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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    D
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Manchester Essex Regional School District is a highly rated, public school district located in Manchester, MA. It has 1,387 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 11 to 1. According to state test scores, 70% of students are at least proficient in math and 76% in reading.

Manchester Essex Regional School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
76%
Percent Proficient - Math
70%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1260
177 responses
Average ACT
29
53 responses

Students

Diversity
D
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,387
Free or Reduced Lunch
8%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
11:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$84,351
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.7%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$19,147/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    65%
  • Support Services
    32%
  • Other
    3%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    C
Median Household Income
$124,025
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,183
National
$949
Median Home Value
$815,700
National
$184,700

Manchester Essex Regional School District Reviews

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I was a student that spent K-12 in this school district and definitely think that it provides a great education for students that are a certain type of learner. The school practically breeds college shaming as a large majority goes to private universities that their families can pay tuition for. The town is small and extremely gentrified, there are minimal affordable housing programs. Diversity wise I was apart of the small LGBT representation at the school and felt isolated a lot of the time, often treated as the token gay kid. In my time there ('19) there was a .5% diversity rate. A large majority of funding goes to sports to the point where the art department is almost nonexistent. We have a beautiful theatre yet the theatre department gets no funding. You will do well at this school if you are a smart, straight, attractive student whos good at sports. I did well socially but academically was not given the same treatment or opportunities that honor and AP students had.
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Manchester Essex Regional High school is focused on success and readiness for college. Being a student at the high school you are pushed to perform well academically. Teachers are very involved and offer extra help to the students. If students are struggling, have learning disabilities or any other unusual circumstances, there are many special ed teachers and ways to receive guidance. The teachers at the school are either excellent or subpar. Some teachers who should have lost their jobs, still teach there. It is almost impossible for a teacher to be fired at Manchester Essex. The typical student here is white, wealthy, and sheltered. Manchester Essex is one of the least diverse schools.
As an individualistic, academically-motivated student, my experience at MERSD has been overall a positive one. The school's educational environment is unrivaled by most others, the petit student body allowing for much student-teacher interaction and the rigorous curriculum providing adequate adversity for high-achieving students. In terms of general ambiance, the building itself is modern and comfy, the teachers trustworthy and approachable. Additionally, I have been pleasantly surprised by the interest of the guidance department in my academic well-being over the past two years, their presence more than enough to aid my acceptance into the Ivy League. However, there is an unfortunate lack of ethnic and cultural diversity in the school system and town (a recent statistic claimed over 97% whiteness). On top of this, athletics are far overemphasized, both socially and financially, leaving little consideration room for music and the arts or the material deficits of the faculty.