91 MA High Schools Among U.S. News’ Best In 2018

U.S. News & World Report released its annual list of best high schools in the country. See how MA schools ranked.
By Alex Newman, Patch Staff | May 9, 2018 10:35 am ET

91 MA High Schools Among U.S. News’ Best In 2018
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Massachusetts high schools dominate U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 rankings of best high schools in the country, with 91 schools landing on the list. Boston Latin School was the highest-ranked Bay State School at No. 48, and over 50 schools were among the top 1,000 in the country.

The 2018 best high school rankings were released on Wednesday and evaluate over 20,500 public high schools. U.S. News identified schools that best serve all students and assessed how prepared students are for college-level work. Schools are also recognized with gold, silver and bronze medals with gold indicating the greatest level of college readiness.

Twenty Massachusetts schools received a gold medal, 71 received a silver medal and 22 schools received a bronze medal. Bronze medal schools are not ranked by U.S. News.

Massachusetts’ performance was rated No. 1 overall by U.S. News. The state-by-state performance rating was based on which states have the highest the highest proportion of schools with gold and silver medals. Based on this metric, Massachusetts was the leading performer, followed by California and Maryland.

“Top-ranked schools succeed in three main areas: exceeding expectations on state proficiency tests, offering challenging coursework and graduating their students,” Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News, said in a press release.

Here’s how Massachusetts’ schools finished according to place and medal in the 2018 rankings:

Boston Latin School (48) GOLD
Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School (107) GOLD
Mystic Valley Regional Charter School (193) GOLD
Lenox Memorial High (202) GOLD
Hopkinton High School (237) GOLD
Boston Latin Academy (257) GOLD
Medfield Senior High (259) GOLD
Dover-Sherborn Regional High (276) GOLD
Arlington High (287) GOLD
John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science (303) GOLD
Belmont High (321) GOLD
Manchester Essex Regional High School (334) GOLD
Newton South High (340) GOLD
Lexington High (368) GOLD
Weston High (379) GOLD
The Bromfield School (421) GOLD
Duxbury High (431) GOLD
Needham High (442) GOLD
Sharon High (445) GOLD
Wellesley High School (487) GOLD
Boston Collegiate Charter School (514) SILVER
Littleton High School (532) SILVER
Acton-Boxborough Regional High (537) SILVER
Wayland High School (545) SILVER
Norwell High (579) SILVER
KIPP Academy Lynn Charter School (591) SILVER
Westwood High (600) SILVER
Milton High (617) SILVER
Holliston High (632) SILVER
Nashoba Regional (633) SILVER
Westford Academy (647) SILVER
Winchester High School (648) SILVER
Tantasqua Regional Sr High (674) SILVER
Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School (702) SILVER
Westborough High (713) SILVER
Nauset Regional High (729) SILVER
Brookline High (752) SILVER
Newton North High (753) SILVER
Foxborough Regional Charter School (762) SILVER
Salem Academy Charter School (784) SILVER
Hingham High (789) SILVER
Nipmuc Regional High (791) SILVER
Marblehead High (815) SILVER
Canton High (817) SILVER
Natick High (841) SILVER
Concord Carlisle High (868) SILVER
Shrewsbury Sr High (870) SILVER
Masconomet Regional High School (892) SILVER
Hopedale Jr Sr High (906) SILVER
Lynnfield High (914) SILVER
University Pk Campus School (947) SILVER
Ashland High (974) SILVER
Pioneer Charter School of Science (1053) SILVER
Frontier Regional (1070) SILVER
Josiah Quincy Upper School (1087) SILVER
Swampscott High (1103) SILVER
Longmeadow High (1145) SILVER
Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High (1176) SILVER
Prospect Hill Academy Charter School (1184) SILVER
Boston Community Leadership Academy (1188) SILVER
Wachusett Regional High (1256) SILVER
Braintree High (1309) SILVER
Boston Preparatory Charter Public School (1401) SILVER
Community Charter School of Cambridge (1441) SILVER
Lee Middle/High School (1444) SILVER
Agawam High (1457) SILVER
Rising Tide Charter Public School (1524) SILVER
Seekonk High (1562) SILVER
Falmouth High (1568) SILVER
Amherst Regional High (1592) SILVER
Barnstable High (1646) SILVER
Global Learning Charter Public School (1677) SILVER
Attleboro High (1707) SILVER
Stoneham High (1724) SILVER
Quaboag Regional High (1765) SILVER
West Bridgewater Junior/Senior (1777) SILVER
New Mission High School (1790) SILVER
Blackstone Valley (1877) SILVER
Mt Everett Regional (1901) SILVER
Hampden Charter School of Science (1926) SILVER
Chelmsford High (1965) SILVER
West Springfield High (1970) SILVER
Marshfield High (1979) SILVER
Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter Public School (2019) SILVER
North Quincy High (2073) SILVER
Monument Mt Regional High (2090) SILVER
Avon Middle High School (2303) SILVER
Medford High (2318) SILVER
Gloucester High (2331) SILVER
Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers (2365)
Joseph Case High (2643) SILVER
To determine the rankings, U.S. News teamed up with the social science research firm RTI International. A variety of data sources, including the Common Core of Data, College Board and the International Baccalaureate, were used.

A four-step process was used to rank all eligible schools. The first two steps were to determine whether students were performing better than statistically expected in the state and whether minority were performing at or better than the state average for minority students, which was the second step. The third step required schools to meet or surpass a certain graduation benchmark and the final step was to determine college readiness. (You can read the full methodology here.)

The top 10 high schools in the U.S. overall are:
BASIS Scottsdale (AZ)
BASIS Chandler (AZ)
BASIS Oro Valley (AZ)
BASIS Tucson North (AZ)
BASIS Flagstaff (AZ)
Meridian School (TX)
International Academy of Macomb (MI)
BASIS Peoria (AZ)
Baccalaureate School for Global Education (NY)
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (VA)
Click here to see the full rankings and for more insight on the data.

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