Medford schools ranked 98th out of 135 districts in the state, according to a recent survey by Boston Magazine.
The rankings used standardized test scores over time, class size, per-student spending, graduation rate, sports offerings, and Advanced Placement options.
Many of the top-tier districts follow a traditional pattern: small class sizes, healthy per-pupil spending, a high graduation rate, many sports offered, and options for Advanced Placement courses.
With 4,849 students and a pupil-to-teacher ratio of 14.3:1, Medford graduates 78 percent of its students, offers 43 sports teams, and 15 Advanced Placement courses.
The district also spends $12,818 per student, and offers both full-day and half-day kindergarten.