Algonquin named among top 500 high schools in the nation

by susan on May 9, 2013

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Newsweek released its ranking of the best 2,000 public high schools in the nation this week, and Algonquin made the list at #443.

A total of 48 Massachusetts high schools made Newsweek’s ranking, with the top-ranked being Boston Latin at #116. Those Bay State schools ranking above Algonquin include Dover-Sherborn (#140), Hopkinton (#257), Concord Carlisle (#382), and Groton-Dunstable (#388).

Factors in the ranking included Algonquin’s graduation rate of 97%, average SAT score of 1721, and college placement rate of 93%.

Newsweek says their methodology, which looks at graduation rates, participation in college-level classes via Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs, and acceptance into a two- or four-year college program, among other factors, is designed to identify high schools that best prepare students for college. The data used in the ranking is self-reported by participating schools.

1 Rob May 9, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Maybe this is why homes that should sell for around $400,000 in most Mass. towns are going for $600,000 and $700,000 in our town?? Sorry for the sarcasm, but numbers don’t lie.

2 Minimom May 10, 2013 at 2:34 AM

Im not complaining since I will be on the selling end in a couple of years.

3 Frank Crowell May 9, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Really – not one Mass HS in the top 100 out of more then 2000 responding schools. Texas and Florida schools all over the top 50.

Wish they had shown dollars spent per student – that would probably be a real embarrassment.

4 Sobo Mom May 10, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Completely agree with Frank. It is a mis-conception that MA has good schools. If you look at the top schools in US, many are ‘Magnet’ / ‘Selective’ schools. Do we have any in MA?

5 Southville May 10, 2013 at 1:22 PM

I don’t think looking at this list is a good way to see overall quality of schools in a state. FL and TX might have more individual schools in the top list, but if you look at results of various statewide numbers (standardized tests, etc) then you’ll find those two states generally come out near the bottom, and MA will usually be closer to the top.

6 Just Sayin May 21, 2013 at 2:31 PM

I agree with Southville’s comments. Overall, the quality of education in our state is competitive not only in the US, but worldwide (unless you disagree with the international metrics). Maybe Texas and Florida have a handful of specialized schools with a small enrollment (and minuscule % of overall state enrollment), but both states, particularly Texas, rank at or near the bottom of most standard educational metrics in the US.

7 Frank Crowell May 21, 2013 at 4:37 PM

“Overall, the quality of education in our state is competitive not only in the US, but worldwide (unless you disagree with the international metrics).”

Please share your source with us.

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