: Millionaires

Claim to Fame: Lenox Memorial High has a school Literary Magazine in which the literary works of students are published. The magazine is called the Gr8 Lit Mag. 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 100% (+8.7%)

District spending per pupil: $16,003

Student-teacher ratio: 8.2:1

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#3 Dover-Sherborn Regional High

Dover, MA

2014 Rank: #3

Enrollment: 663

Mascot: Raiders

Claim to Fame: Dan Itse (New Hampshire Representative), Chad Urmston (Singer-songwriter of Dispatch), Kenny Florian (Retired MMA fighter for UFC), Paul Calello (Chairman Credit Suisse), Dan Bennett (Defense Attorney who received the Massachusetts lawyer of the year award in 2013), and Marilyn Mosby (State's Attorney for Baltimore City).

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 98% (-0.1%)

District spending per pupil: $17,123

Student-teacher ratio: 12:1

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#2 Lexington High

Lexington, MA

2014 Rank: #2

Enrollment: 2,093

Mascot: Minutemen

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Zachary Lemnios (Assistant Secretary of Defense), Ron Lee (Former NBA player), Dinny McNamara (Former MLB player for the Boston Braves), Ethan Zohn (Winner of Survivor: Africa), and Don Nottebart (Former MLB Player). 

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 96.9% (-0.5%)

District spending per pupil: $16,812

Student-teacher ratio: 12.9:1

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#1 Weston High

Weston, MA

2014 Rank: #1

Enrollment: 707

Mascot: Wildcat

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Laurel Coppock (Actress) Grover Norquist (President of Americans for Tax Reform), Alec Sulkin (Writer and producer of Family Guy), and David Fran (Founding member of the 1980s R&B group The System).

2015 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 100% (+3.4%)

District spending per pupil: $20,579

Student-teacher ratio: 9.7:1

 
 

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