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North Reading High Fails to Make US News & World Report’s Rankings

The publication’s rankings included the top 63 high schools in Massachusetts.

North Reading High School. Patch File Photo
North Reading High School. Patch File Photo

US News & World Report released its annual list of the nation’s top high schools Tuesday and North Reading High School failed to make the cut.

The publication’s rankings included the top 63 high schools in Massachusetts, about the top 2,000 nationally.

From the rankings:

“At North Reading High School, students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® course work and exams. The AP® participation rate at North Reading High School is 58 percent. The student body makeup is 49 percent male and 51 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 5 percent. North Reading High School is the only high school in the North Reading.”


Massachusetts’ top 10:

1. Boston Latin School

2. Advanced Math & Science Academy Charter School (Marlborough)

3. Belmont High School

4. Wellesley High School

5. The Bromfield School (Harvard)

6. Mystic Valley Regional Charter School (Malden)

7. Dover-Sherborn Regional High School

8. Medfield High School

9. O’Bryant School Math/Science (Roxbury)

10. Sharon High School

Read US News & World Report’s complete Massachusetts’ High School rankings >>>
Mel Webster April 25, 2014 at 10:18 AM
I have reviewed the rankings and information numerous times, and all I can say is that I came away scratching my head. It seems one of the key factors U.S. News and World Reports uses to determine the top high schools is college readiness. And, if you look at that value, North Reading ranks higher than 30 of the schools that are in the top 63. Based on that, I figured we would be on the list, but no. I found it impossible to determine why they included the schools they did, even after reading their criteria. In addition to North Reading, schools that you would expect to be on the list, including Andover, Hamilton-Wenham, Hopkinton, Weston, Newton South, and Duxbury, are not. So, while it was great to be on this list in the past, I would not fret too much that NRHS is not included this year. If you look at our school profile for this year, our results are very good. Again, with a high college readiness ranking, it is clear that North Reading High School continues to excel.
Dante Bantel April 25, 2014 at 11:48 AM
I agree with Mel...I looked at the list too and which schools are or are not on the list hardly makes sense because some schools that are very good are missing, and some that are pretty weak are on the list. Our students work hard, our teachers work hard. Our new school is going to make sure our building's quality matches our educational quality. Go Hornets.
Kathleen April 25, 2014 at 12:20 PM
Patch should be providing more information about this report. People shouldn't have to go to the comments to get the details.

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