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US News Ranks NRHS 29th in Massachusetts

The schools were ranked according to their student/teacher ratio, college readiness and math and English proficiency.

North Reading High School was recently ranked 29th in the state, according to the US News and World Report's list of the best public and private high schools. North Reading lands just below Millis High School and above Ashland High School.

The schools were ranked according to their student/teacher ratio, college readiness and math and English proficiency. According to US News, NRHS has a a student/teacher ratio of 11:1, which is smaller than the state average. There are 708 students in the school and 63 teachers. On the college readiness scale, NRHS ranks higher than the state average, US News said. Ninety-two percent of students are proficient in math and 98 percent of students are proficient in English, according to US News. Both are above the state average.

"While I do not believe that all of the factors used by US News and World Report form a complete set of criteria that makes North Reading High School a quality school, such a ranking is, nonetheless, affirmation of the hard work of our students, teachers, and staff and further reflects the support of the parents and entire community," Principal Jon Bernard said. "Our students come to North Reading High School well-educated and prepared to meet the challenges of a broad, contemporary, and rigorous high school curriculum, and their education is honed as high school students."

He went on to say that students graduate from NRHS with "the skills needed to be competitive in their post-secondary education and other career and life pursuits."

Sturgis Charter Public School in Hyannis, which has the same student/teacher ratio as NRHS, was the top ranked school. Boston Latin was ranked number two, followed by Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School and Dover-Sherborn High School.

"This ranking by US News and World Report is clearly something that all of North Reading can be especially proud, and I extend to our student body, teachers, staff, parents, and the community at large my deep appreciation for your hard work and unwavering support of education," Bernard said.

Mel Webster April 25, 2013 at 08:13 PM
Congratulations to the administration, staff and students of North Reading High School. The story does not call this out, but the school is ranked 699th nationally out of 21,000 high schools. Just think of what our staff and students are going to be able to accomplish when they get into a 21st century facility in November of 2014.
MPG April 25, 2013 at 08:19 PM
29/351? Guess this proves we were sold a bill of goods regarding the "need" for a over-priced new school! Of course most of the proponents never had or will have a problem spending thier neighbors money. What a joke.
MPG April 25, 2013 at 08:22 PM
So Mel, do all the other 322 cities and towns below us need a new school? You know, to better compete? BS
Mel Webster April 25, 2013 at 08:51 PM
It is so hard to contain myself when I read such replies. We didn't need a new building to make our students smarter. We needed a new building because the current high school and middle school are a disgrace. They do not provide access to technology and science labs and a sufficient gymnasium or auditorium, as well as other things that students will require to be successful in the 21st century. We are building new schools because the current facilities have far outlived their usefulness. The only joke, MPG, is that people like you continue to insist that we should not replace two buildings that town leaders, school leaders and the state all said need to be replaced. Bottom line though is the schools are being built, are progressing nicely, and our middle and high school students will eventually be housed in buildings that will give them everything they need to succeed in the future.
MPG April 25, 2013 at 09:22 PM
"They do not provide access to technology and science labs and a sufficient gymnasium or auditorium, as well as other things that students will require to be successful in the 21st century" I guess 29/351 isn't successful? And I'm surprised at your "people like you" comment. You mean folks who have served our country, worked their whole lives, paid their taxes and are just sick and tired of folks reaching into our pockets for more to suit some "grand design"? You sound like the typical Mass politician. Tax and spend!
Maclen April 25, 2013 at 10:05 PM
Mel are you still here pontificating/patting yourself on the back? Remember some of the greatest minds in history were schooled in a one room classroom. Size of a school doesn't matter for the umpteenth time.
Maclen April 25, 2013 at 10:11 PM
You said progressing nicely. Looked up on the hill while driving through the center this past Sunday looks to me like just another school with a flat roof. Nothing 21st century there. Any comments....Thrill me?
Maclen April 25, 2013 at 10:15 PM
Mel where's your SC write in friend cut and paste Joe been? I miss his quick wit and skewed wisdom.
Mel Webster April 25, 2013 at 10:24 PM
I mean "people like you" and others who continue to ignore the conditions of the current high school and middle school buildings and come here and pontificate on things about which you have no knowledge. On another note, thank you for your service to our country.
Mel Webster April 25, 2013 at 10:27 PM
Tom -- I simply add you to the list of people who know nothing about the project, yet continue to come here and post nonsense. I have to say though, it is entertaining. As far as patting myself on the back, there is no reason for me to do that. The pat on the back goes to the residents of the town who understand the need and who have approved the funds to build two new schools. Although maybe you are right -- a one-room school house for 1,350 students would probably be great. Finally, I never knew that the pitch of a school's roof indicated the quality of the school. That kind of insight is sheer brilliance.
Leo Z April 25, 2013 at 10:30 PM
MPG et al, you may have a point regarding the cost of the schools, the sources of those funds, and how those funds are managed. However, the need to replace those facilities has nothing to do with this report. If the school ranking took into account the state of the septic systems and the like, N. Reading would not be on the list! Being this high on the list will drive homebuyers to the town, and that will drive the price up, so when you sell your house, you can hopefully recoup your losses. They only look at: -Students / Teachers -College Readiness -Math(Avg. Proficiency) -English(Avg. Proficiency) link: http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/massachusetts/rankings?int=20e18c
JP Lee April 26, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Right on, Mel! Besides, the costs to maintain and replace the things that were either failing or in need of repair (these were well documented at earlier town meetings last year) was in the neighborhood of the amount of money we spent to build 2 new modern schools. No-brainer.
Maclen April 26, 2013 at 10:07 PM
Ok Mel am I to understand this so called 21st century facility will finally produce students world ready that can make change without a calculator? Hope so, cause all I see is deer in the headlights nowadays whenever todays kids have are faced with this seemingly basic mathematical task. When I attended school we had do the math OURSELVES not with calculators/computers and "show work" how we arrived at the answers on our papers. The teachers from my day are no more, Mrs. Manning, Mrs. Wilson, and Mrs. Kiley to name a few of my E. Ethel. Little teachers. Who never gave up on me. They weren't in for the money as teachers are today. They had a genuine passion and drive to do whatever it took to ensure their students had what they needed to go out in the world be successful and leave their mark. For the life of me I can't understand why parents are mad a hell with the total failure of todays teachers approach to education. Your right, I may not know all the details of what the new high is. However I know enough to fully understand what it isn't go to be. Which is simply a new school that doesn't address the concerns I've raised. In the meantime Mel, keep telling yourself how great the "21st century facility" is, and perhaps someday you'll even believe yourself.
Mel Webster April 27, 2013 at 06:14 PM
Tom. Can't wait to see you at the open house ceremonies for each of the new schools. It is going to be an awesome day in North Reading.
Maclen April 28, 2013 at 10:30 PM
I wouldn't hold your breath for that one. Cause I won't be attending any open house ceremonies. Point blank question to you Mel...As a sitting SC member, what are you personally doing to combat the dumbing down of America? Your answer better not be new schools are the answer, and who are Us News and World Reports anyway to tell us they are experts to establish rankings amongst schools anyway? Do you believe for even one second that public education isn't in dire straits and that needs major reforms to fix this mess? What about the ever increasing numbers of children being diagnosed in public schools with ADHD? Seems to me the approach today is any child that might need additional help, gets labeled as having ADHD. Just prescribe Ritalin and the problem goes away. Fact of the matter Ritalin as with all drugs introduces a whole host of other problems due to the side effects. Mel, not for one second am I saying that the North Reading High/Middle Schools aren't old weren't old and in dire need of updating. However lets keep it real that the fundamental quality of education in spite of whatever/whoevers numbers you want to throw out there, is in trouble and least of all has nothing to due with the buildings where the education is allegedly taking place.
Maclen April 28, 2013 at 10:46 PM
The fact that you can't grasp what the pitch of a roof meant in terms of the quality of a school is also most brilliant. Because it wasn't intended as a overall school quality indicator. But rather plain old common sense from a maintenance standpoint. Way back when I recall sitting in class at the E. Ethel Little, having to endure that roof tar smell every few years, Would of thought that 21th century facility of yours would have a sloped roof much like most homes have. Do you have a flat roof on your house? Does it require replacement every few years? Are you subjected to that smell?

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