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Old 05-10-2012, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Beverly, Mass
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To be eligible for a state ranking, a school must be awarded a national gold or silver medal.

There are some surprises and some familiar faces, what are your thoughts?



#1 Sturgis Charter Public School
427 MAIN ST, HYANNIS, MA 02601


#2 Boston Latin School
78 AVE LOUIS PASTEUR, BOSTON, MA 02115


#3 Hopkinton High School
90 HAYDEN ROWE ST, HOPKINTON, MA 01748


#4 Belmont High School
221 CONCORD AVE, BELMONT, MA 02478


#5 Weston High School
444 WELLESLEY ST, WESTON, MA 02493


#6 Dover-Sherborn High School
9 JUNCTION ST, DOVER, MA 02030


#7 Sharon High School
181 POND ST, SHARON, MA 02067


#8 Mystic Valley Regional Charter School
770 SALEM ST, MALDEN, MA 02148


#9 The Bromfield School
14 MASSACHUSETTS AVE, HARVARD, MA 01451


#10 Cohasset High School
143 POND ST, COHASSET, MA 02025
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Old 10-20-2012, 09:38 AM
 
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Default What's in a ranking?

A school ranking is all what you make of it and is based on someone else's criteria. That last time I was in MA, Dover-Sherborn was ranking in-state lower than some of its more plebeian neighbors. Some of those schools had more innovative programs. Does diversity of a student body matter to you? Dover-Sherborn would not be it. (Dover-Sherborn, from my and my friends' experiences, discourages taking art classes unless you are fairly certain you want to be an art major -- something I disagree with.) What about the number of classes offered? Do you believe that a school should offer just a set standard of classes at the high school level or offer more options in foreign language, science, the arts, or maybe even industrial or office technology? Even some college prep families appreciate some real world skills. I know I appreciate access to additional foreign languages, history and unique science classes for my kids beyond just the basics because of where their interests lie and I think it may even have helped at least one of them with her college applications.

It's the same with the universities and colleges. My first college was one that ranked very highly, but had a very limited number of classes available for my major. I did better changing schools to one that offered a plethora of classes and majors even if there were up to 10 students more in each of my classes and even though US News ranked it lower.
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