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Bromfield ranks ninth among Massachusetts’ high schools

The Bromfield School again ranks among the top 10 public high schools in Massachusetts, according to the U.S. News & World Report list released in late April. Bromfield stood ninth on the list among the 378 high schools in the state.

Nationally, Bromfield was in the top 2% of the ranked schools, coming in 331st among 17,840 schools on the list. U.S. News also rated schools within major metropolitan areas, and Bromfield ranked first in the magazine’s Worcester metro area.

Massachusetts itself stood first among states, with nearly half its high schools in the top 25% nationwide.

U.S. News uses a half-dozen factors in its rating system. The most heavily weighted is college readiness, based mainly on 12th-graders’ performance on Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams. The next important factor is performance on state assessment tests; for Massachusetts, that means the MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment). Lesser-weighted factors include curriculum breadth and graduation rate.

Bromfield consistently finishes high on the state list. But rankings are volatile, and tiny changes in exam scores can lead to a large rise or fall in a school’s standing. In the past dozen years, Bromfield has bobbed around—often in the top 10, sometimes in the top 20.

In a separate listing, U.S. News also ranked the top 250 STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) high schools nationwide. Nineteen Massachusetts schools made that list, with Bromfield in fifth place in the state and 54th in the nation.

The difference between the STEM ratings and the overall ranks indicates the somewhat arbitrary nature of these lists. Acton-Boxborough High School, which did not place in the top 10 this year in the overall state ranking, was first in the STEM category. Boston Latin—which consistently tops the general list—was nowhere among the state’s 19 top-rated STEM schools.


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