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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A
Shawsheen Valley Technical High School is a highly rated, public school located in Billerica, MA. It has 1,336 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 10 to 1. According to state test scores, 85% of students are at least proficient in math and 97% in reading.
About Shawsheen Valley Technical High School...
Address
100 Cook Street
Billerica, MA 01821
Telephone
(978) 667-2111

Shawsheen Valley Technical High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
97%
Percent Proficient - Math
85%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1090
179 responses
Average ACT
24
15 responses
AP Enrollment
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Living in the Area
B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    B-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$99,453
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,340
National
$949
Median Home Value
$371,500
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.21 responses
Poll
90%
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 76 responses
Report
  • Coop experience
    25%
  • Shop and Academic experiences
    22%
  • Ram pride
    13%
  • Sports banquets
    8%
  • Prom
    8%
  • Dances
    8%
  • Pep rally
    8%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,336
Free or Reduced Lunch
13%
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.24 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.24 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.24 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
10:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
9%
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.32 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.32 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.32 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
76%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.34 responses
47%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.34 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.34 responses
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Shawsheen Valley Technical High School Reviews

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I fell in love with my shop as soon as I picked it and got in freshman year! I love my shop teachers as well as MOST of my academic teachers. There are a few teachers who aren’t quite the best at their jobs but the majority are really nice and good at what they do. While on the topic, there are times where administration isn’t the best. Especially when dealing with more serious topics, they provide little to no actual help. The variety of trades in which you can study is very large and good for whatever you may want to do in the future. If you like anything in the medical fields or any sort of art or business field they’ll prepare you the best they can for college. If college isn’t for you then the construction shops or some of the many others will prepare you to get to work straight out of high school. Overall I believe that this is an amazing school and couldn’t imagine what I’d want to do if I hadn’t gone here.
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Overall, it is a very good school because you don't just an opportunity to learn a trade that opens up a career path, but you learn a work ethic that is forever useful wherever you go in life. Also, trade schools are known for kids who are not going to get into college, but that is a load of crap. I know plenty of people that went to Shawsheen that got into the same colleges as kids from the local high school and private schools. I even know some kids from Shawsheen that got into BETTER schools then those other kids, including one that got into Harvard.
My shop was health assisting. Although I am not continuing the nursing or health career, it helped me find out that this was not the field for me. I think that's extremely important for high school students to understand, as it helps them narrow down what they want to do after graduation. My shop teachers and peers were like family to each other, and they are genuinely happy when any of us stop by to say hello and tell them how college is. Academics was my only issue, as health assisting was a very science based shop I found it hard to balance that along with the regular courses of a high school student. This was really only hard for the health science shops, as the other shops were not as hard science wise.