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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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, 95% of students are at least proficient in math and 99% in reading.
Address
609 Webster Street
Needham, MA 02494
Telephone
(781) 455-0800
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Needham High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
99%
Percent Proficient - Math
95%
Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1290
461 responses
Average ACT
30
113 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-
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
90%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.21 responses
Poll
76%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.21 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 74 responses
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  • Own Your Peace Assembly
    20%
  • Pep Rally
    18%
  • Make A Statement Day
    16%
  • Art Exhibits
    14%
  • Needham / Wellesley Thanksgiving Football Game
    11%
  • Senioritis
    8%
  • Prom
    5%

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%
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.22 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.22 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.22 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$83,219
Teachers in First/Second Year
9.2%
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.35 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.35 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.35 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
$18,516/ year
National
$12,239
86%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.42 responses
43%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.42 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.42 responses
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Needham High School Reviews

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The school helps you a lot for college with its difficulty in academics but it creates a stressful environment for the students. The students generally get less than six hours of sleep and stay at the school til five. The academics push you which may be beneficial but can also lead to stress over if you are doing well in your classes. Some sports are very talented such as volleyball, swim, and track but other sports like football and basketball are only average. The school in general is very good as the academics prepare you well for college and the teachers are very qualified in what they teach. If you are looking for a school that you can just have fun at, this may not be for you as academics may get in the way. Overall Needham is very good as would recommend to any students who want to get a good education.
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The school's educational environment is conducive to a high quality of learning, and a high achieving student body. The kids are kind, but not extremely outgoing--they're as receptive as expected. The "school spirit" is practically non-existent, only the people involved with sports show any kind of excitement. This school is very much an (only) academically focused location.
I enjoyed my time here. The teachers are nice. We can sign up for laptops. Library is comfortable. The food is improving; this week’s gourmet Thursday lunch is Pad Thai! The facility is clean. The administration tries hard to be inclusive. Kudos to Needham!