A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
Acton-Boxborough Regional High School is an elite, public school located in Acton, MA. It has 1,902 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 96% of students are at least proficient in math and 99% in reading.
Address
36 Charter Rd
Acton, MA 01720
Telephone
(978) 264-4700

Acton-Boxborough Regional High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
99%
Percent Proficient - Math
96%
Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1350
453 responses
Average ACT
31
168 responses
AP Enrollment
22%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Cost of Living
    C
  4. Good for Families
    A+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$131,099
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,314
National
$949
Median Home Value
$534,100
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.25 responses
Poll
68%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.25 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 44 responses
Report
  • Senior Dress Up Day
    34%
  • Football games
    20%
  • Music/Drama Events
    16%
  • Basketball games
    9%
  • Nothing they are all boring and stupid
    9%
  • Music on loudspeaker during third period passing.
    7%
  • None of above
    2%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,902
Free or Reduced Lunch
6%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.28 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.28 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.28 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$80,750
Teachers in First/Second Year
2.5%
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.35 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.35 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.35 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$18,124/ year
National
$12,239
85%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.39 responses
54%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.39 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.39 responses
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I'm trying very hard to be objective here, but my experience at AB was downright terrible. As a new student, you get 0 resources to help settle in and you're forgotten about after a day or two. Good luck making friends! It's literally impossible. Besides that, the homework load left me working from the moment I got home to around 11 most nights. Forget weekends, I was studying and working the entire time. Mental health deteriorates extremely quickly at this school. Several suicides occurred last year alone. The only things I found good was the clubs and theater program, as well as sufficiently challenging classes. (If only those classes hadn't given ridiculously unneccessary amounts of busy work every night.) If you're looking for theater, this is the school you want- just DON'T sign up for honors classes, or else you'll end up with too much work to have time to be involved in theater.
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The academics at ABRHS are great, but only for the kids who spend all their time studying. It is extremely difficult to balance schoolwork with sports, friends, a job, or anything really because the workload (and homework) takes a lot of time and energy. There is also very little school spirit, and many kids actually resent the school for various reasons. It is very one-track minded; there little variation or accommodation for different learning styles, and thus some kids are kind of just screwed.
Academics are still very rigorous, although some like to say the stem department is weakening since they're getting rid of the math skip test (to go to Algebra II instead of Geo as a freshman). I'd say Honors math courses are still Very Hard for those who don't learn math outside of school or do competition math. The science team is a national-level team, earning top 15 at Nats the past three years in a row. The english department and history department are also very good. One major bad thing about the school is the lack of ability to help students' mental health on the side of the administrators. They don't handle tough situations well at all, and there is also TOO MUCH stress.