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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Somerville High School is a highly rated, public school located in Somerville, MA. It has 1,255 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 10 to 1. According to state test scores, 76% of students are at least proficient in math and 89% in reading.
Address
81 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02143
Telephone
(617) 625-6600
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Somerville High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
89%
Percent Proficient - Math
76%
Average Graduation Rate
88%
Average SAT
1130
204 responses
Average ACT
29
19 responses
AP Enrollment
20%

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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
    C-
Median Household Income
$84,722
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,699
National
$949
Median Home Value
$558,300
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
94%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.18 responses
Poll
94%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.18 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 46 responses
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  • Pep rally, christmas show
    43%
  • Multicultural Fair
    35%
  • Sporting Events
    7%
  • Spirit Week
    4%
  • Thanksgiving football
    4%
  • Chorus showcase
    2%
  • Homecoming
    2%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,255
Free or Reduced Lunch
40%
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.26 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.26 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.26 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
10:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$62,143
Teachers in First/Second Year
20.6%
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.30 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.30 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.30 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$22,670/ year
National
$12,239
79%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.34 responses
38%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.34 responses
53%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.34 responses
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The faculty is amazing and very supportive. I liked all my teachers throughout the years despite a few either being strict or uncooperative. It’s most likely your friend circle will be the same people from middle school or atleast the sort of people you attended it from. Gentrification is very real here. West Somerville is very close to Tufts, thus a lot of the students living near there are usually the ones who have been at the top of the class every year —compared to students from east who haven’t been exposed as much to a lot of the opportunities in academics.

Also the school building is beyond ugly and broken inside due to how old it is. Hardly anyone uses the lockers because it’s so skinny and it doesn’t even fit much. Even the middle schools have better lockers than the highschool.... also the food has gotten better throughout the years!
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Somerville High School currently is undergoing a huge transition. Right now, the school is still struggling with keeping the resources and facilities updated and have a limited budget that gets primarily spent on STEM, not leaving much room for music and art. The school is very diverse with students from many different countries. However, some of the administrators are somewhat racist and guidance counselors are almost all white and male, which isn’t representative of the student body. A lot of students to rely on teachers to do the job of a counselor, which is amazing as teachers are so caring and want to help students, but shows the systematic issues in the school. The new school will have much newer facilities and probably also see an overhaul of the current administration, but this also comes with the gentrification of the city at large. Overall this school has many passionate students and teachers who care about preparing students for life, but with many institutional issues.
It's true that it can be difficult to succeed in high schools, but never at Somerville High School. I can say that I've gotten a lot of help throughout my school year. The teachers will always appreciate you working hard, and will always be there to help you whenever you need it. They definitely have a lot to offer at SHS!