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Old 10-06-2018, 09:04 AM
 
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Hi all,
Is there a list of the best elementary schools in Boston area or suburbs.
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Old 10-06-2018, 10:14 AM
 
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The 2018 MCAS results just came in and you can look up a school's score by district.

2018 MCAS Results - Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System


The Boston Globe used to list them in order of performance but I don't subscribe anymore so I can't tell you if they still do.
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Old 10-08-2018, 05:22 PM
 
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Thanks!
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Old 10-09-2018, 10:16 AM
 
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These scores only measure socio-economics, not school quality. There are schools in my city where up to 50% of the kids are low income in some classes. These schools don't look good on these lists, until you realize that the non-economically disadvantaged kids beat our the majority of elementary schools in both Belmont and Lexington - more so this year than ever!
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Old 10-10-2018, 02:26 PM
 
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These scores only measure socio-economics, not school quality. There are schools in my city where up to 50% of the kids are low income in some classes. These schools don't look good on these lists, until you realize that the non-economically disadvantaged kids beat our the majority of elementary schools in both Belmont and Lexington - more so this year than ever!
If you had to pick three top schools (private or public) in Boston area only based on pure academic performance and where kids end up in colleges etc, what would you pick?
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Old 10-10-2018, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Westwood, MA
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If you had to pick three top schools (private or public) in Boston area only based on pure academic performance and where kids end up in colleges etc, what would you pick?
Are you seriously asking which elementary school will best prepare your child (or children) to get into a good college?

It's almost certainly going to be an exclusive private school. Something like the Milton Academy or BB&N. I have no experience with either, but no public school--not even Lexington--is focused on college prep in elementary school. Those elite private schools have parents that are either extraordinarily wealthy or extraordinarily motivated, both of which will probably correlate with greater achievement.
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Old 10-10-2018, 03:25 PM
 
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Jay, you nailed it. The cult of school scores is ridiculous to me.
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Old 10-10-2018, 03:44 PM
 
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Are you seriously asking which elementary school will best prepare your child (or children) to get into a good college?

It's almost certainly going to be an exclusive private school. Something like the Milton Academy or BB&N. I have no experience with either, but no public school--not even Lexington--is focused on college prep in elementary school. Those elite private schools have parents that are either extraordinarily wealthy or extraordinarily motivated, both of which will probably correlate with greater achievement.
Lets say we are highly motivated and can easily afford kids in private school. If private is the only way to go to prepare for a good college, what other names come to your mind? We can probably include middle schools and preK-12 schools, instead of just looking at elementary. We are moving from mid-west area and currently they are in private school.
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Old 10-10-2018, 04:48 PM
 
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My son-in-law went to Buckingham, Brown & Nichols and my daughter only went to lowly public school and they still went to the same college.
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Old 10-10-2018, 04:54 PM
 
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Of course private isn't he only way to prepare for a good college.
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