These are the top public elementary and middle schools in Massachusetts, according to U.S. News & World Report

It is the first year the publication has assessed K-8 schools.

Students walk by a student art exhibit at the John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science in 2019. Jonathan Wiggs / The Boston Globe, File

For the first time, U.S. News & World Report is turning its attention to student performance in elementary and middle schools.

The publication launched its first-ever rankings of K-8 schools last week, comparing student academics within the context of their state and demographics. Unlike the rankings of high schools, however, U.S. News did not put out national rankings of the elementary and middle school institutions.

According to the publication, scoring for the statewide rankings was largely based on how students performed on the state assessments for mathematics and reading/language arts. U.S. News used data from the U.S. Department of Education for the 2018-2019 academic school year, avoiding the recent impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic on students.


Below, we pulled out the top 25 elementary and middle schools in Massachusetts. You can search the full rankings of schools here.

Here are the top 25 public elementary schools in Massachusetts

1. Martha Jones School, Westwood

2. Horace Mann Elementary School, Melrose

3. Albert S. Woodward Memorial School, Southborough

4. Spring Street School, Shrewsbury

5. Mary Lee Burbank School, Belmont

6. Vinson-Owen Elementary School, Winchester 

7. Chickering Elementary School, Dover

8. Ambrose Elementary School, Winchester

9. Deerfield School, Westwood

10. Benjamin G. Brown School, Somerville

11. L.D. Batchelder School, North Reading

12. Paul P. Gates Elementary School, Acton

13. Eliot Elementary, Boston

14. William L. Foster Elementary School, Hingham

15. Joseph E. Fiske Elementary School, Wellesley

16. Swallow Union Elementary School, Dunstable

17. Gov Edward Winslow School, Marshfield & Wampatuck Elementary School, Scituate 

19. Loker Elementary School, Wayland

20. James B Congdon Elementary School, New Bedford

21. Margaret A. Neary School, Southborough

22. Roger E Wellington Elementary School, Belmont

23. Florence Sawyer School, Bolton

24. Maria Hastings School, Lexington

25. John D. Hardy Elementary School, Wellesley

Here are the top 25 public middle schools in Massachusetts

1. Thomas Prince School, Princeton

2. Boston Latin School, Boston

3. Heath School, Chestnut Hill 

4. William Diamond Middle School, Lexington

5. Edith C. Baker School, Chestnut Hill 

6. Weston Middle School, Weston

7. John D. O’Bryant School of Math and Science, Boston

8. Pollard Middle School, Needham

9. Jonas Clarke Middle School, Lexington

10. Sarah W. Gibbons Middle School, Westborough


11. Community Day Charter Public School – Gateway, Lawrence 

12. Pierce School, Brookline 

13. Carlisle School, Carlisle

14. Charles E. Brown Middle School, Newton 

15. McCall Middle School, Winchester 

16. Winthrop L. Chenery Middle School, Belmont

17. Hopkinton Middle School, Hopkinton

18. Community Day Charter Public School – R. Kingman Webster, Lawrence 

19. Raymond J. Grey Junior High School, Acton

20. Michael Driscoll School, Brookline

21. Hingham Middle School, Hingham

22. Wayland Middle School, Wayland

23. John F. Kennedy School, Somerville 

24. High Rock School, Needham

25. Lynnfield Middle School, Lynnfield

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