Looking to find out which are the best Massachusetts public school systems? It can be hard to get to the bottom of this. After all, parents have little more than MCAS scores and some basic statistics to go on when evaluating school systems.
Boston’s metrowest suburbs have no shortage of strong schools systems. Here are three that not only rank extremely well in standardized tests, but are also consistently recognized as some of the best public schools in the state.
Dover-Sherborn: Dover-Sherborn High School has been named one of the top 100 schools in the country three years running in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual assessment of America’s Best High Schools. Its educational community believes in teaching students an appreciation for all disciplines, from art and music to physics and literature. More than 90 percent of graduating high school students are accepted to college, with recent graduates attending Brown University, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, MIT, and Princeton University.
The elementary schools are well regarded as well. (I can add on a personal note that I often hear parents of elementary school children rave about the energetic teachers and stimulating environment at Sherborn’s Pine Hill School, and this is coming from some rather demanding parents!)
Weston: This affluent community is noted for its strong public school system, which ranked #1 in Boston Magazine’s list of top high schools. SAT scores at Weston High School are among the top public schools in Massachusetts and college placements are consistently near the top in the state. The school also offers students access to an extensive online library, world language lab, dance study, athletic center, and indoor pool.
The elementary school curriculum emphasizes individual instruction. Groups of teachers, supported by specialists, tutors, aids, and volunteers, modify their curriculum to meet the needs of a diverse set of students. There is strong volunteerism among parents through local education enrichment groups.
Lincoln/Sudbury: The Lincoln-Sudbury School System ranks highly for teacher quality, extracurricular activities, principal leadership, and parental involvement. It’s often recognized ranked among the top high schools based on a number of factors, including academic performance. The high school seeks to give students a challenging academic environment while involving them in civic activity. Parents often comment on how well the school prepares students to be self-sufficient as they enter college.