Monthly Archives: January 2011

Weston Cultural Council Announces Grant Recipients for 2011

The Weston Cultural Council would like to announce the 2011 Grant recipients.

Congratulations!!!

Jessica Pohl / Budding Artists in Bloom

Weston Historical Society/ Exhibit, “Artists Look at Weston”

Marie Craig/Bancroft Art Annex Initial Call to Artists

Weston Drama Workshop/Theatre for Young Audiences in our Community

Hee/Young Park/Presentation of Korean dances & Taekwondo at Asia Night

Richard Clark/”Atticus” from “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Sally Pendleton Commonwealth Ballet Company

Leslie Havens/Concert by the Solstice Sackbuts

Therese Provenzano/Performance of Rutter Requeim

John Minigan/ Massachusetts High School Drama Festival

GreatEstate Market Update Winter 2010-2011

After 2009, the Weston real estate market had to improve. As of Jan. 2, 2011 there are 64 Single Family properties listed for sale in Weston up from 57 at the same time last year. As we go into 2011 the over $2M dollar market is showing signs of life. In the last 60 days of 2010, 3 properties in this price range (also interesting deals based on number of days on market) went under-agreement; 149 Meadowbrook Rd, originally listed for $3,275,000 in October of 2009, 100 Summer St. originally listed for $4,650,000 in September of 2006, and 77 Love Lane originally listed for $4,995,000 in May of 2006. All three of these went under-agreement with significant discounting off of their original list prices.

A lot of what makes Weston’s market unique is what happens with houses over $2 million in value. In looking at Sold properties over $2M during the past three years for 1/1/2010 -1/1/2011 in MLS there were 20 single families sold with an average list price of $2.8M, and average sale price of $2.6M with average days on market 289. For 1/1/2009- 1/1/2010 in MLS, there were 15 single families sold and average list price $3.0M, and average sale price $2.7M with average days on market 259. For 1/1/2008-1/1/2009 in MLS there were 19 single families sold and average list price $3.4M, and average sale price $3.2M with average days on market 272. In summary there was a drop in each list price and sale price average over the past three years of $600,000.

High profile foreclosures have for the most part subsided. In my report from last year the outcome of 30 Old Rd. was still uncertain, originally listed for $6,350,000 on 12/22/06 after exactly 4 years on the market, and a foreclosure, it sold for $2,725,000 on 12/21/10. 300 Glen Rd. was also sold after going into foreclosure originally listed on 6/6/07 for $5,999,000 sold or $3,430,000 on 5/15/10. Both 300 Glen Rd. and 30 Old Rd. could be considered the poster children of the nations high end housing crisis in Weston.

In addition to the two new construction foreclosures, Weston also saw discounting off of original list price of new construction become standard in 2010. 24 Country Dr. originally listed for $3,995,000 on 5/30/08 sold for $3,390,000 on 6/2/10 after 572 days on market. 17 Holly Circle listed for $3,999,000 on 11/1/08 sold for $3,637,000 on 5/28/10 after 528 days on market, 30 Bradford Rd. originally listed for $2,750,000 sold for $2,325,000 after 458 days on market, and 200 Concord Rd. originally listed for $3,625,000, sold for $2,500,000 after 501 days on market.

To note, 2010 has seen the birth of the ultra high end in Weston with 5 Willow, 63 Winsor, 75 Doublet Hill, and     15 Claridge Dr. all listed north of $12 million. Sellers can list properties at any price they wish but the buyers determine the market. So when 75 Doublet Hill actually went under agreement this fall it was the dawning of a new age for Weston.

I expect a better 2011 spring market than 2010, fueled by generous bonus activity, increasing interest rates, and more buyers moving into Weston from all over the world “for the schools” as indicated by the increased activity in the over $2M market. Since much of the new construction existing inventory was sold and there is limited new construction inventory coming on the market this spring there could be a spurring of demand, possibly benefiting the newly built resale and new construction market by reducing the level of discounting we saw in 2010.

Buyers are coming to Weston for the schools and with the internet showing the facts about test scores and college placement, savvy buyers from all over the world have been coming to buy in Weston “for the schools”. The property owners of Weston have been wise to prioritize our schools even in difficult fiscal times. The international market can read about our proposed new $12 million dollar state-of-the-art Science Facility at the high school, and our proposed new Field School for 4th and 5th grades and many curriculum enhancements such as Chinese language offerings for our younger youngsters. In this global world of information it is no longer only the familiar suburban town names like Wellesley and Newton that attract global buyers looking for the finest in public school options for their children…   the word is getting out that Weston is THE TOWN to watch, providing a small town, centralized school system that stacks up to the best in the country and the finest in Massachusetts.

Happy New Year and Best Wishes in 2011

2010 has seen the tax rate in Weston increase from 11.10 to 11.39 dollars per $1000.

The proposed Stormwater By-Law is likely to be the most far reaching change to affect Weston residents this year.   A Stormwater committee made up of 5 town officials is proposing to regulate stormwater on properties that currently are not, or have not been reviewed by the Planning Board. In other words all properties that do not trigger the Planning Board Review process (which already implements stormwater management). The far reaching impact and cost of this By-Law to private residents could come as quite a surprise. The committee plans to present the proposed By-Law at May town Meeting. Professional landscapers voiced a great deal of concern at the meeting where the first draft was presented this past December. Builders took a decidedly back seat in their concerns yet could see the impact for average Weston residents. Some local residents at this meeting were surprised to learn the town would be exempt from any implications of the Stormwater By-Law, including runoff onto private property from the public and private ways. No further meetings have been confirmed and the Rules and Regulations have not yet been disclosed. Please stay informed about how this By-Law could affect your property, and plan to attend public hearings on the matter in the early months of this year.

On budget, construction of the new DPW is nearly complete, with a move in date likely later this spring

The Cecil group hired to determine what Weston residents want to do about the much discussed Josiah Smith Tavern/Old Library had its first public meeting this past December. The Cecil Group believes they will have a proposal of some sort to vote on this May. Ideas proposed range from selling the two buildings to hosting a fencing academy in one of the buildings. The Women’s Community League has a lease that expires in 2012 in the barn/ connector which they improved and have been operating in since 1975.

On the affordable housing front, the construction of the new rental duplex approved at the May 2009 Town Meeting Weston is well under way.

At the May 2010 town meeting the Case Estate Alternative Plan was accepted by the towns people, whereby the town will pay $18,500,000 for clean land and Harvard will retain approximately 7 acres in and around the 60 acre site and allow residents limited passive use of these areas, which will not be completely clean of contaminants. If the town wishes to clean this land up in the future they can purchase it from Harvard at any time for $1. At a meeting this past December, Harvard disclosed some of the highest levels of contaminants yet to be found on the site when supplemental testing results were revealed in areas outside the partial re-mediation area. One of the reasons the partial re-mediation plan was thought to be a good idea is that it is thought that disturbing the soil and landscaping could pose more of a hazard than leaving it. It is not at all clear how the additional contaminated areas will clean up. The next meeting is thought to be in late January, early February.

Improvement or replacement of the Field School is clearly going to happen. The state has agreed to subsidize the construction of the school. The state has 9 votes and the town retains 3 so it is very unlikely the old building will be restored and much more likely a brand new Field School building will be constructed. The project is projected to cost just under $40M and the state plans to provide approx. 25M. In November, Jonathan Levi Architects LLC  was chosen to be the architect of the new building.  We will hear a lot more about this project in the coming months.

The plan for the new state-of-the-art Science wing at the High School which will continue to keep Weston students at the forefront of scientific study for years to come is moving along nicely. We will likely hear more about it at May Town Meeting.

Boston Magazine rates Weston High School #1 inside Route 495 Belt

School Ranking Enrollment Student/Teacher Ratio Per-Pupil Spending MCAS English MCAS Math MCAS Science MCAS Critical Reading Average SAT Writing Average SAT Math Graduation Rate
WESTON HIGH SCHOOL 1 711 11.0:1 $16463. 96 90 85 604 611 626 97.3
DOVER-SHERBORN REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL 2 595 11.1:1 $15698. 96 97 97 596 593 607 99.3
CONCORD-CARLISLE HIGH SCHOOL 3 1268 13.5:1 $16,331 96 94 95 593 593 611 94.4
LEXINGTON HIGH SCHOOL 4 1988 12.8:1 $13574. 96 94 91 614 618 631 94
NEWTON SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL 5 1761 12.7:1 $14524. 92 91 83 596 599 615 94.2
NEWTON NORTH HIGH SCHOOL 6 1804 11.4:1 $14524. 89 90 82 587 583 600 94.2
WELLESLEY SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL 7 1256 12.2:1 $12776. 95 94 74 601 608 613 96.2
WAYLAND HIGH SCHOOL 8 888 13.5:1 $13214. 93 95 91 589 581 608 98.7
LINCOLN-SUDBURY REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL 9 1638 12.9:1 $14534. 92 89 83 573 575 600 95.4
BEDFORD HIGH SCHOOL 10 791 11.5:1 $14,539 92 89 78 566 562 592 90.8
SHARON HIGH SCHOOL 11 1081 13.0:1 $12204. 96 96 92 579 575 584 94.9
MANCHESTER ESSEX REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL 12 415 11.1:1 $12772. 99 98 87 540 534 550 97.9
BROOKLINE HIGH SCHOOL 13 1,790 12.6:1 $15,098 87 85 81 571 569 587 94.2
BROMFIELD SCHOOL 14 420 14.5:1 $11,187 98 96 93 609 613 597 95
WESTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL 15 831 12.3:1 $12436. 95 95 88 547 558 576 95.2
WESTBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL 16 1099 12.6:1 $12555. 94 91 92 557 562 581 93.6
BOSTON LATIN SCHOOL 17 1,635 22.0:1 $16467. 100 100 96 624 614 628 96.5
ACTON-BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL 18 1,958 16.9:1 $11,582 95 95 93 606 609 640 96.6
NEEDHAM HIGH SCHOOL 19 1400 14.0:1 $12070. 96 93 87 577 576 578 94.8
CAMBRIDGE RINDGE AND LATIN 20 1,538 9.0:1 $24,467 70 77 47 465 460 468 88.3
COHASSET HIGH SCHOOL 21 381 12.1:1 $11,721 90 93 91 549 560 562 92.9
HAMILTON-WENHAM REGIONAL 22 726 11.9:1 $12105. 93 91 70 565 565 561 94.2
ANDOVER HIGH SCHOOL 23 1,719 13.0:1 $12,025 94 91 81 557 551 574 95.1
COMMUNITY ACADEMY 24 63 4.5:1 $16467. NA NA NA NA NA NA 36.1
ALGONQUIN REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL 25 1,411 13.6:1 $12,606 93 89 86 546 547 564 97.2
HOLLISTON HIGH SCHOOL 26 905 13.2:1 $10856. 94 93 88 541 551 581 95
HINGHAM HIGH SCHOOL 27 1038 13.2:1 $9749. 96 92 88 555 558 570 97.1
WINCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL 28 1081 13.8:1 $10886. 85 82 88 577 584 596 93.4
BELMONT HIGH SCHOOL 29 1,162 15.7:1 $10,764 97 95 89 575 576 592 92.7
HOPKINTON HIGH SCHOOL 30 1002 13.6:1 $11114. 91 92 92 548 549 566 94.8
MEDFIELD SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL 31 900 14.0:1 $9472. 96 96 92 562 562 568 95.9
WESTFORD ACADEMY 32 1595 14.7:1 $9298. 93 95 90 569 563 583 96.4
MARBLEHEAD HIGH SCHOOL 33 976 12.6:1 $11202. 89 87 77 554 548 554 91.9
LYNNFIELD HIGH SCHOOL 34 649 13.3:1 $9715. 95 93 87 537 550 554 94
NASHOBA REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL 35 942 14.1:1 $11410. 90 89 88 549 544 554 93.6
GROTON-DUNSTABLE REGIONAL 36 831 14.1:1 $10284. 95 96 84 539 536 568 95.2
ARLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL 37 1,132 13.8:1 $11,406 91 92 85 541 542 553 90.7
BURLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL 38 1,066 12.6:1 $12,805 90 83 81 521 509 539 95.8
NEWBURYPORT HIGH SCHOOL 39 729 12.9:1 $11458. 92 87 76 538 539 547 90.3
NORWELL HIGH SCHOOL 40 642 14.6:1 $10208. 95 96 84 537 542 551 96.6
CANTON HIGH SCHOOL 41 806 12.6:1 $11,105 92 89 88 525 516 543 85.9
DUXBURY HIGH SCHOOL 42 1001 13.6:1 $9929. 93 90 68 557 550 568 93.2
HANOVER HIGH SCHOOL 43 652 10.5:1 $9611. 93 87 60 513 521 530 95.8
TAHANTO REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL 44 306 12.7:1 $12253. 88 80 75 527 518 515 94.1
WATERTOWN HIGH SCHOOL 45 676 12.0:1 $15341. 78 81 71 479 482 518 90.4
ASHLAND HIGH SCHOOL 46 734 13.8:1 $10,599 93 91 77 526 526 539 92.9
FRAMINGHAM HIGH SCHOOL 47 2162 13.9:1 $14169. 81 82 80 510 509 545 87.6
TYNGSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL 48 527 10.7:1 $9297. 91 87 84 497 496 512 95.1
READING MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL 49 1298 14.8:1 $10149. 89 88 83 536 539 564 94.2
WAKEFIELD MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL 50 961 12.9:1 $10704. 87 87 86 515 515 524 91
HULL HIGH SCHOOL 51 372 11.3:1 $13419. 84 75 82 499 500 482 86.8
WALPOLE HIGH SCHOOL 52 1113 13.3:1 $10470. 89 84 80 535 533 528 87.3
NORTH READING HIGH SCHOOL 53 733 12.5:1 $9049. 92 91 77 523 518 517 92.8
MASCONOMET REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL 54 1416 16.5:1 $11215. 92 93 84 538 528 546 94.5
WALTHAM SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL 55 1424 10.7:1 $16538. 83 71 60 465 473 476 81
SCITUATE HIGH SCHOOL 56 901 12.8:1 $9781. 90 84 66 522 526 538 93.5
NATICK HIGH SCHOOL 57 1261 14.2:1 $11715. 88 84 63 525 529 537 92.9
IPSWICH HIGH SCHOOL 58 669 13.5:1 $9734. 91 86 67 526 528 536 89.8
BOSTON LATIN ACADEMY 59 1,170 20.6:1 $16467. 99 99 64 517 517 535 92.5
SWAMPSCOTT HIGH SCHOOL 60 750 13.5:1 $10688. 89 81 43 528 546 554 93.8
DEDHAM HIGH SCHOOL 61 773 12.1:1 $13157. 82 85 90 465 467 489 83
MEDWAY HIGH SCHOOL 62 829 15.0:1 $9341. 90 92 69 535 531 548 95.8
FOXBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL 63 885 13.6:1 $9956. 87 87 68 520 529 543 89.5
WILMINGTON HIGH SCHOOL 64 975 13.2:1 $10029. 90 88 65 515 509 529 91.5
FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL 65 1611 15.5:1 $9586. 93 90 76 528 532 537 94.4
CHELMSFORD HIGH SCHOOL 66 1641 14.5:1 $9,671.00 89 87 77 527 519 535 93.3
PENTUCKET REGIONAL SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL 67 826 13.1:1 $9361. 88 80 53 548 539 548 90.5
AYER HIGH SCHOOL 68 385 12.0:1 $11,262 88 75 69 496 496 496 95.5
GEORGETOWN HIGH SCHOOL 69 440 14.1:1 $8315. 91 88 66 533 533 558 90.9
MARLBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL 70 1130 12.1:1 $12388. 78 75 59 505 503 536 83.4
MILLIS HIGH SCHOOL 71 343 15.4:1 $9460. 98 89 77 516 530 545 85.3
LITTLETON HIGH SCHOOL 72 431 16.6:1 $10358. 93 91 76 530 529 534 92.9
MARSHFIELD HIGH SCHOOL 73 1363 13.3:1 $9734. 86 82 79 506 511 513 93
SHREWSBURY SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL 74 1640 16.1:1 $9093. 94 92 78 524 534 545 91.2
CARVER HIGH SCHOOL 75 530 11.5: 1 $10,574 77 70 58 527 535 521 81.6
STONEHAM HIGH SCHOOL 76 773 12.5:1 $9961. 86 77 72 505 496 510 92
NORWOOD HIGH SCHOOL 77 1017 11.7:1 $12039. 83 71 57 498 504 514 82.1
ROCKPORT HIGH SCHOOL 78 342 12.6:1 $12099. 83 71 60 508 506 501 87.7
DANVERS HIGH SCHOOL 79 985 12.9:1 $10,556 86 85 70 495 493 502 84.6
TRITON REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL 80 877 12.7:1 $9792. 83 81 69 513 503 529 81.6
MILTON HIGH SCHOOL 81 1099 15.1:1 $11182. 83 82 55 530 527 534 89.5
CLINTON SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL 82 559 12.6:1 $10,720 75 72 69 508 525 502 89.9
NORTH ANDOVER HIGH SCHOOL 83 1321 16.9:1 $9661. 88 84 83 530 524 549 91.9
OLIVER AMES HIGH SCHOOL 84 1172 15.1:1 $9,059 93 85 NA 514 524 530 93.4
MANSFIELD HIGH SCHOOL 85 1469 15.7:1 $8831. 87 84 77 519 527 544 94
NORTH QUINCY HIGH SCHOOL 86 1551 13.9:1 $12295. 77 76 69 495 488 529 92.4%
KING PHILIP REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL 87 1275 16.8:1 $10215. 89 82 77 531 533 535 87.3
BILLERICA MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL 88 1,631 15.1:1 $10,451 83 82 69 515 499 534 88.5
MELROSE HIGH SCHOOL 89 927 14.3:1 $9932. 88 81 63 512 507 510 89.9
BRAINTREE HIGH SCHOOL 90 1,596 15.2:1 $10,248 82 81 66 504 519 526 95
SILVER LAKE REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL 91 1241 13.5:1 $11961. 76 78 61 490 490 503 90.4
PLYMOUTH SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL 92 1493 12.5:1 $11271. 81 74 63 497 481 500 83.8
NORTON HIGH SCHOOL 93 724 15.2:1 $9971. 92 87 75 503 504 493 85.9
AMESBURY HIGH SCHOOL 94 681 13.3:1 $10,973 79 76 73 491 488 499 85.1
WEST BRIDGEWATER MIDDLE-SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL 95 387 14.9:1 $9682. 90 85 71 493 482 510 93.6
HUDSON HIGH SCHOOL 96 918 13.8:1 $11531. 79 74 52 506 509 517 86.1
MILFORD HIGH SCHOOL 97 1150 13.7:1 $10556. 80 81 62 489 489 518 87
WEYMOUTH HIGH SCHOOL 98 2097 14.9:1 $11540. 76 74 73 518 503 519 82.6
STOUGHTON HIGH SCHOOL 99 1166 13.5:1 $10282. 81 81 67 486 485 493 87
BEVERLY HIGH SCHOOL 100 1,213 14.9:1 $11,211 76 73 65 511 500 521 85.7
ABINGTON HIGH SCHOOL 101 584 13.6:1 $9,338 83 73 71 498 487 508 88.4
DARTMOUTH HIGH SCHOOL 102 1209 15.0:1 $9,284 84 78 69 499 492 540 88.9
NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL 103 1194 15.9:1 $9381. 82 81 85 514 498 516 83.7
WOBURN MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL 104 1374 13.3:1 $12487. 75 72 50 484 477 500 84.7
MAYNARD HIGH SCHOOL 105 329 17.2:1 $12004. 82 79 73 511 520 518 78
EAST BRIDGEWATER HIGH SCHOOL 106 610 13.3:1 $8719. 84 80 63 480 489 491 90.9
PLYMOUTH NORTH HIGH SCHOOL 107 1054 13.9:1 $11271. 77 63 55 500 502 524 83.8
GLOUCESTER HIGH SCHOOL 108 1107 12.9:1 $10996. 73 71 46 500 491 496 84.7
SOMERVILLE HIGH SCHOOL 109 1406 11.4:1 $15369. 67 60 42 448 460 473 76
PEMBROKE HIGH SCHOOL 110 933 15.8:1 $8989. 81 79 70 495 493 512 88.8
MIDDLEBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL 111 875 13.4:1 $10160. 76 68 64 489 474 476 88.1
SHEPHERD HILL REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL 112 1258 16.1:1 $9169. 83 74 69 501 506 507 88.2
SALEM HIGH SCHOOL 113 1273 10.8:1 $13665. 65 61 43 460 459 474 67.5
TEWKSBURY MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL 114 1065 16.8:1 $9143. 73 79 62 511 511 529 85.6
SAUGUS HIGH SCHOOL 115 854 14.9:1 $10825. 71 73 58 482 495 501 79.8
WHITMAN-HANSON REGIONAL 116 1281 16.7:1 $9464. 82 78 61 483 483 516 88.5
MEDFORD HIGH SCHOOL 117 1298 16.6:1 $12861. 79 71 57 471 469 482 83.3
QUINCY HIGH SCHOOL 118 1316 11.3:1 $12295. 61 67 40 430 424 478 83.9
FENWAY HIGH SCHOOL 119 290 15.3:1 $16467. 79 72 13 435 440 442 87.8
PEABODY VETERANS MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL 120 1885 14.5:1 $11267. 71 68 45 478 479 492 79.7
ATTLEBORO HIGH SCHOOL 121 1,735 14.3:1 $10,464 74 68 40 489 491 497 76.4
BELLINGHAM HIGH SCHOOL 122 761 16.2:1 $10,170 80 81 36 489 464 496 84.8
BRIDGEWATER-RAYNHAM REGIONAL 123 1,531 18.6:1 $9,082 80 81 67 494 485 506 88
RANDOLPH HIGH SCHOOL 124 802 10.2:1 $10640. 64 63 40 447 444 443 73.9
LOWELL MIDDLESEX ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL 125 111 13.5:1 NA 50 NA NA NA NA NA 21.5
DRACUT SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL 126 1193 15.9:1 $8536. 78 70 53 495 479 501 82.6
TAUNTON HIGH SCHOOL 127 1838 15.2:1 $10223. 71 69 58 473 466 496 73.1
REVERE HIGH SCHOOL 128 1475 13.7:1 $11017. 67 77 54 451 447 456 67.5
HAVERHILL HIGH SCHOOL 129 1873 14.8:1 $10702. 70 65 42 491 476 476 68.5
METHUEN HIGH SCHOOL 130 1940 14.9:1 $9652. 68 57 56 473 476 490 77.3
HOLBROOK JUNIOR-SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL 131 246 13.1:1 $10850. 66 63 35 453 449 462 75.9
ROCKLAND SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL 132 728 17.0:1 $10363. 73 75 23
LYNN CLASSICAL HIGH SCHOOL 133 3421 13.5:1 $12,005.00 56 54 32 463 456 478 73.8
LOWELL HIGH SCHOOL 134 1739 15.0:1 $11,611.00 68 66 45 448 440 464 72.3
MALDEN HIGH SCHOOL 135 4102 14.8:1 $12,107 74 54 44 444 439 445 72.8
BROCKTON HIGH SCHOOL 136 1226 15.1:1 $12221. 61 62 38 453 435 457 70.5
EVERETT HIGH SCHOOL 137 1729 13.3:1 $10178. 62 54 40 439 439 457 72.6
LYNN ENGLISH HIGH SCHOOL 138 1706 17.4:1 $12221. 69 75 40 446 428 444 70.5
NEW MISSION HIGH SCHOOL 139 244 11.7:1 $16467. 56 54 11 353 361 363 84.8
EXCEL HIGH SCHOOL 140 399 15.4:1 $16467. 57 66 25 410 411 433 48.1
SNOWDEN INTERNATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL 141 402 14.6:1 $16467. 53 50 23 400 411 434 58.7
CHELSEA HIGH SCHOOL 142 1424 12.2:1 $12,198 45 45 42 429 423 443 49.9
CHARLESTOWN HIGH SCHOOL 143 1017 14.2:1 $16467. 44 58 25 369 368 418 46.8
BRIGHTON HIGH SCHOOL 144 1,251 15.0:1 $16467. 59 50 8 392 383 400 52.9
EAST BOSTON HIGH SCHOOL 145 1445 15.6:1 $16467. 41 49 12 387 400 420 55
MONUMENT HIGH SCHOOL 146 363 15.2:1 $16467. 43 42 2 372 373 382 40.7
ODYSSEY HIGH SCHOOL 147 356 15.5:1 $16467. 24 35 12 382 379 385 46.6
JEREMIAH E. BURKE HIGH SCHOOL 148 791 13.9:1 $16467. 30 27 8 355 363 373 40.2
BOSTON INTERNATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL 149 174 11.6:1 $16467. 4 46 0 312 312 365 17.3
LAWRENCE HIGH SCHOOL 150 2989 18.2:1 $12039. 39 32 7 395 390 406 35.8

HOW WE DETERMINED VALUE: Our rankings this year were computed by statistician George Recck, director of the Math Resource Center at Babson College. As in years past, we gathered data on area schools by consulting school officials and websites, as well as the Massachusetts Department of Education. With this information, Recck calculated mean scores for each data category and then ranked schools based on their distance from the averages. With this traditional performance ranking in hand, he also evaluated performance against tuition, producing a ranking that shows which high schools deliver the most academic bang for the buck.

For schools that did not provide figures, the average was used as a placeholder when computing the rankings. Our rankings focused on schools in Eastern Massachusetts, mostly inside or around the 495 belt. If your school is not on the list, it does not mean it did poorly, it just means it fell outside our coverage area.
Public Schools Category Weight Breakdown

  • Student/Teacher Ratio 15%
  • Per Pupil Spending 15%
  • MCAS-English 10%
  • MCAS-Math 10%
  • MCAS-Science 10%
  • SAT-Reading 10%
  • SAT-Math 10%
  • SAT-Writing 10%
  • Graduation Rate 10%