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    Best public high schools in Boston, MA

    Amongst the biggest crossroads parents will ever encounter is where to send their kids to receive an education—whether that be kindergarten, elementary school, or even as far in their development as college. There are tons of different factors to consider when picking a high school, and they all vary between schools. Not to mention, one’s adolescence is a period in their life responsible for some of the most significant physical, cognitive, and social changes they’ll ever experience.

    As such, it is important to consider not only the quality of education a child might receive at each respective school, but also the quality of the people and experiences at their disposal. While many parents consider investing in private school for their children in the hopes that their financial contribution to their child’s education will offer them a leg up on the competition, studies show that public schools may attract better teachers, offer more commitment to students, and ultimately expose children to more diverse people and experiences.

    In an attempt to make this stressful decision a little easier on parents, Stacker data from Niche in order to compile a ranking of the 20 best public schools in Boston. The schools are ranked according to a collection of key factors such as student-to-teacher ratio, quality of students, quality of teachers, and degree of diversity. Read on to learn which school may be the best place to send your future superstar.

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    #20. Dover-Sherborn Regional High School

    Location: Dover-Sherborn Regional School District, MA
    Student population: 662; Student-teacher ratio: 12:1
    Reading proficiency: 95%; Math proficiency: 95%

    Average graduation rate: 95%
    Overall Niche grade: A+
    Academics grade: A+
    Clubs & activities grade: A-

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    #19. Hopkinton High School

    Location: Hopkinton Public Schools, MA
    Student population: 1,109; Student-teacher ratio: 14:1
    Reading proficiency: 99%; Math proficiency: 97%

    Average graduation rate: 98%
    Overall Niche grade: A+
    Academics grade: A+
    Clubs & activities grade: A-

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    #18. Westwood High School

    Location: Westwood Public Schools, MA
    Student population: 975; Student-teacher ratio: 13:1
    Reading proficiency: 99%; Math proficiency: 96%

    Average graduation rate: 97%
    Overall Niche grade: A+
    Academics grade: A+
    Clubs & activities grade: A-

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    #17. Bedford High School

    Location: Bedford Public Schools, MA
    Student population: 887; Student-teacher ratio: 11:1
    Reading proficiency: 99%; Math proficiency: 90%

    Average graduation rate: 98%
    Overall Niche grade: A+
    Academics grade: A+
    Clubs & activities grade: A

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    #16. Concord Carlisle High School

    Location: Concord, MA
    Student population: 1,289; Student-teacher ratio: 13:1
    Reading proficiency: 99%; Math proficiency: 95%

    Average graduation rate: 99%
    Overall Niche grade: A+
    Academics grade: A+
    Clubs & activities grade: A

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    #15. Needham High School

    Location: Needham Public Schools, MA
    Student population: 1,663; Student-teacher ratio: 14:1
    Reading proficiency: 99%; Math proficiency: 96%

    Average graduation rate: 99%
    Overall Niche grade: A+
    Academics grade: A+
    Clubs & activities grade: A

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    #14. Cambridge Rindge & Latin School

    Location: Cambridge Public Schools, MA
    Student population: 1,862; Student-teacher ratio: 11:1
    Reading proficiency: 89%; Math proficiency: 85%

    Average graduation rate: 94%
    Overall Niche grade: A+
    Academics grade: A
    Clubs & activities grade: A+

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    #13. Wayland High School

    Location: Wayland Public Schools, MA
    Student population: 838; Student-teacher ratio: 12:1
    Reading proficiency: 95%; Math proficiency: 95%

    Average graduation rate: 99%
    Overall Niche grade: A+
    Academics grade: A+
    Clubs & activities grade: B+

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    #12. Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School

    Location: Sudbury, MA
    Student population: 1,600; Student-teacher ratio: 13:1
    Reading proficiency: 99%; Math proficiency: 96%

    Average graduation rate: 98%
    Overall Niche grade: A+
    Academics grade: A+
    Clubs & activities grade: A

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    #11. Westford Academy

    Location: Westford Public Schools, MA
    Student population: 1,679; Student-teacher ratio: 15:1
    Reading proficiency: 99%; Math proficiency: 97%

    Average graduation rate: 97%
    Overall Niche grade: A+
    Academics grade: A+
    Clubs & activities grade: A+

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    #10. Acton-Boxborough Regional High School

    Location: Acton-Boxborough Regional School District, MA
    Student population: 1,902; Student-teacher ratio: 15:1
    Reading proficiency: 98%; Math proficiency: 96%

    Average graduation rate: 98%
    Overall Niche grade: A+
    Academics grade: A+
    Clubs & activities grade: A

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    #9. Advanced Math & Science Academy Charter School

    Location: Marlborough, MA
    Student population: 989; Student-teacher ratio: 13:1
    Reading proficiency: 93%; Math proficiency: 85%

    Average graduation rate: 95%
    Overall Niche grade: A+
    Academics grade: A+
    Clubs & activities grade: C+

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    #8. Weston High School

    Location: Weston Public Schools, MA
    Student population: 726; Student-teacher ratio: 10:1
    Reading proficiency: 95%; Math proficiency: 95%

    Average graduation rate: 95%
    Overall Niche grade: A+
    Academics grade: A+
    Clubs & activities grade: A-

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    #7. Belmont High School

    Location: Belmont Public Schools, MA
    Student population: 1,245; Student-teacher ratio: 17:1
    Reading proficiency: 98%; Math proficiency: 97%

    Average graduation rate: 97%
    Overall Niche grade: A+
    Academics grade: A+
    Clubs & activities grade: B+

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    #6. Brookline High School

    Location: Public Schools of Brookline, MA
    Student population: 1,944; Student-teacher ratio: 12:1
    Reading proficiency: 98%; Math proficiency: 93%

    Average graduation rate: 93%
    Overall Niche grade: A+
    Academics grade: A+
    Clubs & activities grade: A

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    #5. Newton South High School

    Location: Newton Public Schools, MA
    Student population: 1,799; Student-teacher ratio: 12:1
    Reading proficiency: 97%; Math proficiency: 96%

    Average graduation rate: 97%
    Overall Niche grade: A+
    Academics grade: A+
    Clubs & activities grade: A

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    #4. Boston Latin School

    Location: Boston Public Schools, MA
    Student population: 2,439; Student-teacher ratio: 22:1
    Reading proficiency: 98%; Math proficiency: 93%

    Average graduation rate: 99%
    Overall Niche grade: A+
    Academics grade: A+
    Clubs & activities grade: A

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    #3. Newton North High School

    Location: Newton Public Schools, MA
    Student population: 2,057; Student-teacher ratio: 11:1
    Reading proficiency: 97%; Math proficiency: 94%

    Average graduation rate: 96%
    Overall Niche grade: A+
    Academics grade: A+
    Clubs & activities grade: A+

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    #2. Wellesley Senior High School

    Location: Wellesley Public Schools, MA
    Student population: 1,513; Student-teacher ratio: 13:1
    Reading proficiency: 99%; Math proficiency: 96%

    Average graduation rate: 98%
    Overall Niche grade: A+
    Academics grade: A+
    Clubs & activities grade: A

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    #1. Lexington High School

    Location: Lexington Public Schools, MA
    Student population: 2,154; Student-teacher ratio: 13:1
    Reading proficiency: 99%; Math proficiency: 99%

    Average graduation rate: 99%
    Overall Niche grade: A+
    Academics grade: A+
    Clubs & activities grade: A

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