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.

WatObserver September 08, 2012 at 06:47 PM
It is not the fault of the teachers that test scores are low and that graduation rates are not as high as surrounding towns. There are lots of parents that put a lot of effort into the schools and their children but there are just as many that don't. What is also discouraging in this town is to see how so many parents put such a strong emphasis on sports and in many cases even more than they do for education. Take a look at the condition of our schools and then look at the new multi-million dollar field and that says it all. Because of of this Watertown will never rank as high as these other communities.
WatObserver September 08, 2012 at 07:37 PM
You know something Sonny, you just love to pick a fight with everyone and have no real opinions do you? That is the only time I will waste my time responding to your feedback, which most on this site and the Tab site already know, is full of foolishness. By the way, I am a parent and not a teacher. Yes, parents, demographics, high levels of poverty, high numbers of ELL's are all factors in why our numbers are less than impressive.
dubtown September 08, 2012 at 08:47 PM
watObserver is correct plenty of emphasis on sports, but very little activity and interest in academics you're likely to see 5-10 times as many observers of a sporting event as you are a participants of a PTO meeting every year, dozens of new teachers are brought into watertown, and many of the positions have 20-30 applicants for the job! but, yeah, sonny. blame those teachers. we just can't seem to have any luck getting any good, non-lazy teachers here can we!
dubtown September 08, 2012 at 08:48 PM
and watObserver does not mean that ELLs negatively impact a learning environment. but, an ELL will probably lower a darn SAT or MCAS score so looking at a raw score to judge a school system is absurd at best. 512 on reading in watertown is good considering facts
dubtown September 08, 2012 at 10:25 PM
well yes, of course, because all people that support teachers must be teachers. no on else likes them or approves of them. so, no, i'm not any kind of teacher whatsoever, but of course you would think that. the fact is demographics are absolutely an enormous factor in test scores, and it is proven all over the country by countless research from universities and government agencies alike. a simple google search of "demographics and test scores" will show this another fact is that while watertown is a well-off community in comparison to many, is not as well-off as a town like belmont, lexington, newton, etc. naturally test scores in a town with these demographic features will not be quite as high anything else? BTW: have you even been in a school or been a part of one in the last 30 years? or do you just like to make baseless assumptions and place blame?
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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