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.