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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Somerville High School is an above average, 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, 69% of students are at least proficient in math and 86% in reading.
About Somerville High School...
Address
81 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02143
Telephone
(617) 625-6600

Somerville High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
86%
Percent Proficient - Math
69%
Average Graduation Rate
85%
Average SAT
1150
179 responses
Average ACT
30
14 responses
AP Enrollment
20%

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Living in the Area
A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    C-
Area Feel
Urban
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
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.16 responses
Poll
100%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.16 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 42 responses
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  • Pep rally, christmas show
    45%
  • Multicultural Fair
    33%
  • Sporting Events
    7%
  • Thanksgiving football
    5%
  • Chorus showcase
    2%
  • Homecoming
    2%
  • Pep rallies
    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%
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.24 responses
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.24 responses
88%
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
$71,541
Teachers in First/Second Year
20.6%
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.28 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.28 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.28 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$22,256/ year
National
$12,239
78%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.32 responses
38%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.32 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.32 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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My experience at Somerville Hugh so far has been great! There is an active and enforced no-bullying policy, an acceptance for immigrants, and a GSA club that does schoolwide activities (such as the Day of Silence) and informative assemblies. The teachers are easy to connect with and are happy to help any student. The only thing slightly negative about Somerville High is it’s very, very old building with no ACs and never-working clocks - however, it is currently being renovated and soon a whole new building will stand in its place!
Somerville High School is an extremely diverse place where teachers and staff make sure to incentive students to learn and participate whenever they can. My experience at SHS was amazing, as it gave me the chance to attend one of my top schools for a very competitive program (I currently attend Salem State University for Nursing). I took all honors and AP classes, and was part of the National Honor Society, which I was very proud of. My overall experience was very good!