Top High Schools in the Boston, MA Metro
Below are profiles featuring the top 20 high schools in the Boston Metropolitan Area. In order to be featured as a Top High School, the school must have a 2010 Education.com TestRating of 10 out of 10. The TestRating compares a school's standardized test scores for a given year with scores from other schools in the same state. Find your school and see how it compares.
Acton-Boxborough School District
During the school day, students at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School are given a significant amount of freedom and return the respect from the administration by using it wisely. Students can access the three student centers and cafeteria commons throughout the day and during the 47 minute lunch period. Juniors and seniors also have additional time during the day to get help from students, study with peers, or engage in extracurricular activities; you won't find an Acton-Boxborough student wasting their free time!
The Acton-Boxborough staff is highly experienced and qualified. 84% hold advanced degrees and the average amount of classroom experience among the faculty is 12 years. The curriculum focuses on college preparation, and 98% of the students head to a post-secondary school after graduation. The drama program at the school is popular and performs several productions during the school year. The marching band is also known as being one of the best in the state of Massachusetts, while academic teams, such as the Academic Decathlon, Science Team, and Speech and Debate Team, often take home awards.
“Our faculty is wonderfully dedicated,” said Principal Alixe Callen. “Despite somewhat larger student:teacher ratios than other area schools, our faculty spends extensive time with students, helping them with their coursework, advising them in extracurriculars, and getting to know the personally.”
Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter
Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School provides a sequence of courses from sixth to twelfth grade that builds upon what the students learned the year before. True to its name, the school focuses on science and math, but works to provide a well-rounded education through a humanities program that intertwines world art, literature, and history. The school is a public charter school and admission is granted through a lottery system; however, residents of Clinton, Hudson, Marlborough, and Maynard counties are given preference.
In addition to high-level math and science courses, students must take three years of computer sciences. The school introduced an AP program in 2009 and already boasts a 92% pass rate for the exam. Several athletic teams and activity clubs are available to students, such as Chess, Arcade Gaming, and Scrabble. Through the Leaders for Tomorrow club, students can participate in both school and community service projects.
The mission statement of the Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School is to “create an atmosphere of celebration of knowledge where children of all backgrounds and abilities excel in all subjects, especially in math, science and technology, empowering them to succeed in the workplace in our modern high-tech world.”
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