These are the top 5 high schools in the region, according to Boston magazine

The magazine ranked 149 schools within, or partially within, I-495.

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Just ahead of the new school year, Boston magazine has released its annual list of best public high schools in the Boston region.

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The top-ranked school in the region is Acton-Boxborough Regional High School in Acton, which has an enrollment of 1,814 students and a graduation rate of 97.8 percent. The yearly list ranks public high schools in towns or districts within, or partially within, I-495, using factors such as test scores, class sizes, student-to-teacher ratios, and graduation rates.

“We considered it more desirable to have a smaller class size and a lower student-to-teacher ratio,” the publication wrote.

In a first-place shake-up, Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, last year’s No. 2 ranked school, moved to the top of the list, while Dover-Sherborn Regional High School fell from No 1 to No. 9. Dover-Sherborn has been named either as the No. 1 public high school or as the best school district in every one of the magazine’s rankings since at least 2013.


Here are the top five schools on the list:

1. Acton-Boxborough Regional High School

Average class size: 18.1
Student-to-teacher ratio: 14.7:1

2. Littleton High School

Average class size: 13.6
Student-to-teacher ratio: 12.2:1

3. Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School

Average class size: 18.3
Student-to-teacher ratio: 12.1:1

4. Lexington High School

Average class size: 19.7
Student-to-teacher ratio: 12.8:1

5. Weston High School

Average class size: 13.9
Student-to-teacher ratio: 10.2:1

The magazine tapped statistician George Recck, director of the Math Resource Center at Babson College, to analyze the results, using the most recent data available from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education. The ranking omits charter schools, highly specialized schools, and schools “reporting insufficient information.”

You can check out the full rankings by viewing the magazine’s complete list.

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