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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Acton-Boxborough Regional High School is a top rated, public school located in Acton, MA. It has 1,837 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 96% of students are at least proficient in math and 99% in reading.

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
1370
647 responses
Average ACT
31
264 responses
AP Enrollment
22%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$137,910
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,377
National
$949
Median Home Value
$572,000
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
87%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.30 responses
Poll
63%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.30 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 57 responses
Report
  • Senior Dress Up Day
    32%
  • Music/Drama Events
    19%
  • Football games
    16%
  • Music on loudspeaker during third period passing.
    11%
  • Basketball games
    9%
  • Nothing they are all boring and stupid
    7%
  • Spirit Week
    4%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,837
Free or Reduced Lunch
5%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.33 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.33 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.33 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$81,556
Teachers in First/Second Year
4%
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.40 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.40 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.40 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
$17,020/ year
National
$12,239
86%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.44 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.44 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.44 responses
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This is my senior year at this school, and it was an ok experience. People are very competitive. You are completely expected to go to college, and those who chose not to are shunned.

One thing I can say that was not just ok was the music program. It was excellent! Mr. A, the new music teacher, is absolutely fantastic. My teachers for the most part have been very good. Like seriously, they seem to like their job kind of good.

Just...the main thing that kinda put a sour taste in my mouth is just the toxic nature for us to constantly need to one-up each other, and it got really tiring and stressful. The counselors were a bit overbooked which didn't help, but when they were available they were helpful and understanding. They recently made the school day start ~40m later, which is great. It shows the administration is listening and I appreciated it.

So overall I'd give it a 3.5/5. Solid expirence, just expect some up and downs. But that's life.
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AB is useful for college applications, very rigorous academically, but dissatisfying in other matters. I take Honors and AE classes, and find them challenging. Schoolwork is often difficult, and self-driven studying is necessary. Most students in rigorous programs spend very little time together aside from studying. The lack of free time drives many students to suicide.
Counselors are rarely helpful and the school policy is restrictive; students cannot access desired courses without high grades, even if they can otherwise prove their knowledge.
Outside of academics, the cross country team is very close knit, and a serious athletic experience.
The school has repeatedly failed to control the threatening behavior of a group of mostly black students, which has led many students to avoid areas in the school for their own safety.
While the school has very poor policy and only seems interested in making changes that most students dislike, AB is a good academic opportunity.
AB provides many opportunities to challenge yourself with its rigorous academics. I have no complaints about any of the teachers that I have had, they are all very supportive and great at teaching. The two major downfalls to AB is the food and the stress that many students are under. The competitive atmosphere of AB leads to insane stress levels and students do not feel like they are smart even if they are in above-average classes. However, AB makes you very ready for college with its above-average standards and academic rigor.