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Westford Academy among top 20 high schools in Greater Boston, according to Boston Magazine


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WESTFORD — Westford Academy has again received high marks among high schools in the Greater Boston region.

Boston Magazine released its annual list of the best public high schools in Greater Boston, where Westford Academy ranks in the top 20 among 150 schools along I-495.

Last year, Westford Public Schools ranked among the top 20 school districts in Massachusetts, according to community and school ranking website Niche.

This year, Westford Academy took 17th place, dropping three spots from last year.

Boston Magazine, which uses data from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, ranked schools based on a number of metrics while excluding charter schools and “highly specialized” public high schools.

Westford Academy had an enrollment of 1,525, an average class size of 17.6 and a student-to-teacher ratio of 13.1:1.

85% of 10th graders scored proficient or higher on MCAS in English Language Arts, 81% of students scored proficient or higher on MCAS in Math and 87% of 10th graders scored proficient or higher on MCAS in Science and Technology/Engineering.

Additionally, the average SAT score in reading/writing is 613, while the average in math is 621.  89.7% of students have a proficient Advanced Placement test score, while 97.7% of students graduate.

99.4% of educators are ranked either “proficient” or “exemplary.”

Nearby schools, such as Acton-Boxborough High School and Littleton High School, were ranked 6th and 10th respectively.

In other rankings, such as those from U.S. News and World Report, Westford Academy ranked 24th in the Greater Boston area, 27th in the state, and 727th nationally.

Statewide, Massachusetts ranks among the top states for public education. This year, Massachusetts took the top spot in a WalletHub analysis of U.S. Department of Education Data.

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Ben Domaingue
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Ben Domaingue has previously worked at newspapers in New Hampshire and is the Managing Editor covering Westford. He’s passionate about community journalism, photography and hiking. Email him at bdomaingue@westfordcat.org.

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