Waltham High Fails to Make US News & World Report’s Rankings

The publication’s rankings included the top 63 high schools in Massachusetts.

US News & World Report released its annual list of the nation’s top high schools Tuesday and Waltham High School failed to make the cut.

The publication’s rankings included the top 63 high schools in Massachusetts, about the top 2,000 nationally.

From the rankings:

“At Waltham High School, students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement course work and exams. The AP participation rate at Waltham High School is 30 percent. The student body makeup is 51 percent male and 49 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 48 percent.”

Massachusetts’ top 10:

1. Boston Latin School
2. Advanced Math & Science Academy Charter School (Marlborough)
3. Belmont High School
4. Wellesley High School
5. The Bromfield School (Harvard)
6. Mystic Valley Regional Charter School (Malden)
7. Dover-Sherborn Regional High School
8. Medfield High School
9. O’Bryant School Math/Science (Roxbury)
10. Sharon High School

US News & World Report’s complete Massachusetts’ rankings >>

Waltham Man April 24, 2014 at 01:09 PM
Of course, I am not questioning this. I wish they just outlined what did they base their 'research' on because it clearly doesn't make sense.
Karen Walz April 24, 2014 at 01:50 PM
I agree! And I also agree with the comment that the headline of "Waltham High Fails..." does a great disservice to the school and the city. I mean, with journalism like this, who needs enemies?!? But I don't agree with disparaging comments about minorities. I'm sure there are many achievement and success stories out there.
Guy FromWaltham April 24, 2014 at 04:33 PM
So if you have been following the paper, instead of investing in our schools, our mayor is hoping for a grant. Why have we not been budgeting for lab upgrades and technology upgrades all along. We wait for last minute and pray. This mayor is a joke. We have a healthy tax base but she tries to cry we are broke. Her failure to negotiate with the police and teachers will hurt. Heck, the retro checks the fire department just got hurt and it was because the mayor failed to negotiate. Wake up people. We have great teachers but they need our support. Be part of your kids school and if you don't like something say something. Call the school committee and voice your concern. Only if enough people complain and have the fact can there be change. So next time the school budgets increase, maybe it is for good items, but, we fail to plan ahead and see what is going on, this mayor has no vision......
Mary-Louise Coates April 24, 2014 at 10:34 PM
These ratings from US News and World Report are completely bogus. I have been in the education field for 30+ years and have heard many things about these ratings - colleges, high schools, graduate schools, etc. tweak what they release to USNWR to get certain ratings. Many schools (including the one where I teach) will not talk to anyone from USNWR and have requested that they be left off these lists. The so-called calculations that USNWR uses to rank various schools have been called into question by numerous mathematicians and educators, as they use the schools' self-reported data. They do not check anything for themselves. An elementary school could tell USNWR that it is teaching 4th graders nuclear physics and USNWR would accept that as the truth.
Diane walsh April 25, 2014 at 03:54 PM
I think everybody could agree that while the ranking method that was used may be flawed, there is a definite decline in the education system in Waltham. We need to work on it. Pointing fingers at this point isn't helping. We have a huge population of people who don't speak English which has an impact. The school department isn't doing a great job. Perhaps it's time to bring new people in for a fresh perspective.


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