2018 Best Public High Schools in MassachusettsAbout this List

The 2018 Best Public High Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, and high school ratings. Read more on how this ranking was calculated.

  1. Wellesley Senior High School

    • Wellesley Public Schools, MA
    • 9-12
    • 136
    3 Best Public High Schools in Massachusetts

    High School Senior: I'm glad to have the opportunity to attend Wellesley High School. It's one of the most prestigious high schools in Massachusetts and attracts some of the best and most experienced teachers. The quality of teaching is superb, especially in higher level classes. Wellesley High is also known for very high levels of preppiness, affluence, entitlement, and homogeneity, although it is not difficult to find good friends. Cliques are prevalent but most cliques are relatively inclusive. Most students participate in sports and sports are consequently one of the best ways to meet people. Traditional clubs like Student Congress, Debate, Key Club, Science Team etc. are not as strong as similar clubs at other less athletics-oriented schools, although students who are passionate about clubs often find high levels of success in these clubs. In addition to strong athletics, Wellesley High is very well-known for exceptional performing arts programs. The theater, orchestra, band, and choir programs have won more awards than they can even display! There is also strong student involvement in these activities. Academically, Wellesley High has a reputation of being very rigorous. Students who attend prestigious institutions after college often mention that college feels like a breeze after 4 years of Wellesley High. The English department at Wellesley High is particularly distinguished and is so rigorous and well-regarded that Wellesley High does not offer AP English classes as Honors English at Wellesley High is more demanding than the AP English courses. The challenging courseload can produce high levels of stress, but one hallmark of the Wellesley High academic experience is that stress unites students and makes them more collaborative instead of creating a cut-throat environment which exists at many nearby schools. The very rigorous courseload eventually prepares students exceptionally well for college as many students attend the most selective institutions.
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    • A+
      Overall Niche Grade
    • 1,480 Students
    • 12:1 Student-Teacher Ratio
  2. Hopkinton High School

    • Hopkinton Public Schools, MA
    • 9-12
    • 170
    23 Best Public High Schools in Massachusetts

    High School Senior: It's as close to perfect as a high school can get. It's known for being academically challenging, and that is definitely true. It can be hard, but we're getting a very high-quality high school education and are being prepared very well for college. Coursework can be stressful at times, but the school is paying special attention to stress. We have de-stress weeks where they bring in therapy dogs, play games, play music in between classes, etc.

    I absolutely adore the administration. Mr. Bishop and the assistant principals genuinely care about each and every student. You'll see them out in the hallways in between classes, talking to students and trying to get to know them. The guidance department is phenomenal. They are so understanding and will do everything in their power to help you. Teachers (minus a select few) are super understanding and are always available for extra help. They won't necessarily always come to you, but if you approach them, they're more than willing to help out. The UNITE freshmen mentoring program is super helpful and really helps with the transition from the middle school into the high school. It doesn't stop at orientation. It goes throughout the entire year, which is something I found to be super helpful. I always feel safe and comforted when I go to school. The school building itself is very nice and the loop road is great for running. Honestly, I could go on forever about all of the amazing parts of my school.

    The negatives? The parking situation leaves something to be desired. Sports are huge, which is great if you're into sports. But if you're like me and don't play sports with the school, it can be a little tricky. I eventually found a group of friends that I wouldn't change for the world, but it took a little while for me to find them.

    But overall, I lovelovelove my school. I wouldn't trade it to go anywhere else.
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    • A+
      Overall Niche Grade
    • 1,122 Students
    • 13:1 Student-Teacher Ratio
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