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Westford Academy Gets Silver on Best High School List

Ranking on annual US News & World Report list is down from previous years but still better than many high schools.

Westford Academy. Credit: Patch
Westford Academy. Credit: Patch

US News & World Report released its annual list of the nation’s top high schools and Westford Academy came in at 42nd for the state of Massachusetts.

That ranking is down from 27th two years ago but still earned a silver rating. Nationally, WA came in at 843rd.

According to the report, in order to be ranked, the magazine teamed up with American Institutes for Research to evaluate schools in three areas: overall student performance on state-mandated assessments, the effectiveness by which the schools educated minorities and those who were economically disadvantaged, and then performance in advanced placement and International Baccalaureate exams. The schools then earned gold, silver, and bronze medals based on the outcome of the analysis.

Forty percent of students at WA, according to the survey, take AP classes, with 99 percent showing proficiency in English and 97 percent in Math. The school received a college readiness index of 38.1.

The Boston Latin School was first in the state with Belmont High School coming in third. Nearby Acton-Boxborough Regional High School was 12th on the list

Read the full US News & World Report post here.

What do you think of the rankings? Are you surprised? Does it matter? Leave a note in the comment section below. 

Sam April 25, 2014 at 09:17 PM
This guy is teaching your children. The pride we all feel.
Nick Caraway April 25, 2014 at 09:39 PM
You make assumptions because I am a strong supporter of our teachers that I am one , oh Sam you have a lot to learn. Enjoy your trolling and repressed/non repressed anger
Vincent DiRico April 25, 2014 at 09:58 PM
Sam, NC is a real Liberace with the keyboard and in the past has stated P-Town is where he spends summers.
Randy Winslow April 26, 2014 at 08:07 AM
Sam, what do you do for work?

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