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slides: The Top High Schools in Massachusetts 2013

Monday, September 02, 2013

 

What is Massachusetts' Top High School?

GoLocalWorcester's 2nd Annual Massachusetts' Top High Schools 2013 is the proprietary ranking that crunches hundreds 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 the state's Top 100 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 MCAS or SAT data were not ranked.

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

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#100: Southwick-Tolland

Southwick-Tolland Regional High School

Southwick, MA

2012 Rank: 177

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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#99: Wilmington High

Wilmington, MA

2012 Rank: 136

Enrollment: 939

Mascot: Wildcats

Claim to fame: Both of its assistant principals maintain their own blogs.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 12.7:1

Graduation rate: 92.5%

District spending per pupil: $12,330

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#98: Georgetown Middle/HS

Georgetown, MA

2012 Rank: 94

Enrollment: 411

Mascot: Royal Lancer

Claim to fame: The school includes business and computer technology classes such as financial literacy and presentation skills in their graduation requirements.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 13.2:1

Graduation rate: 92.1%

District spending per pupil: $9,961

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#97: Franklin County Tech

Turners Falls, MA

2012 Rank: 132

Enrollment: 518

Mascot: Eagles

Claim to fame: The school holds a fun yearly car show featuring old-school cars, trucks, motorcycles, and tractors.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 9:1

Graduation rate: 90.7%

District spending per pupil: $21,379

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#96: Tantasqua Regional

Tantasqua Regional Senior High School

Fiskdale, MA

2012 Rank: 138

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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#95: Wahconah Regional HS

Dalton, MA

2012 Rank: 121

Enrollment: 545

Mascot: Warriors

Claim to fame: Notable alums include author Anton Strout and renowned Major League Baseball player Jeff Reardon.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 12.9:1

Graduation rate: 91.2%

District spending per pupil: $13,476

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#94: Barnstable High

Hyannis, MA

2012 Rank: 100

Enrollment: 1551

Mascot: Red Raiders

Claim to fame: The music department is renowned; both the choral program and the string programs have won numerous trophies.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 13.5:1

Graduation rate: 90.6%

District spending per pupil: $13,291

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#93: Pioneer Valley Reg.

Pioneer Valley Regional School

Northfield, MA

2012 Rank: 99

Enrollment: 326

Mascot: Panthers

Claim to fame: The school is committed to a curriculum with a “real world” focus.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 12.6:1

Graduation rate: 89.7%

District spending per pupil: $13,702

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#92: Falmouth High School

Falmouth, MA

2012 Rank: 96

Enrollment: 855

Mascot: Clippers

Claim to fame: Famous alums include John Muse, NHL player; Jamaal Branch, former NFL player and award-winning college football player

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 11.9:1

Graduation rate: 91.3%

District spending per pupil: $14,216

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#91: PVPA Charter

Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School

South Hadley, MA

2012 Rank: 59

Enrollment: 272

Mascot: N/A

Claim to fame: As the name suggests, the school for its terrific performing and visual arts curriculum.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio:10:1

Graduation rate: 86.4%

District spending per pupil: $10,023

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#90: Chelmsford High

North Chelmsford, MA

2012 Rank: 116

Enrollment: 1594

Mascot: Lions

Claim to fame: The school contains three houses named after Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and John Greenleaf Whittier.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 14.2:1

Graduation rate: 94%

District spending per pupil: $11,049

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#89: Essex Aggie

Essex Agricultural and Technical High School

Hathorne, MA

2012 Rank: 188

Enrollment: 479

Mascot: Rams

Claim to fame: Students participate in hands on learning with school owned animals and farm equipment.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 10.1:1

Graduation rate: 96.5%

District spending per pupil: $12,590

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#88: West Boylston HS

West Boylston Middle/High School

West Boylston, MA

2012 Rank: 159

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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#87: Groton Dunstable

Groton Dunstable Regional High School

Groton, MA

2012 Rank: 48

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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#86: Maynard High School

Maynard, MA

2012 Rank: 170

Enrollment: 293

Mascot: Tigers

Claim to fame: The town is currently in the process of building a new high school.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 11.4:1

Graduation rate: 83.9%

District spending per pupil: $13,545

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#85: Blackstone Valley VT

Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School

Upton, MA

2012 Rank: 114

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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#84: Medway High School

Medway, MA

2012 Rank: 84

Enrollment: 805

Mascot: Mustangs

Claim to fame: The high school is known for producing some of the best musicals in the area.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 15.8:1

Graduation rate: 97.1%

District spending per pupil: $11,641

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#83: Reading Memorial

Reading Memorial High School

Reading, MA

2012 Rank: 69

Enrollment: 1285

Mascot: Rockets

Claim to fame: Famous alums include Brad Whitford, member of Aerosmith; Mark Feeney, Pulitzer Prize winning arts writer for the Boston Globe.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 15.1:1

Graduation rate: 96.9%

District spending per pupil: $10,976

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#82: Dedham High School

Dedham, MA

2012 Rank: 105

Enrollment: 765

Mascot: Marauders

Claim to fame: The high school has an annual film festival.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 11.7:1

Graduation rate: 89.3%

District spending per pupil: $15,459

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#81: Smith Academy

Hatfield, MA

2012 Rank: 134

Enrollment: 137

Mascot: Falcons

Claim to fame: Famous alumni include Jack Hubbard, college football hall of fame inductee, and Judy Strong, olympic field hockey player.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 10.7:1

Graduation rate: 91.2%

District spending per pupil: $11,230

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#80: Old Colony Vo-Tech

Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School

Rochester, MA

2012 Rank: 182

Enrollment: 586

Mascot: Cougars

Claim to fame: A famous alum is Jodi LaFountain, creator of the Brand UR.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 11.2:1

Graduation rate: 97.7%

District spending per pupil: $17,884

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#79: Smith Voc. & Ag.

Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School

Northampton, MA

2012 Rank: 266

Enrollment: 418

Mascot: Vikings

Claim to fame: The school was originally created thanks to a bequest in the will of famed Massachusetts resident Oliver Smith.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 9.3:1

Graduation rate: 92.7%

District spending per pupil: $18,993

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#78: Swampscott High

Swampscott, MA

2012 Rank: 103

Enrollment: 732

Mascot: Big Blue

Claim to fame:

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 13.2:1

Graduation rate: 98.3%

District spending per pupil: $12,592

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#77: Foxborough High

Foxborough, MA

2012 Rank: 70

Enrollment: 844

Mascot: Warriors

Claim to fame: The high school is located in close proximity to the home of the New England Patriots.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 12.7:1

Graduation rate: 99%

District spending per pupil: $12,855

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#76: Canton High School

Canton, MA

2012 Rank: 79

Enrollment: 898

Mascot: Bulldogs

Claim to fame:

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 12.8:1

Graduation rate: 98.1%

District spending per pupil: $13,414

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#75: Norwell High

Norwell, MA

2012 Rank: 54

Enrollment: 688

Mascot: Clipper Ship

Claim to fame: Famous alums include Jeff Corwin, TV host and animal expert; Jennifer Coolidge, actress

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 14.6:1

Graduation rate: 97.8%

District spending per pupil: $11,524

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#74: Shawsheen Tech

Shawsheen Valley Technical High School

Billerica, MA

2012 Rank: 88

Enrollment: 1360

Mascot: Rams

Claim to fame: Eligible juniors and seniors may choose to join a co-op in their profession of choice in lieu of normal classes.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 10.9:1

Graduation rate: 98.1%

District spending per pupil: $17,838

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#73: Old Rochester HS

Old Rochester Regional High School

Mattapoisett, MA

2012 Rank: 80

Enrollment: 657

Mascot: Bulldogs

Claim to fame: Local author Kathleen Brunelle is currently a teacher here.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 13.7:1

Graduation rate: 96.2%

District spending per pupil: $14,345

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#72: North Shore Tech

North Shore Technical High School

Middleton, MA

2012 Rank: 58

Enrollment: 475

Mascot: Bulldog

Claim to fame: Famous alums include Mark Castillo, member of the band Crossfade; Anthony Sharamitaro, musician

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 9.1:1

Graduation rate: 96.9%

District spending per pupil: $23,333

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#71: Upper Cape Tech

Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School

Bourne, MA

2012 Rank: 147

Enrollment: 657

Mascot: Rams

Claim to fame: The Boys Baseball team won the 2012 Massachusetts State Vocational Championship.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 10.6:1

Graduation rate: 97.3%

District spending per pupil: $19,396

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#70: Arlington High

Arlington, MA

2012 Rank: 44

Enrollment: 1233

Mascot: Spy Ponders

Claim to fame: Famous alum includes John A. Kelley, Two-Time Boston Marathon winner.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 15.4:1

Graduation rate: 90.2%

District spending per pupil: $12,942

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#69: Hull High School

Hull, MA

2012 Rank: 149

Enrollment: 334

Mascot: Pirates

Claim to fame: The football field is famous for having a unique view of both the Boston Skyline and Boston Harbor, and is surrounded by water on three sides.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 11.1:1

Graduation rate: 89%

District spending per pupil: $14,019

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#68: Hampshire Regional

Westhampton, MA

2012 Rank: 113

Enrollment: 500

Mascot: Red Raiders

Claim to fame: Famous alums include Adam Dutkiewicz, member of the band Killswitch Engage; Jonathan Donais, member of the band Shadows Fall.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 12.7:1

Graduation rate: 95.7%

District spending per pupil: $13,821

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#67: Natick High

Natick, MA

2012 Rank: 65

Enrollment: 1373

Mascot: Redhawks

Claim to fame: Famous alums include Doug Flutie, former NFL quarterback; Jim Riley, member of the Rascal Flatts

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 14.1:1

Graduation rate: 95.2%

District spending per pupil: $12,649

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#66: Masconomet HS

Masconomet Regional High School

Topsfield, MA

2012 Rank: 41

Enrollment: 1350

Mascot: Chieftain

Claim to fame: Famous alums include Donna Murphy, Tony Award winning actress; Debra Jo Rupp, actress.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 15.9:1

Graduation rate: 97.6%

District spending per pupil: $12,850

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#65: Waltham Sr High

Waltham, MA

2012 Rank: 119

Enrollment: 1389

Mascot: Hawks

Claim to fame: Waltham High recently placed on College Board’s District Honor Roll for significant gains in student performance.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 10.9:1

Graduation rate: 83.5%

District spending per pupil: $19,741

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#64: Burlington High

Burlington, MA

2012 Rank: 63

Enrollment: 1029

Mascot: Red Devils

Claim to fame: Famous alums include Amy Poehler, actress and SNL star; Steven Wright, comedian and actor.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 13:1

Graduation rate: 92.4%

District spending per pupil: $15,008

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#63: Hingham High

Hingham, MA

2012 Rank: 47

Enrollment: 1127

Mascot: Harbormen

Claim to fame: The school is known for its terrific hockey team. The boys won the state championship in 2010 and the girls won in 2011.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 14.6:1

Graduation rate: 95%

District spending per pupil: $11,213

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#62: Rockport High

Rockport, MA

2012 Rank: 76

Enrollment: 305

Mascot: Viking

Claim to fame: Famous alums include Paul Cole, singer; Andrew Stanton, screenplay actor.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 10.6:1

Graduation rate: 91.8%

District spending per pupil: $14,618

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#61: Ashland High

Ashland, MA

2012 Rank: 67

Enrollment: 717

Mascot: Clockers

Claim to fame: Designed to be environmentally friendly, the high school has solar panels on its roof.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 14.3:1

Graduation rate: 97.8%

District spending per pupil: $12,007

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#60: Pentucket HS

Pentucket Regional Senior High

West Newbury, MA

2012 Rank: 92

Enrollment: 787

Mascot: Sachem

Claim to fame:

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 10.8:1

Graduation rate: 92.5%

District spending per pupil: $11,189

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#59: Nashoba Regional

Bolton, MA

2012 Rank: 39

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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#58: North Reading High

North Reading, MA

2012 Rank: 57

Enrollment: 733

Mascot: Hornets

Claim to fame: Several of the faculty members at the school are also NRHS graduates.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 11.2:1

Graduation rate: 95.2%

District spending per pupil: $11,842

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#57: Lynnfield High

Lynnfield, MA

2012 Rank: 64

Enrollment: 625

Mascot: Pioneers

Claim to fame:

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 12.4:1

Graduation rate: 99.3%

District spending per pupil: $11,475

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#56: Framingham HS

Framingham, MA

2012 Rank: 78

Enrollment: 1988

Mascot: Flyers

Claim to fame: Famous alums include Lou Merloni, former Red Sox player and radio host; Andrea Berloff, screenwriter and author.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 13:1

Graduation rate: 86.9%

District spending per pupil: $15,769

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#55: Boston Latin Academy

Dorchester, MA

2012 Rank: 30

Enrollment: 1065

Mascot: Jabberwock/Dragon

Claim to fame: A Famous alum is Rose Kennedy, matriarch of the Kennedy of family.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 17:1

Graduation rate: 97.5%

District spending per pupil: $16,902

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#54: Duxbury High

Duxbury, MA

2012 Rank: 46

Enrollment: 1036

Mascot: Dragons

Claim to fame: Famous alums include Bill Curley, former NBA player; Juliana Hatfield, singer.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 13.6:1

Graduation rate: 97.7%

District spending per pupil: $11,729

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#53: Monument Mt HS

Monument Mount Regional High School

Great Barrington, MA

2012 Rank: 83

Enrollment: 533

Mascot: Spartans

Claim to fame:

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 10.7:1

Graduation rate: 93.8%

District spending per pupil: $15,524

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#52: Longmeadow High

Longmeadow, MA

2012 Rank: 53

Enrollment: 971

Mascot: Lancers

Claim to fame: Famous alums include Bridget Moynahan, actress; Aaron Lewis, lead singer of the band Staind.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 13:1

Graduation rate: 98.4%

District spending per pupil: $12,563

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#51: Belmont High

Belmont, MA

2012 Rank: 16

Enrollment: 1120

Mascot: Marauders

Claim to fame: A famous alum is Masako Owada, the crown princess of Japan.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 17.7:1

Graduation rate: 96.8%

District spending per pupil: $11,969

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#50: Four Rivers Charter

Four Rivers Charter Public School

Greenfield, MA

2012 Rank: 60

Enrollment: 138

Mascot: N/A

Claim to fame: Four Rivers is affiliated with Expeditionary Learning Schools.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 9.6:1

Graduation rate: 90.3%

District spending per pupil: $11,116

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#49: Tahanto Regional HS

Boylston, MA

2012 Rank: 55

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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#48: Nantucket High

Nantucket, MA

2012 Rank: 42

Enrollment: 422

Mascot: Whalers

Claim to fame: The school student newspaper, Veritas,  has received numerous national awards.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 11.5:1

Graduation rate: 88.7%

District spending per pupil: $20,854

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#47: Frontier Regional

South Deerfield, MA

2012 Rank: 91

Enrollment: 413

Mascot: Redhawks

Claim to fame: A famous alum is former NFL player Mark Chmura

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 10.2:1

Graduation rate: 87.6%

District spending per pupil: $15,138

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#46: Harwich High School

Harwich, MA

2012 Rank: 45

Enrollment: 316

Mascot: Rough Riders

Claim to fame: A famous alum is Shawn Fanning, creator of Napster.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 8.1:1

Graduation rate: 85.2%

District spending per pupil: $14,528

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#45: Andover High School

Andover, MA

2012 Rank: 34

Enrollment: 1799

Mascot: Golden Warriors

Claim to fame: Martin Johnson, lead singer of Boys Like Girls, is an alum.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 15.2:1

Graduation rate: 97.9%

District spending per pupil: $13,697

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#44: Westford Academy

Westford, MA

2012 Rank: 32

Enrollment: 1683

Mascot: Grey Ghosts

Claim to fame: This school sent over 90 percent of its students to a four-year college in 2009.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 15.3:1

Graduation rate: 99%

District spending per pupil: $11,179

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#43: Marblehead High

Marblehead, MA

2012 Rank: 43

Enrollment: 994

Mascot: Magician

Claim to fame: Famous alums include Joel Mark Noe, pioneering reconstructive surgeon and professor at Harvard Medical School; Cory Schneider, NHL goalie.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 13.4:1

Graduation rate: 96.7%

District spending per pupil: $12,727

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#42: Algonquin Reg. HS

Northboro-Southboro, MA

2012 Rank: 31

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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#41: Holliston High

Holliston, MA

2012 Rank: 50

Enrollment: 823

Mascot: Panthers

Claim to fame: Famous alums include Mark Sweeney, former MLB player; Kara Wolters, former member of the US Women’s Olympic Basketball team

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 12.7:1

Graduation rate: 98.2%

District spending per pupil: $12,089

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#40: Minuteman VoTech

Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical School

Lexington, MA

2012 Rank: 40

Enrollment: 652

Mascot: Mustangs

Claim to fame: The school has gained national recognition for its college preparation and career preparation programs.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 9.2:1

Graduation rate: 89.6%

District spending per pupil: $25,373

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#39: Newburyport High

Newburyport, MA

2012 Rank: 61

Enrollment: 735

Mascot: Clipper Ship

Claim to fame: Famous alums include Harry Curtis, former MLB player; Angelo Dagres, former MLB player.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 12.3:1

Graduation rate: 94.6%

District spending per pupil: $13,369

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#38: Sturgis Charter

Sturgis Charter Public School

Hyannis, MA

2012 Rank: 26

Enrollment: 739

Mascot: East- Storm, West- Navigators

Claim to fame: The School now has two campuses in Hyannis, “East” and “West”.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 10.5:1

Graduation rate: 93.6%

District spending per pupil: $11,588

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#37: Francis W. Parker

Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School

Devens, MA

2012 Rank: 22

Enrollment: 251

Mascot: Panther

Claim to fame: The school is named after Francis Wayland Parker and follows his progressive school philosophy with a nontraditional approach to education.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 8.7:1

Graduation rate: 91.3%

District spending per pupil: $10,926

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#36: Hopkinton High

Hopkinton, MA

2012 Rank: 29

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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#35: Littleton HS

Littleton, MA

2012 Rank: 56

Enrollment: 397

Mascot: Tigers

Claim to fame: The school features Roots and Shoots, an organization founded by Jane Goodall to help the environment.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 12.9:1

Graduation rate: 94.9%

District spending per pupil: $12,692

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#34: Westwood High School

Westwood, MA

2012 Rank: 24

Enrollment: 907

Mascot: Wolverine

Claim to fame: Notable alumni include John Harrington, the former CEO of the Boston Red Sox, and Jackie Macmullan, a newspaper sportswriter and NBA columnist for ESPN.com.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 13.4:1

Graduation rate: 96.8%

District spending per pupil: $13,999

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#33: Norfolk County Agr.

Walpole, MA

2012 Rank: 66

Enrollment: 485

Mascot: Rams

Claim to fame: One of only three high schools in Massachusetts to promote agriscience and agribusiness opportunities.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 11.5:1

Graduation rate: 100%

District spending per pupil: $20,744

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#32: Manchester Essex HS

Manchester Essex Regional High School

Manchester, MA

2012 Rank: 38

Enrollment: 480

Mascot: Hornet

Claim to fame: In 2011 and 2012, the school earned the President’s Environmental Youth Award given by the EPA.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 13.8:1

Graduation rate: 95.7%

District spending per pupil: $13,274

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#31: Medfield Senior High

Medfield, MA

2012 Rank: 28

Enrollment: 903

Mascot: Warriors

Claim to fame: Famous alums include Michael Kelleher, poet; Donald E. Booth, diplomat.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 14.3:1

Graduation rate: 99.1%

District spending per pupil: $11,364

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#30: Cohasset M/HS

Cohasset Middle/High School

Cohasset, MA

2012 Rank: 35

Enrollment: 390

Mascot: Skippers

Claim to fame: The girl’s basketball team’s has won numerous championships in the ‘00s.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 12.1:1

Graduation rate: 100%

District spending per pupil: $13,320

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#29: Needham High School

Needham, MA

2012 Rank: 18

Enrollment: 1562

Mascot: Rockets

Claim to fame: Famous alums include Aly Raisman, Olympic gold medalist; Karl Ravech, ESPN anchor.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 14.7:1

Graduation rate: 95.6%

District spending per pupil: $13,602

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#28: Westborough High

Westborough, MA

2012 Rank: 27

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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#27: Winchester HS

Winchester, MA

2012 Rank: 23

Enrollment: 1167

Mascot: Sachems

Claim to fame: This school was founded in 1850.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 14.2:1

Graduation rate: 98.4%

District spending per pupil: $11,822

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#26: Bromfield High

Harvard, MA

2012 Rank: 15

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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#25: Chatham High School

Chatham, MA

2012 Rank: 73

Enrollment: 141

Mascot: Blue Devils

Claim to fame:

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 7.6:1

Graduation rate: 98%

District spending per pupil: $15,749

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#24: Mt. Greylock High

Mount Greylock Regional High School

Williamstown, MA

2012 Rank: 62

Enrollment: 387

Mascot: Mounties

Claim to fame: The school boasts stunning views of the Mt. Greylock, the highest peak in Massachusetts.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 11.8:1

Graduation rate: 94.5%

District spending per pupil: $16,975

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#23: Acton-Boxborough

Acton-Boxborough Regional High School

Acton, MA

2012 Rank: 7

Enrollment: 1976

Mascot: Colonial

Claim to fame: Consistently ranked among the top secondary schools in the country. It was one of 39 American high schools named a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education in 2009.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 16.6:1

Graduation rate: 96.1%

District spending per pupil: $13,182

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#22: Martha's Vineyard Ch

Martha's Vineyard Charter School

West Tisbury, MA

2012 Rank: 20

Enrollment: 39

Mascot: Shooting Star

Claim to fame: The small size allows an unmatched ability for individualized instruction.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 9.4:1

Graduation rate: 83.3%

District spending per pupil: $19,339

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#21: Amherst Regional HS

Amherst, MA

2012 Rank: 13

Enrollment: 1059

Mascot: Hurricanes

Claim to fame: Notable alumni include James Ihedigbo, NFL safety for the Baltimore Ravens and Ellen Moran (class of '84), Chief of Staff to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 13.5:1

Graduation rate: 86.5%

District spending per pupil: $17,116

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#20: Sharon High School

Sharon, MA

2012 Rank: 11

Enrollment: 1195

Mascot: Eagles

Claim to fame: The high school prides itself on adjusting to changing times.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 13.4:1

Graduation rate: 96.8%

District spending per pupil: $14,151

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#19: AMSA Charter

Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School

Marlborough, MA

2012 Rank: 52

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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#18: Hamilton-Wenham

Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School

South Hamilton, MA

2012 Rank: 25

Enrollment: 694

Mascot: Generals

Claim to fame: A famous alum is actor David Morse.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 11.6:1

Graduation rate: 97.8%

District spending per pupil: $14,644

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#17: Lenox Memorial High

Lenox, MA

2012 Rank: 51

Enrollment: 257

Mascot: Millionaires

Claim to fame: The school greatly values creative thinking and social responsibility.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 10.5:1

Graduation rate: 89.9%

District spending per pupil: $15,139

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#16: Boston Latin School

Boston, MA

2012 Rank: 4

Enrollment: 1583

Mascot: Wolfpack

Claim to fame: The oldest existing school in the United States (1635), famous alumni include a number of the signers of the Declaration of Independence including Samuel Adams, Robert Treat Paine, and John Hancock.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 19.4:1

Graduation rate: 96.4%

District spending per pupil: $16,902

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#15: Nauset Regional High

North Eastham, MA

2012 Rank: 37

Enrollment: 960

Mascot: Warriors

Claim to fame: Famous alums include Mike Devito, NFL defensive lineman.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 11.9:1

Graduation rate: 95.8%

District spending per pupil: $17,933

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#14: Lincoln-Sudbury

Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School

Sudbury, MA

2012 Rank: 12

Enrollment: 1580

Mascot: Warriors

Claim to fame: Famous alums include Mike Gordon, member of the band Phish; Robert Kirshner, astrophysicist and author.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 13.7:1

Graduation rate: 98.3%

District spending per pupil: $16,375

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#13: Wayland High School

Wayland, MA

2012 Rank: 8

Enrollment: 860

Mascot: Warriors

Claim to fame: Famous alums include Elliot Francis, Television/Radio news anchor; Alberto Salazar; winner of the Boston and New York Marathons.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 13.7:1

Graduation rate: 96.8%

District spending per pupil: $15,198

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#12: Bedford High School

Bedford, MA

2012 Rank: 21

Enrollment: 878

Mascot: Buccaneers

Claim to fame: Famous alums include Doug Ardito, member of the band Puddle of Mudd; Bonnie Comley, Broadway actress and producer.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 11.7:1

Graduation rate: 96.8%

District spending per pupil: $16,963

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#11: Brookline High

Brookline, MA

2012 Rank: 17

Enrollment: 1769

Mascot: Warriors

Claim to fame: Famous alums include Conan O’ Brien, comedian and TV host; Mike Wallace, journalist and former host of 60 Minutes; Michael Dukakis, former presidential nominee and governor of Massachusetts.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 12.3:1

Graduation rate: 94.3%

District spending per pupil: $16,556

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#10: Cambridge R&L

Cambridge Rindge and Latin School

Cambridge, MA

2012 Rank: 33

Enrollment: 1684

Mascot: Falcons

Claim to fame: Famous alums include Ben Affleck, actor, director and screenwriter; Matt Damon, actor and screenwriter; Patrick Ewing, former NBA player.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 9.7:1

Graduation rate: 87.2%

District spending per pupil: $26,305

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#9: Newton South High

Newton Centre, MA

2012 Rank: 5

Enrollment: 1722

Mascot: Lions

Claim to fame: Famous alums include John Krasinski, actor; BJ Novak, actor; Eli Roth, actor and director.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 13.6:1

Graduation rate: 97.3%

District spending per pupil: $16,397

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#8: Newton North High

Newtonville, MA

2012 Rank: 14

Enrollment: 1910

Mascot: Tiger

Claim to fame: Famous alums include Louis C.K., comedian and actor; Matt Leblanc, actor; Katharine Lee-Bates, Composer of America the Beautiful.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 12.2:1

Graduation rate: 94.5%

District spending per pupil: $16,397

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#7: MA Academy

MA Academy for Math and Science School

Worcester, MA

2012 Rank: 10

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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#6: Martha’s Vineyard R.

Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School

Oak Bluffs, MA

2012 Rank: 19

Enrollment: 684

Mascot: Vineyarders

Claim to fame: Famous alums include Tim Burton, member of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones; Willy Mason, musician, songwriter and radio host.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 9.3:1

Graduation rate: 91.7%

District spending per pupil: $24,337

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#5: Wellesley Sr. High

Wellesley, MA

2012 Rank: 9

Enrollment: 1381

Mascot: Raider

Claim to fame: Famous alums include Biz Stone, Co-founder of Twitter; Aneesh Raman; presidential speechwriter.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 12.4:1

Graduation rate: 98.5%

District spending per pupil: $15,421

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#4: Concord Carlisle High

Concord, MA

2012 Rank: 2

Enrollment: 1217

Mascot: Patriot

Claim to fame: Notable alums include John Tortorella, Head Coach of the New York Rangers; Chester G. Atkins, former Congressman; Ted Sarandis, sports radio host.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 14:1

Graduation rate: 95.1%

District spending per pupil: $20,066

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#3: Lexington High School

Lexington, MA

2012 Rank: 3

Enrollment: 1991

Mascot: Minutemen

Claim to fame: Famous Alums include Matt Nathanson, singer-songwriter; Lev Grossman, Novelist and Senior Writer at Time Magazine; Zachary Lemnios, Assistant Secretary of Defense.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 12.5:1

Graduation rate: 97.8%

District spending per pupil: $16,358

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#2: Dover-Sherborn

Dover-Sherborn Regional High School

North Dighton, MA

2012 Rank: 6

Enrollment: 646

Mascot: Raiders

Claim to fame: Famous alumni include Chad Urmston, singer songwriter of Dispatch and State Radio; Kenny Florian, UFC Fighter.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 11.8:1

Graduation rate: 100%

District spending per pupil: $16,495

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#1: Weston High School

Weston, MA

2012 Rank: 1

Enrollment: 783

Mascot: Wildcats

Claim to fame: This school ranked 60th among the best high schools in the United States in the 2008 U.S. News & World Report list.

2013 performance at a glance

Student teacher ratio: 10.9:1

Graduation rate: 98.8%

District spending per pupil: $19,352

 
 

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