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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    A
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Winchester High School is a top rated, public school located in Winchester, MA. It has 1,268 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 97% of students are at least proficient in math and 99% in reading.
About Winchester High School...
Address
80 Skillings Road
Winchester, MA 01890
Telephone
(781) 721-7020
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Winchester High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
99%
Percent Proficient - Math
97%
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1320
336 responses
Average ACT
30
83 responses
AP Enrollment
21%
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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
    B-
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Median Household Income
$152,196
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,568
National
$949
Median Home Value
$842,300
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
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.10 responses
Poll
90%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.10 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 32 responses
Report
  • Allow upperclassmen out for lunch
    34%
  • Mr. WHS (male pageant)
    28%
  • Anything related to Connect and Commit...community
    13%
  • Spirit Week
    9%
  • Thanksgiving Football
    6%
  • Japanese Exchange
    3%
  • Spanish Exchange
    3%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,268
Free or Reduced Lunch
6%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.11 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.11 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.11 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$70,987
Teachers in First/Second Year
25.5%
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.18 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.18 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.18 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$21,603/ year
National
$12,239
91%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.22 responses
27%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.22 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.22 responses
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Has a critical mass of good, smart kids, which keeps the overall environment under control. However, I hear vaping and alcohol abuse are considered seriously problematic issues at WHS. The general culture is not particularly outgoing; students tend to socialize in cliques. Academics are considered quite good; there are a fairly wide variety of courses offered, but I've heard it tends to favor overachievers at the expense of kids who struggle. The brand new building is nice, but it has several issues that can only be put down to design negligence. I have never experienced or seen any bullying, but have heard it can happen. The school is mostly white, with maybe 15 percent Asian students and a small number of other minorities. Stress is a problem, as is typical for high-performing public high schools in affluent communities hoping to send their children to good colleges.
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WHS is an excellent school academically speaking. The teachers are very good at understanding and preparing you for college, with only a few exceptions. All classes are very challenging but fun at the same time. Overall it is a very demanding school, and you have to work very hard to get good grades. You can find yourself under a lot of stress if you are taking an Honors or AP course, but if you study hard you will be fine. I have never felt threatened or a victim of bullying in the school, although a lot of students do drugs in the bathrooms.
The people are generally friendly, but the social life is not so great if you are a new student to the school. Most kids know each other since 1st grade so some are unapproachable. It is a very cliquey school so if you’re a newcomer you might have a hard time trying to fit in. Also, the school is not racially diverse at all. Most students are white, and the rest are Asian.
I came from Atlanta, GA to go to school in Winchester, MA for high school and I was very pleasantly surprised to be welcomed into the community so quickly and so smoothly. Since most people in the town had been there together since they were children, I thought it would be harder to integrate into the community than it actually was. The schooling was also great and sports were a big part of the school so events were always great. I do wish the school had more diversity because it was predominantly white.