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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Winchester High School is a top rated, public school located in Winchester, MA. It has 1,359 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 96% of students are at least proficient in math and 99% in reading.

Winchester High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
99%
Percent Proficient - Math
96%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1330
411 responses
Average ACT
30
91 responses
AP Enrollment
21%

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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$159,536
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,813
National
$949
Median Home Value
$893,700
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
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  • 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
1,359
Free or Reduced Lunch
7%
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
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$72,333
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
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$24,267/ 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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Winchester High School is a pretty good school and students here are very prepared for college in terms of academics. Students usually do well and learn a lot but for some electives, teachers seem to be underqualified. Teachers here also have to teach multiple subjects and levels which means teachers who aren't strong in a certain subject still need to teach it. There are also a lot of fun/interesting clubs students can participate in afterschool but the school doesn't put any funding towards supporting most clubs which is frustrating if you want to do clubs that need money to compete in competitions or events. In my experience, students here are generally nice to everyone. There's a vaping and underage drinking problem among a lot of students but you can definitely find students/a group of friends that don't do those sorts of things. Stress is also a big problem and there's a bad habit of glorifying stress and being overworked among many students.
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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.
Academics is good and can be challenging (AP and Honors. It is a hit or miss with teachers. You need to be proactive and find out which teachers to avoid. Some teachers are just not prepared to teach and others are just there for a pay check and it shows.

Also, the students are very passive aggressive and competitive with each other. The stress level is high. It is not a healthy environment for kids and mental health issues are coming to the forefront. The district is trying to deal with it but I think parents put excessive pressure on their children to the detriment to their overall mental health and the overall stress.