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Charter School Comes in 2nd on Best High School List

Marlborough High School though doesn’t rank on US News listing.

Advanced Math & Science Academy Charter School. Credit: Patch
Advanced Math & Science Academy Charter School. Credit: Patch

US News & World Report released its annual list of the nation’s top high schools and Marlborough’s Advanced Math & Science Academy Charter School came in second for the state of Massachusetts.

Nationally, the school ranked 146th and received a gold medal. In 2013, the school was third in the state but 130th nationally.

According to the report, in order to be ranked, the magazine teamed up with American Institutes for Research to evaluate schools in three areas: overall student performance on state-mandated assessments, the effectiveness by which the schools educated minorities and those who were economically disadvantaged, and then performance in advanced placement and International Baccalaureate exams. The schools then earned gold, silver, and bronze medals based on the outcome of the analysis.

73 percent of the students at the charter school, according to the survey, take AP classes, with 100 percent showing proficiency in English and 99 percent in Math. The school received a college readiness index of 69.

Marlborough High School wasn’t ranked in the listing but did receive better-than-average scores in the survey. Forty-five percent of MHS students take AP classes and 86 percent are proficient in English. Another 82 percent are proficient in Math.

The Boston Latin School was first in the state. Belmont High School was third.

Read the full US News & World Report post here.

What do you think of the rankings? Are you surprised? Does it matter? Leave a note in the comment section below.

tadamson April 23, 2014 at 07:52 PM
I think that's wonderful for the students at the charter school, but to throw MHS under the bus by stating that they don't rank, is undermining to both the teachers and students who work very hard there every day. If you compare the income base and special populations (available on the mass doe site) between the two schools, the charter school looks like a private school.
BeachGal April 24, 2014 at 08:17 AM
AMSA doesn't have to deal with the ELL and Special Ed needs that MHS does. They have a "select" population. You cannot compare the two. AMSA is really a private school that happens to be in Marlborough.
Paul Doucette April 24, 2014 at 10:25 AM
Its not throwing MHS under the bus just stating facts.
Tony Schinella April 24, 2014 at 10:40 AM
Thanks for the notes. I think you're partially correct in your concern, T, actually, but I wouldn't term it being thrown under the bus. Usually what happens with posts like these if that if you don't include the results of both schools in a community, people start asking why. Hence the inclusion. Maybe readers wouldn't have done that; maybe they would have. I erred on the side of inclusion. :-\
tadamson April 26, 2014 at 06:00 PM
I think what bothered me was how you said it - sounds like, AMSA is amazing, MHS doesn't even rate. They're apples and oranges. Thanks for responding.

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