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slides: The Top High Schools in Central Massachusetts 2013

Saturday, June 01, 2013

 

What is Central Massachusetts' Top High School?

GoLocalWorcester's 2nd Annual Massachusetts' Top High Schools 2013 is the proprietary ranking that crunches thousands of pieces of data from 345 public, charter and technical schools statewide to reveal how our communities' schools provide for their students.

With school quality a cornerstone of real estate values and a crucial element of civic pride, this quantitative analysis of each school provides a sweeping and comprehensive view of the secondary school educational landscape in Massachusetts.

To hear from Massachusetts realtors about the importance of school quality to homeowners, go here.

GoLocal employs a formula developed at Babson College to assess and weight each school's latest MCAS and SAT scores, plus per pupil funding, student-teacher ratios, and graduation rates. All data is the latest available from the Massachusetts Department of Secondary and Elementary Education's data bases, current as of April 2013.

To read more about GoLocal's methodology, go here.

Here, check profiles of Central Massachusetts' public, charter and technical high schools; on Wednesday look for analysis and reaction to the rankings; on Thursday, return to see GoLocalWorcester's chart of each school's data, from MCAS and SAT scores to spending per pupil and student-teacher ratios.

Nothing may be more discussed, debated, and even gossiped about, than schools. They dominate local culture with sports, student stars, college acceptances (or rejections), and the incredible hum of teen life. Everyone has loyalties. Most think theirs is best. And, with typical Bay State passion, are willing to argue it long past the clearing of an athletic field, the curtain on a senior theatrical or band concert, the end of a debate competition or Mock Trial.

Note: Schools that did not submit complete MCAS and SAT data were not ranked.

Research team: Sabrina Abballe, Monica White, Benjamin Mandeville, Kalena Crafton, Elizabeth R. Koh.

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#60 North High

Worcester, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 325

Enrollment: 1265

Mascot: Polar Bear

Claim to fame: North High is most noted for their boys basketball team, which won the district title in 2005.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 15.9:1

Graduation rate: 57.3%

District spending per pupil: $13,116

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#59 South High Community

Worcester, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 321

Enrollment: 1288

Mascot: Colonials

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 16.6:1

Graduation rate: 65.4%

District spending per pupil: $13,116

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#58 Claremont Academy

Worcester, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 315

Enrollment: 264

Claim to fame: Over half of students take Advanced Placement exams at this school.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 11.7:1

Graduation rate: 64.3%

District spending per pupil: $13,116

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#57 Tantasqua Regional Vo

Tantasqua Regional Vocational High School

Fiskdale, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 314

Enrollment: 405

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 26.6:1

Graduation rate: 97.4%

District spending per pupil: $12,611

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#56 Southbridge High

Southbridge, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 306

Enrollment: 493

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 12.9:1

Graduation rate: 79.3%

District spending per pupil: $13,215

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#55 Bartlett Jr/Sr High

Webster, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 300

Enrollment: 490

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 13.9:1

Graduation rate: 73.9%

District spending per pupil: $12,430

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#54 Fitchburg High

Fitchburg, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 296

Enrollment: 1090

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 14.7:1

Graduation rate: 81%

District spending per pupil: $12,447

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#53 Athol-Royalston High

Athol, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 283

Enrollment: 389

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 12:1

Graduation rate: 76.3%

District spending per pupil: $13,023

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#52 Burncoat Senior High

Worcester, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 282

Enrollment: 1030

Mascot: Patriots

Claim to fame:This school’s fine arts program is well-known for its studies in the visual and performing arts including theatre, music, dance, chorus and art.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 13:1

Graduation rate: 68.4%

District spending per pupil: $13,116

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#51 Abby Kelley Foster

Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School

Worcester, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 281

Enrollment: 362

Claim to fame: The school’s namesake was a noted 19th century abolitionist and women's rights movement leader and Worcester native.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 12.7:1

Graduation rate: 93.5%

District spending per pupil: $8,974

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#50 Worcester Tech

Worcester, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 272

Enrollment: 1355

Claim to fame: The school counts MLB players Tim Collins, a pitcher for the Kansas City Royals, and Bruno Haas, a former player for the Philadelphia Athletics.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 11.1:1

Graduation rate: 96.4%

District spending per pupil: $13,116

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#49 Doherty Memorial HS

Worcester, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 270

Enrollment: 1333

Mascot: Highlanders

Claim to fame: Doherty Memorial High School has varsity teams in both mathematics and a number of sports — including track, volleyball, lacrosse, field hockey, cheerleading and tennis.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 14.5:1

Graduation rate: 82.1%

District spending per pupil: $13,116

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#48 University Park

Worcester, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 269

Enrollment: 159

Claim to fame: Praised by President Obama as a model for successful schooling.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 14.4:1

Graduation rate: 81.6%

District spending per pupil: $13,116

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#47 Oxford High

Oxford, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 263

Enrollment: 514

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 11.4:1

Graduation rate: 77%

District spending per pupil: $11,636

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#46 David Prouty High

Spencer, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 262

Enrollment: 455

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 13:1

Graduation rate: 84.6%

District spending per pupil: $12,006

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#45 Murdock Middle/High

Winchendon, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 253

Enrollment: 350

Claim to fame: This school is the only high school serving Winchendon.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 13.2:1

Graduation rate: 76.4%

District spending per pupil: $11,935

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#44 Clinton Senior High

Clinton, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 249

Enrollment: 454

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 14:1

Graduation rate: 80.5%

District spending per pupil: $11,739

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#43 Ware Jr/Sr High

Ware, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 245

Enrollment: 285

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 14.9:1

Graduation rate: 72.1%

District spending per pupil: $12,017

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#42 Leonmister Senior HS

Leominster, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 225

Enrollment: 1132

Mascot: Blue Devils

Claim to fame: James Nachtwey, Award winning war photographer; R.A. Salvatore, Well-known science fiction novelist; Mark Osowski, former NBA assistant coach for the New Orleans Hornets (then Charlotte Hornets), the Golden State Warriors, and the Cleveland Cavaliers; Markus Schulz, Music producer; Bruce Smith, Bass player of 1980s pop band "Orion the Hunter"; Paul DiGiovanni, Guitarist of the pop-punk band Boys Like Girls; Frank Novak, American football coach; Diego Fagundez - Professional soccer player for the New England Revolution; Shannon (Sontag) Sylvia; Shannon Sylvia, author of Paranormal Unwrapped and television ghost hunter Ghost Hunters International; Matt Kelly ('92) - Drummer for the Dropkick Murphys; Daniel Fienberg - Television Critic; Jim Remy- President PGA of America 2009-10; Robert Cormier, Acclaimed YA author.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 15.7:1

Graduation rate: 89.4%

District spending per pupil: $11,458

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#41 Northbridge High

Whitinsville, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 224

Enrollment: 697

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 12.4:1

Graduation rate: 83%

District spending per pupil: $11,078

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#40 Douglas High School

Douglas, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 223

Enrollment: 447

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 13.3:1

Graduation rate: 85.2%

District spending per pupil: $9,774

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#39 Uxbridge High School

Uxbridge, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 219

Enrollment: 469

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 12.3:1

Graduation rate: 86.8%

District spending per pupil: $11,542

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#38 Milford High

Milford, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 218

Enrollment: 1114

Mascot: Scarlet Hawks

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 13.4:1

Graduation rate: 85.4%

District spending per pupil: $12,212

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#37 Leominster Tech

Leominster High School Center for Technical Education

Leominster, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 209

Enrollment: 705

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 8.1:1

Graduation rate: 88.9%

District spending per pupil: $11,458

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#36 Hopedale Jr/Sr High

Hopedale, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 205

Enrollment: 343

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 13.1:1

Graduation rate: 94.9%

District spending per pupil: $9,945

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#35 Gardner High

Gardner, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 201

Enrollment: 604

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 13.3:1

Graduation rate: 86.4%

District spending per pupil: $11,072

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#34 Shepherd Hill Reg.

Shepherd Hill Regional High School

Dudley, MA

2012 Rank: 199

Enrollment: 1067

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 14.6:1

Graduation rate: 91.9%

District spending per pupil: $10,348

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#33 Ayer Shirley Regional

Ayer, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 198

Enrollment: 318

Claim to fame: Joe Morris and Jamie Morris, both football players, graduated from this school.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 10.8:1

Graduation rate: 94.4%

District spending per pupil: $13,131

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#32 North Middlesex Reg.

North Middlesex Regional

Townsend, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 192

Enrollment: 999

Mascot: Patriots

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 16.8:1

Graduation rate: 92.6%

District spending per pupil: $11,335

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#31 Hudson High

Hudson, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 184

Enrollment: 816

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 13.2:1

Graduation rate: 82.5%

District spending per pupil: $12,551

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#30 North Brookfield HS

North Brookfield, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 171

Enrollment: 146

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 9.3:1

Graduation rate: 87.5%

District spending per pupil: $11,964

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#29 Quaboag Regional HS

Warren, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 168

Enrollment: 343

Mascot: Cougars

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 10.6:1

Graduation rate: 73.9%

District spending per pupil: $11,113

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#28 Wachusett Regional HS

Holden, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 165

Enrollment: 2122

Mascot: Mountaineers

Claim to fame: Famous alums include Jay Cutler, professional bodybuilder and Mr. Olympia Titleist; Lewis Evangelides, Worcester County Sheriff

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 14.8:1

Graduation rate: 93.2%

District spending per pupil: $10,170

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#27 Auburn Senior High

Auburn, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 163

Enrollment: 680

Mascot: Rockets

Claim to fame: Alumni include Dr. Arthur M. Pappas, former team doctor of the Boston Red Sox; Mike Paradis, former minor league pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles; Keith McEachern, lead singer and guitarist for the WANDAS; Michael Kimball, authour of Firewater Pond, Undone, Mouth to Mouth and Green Girls.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 13.5:1

Graduation rate: 93%

District spending per pupil: $12,525

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#26 Montachusett Tech

Fitchburg, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 161

Enrollment: 1432

Mascot: Bulldog

Claim to fame: The school is home to an acclaimed FIRST Robotics Team.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 13.8:1

Graduation rate: 94.7%

District spending per pupil: $17,018

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#25 North Central Charter

Fitchburg, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 158

Enrollment: 234

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 10.4:1

Graduation rate: 80.9%

District spending per pupil: $10,533

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#24 Millbury Jr/Sr High

Millbury, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 155

Enrollment: 489

Mascot: Woolies

Claim to fame: The school’s Vex Robotics Club recently received a “tournament finalists” award at the New England VRC High School Championship.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 12.3:1

Graduation rate: 91.7%

District spending per pupil: $12,902

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#23 Marlborough HS

Marlborough, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 150

Enrollment: 1125

Mascot: Panthers

Claim to fame: Students at the school studying Mandarin Chinese recently released a special video in collaboration with Marlborough’s Massachusetts International Academy to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Snake.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 11.5:1

Graduation rate: 81.7%

District spending per pupil: $13,949

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#22 Narragansett Regional

Baldwinville, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 146

Enrollment: 432

Mascot: Warriors

Claim to fame: A 1.5 megawatt wind turbine is located behind the school’s practice field.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 12.4:1

Graduation rate: 88.6%

District spending per pupil: $12,318

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#21 Oakmont Regional HS

Ashburnham, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 140

Enrollment: 657

Mascot: Spartans

Claim to fame: One notable graduate is Shawn Halloran, former professional football player.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 15.1:1

Graduation rate: 95.8%

District spending per pupil: $11,619

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#20 Bay Path Reg. Tech

Charlton, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 132

Enrollment: 1099

Mascot: Minutemen

Claim to fame: The school won the 2008 and 2011 State Vocational Football Championship.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 9.9:1

Graduation rate: 93.4%

District spending per pupil: $16,938

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#19 Grafton High School

Grafton, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 119

Enrollment: 744

Mascot: Indians

Claim to fame: The school offers courses in video game design.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 12.5:1

Graduation rate: 88.2 %

District spending per pupil: $9,970

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#18 Sutton High School

Sutton, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 117

Enrollment: 406

Mascot: Sammies and Suzies

Claim to fame: Sutton is known for one of the most improbable basketball tournament victories in state history, winning the Clark tournament final the day after their revolutionary and beloved coach Stephen Romasco died of a stroke.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 13.8:1

Graduation rate: 92.9%

District spending per pupil: $10,796

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#17 Shrewsbury HS

Shrewsbury, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 115

Enrollment: 1659

Mascot: Colonial

Claim to fame: The school has three sections of theater: the fall play, the spring musical, and competition play.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 16.5:1

Graduation rate: 93.8%

District spending per pupil: $10,804

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#16 Assabet Valley VoTech

Marlborough, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 112

Enrollment: 1011

Mascot: Aztec

Claim to fame: Offers Project Lead The Way, a hands-on pre-engineering program.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 10.3:1

Graduation rate: 92%

District spending per pupil: $17,530

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#15 Nipmuc Regional High

Upton, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 107

Enrollment: 732

Mascot: Warriors

Claim to fame: The school was home to the rock band Aerosmith’s first ever gig on November 6, 1970.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 15.6:1

Graduation rate: 95.5%

District spending per pupil: $10,816

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#14 Lunenberg High School

Lunenburg, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 106

Enrollment: 460

Mascot: Blue Knights

Claim to fame: Famous alum includes Gordon Edes, sportswriter for the Boston Globe

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 13.5:1

Graduation rate: 93.3%

District spending per pupil: $11,080

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#13 Southwick-Tolland

Southwick-Tolland Regional High School

Southwick, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 100

Enrollment: 544

Mascot: Ram

Claim to fame: The pride of Southwick-Tolland is its attention to the performing arts. Its drama, band, and chorus programs have received national recognition several times.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 11.3:1

Graduation rate: 86.2%

District spending per pupil: $11,388

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#12 Tantasqua Regional HS

Tantasqua Regional Senior High School

Fiskdale, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 96

Enrollment: 784

Mascot: Warriors

Claim to fame: Tantasqua’s Student Recognition Program honors students’ academic, leadership, and civic achievements, culminating in a banquet for featured students at the end of the year.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 10.2:1

Graduation rate: 86.9%

District spending per pupil: $12,611

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#11 West Boylston HS

West Boylston Middle/High School

West Boylston, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 88

Enrollment: 265

Mascot: Lions

Claim to fame: The school has a major focus on community service for its students.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 11.2:1

Graduation rate: 87.1%

District spending per pupil: $12,464

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#10 Groton Dunstable

Groton Dunstable Regional High

Groton, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 87

Enrollment: 880

Mascot: Crusader

Claim to fame: Famous alums include Dan Shaughnessy, sports journalist; Mark Anthony Parrish, actor and activist.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 16.1:1

Graduation rate: 98%

District spending per pupil: $11,854

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#9 Blackstone Valley Tech

Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School

Upton, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 85

Enrollment: 1153

Mascot: Beavers

Claim to fame: Blackstone was the only vocational school in MA to be honored by College Board’s 2012 AP District Honor Roll.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 12.8:1

Graduation rate: 97.8%

District spending per pupil: $16,686

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#8 Nashoba Regional

Bolton, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 59

Enrollment: 1013

Mascot: Chieftain

Claim to fame: Famous alums include Hal Gill, NHL player; Koren Zailickas, author.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 14.9:1

Graduation rate: 94.7%

District spending per pupil: $12,498

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#7 Tahanto Regional HS

Boylston, MA

2013 Statewide rank: 49

Enrollment: 250

Mascot: Stag

Claim to fame: The school received the District E Sportsmanship award in 2009.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 11.9:1

Graduation rate: 97.1%

District spending per pupil: $12,256

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#6 Algonquin Regional HS

Northboro-Southboro, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 42

Enrollment: 1482

Mascot: Tomahawk

Claim to fame: Famous alums include Mike Sherman, current head coach of the Texas A&M Aggies; Mark “The Bird” Frydrich, former MLB pitcher; Ryan Gallant, professional skateboarder

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 14.1:1

Graduation rate: 96%

District spending per pupil: $12,324

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#5 Hopkinton High

Hopkinton, MA

2013 Statewide rank: 36

Enrollment: 1116

Mascot: Hillers

Claim to fame: Hopkinton High was ranked 95th in the country by Newsweek in 2011.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 13.5:1

Graduation rate: 98.5%

District spending per pupil: $12,298

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#4 Westborough High

Westborough, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 28

Enrollment: 1078

Mascot: Rangers

Claim to fame: Extracurricular activities at this school include yearbook, a musical group, multiple jazz ensembles, a marching band, and an improv troupe.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 13.1:1

Graduation rate: 98.7%

District spending per pupil: $14,007

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#3 Bromfield School

Harvard, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 26

Enrollment: 433

Mascot: Trojan

Claim to fame: In 2011, Bromfield was ranked the 87th out of more than 26,000 high schools in the country by US News and World Report.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 16.4:1

Graduation rate: 98.1%

District spending per pupil: $13,476

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#2 Advance Math/Science

Marlborough, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 19

Enrollment: 518

Mascot: War Eagle

Claim to fame: This school consistently scores in the highest percentile among Massachusetts schools in the English, Math and Science MCAS exams.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 12:1

Graduation rate: 100%

District spending per pupil: $9,741

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#1 MAMS

MA Academy for Math and Science School

Worcester, MA

2013 Statewide Rank: 7

Enrollment: 95

Mascot: N/A

Claim to fame: This school educates students in the 11th and 12th grades. Famous alums include Melissa Tata, President of the Society of Women Engineers.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 13.1:1

Graduation rate: 100%

District spending per pupil: $13,116

 
 

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GoLocal should make a list for independent/private schools in MA...




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