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C
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Urban Science Academy is a public, magnet school located in West Roxbury, MA. It has 430 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 10 to 1. According to state test scores, 62% of students are at least proficient in math and 82% in reading.
About Urban Science Academy...
School District
Boston Public Schools
Address
1205 V.F.W. Parkway
West Roxbury, MA 02132
Telephone
(617) 635-8930

Urban Science Academy Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
82%
Percent Proficient - Math
62%
Average Graduation Rate
62%
Average SAT
1010
41 responses
Average ACT
AP Enrollment
19%
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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
    D+
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$53,794
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,302
National
$949
Median Home Value
$332,100
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
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Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
430
Free or Reduced Lunch
55%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
10:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$94,540
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
60%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.5 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.5 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.5 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$25,850/ year
National
$12,239
14%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.7 responses
29%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.7 responses
29%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.7 responses
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Wack school, very ghetto. Not really a safe school. The teachers aren’t horrible, had some really great teachers. Some teachers really cared about the students but others were just there to get paid. Not many sports or clubs/ activities. The students were are people I could never be friends with, also a very cliquey school. Lunch was terrible and horrifying but there was always snacks and pizza as well as other foods your could buy during lunch time. I loved this but at the same time I hated this school. Made good memories and bad memories.
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My experience, at Urban Sciene Academy was overall a good experience. The teachers took their time, to make sure the students understood what they were teaching. Ms. Saxenna was one of the many teachers who took the time, to get to know their students. She built strongs connections with students especially seniors. She truly made my senior year, last block class the best for me. The school really has awesome teachers. The principle Mr.Cook is the best principle, I have had during my 4 years at Urban Science Academy. He truly wants the best for the students and it really showed. However the whole West Roxbury Educational Complex building, was never anything to be proud of. The ceilings would leak, and there would be missing boards that cover the ceilings. The place was never a fun or exciting sight to look at. Overall my high school experience was good, and thanks to Urban Science Academy I will never forget it.
What I like most about Urban Science Academy is that it is a strong community, everyone know everyone. It's not just a regular school its more of a family. The teachers are the foundation to it all, they look out for us and are the ones who help us grow. They believe in you more than you do, and even though our school isn't the nicest and doesn't receive a lot of funding, we always find a way to get it ourselves.