Medfield High School Ranked #18 by Boston Magazine
Evaluation of 230 public high schools in the Greater Boston area ranked Medfield High School #18 inside Route 495.
Boston Magazine recently gathered data from more than 200 public high schools in the Greater Boston area to determine which schools are the best, and they determined that Medfield is the 18th best high school within the Route 495 loop.
On the list of the Top 50 high schools, Weston High School ranked #1 and Millis High School ranked #50.
Other neighboring communities on the list include:
- #3 -- Dover-Sherborn Regional High School
- #8 -- Sharon High School
- #13 - Westwood High School
- #14 - Needham High School
- #26 - Holliston High School
- #42 - Foxborough High School
- #48 - Walpole High School
Data gathered included test scores, number of AP classes, graduation rate, percentage of students who continue on to college, as well as the number of sports teams and clubs.
Medfield statistics included:
- Enrollment: 898
- Student:Teacher Ratio: 14.4
- Per Pupil Expenditure: 10,741
- % Graduation Rate: 98.7%
- % to College: 97%
Per pupil spending and student to teacher ratio were included in the rankings, but less weight was given to them as recent studies have shown that those are not as important factors in quality of education.
Medfield's Superintendent of Schools Bob Maguire said that, if per pupil spending (which is typically low, a good value for Medfield) was not included, Medfield would be closer to the top of the list, noting that Medfield's MCAS scores are stellar -- MHS was one of only three schools to attain a 100% pass rate on the English MCAS, according to the story -- with the following scores:
- 10th Grade English MCAS: 100%
- 10th Grade Math MCAS: 98%
- 10th Grade Science MCAS: 94%
According to Boston Magazine: Our rankings were computed by statistician George Recck, director of the Math Resources Center at Babson College. We gathered the most recent available data on area school districts by consulting school officials and websites, as well as the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. With this information, Recck calculated the mean scores for each category, then ranked the districts based on a weighted average of each school data point’s difference from the mean. Only schools serving cities and towns within the Greater Boston I-495 boundary were included.
For a complete list of the Top 50, visit Boston Magazine's Top-50 list.
To see the rankings of all 230 schools surveyed, click here.