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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
Needham Public Schools is a top rated, public school district located in Needham, MA. It has 5,721 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 75% of students are at least proficient in math and 79% in reading.

Needham Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
79%
Percent Proficient - Math
75%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1300
519 responses
Average ACT
30
129 responses

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
5,721
Free or Reduced Lunch
5.4%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$87,627
Teachers in First/Second Year
16.8%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$19,737/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    63%
  • Support Services
    34%
  • Other
    3%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$153,032
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,473
National
$949
Median Home Value
$805,000
National
$184,700

Needham Public Schools Reviews

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Have two kids who currently attend highly ranked LACs. Their teachers prepared them extremely well to handle the work load demanded by these colleges. Many who attend these colleges came from elite private schools (costing $50k a year)and I would put Needham high school right up there with them. Needham schools have a lot of support from the community. Sports are well regarded in the state, extra curricular activities come by the dozens and the student body respects one another. The one aspect of the school my kids did not care for was the over reaching and banality of the administration to placate to the 0.10% of the students. A great place to graduate from!
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The education is very competitive and the student body cares a great deal about education. Most teachers are well informed on their subject and love to teach. A great deal of electives are offered in high school allowing students to explore and find new passions. There are some absolutely wonderful teachers who work in our school system. The facilities are generally nice as well.
The culture around education is quite toxic as students pit themselves against each other instead of working together. Teachers don't usually notice issues with students leaving other students responsible for alerting guidance if someone is struggling. Like at most high schools, the student government has no power whatsoever and students have no say in what administration does. There is an oddly specific focus on WWII. Every year we spend months on it even though we have done so since 3rd grade.
It has amazing academics. I'm a student there and I'm so grateful that I have access to this school. It lacks in diversity, because we live in the white suburbs of Boston, but it has the METCO program which brings in kids from Boston to the school district. We also have very diverse student body in terms of religion and ethnicity, which contributes to the culture. The clubs and activities are fantastic, there are at least 3 dozen clubs and there are a ton of sports teams too. I think we have pretty good resources, there are numerous counselors, access to extra time with teachers, free tutoring, test prep courses, etc. I know that no matter where I go, Needham has prepared me for college.