According to the yearly US News & World Report Best High Schools rankings, Wellesley High School this year came in #19 out of over 300 public high schools in the state of Massachusetts. In 2018 Wellesley took the #20 spot.
On the larger stage, Wellesley fell nationally from #487 last year down to #600. US News & World Report says that schools are ranked based on their performance on state-required tests and how well schools prepare students for college.
In the ranking of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) high schools, Wellesley came in #38. Massachusetts Schools that came ahead of WHS in the STEM rankings: Brookline HS at #30, and Lexington HS at #37.
- student-to-teacher ratio: (13:1 in Wellesley’s case, same as last year)
- math proficiency: 96%, up from 94% last year, but down from 97% in 2017
- reading proficiency: 100% (Wellesley has hovered in the 99% area for years)
- percentage that participate in AP exams: 58%, down from 60% in 2018
- percentage that pass AP exams: 93%, down from 96% last year
- graduation rate: (a steady 98%).
In 2014, WHS reached the dizzying heights of #4 out of more than 300 on the US News & World Report ranking of public high schools in Massachusetts, and was considered by the Report to be #164 in the country.
Here’s who came in 1, 2, 3 in top Massachusetts high schools:
Boston Latin took the #1 spot, as it did in 2018.
Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School located in Marlborough came in #2, as it did in 2018.
Sturgis Charter Public School in Hyannis came in #3, unseating Mystic Valley Regional Charter School which this year dropped to #11.
Need to be #1?
In case you’re interested in uprooting your family to chase after what the Report says is the #1 high school in the country, you will be off to North Charleston, South Carolina to enroll your kids in Academic Magnet High School. According to the Report, Academic Magnet is a place that “aims to challenge each student, teacher and parent with high academic expectations. Almost all courses offered at Academic Magnet High School are either honors or Advanced Placement courses, and every student completes an independent research project over their junior and senior years. Students’ work has been published in multiple academic and professional journals. Students can stay connected with Wi-Fi access in the cafeteria and three computer labs.”