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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Wachusett Regional High School is a highly rated, public school located in Holden, MA. It has 2,130 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 93% of students are at least proficient in math and 98% in reading.

Wachusett Regional High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
98%
Percent Proficient - Math
93%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1230
611 responses
Average ACT
29
131 responses
AP Enrollment
19%

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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B+
Median Household Income
$105,000
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,235
National
$949
Median Home Value
$306,900
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
83%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.30 responses
Poll
63%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.30 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 106 responses
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  • Spirit Week
    25%
  • Prom
    18%
  • The senior fifty day countdown
    17%
  • Hypnotist Show
    16%
  • Homecoming
    8%
  • Silent Night Basketball game
    7%
  • Club trips
    3%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,130
Free or Reduced Lunch
9%
97%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.34 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.34 responses
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.34 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$71,281
Teachers in First/Second Year
17.3%
57%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.49 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.49 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.49 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
$13,688/ year
National
$12,239
93%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.55 responses
33%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.55 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.55 responses
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Wachusett Regional High School Reviews

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I graduated in 2014, and loved my time at Wachusett. It was big enough that everyone could find their niche and make friends. A significant number of students take AP classes, and the rigorous academics do a great job preparing students for college. The building is nice (was renovated in the 2000's), and has lots of outdoor space, fields, track, and trails. Wachusett has a huge variety of clubs/activities, a strong athletics program, and a wonderful music department. The school has about 10 different music groups between band, choir, and orchestra, including honors groups and jazz groups. Being in the choir taught me a lot about reading music and improved my vocal skills. The school also has a strong drama club that always put on wonderful shows. These programs gave the school a warm community feel despite being so big. The only downside: I have heard the classes have gotten too big recently, and some students can slip through the cracks depending on what teachers they have.
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I feel very fortunate to have had the privilege of attending Wachusett Regional High School. I feel confident that the committed teachers and variety of classes have prepared me well for college. With friendly police officers and teachers, I have never felt unsafe at Wachusett. Wachusett is right across the street from the town Police and Fire Departments in case of emergency. The Wachusett Region has little diversity, but the High School has a place for everyone anyway. Teachers and administrators encourage every student to pursue their interests whatever they may be. Every sport team works hard and the coaches are tough but fair. The arts programs at Wachusett are stellar and my teachers inspire me daily. Parents are not always made aware when events are happening, which puts more responsibility on the student. Wachusett not only prepared me well for college, but for life, and helped me grow into the person I am today.
The school has a fairly diverse student body and is large enough so that students can find their own group of people that they fit in with. The rules within the school can be a bit too rigid, and did not give the students enough say or wiggle room. Overall my teachers were good. The English department was amazing, whereas the science department really needs some work. The level of rigor really depends on the level class you are in; there was a clear difference in the engagement of the students between a CP and an Honors/AP class, as would be expected. Great variety of extracurriculars!