Algonquin & Sobo K-8 Schools’ latest rankings (Updated)

by beth on May 11, 2022

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Above: This spring, Niche issued new rankings for public schools and districts and U.S. News & World Report issued its annual ranking of public high schools. Here’s how our regional high school and Southborough public schools fared. (images from ranking websites)

This spring both U.S News & World Report and the website Niche released their rankings for public high schools. Algonquin’s rankings went up slightly in both. An updated ranking by Niche of K-12 schools also gave high marks to Southborough’s elementary and middle school.

I always question the methodologies and reliability of school rankings. But I know the community likes to see where we stand. (Especially when it’s good news.) So, I’m sharing an overview of the stats.

In U.S. News rankings, Algonquin improved for the second straight year in state scores.

  • The school ranked #52 for high schools in Massachusetts (up from #54 in 2021 and #60 in 2020)

While the rankings were up, the “scorecard” grade was lower. (It went from 93.64 to 92.55.) And in national rankings, ARHS fell to #1,329 from 1,136. That seems to indicate that state school scores were down in national rankings.*

ARHS’ ranking moved us up higher than Shrewsbury’s. But other nearby public schools that the magazine has ranked higher in the past remained that way. (See chart below for current and historical rankings of ARHS vs five our our neighbors.) 

US News - ARHS and neighbors historical rankings

You can find more details on this year’s data here. (And you can read my coverage of last year’s report here.)

Niche gave the Algonquin another A+ for its overall grade. Most of the rankings were slightly improved from their last ranking issued two years ago.

Niche’s rankings for public high schools in Massachusetts, Algonquin was:

  • #26 school (up from #28 in 2020)
  • #12 for teachers (up from #15)
  • #34 for college prep (up from #30)
  • #81 for STEM (up from #92)
  • and #45 for athletes (down from #44)

It looks like the state improved in National rankings, since the school’s improvements in those rankings were more significant. (For example, ARHS went from #590 in the country to #539, and from the #361 best teachers to #243.)

As with the U.S. News rankings, Niche ranked our regional school lower than some of the area public high schools. Here’s the current and historical detail:

Niche - ARHS and neighbors historical rankings

Unlike U.S. News, Niche rankings also incorporate online reviews as part of their methodology. You can find this year’s details on Algonquin here.

Because of the regional high school vs other schools with K-12, Southborough public schools didn’t get ranked cleanly as a district. (Though we did get #16 District for best teachers in the state, and #8 for best place to teach in Massachusetts.)

The breakup of schools by grades rather than region also complicates rankings. But Southborough’s four schools did get good marks:

  • Woodward School – graded A+, ranked in top 3% of Mass elementary schools
  • Trottier Middle School, graded A+ grades, in top 5% of Mass middle schools
  • Neary School was graded A, in top 10% of Mass elementary schools
  • Finn School had the lowest ranking (A-), due to lack of MCAS scores for students in PreK-1st grade.

*Updated (5/12/22 11:55 am): A commenter pointed out my initial error about the National ranking for ARHS schools. I had indicated it was up instead of down.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 resident May 12, 2022 at 10:39 AM

If ARHS was previously Nationally ranked 1136 and is now 1329 wouldn’t that be a decrease and not an increase?

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2 beth May 12, 2022 at 11:48 AM

The higher number makes them lower on the list – further from #1.

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3 beth May 12, 2022 at 11:51 AM

Whoops – misread that. Let me double check the numbers.

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4 beth May 12, 2022 at 11:59 AM

Thank you for catching that – My readers are the closest thing I have to an editor. (I blame my tired eyes. Yesterday, I copied and pasted last year’s 1,136 but processed it as 1,336.)

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5 resident May 13, 2022 at 9:58 AM

Thanks Beth, I wasn’t sure if I was misunderstanding the way it worked.

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