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Watertown Doesn't Crack Boston Magazine's Top 50 High School List

The magazine used a variety of statistics to compile its list. See how WHS fared in a variety of categories.

Boston Magazine recently released its list of the top 50 Boston area high schools, after comparing 222 local public and charter high schools, and Watertown High School found itself out of the top 50 and in the middle of the pack in a variety of categories.

Topping the list was Weston High School followed by Lexington High, Dover-Sherborn Regional High, Concord-Carlisle High and Wellesley Senior High.

Schools in neighboring communities that made the list include Newton South at No. 7, Newton North at No. 11, Belmont at No. 12 and Cambridge Ringe and Latin at No. 35.

According to the sortable list in the article, Watertown was in the middle of the pack in categories such as percent of graduation, percent going to college, MCAS scores and SAT scores.

The school features a 87.3 percent graduation rate and an 87 percent rate of students going on to college.

Watertown's 10th grade English, math and science MCAS scores were 81, 84, and 77, respectively, which was also average in the group of 222 schools.

Boston Magazine also took into account SAT scores. In reading, Watertown averaged a 512 while the top school came in at 622. In writing Wilmington students averaged a 504 compared to a top score of 627, while in science local students scored a mean of 543 compared to the top score of 649.

So what's your take on the numbers? Do you think they accurately portray Watertown's educational efforts, or are they misleading? Let us know in the comments section below.

dubtown September 08, 2012 at 10:28 PM
http://hypertextbook.com/eworld/sat.shtml#income i think there are enough citations on this site to be fact enough, even for you if not, then i guess you wouldn't believe your brother was the thief if he was wearing the mask
Marc September 09, 2012 at 04:27 PM
ALl I can say is when I was in the school system it sucked, I arrived in college with poor study skills and felt unprepared, never got much advice from councelors. What do you expect when the headmaster gets fired for watching porn on his laptop during school hours, and when they don't have a decent phone system. and the superintendants ofice is a Joke?
candy laney September 09, 2012 at 06:18 PM
The hiring practices in this town are the problem. Just look at the incompetent Assistant Superintendent Donovan, who never should have been hired as principal of the Lowell school, who failed the Lowell School children and forced top quality teachers to quit or retire because they couldn't stand working for her anymore. Complaints to the school committee fell on deaf ears. The Lowell school is a wonderful place now without her. Sad, though, that great teachers had to leave due to an incompetent principal. Having someone who’s unqualified and incompetent and who has also alienated and ridiculed parents and teachers, has a direct impact on student learning. To reward Donovan with a higher paid position because the parents and teachers finally had enough is wrong. This is a good example of hiring the wrong people and putting Watertown at the bottom of the list as far as top notch schools. Newton, Belmont, Wellesley would never do that. Newton got lucky when Donovan reneged on that job. Talk about an unethical person, read the comments: http://www.wickedlocal.com/watertown/news/x1266597667/Interim-assistant-super-turns-down-Newton-job-eyes-Watertown-position#axzz25zskrYKy
Gary M September 10, 2012 at 03:29 AM
WatObserver You seem to ignore that fact that it's proven fact that students who are more physically fit (i.e. participate in sports) are MORE likely to do better than their peers on MCAS than those who do not. I've attached a study for your review - results are below.. http://www.sp2.upenn.edu/ostrc/pysc/prog/documents/IsThereARelationshipBetweenPhysicalFitnessandAcademicAchievement.pdf RESULTS: "The odds of passing both the MCAS Mathematics test and the MCAS English test increased as the number of fitness tests passed increased (p < .0001 and p < .05, respectively)."
john smyth September 28, 2012 at 11:36 PM
I have to agree with Marc. WHS is not a great institution of learning. The students arenot prepared for college when they graduate from WHS.. The guidance department concentrates on the top students ,leaving everyone else to fend for themselves.Look at what a joke the graduations are. What is the tax money being spent on? And lets not even talk about the SPED department

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