Posted on August 28, 2012
As was the case in 2010 and 2009, Weston High School has once again ranked #1 in Boston Magazine’s Best Schools 2012. Behind Weston were many nearby schools, including Lexington High (#2), Dover-Sherborn Regional High (#3), Concord-Carlisle High (#4), Wellesley Senior High (#5), Wayland High (#6), Needham High (#14) and Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High (#16). In 2011, Weston Public Schools ranked #3 behind Dover-Sherborn and Concord-Carlisle.
Whereas last year’s issue highlighted the performance and statistics of the entire public school systems, this year’s issue focused on the public high schools. According to Boston Magazine, “We called … all 222 high schools in the area* to determine graduation rates, student-teacher ratios, number of extracurriculars, and so on. And then we crunched the numbers to come up with our proprietary ranking. Since there’s no one measure to rate the quality of a high school, we used a formula that incorporates 13 different data points. We gave the most weight to academics, including performance on the MCAS, the SATs, and AP exams, because a school’s first priority is a proper education. We also factored in both graduation rates and the percentage of students who go to college. This year, we dialed back—slightly—the importance placed on student-teacher ratio and per-pupil spending, because while they do contribute to learning, recent studies show that they’re not educational silver bullets. Finally, we considered the number of sports and clubs offered, since extracurricular activities are essential to teaching teamwork and leadership. They also look good on college applications.”
Since my children attend the Weston public schools, I am admittedly thrilled about Weston High School’s #1 ranking. I’m also curious about your thoughts. Many people consider these school rankings when determining where to live and raise a family. Were they an important factor in your decision on where to settle? And does this year’s Boston Magazine’s analysis of the public high schools seem on target? I can’t wait to hear….
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