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Top High Schools in the Boston, MA Metro (page 3)

Top High Schools in the Boston, MA Metro

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Updated on Aug 23, 2011

 

Hopkinton High School

Hopkinton School District

 

Hopkinton High is known as being a friendly campus where the students are very supportive of each other. The staff and teachers have high expectations of the students, and the school offers a variety of challenging academic courses. The school is also home to many National Merit Scholars and Finalists every year.

 

Outside the classroom, students can participate in many fun teams and activities. The athletic teams, especially basketball, are competitive. The National High Society is very popular on campus and contributes many community service hours to the school and community. The fine arts program, including graphic arts, painting, drawing, digital art, and photography have won many individual and department-wide honors.

 

The school is well-known for its successful adviser program, in which each student meets weekly for an adviser for all four years of high school. In these meetings, students discuss issues and themes, such as bullying, respect, and academic integrity. The 11th and 12th graders at the school work with freshmen as mentors to help students adjust to high school.

 

We have a caring staff in this building from the guidance counselors to the school resource officer to the teachers who really care about the kids and they help all levels of students to succeed,” said Alyson Geary, principal of Hopkinton High School.

 

 

 

Lexington High School

Lexington School District

 

The community in Lexington is invested in the education of its children and partners with Lexington High School to give students an excellent education both inside and outside of the classroom. At school events, parking spots are hard to find because parents, students, and community members show up to support the school in huge numbers. The Lexington Education Foundation raises money for school programs, such as technology, group projects, and teacher education. Parental involvement in the school is high and the administration welcomes parents on campus. The gardens on campus are maintained by volunteer gardeners who raise money and work on the weekend to create a beautiful learning environment.

 

Inside the classroom many challenging academic programs are offered, including an award winning science program. The debate team has been ranked as one of the top teams in the nation for the past 30 years and the music program is often described as “extraordinary.” But it's not all academics at Lexington High School and students can choose from over 92 clubs, many of which are service clubs.

 

“We have a range of student ability level on campus and we work very hard to support students with different learning style,” said Principal Natalie Cohen. “We want to do everything we can to lower the stress level and increase the success for all students.”

 

 

 

Lynnfield High School

Lynnfield School District

 

The staff at Lynnfield High works to create personal connections with the students and to help the students connect with the community.

 

A community service requirement of 35 hours is mandatory to graduate and the staff helps match students with community opportunities that meet their interests. As part of the Adviser program, students meet twice a month in a group of students with an adviser. This program works towards the goal of creating teacher -student relationships and a sense community among students. In addition to a comprehensive athletic program, students can join many clubs, including a book club and a cooking club.

 

The school boasts a 98 percent graduation rate and provides a challenging curriculum, including 10 AP courses. The foreign language department has comprehensive offerings, including Italian and Latin. Starting with the class of 2012, students are required to take four years of physical education to graduate. If a class a not offered, a student can attend it online through the Virtual High School Global Consortium (VHS).

 

The school website says, In partnership with our community, Lynnfield High School provides a learning environment that prepares all students to reach their full potential as lifelong learners and as contributing participants in a global community."

 

 

 

Manchester Essex Regional

Manchester Essex Regional School District

 

Students at Manchester Essex Regional High School benefit from state-of-art facilities in a brand-new, 49 million dollar high and middle school. The neighboring communities strongly support education and worked together to fund the new building.

 

With a student body of only 450, students get to know each other and teachers are able to make sure students don’t fall through the cracks. Many students enroll in one of the 14 plus AP courses and 85% of students pass AP exams. The science program is exceptional and students can be involved in authentic science research through an intern program with Boston area businesses.

 

Technology is integrated throughout the building, and many classrooms include LED projectors. Each academic class is equipped with smart boards and teachers utilize the technology in instruction. Sports facilities are also high-grade with artificial turf football fields.

 

The student body is very involved with campus activities, and 75% of students participate in a club or sport. Both the debate team and DECA program have recently competed on a national level and the theater program rates high at local competitions.

 

We are a small public school that has a private school feel and does a great job of supporting the education of the young people in both towns,” said Jim Lee, Principal.

 

 

Masconomet Regional High School

Masconomet School District

 

Students at Masconomet Regional High School benefit from a variety of courses, athletic teams and community opportunities. Through a comprehensive AP program, students can earn college credit through AP courses and exams. The school has strong elective programs, with courses in EMT, forensics, and Life in the 1960’s. A variety of computer courses are offered as well, including instruction in computer gaming. The school’s athletic teams are successful on the playing field, especially in football and hockey.

 

Seniors can apply classroom knowledge to the real work through independent study, an internship, and/or a volunteer internship. During the independent study, students work with a mentor to learn more about a specific topic and can receive credit for the project. Through internships, students work at places such as the League of Women Voters' Legislative Internship at the State House, Beverly Hospital and local schools. While completing a volunteer internship, students can earn credit while volunteering in the local community.

 

The school website states, “The Masconomet Regional High School community believes that learning enables us all to achieve ambitious personal goals, develop fine minds, and build strong character. There, we foster the acquisition of attitudes, skills, and knowledge necessary for life-long learners to think critically in order to participate in an ever-changing world.”

 

 

 

Medfield Senior High School

Medfield School District

 

The student body at Medfield Senior High is very involved in campus life. Over 75% of the students at the school play on a sports team or are members of an after school club. There are over 27 sports teams with opportunities to play on freshmen, junior varsity, and varsity teams.

 

The school has 16 AP courses available to students. In addition, the school boasts a wide selection of electives, including video production and practical law. The school offers a comprehensive foreign language program with French, Spanish and Latin. As an elective, students can also take Mandarin.

 

The school's mission statement details, "Medfield High School, in partnership with family and community, promotes both integrity and excellence in scholarship and citizenship for all learners."

 

 

 

Natick High School

Boston-Cambridge-Quincy

 

Students at Natick High School receive an education balanced with academic challenges and plenty of extracurricular opportunities. In August of 2012, students at Natick High school will attend class in a brand new building. The school also has a goal of each child having access to a laptop through a 1:1 ratio of laptops per child.  

In addition to an extensive AP program, students can choose from a variety of honor courses. The school offers a wide assortment of unique classes including Web Site design, At the Movies, African American History Law, and Forensics. The school also offers a comprehensive foreign language program, which including courses in Greek.

 

After the final bell, students can participate in 18 different sports, including the title-winning wrestling team. Natick High offers over 40 clubs, including Model UN, Scrabble Club, and Robotics. The Student Government Association and Students Against Drunk Driving have a strong presence on campus, and the performing arts programs, including the drama program and various bands, perform throughout the year.

 

“We are an exceptional school that offers many support systems for students who are struggling and a rigorous academic institution for the upper level students. Our dropout rate is less than 1 percent, one of the lowest in the state,” said Rose Bertucci, Principal.

 

 

Sharon High School

Sharon School District

 

While students at Sharon High School are offered many academic challenges in the classroom, they are also very involved in the local community and seek out opportunities to learn about the global community. While there is not a community service requirement for graduation, the student body shows a commitment to serving and logs many volunteer hours.

 

To encourage students to become global citizens, the school established the Global Competence Program, which allows students to earn Certificate of Global Competence through foreign travel or academic advanced study of a world language, global service, global research project, and a global portfolio review. To help promote balance on the campus, students have a daily break period called Eagle Block, where they can get extra help, meet with a counselor, or have some well-deserved downtime.

 

Students can also partake in the World Challenge Expedition where they participate in an exchange program or travel opportunities. Many students are also in the community based Interfaith Action program that addresses ethnic, social, cultural and religious barriers. On school grounds, students can also extend themselves through Math team, Mock Trial, and Theater. The sports teams rank well in their conference each year.

“Our students are motivated, diverse students who are involved in all kinds of things. They take learning seriously, enjoy life and respect their teachers,” said Jose Libano, Principal.

 

 

 

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