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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Waltham Public Schools is an above average, public school district located in Waltham, MA. It has 5,522 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 45% of students are at least proficient in math and 52% in reading.
Address
617 Lexington Street
Waltham, MA 02452
Telephone
(781) 314-5400

Waltham Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
52%
Percent Proficient - Math
45%
Average Graduation Rate
84%
Average SAT
1160
189 responses
Average ACT
30
20 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
5,522
Free or Reduced Lunch
27.3%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
12:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$75,539
Teachers in First/Second Year
19%

Finances

Total Expenses
$100,008,000
Expenses Per Student
$22,746/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    60%
  • Support Services
    38%
  • Other
    3%
Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    C
Median Household Income
$83,249
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,507
National
$949
Median Home Value
$463,600
National
$184,700

Waltham Public Schools Reviews

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Diverse School, accepting of everyone. Great academic programs. Music Department has competed in several music competitions throughout the country. Excellent Arts Department and home of The Regal Players that put on performances with celebrity guest appearances. Parent participation and enthusiasm in sports throughout the City.
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What I like best about Waltham Public Schools is the sense of diversity I knew I was surrounded by. Knowing there are people from so many different backgrounds is very reassuring, and makes me feel lucky to have been exposed to throughout my time in Waltham Public Schools. I'm also thankful for the districts efforts towards college readiness, as I feel that my guidance councilor was able to help me through everything I needed to do in a very stress-free manner. However, I feel indifferent about most of the other factors, as teachers are really a hit or miss, and I never had any strong feelings towards administration, food, facilities, or any of the others.
I came into Waltham public schools during my sophomore year of high school. I didn't have very high hopes for the school before attending due to the feedback I had received from the current students. After being there for over 2 years, I have come to enjoy the ethnic diversity that Waltham Public Schools offer. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem that the diversity is appreciated by everyone. There are a variety of different ethnic backgrounds in waltham, but Waltham Public Schools seem to have a hard time catering to everybody and giving all of their students a sense of comfort. If their school system can make that improvement in the upcoming school year, more students would feel accepted.