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Overall Niche Grade
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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
    A
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    A
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
Needham High School is a top rated, public school located in Needham, MA. It has 1,659 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 94% of students are at least proficient in math and 99% in reading.
About Needham High School...
School District
Needham Public Schools
Address
609 Webster Street
Needham, MA 02494
Telephone
(781) 455-0800

Needham High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
99%
Percent Proficient - Math
94%
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1290
417 responses
Average ACT
29
99 responses
AP Enrollment
30%

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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$141,690
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,457
National
$949
Median Home Value
$752,000
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
95%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.19 responses
Poll
79%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.19 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 71 responses
Report
  • Own Your Peace Assembly
    20%
  • Pep Rally
    18%
  • Make A Statement Day
    17%
  • Art Exhibits
    14%
  • Needham / Wellesley Thanksgiving Football Game
    10%
  • Senioritis
    8%
  • Prom
    6%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,659
Free or Reduced Lunch
6%
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.20 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.20 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.20 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$87,555
Teachers in First/Second Year
9.2%
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.33 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.33 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.33 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$17,438/ year
National
$12,239
88%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.40 responses
45%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.40 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.40 responses
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Needham High School cares about each and every one of their students. The staff and administration prepares us well for college and is deeply involved in our search for higher education. I am grateful for the staff on how they help us every step of the way in finding what to do after high school. This is only a small portion of the incredible things the high school does for their students. Not only do we learn information in our academics, but we also learn real-life lessons that will carry on with us for the rest of our lives. One class they offer that does this is Personal Finance. It teaches the students how to manage their money and be responsible, which many schools do not do. By offering this class, I am able to learn skills to use outside of the classroom that will greatly effect my knowledge on finance.
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Needham High has a good education system and we are high ranked in athletics. The teachers are able to form close bonds with their students and teach the curriculum to the best of their abilities. Racial graffiti was recently found at our school, but as a community we have been working to raise awareness and acceptance at Needham High. There was a walk out for the students to protest what had been spread at our school, and I believe it has brought the school together. As a minority, I feel accepted and happy at Needham High and believe my education there has laid a path for me to my future.
Over the past few years, Needham has provided me an exciting and fulfilling high school experience. I have had the privilege of taking many fascinating classes, meeting several incredibly dedicated & caring teachers, and fostering my love of knowledge beyond what I ever thought possible. The overwhelming majority of students here are very supportive of one another and deeply invested in their educations, leading to a truly friendly, fun, and intellectually-stimulating atmosphere. I definitely recommend this school.