According to the yearly US News & World Report Best High Schools rankings, Wellesley High School this year came in #28 out of over 300 public high schools in the state of Massachusetts. In 2019 Wellesley took the #19 spot.
Boston Latin School in Boston was ranked #1 in the state.
Area schools that came ahead of Wellesley in the state rankings were: Dover-Sherborn Regional HS (#5); Weston HS (#8); Medfield Senior High (#14); Newton South (#20); and Wayland HS (#26).
Nationally, Wellesley fell from #600 last year down to #825. US News & World Report says that schools are ranked based on their performance on state-required tests, graduation rates, and how well schools prepare students for college.
Only one Massachusetts school cracked the national top-100 list — Boston Latin School (#37).
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- student-to-teacher ratio: (13:1 in Wellesley’s case, same as last year)
- math proficiency: 97%, up from 96% last year
- reading proficiency: 99% (Wellesley has been at either 100% or 99% for years)
- percentage that participate in AP exams: 58%, same as last year
- graduation rate: (100%)
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.
Sturgis Charter Public School in Hyannis came in #2, up a slot from last year.
Hopkinton HS came in #3 in the state.
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 Alexandria, VA to enroll your kids in the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. According to the the school’s website, Thomas Jefferson “was established in 1985 as a partnership among businesses and schools created to improve education in science, mathematics, and technology. Representatives from business and industry and staff of the Fairfax County Public Schools worked together in curriculum and facilities development for the school.”