Hopkinton Holliston Westboro make Boston Magazine 50 Best Public High Schools

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Hopkinton High School awardsThere are plenty of excellent school systems in Massachusetts. In the area which I cover Real Estate Hopkinton, Holliston, and Westboro made Boston Magazine's list of the 50 best public high schools in the state.

The calculations of the best schools according to a detailed formula. According to Boston Magazine here is how they graded the schools:

"Our goal in compiling this year's list of the area's best public high schools was not to identify only those schools that are performing well, but also those doing so while operating efficiently, too. To gather our data, we consulted school officials, school websites, and the state Department of Education; if numbers were unavailable, we used data from previous surveys. If that failed, the mean for the category was used so as not to skew the analysis. Variables that would be expected to increase when enrollment rises were standardized in accordance with the size of the student body.

We gave our data to professor I. Elaine Allen, research director of the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at Babson College, who calculated the rankings using a weighted average of cost and performance data over several years. Using correlation analysis, factor analysis, standardization of scores, and Grey relational analysis, Allen created a common metric for comparison.

Change over the previous three years was calculated to examine whether improved performance was related to change in spending. Because already-high-performing schools have little ability to increase their relative performance on standardized tests, two additional components were created: a factor for the relationship of a school's improvement to any increased costs, and a current cost-efficiency factor, which measures academic performance against dollars spent. These two factors were weighted equally and combined to provide the final ranking. Only grades 9 through 12 were included. And while only districtwide per-pupil expenditure figures were available, we still consider those numbers relevant indicators of how efficiently high schools are being run: Even if per-pupil expenditure varies, the way a district chooses to allocate its money is still an indicator of overall effectiveness."

Here is the links to the chart detailing Boston Magazines best public high schools.

Hopkinton High School came in ranked #24 for cost efficiency and #24 for academic performance. Hopkinton spent $11,114 per pupil.

Holliston High School came in ranked #35 for cost effeciency and #20 for academic performance. Holliston spent $9524 per pupil.

Westboro High School came in ranked #15 for cost effeciency and #16 for acedemic performance. Westboro spent $12,555 per pupil.

 

Hopkinton High School also recently was awarded Newsweek Magazine top 500 Schools in the country.

 

The quality of the towns school system will be a big variable in determining a towns Real Estate cache. A town with a good school system will almost always carry higher property values. Hopkinton, Holliston, and Westboro certainly offer a quality education and have been towns with an excellent reputation. All three towns apparently do pretty well in allocating their expenditures.

 

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The above information regarding Boston Magazines top 50 Massachusetts High Schools was provided by BillRE/MAX Executive Realty Gassett, the team leader for the #4 RE/MAX Team in Massachusetts in 2007.

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Rainmaker
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Charles McDonald
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This is a great way to give out information about schools without violation of FH laws... I like it!

Aug 27, 2008 12:10 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Thanks Charles. Hopkinton, Holliston, and Westboro all have great reputations when it comes to their respective school systems.

Aug 27, 2008 12:27 AM #2
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Missy Caulk
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Bill, this is great news for Hopkinton, good to get the information out there, I know your community is excited, but heck they probably knew this and is one of the reasons they moved there.

Aug 27, 2008 12:50 AM #3
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Sal Poliandro - NJ Bergen County Realtor
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Congratulations to all of these schools!  This is a great distinction and a great award to boast about.

Aug 27, 2008 04:12 AM #4
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Jo Olson
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Bill, great news! Third party recognition is so important for districts.

Aug 27, 2008 04:14 AM #5
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Bill Gassett
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Missy it certainly is nice to have a 3rd party endorse a good school system.

Sal - Thanks for commenting on my post about the Hopkinon, Holliston, and Westboro schools.

Jo - It certainly is great for Real Estate values! Hopkinton, Holliston, and Westboro have been helped over the years by their excellent schools.

Aug 27, 2008 05:03 AM #6
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Danny Thornton
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Bill, making list like this can only make things better for that community.

Aug 27, 2008 05:20 AM #7
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Bill Gassett
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Danny - Having great press on your local high school is never a bad thing. The hopkinton, Holliston, and Westboro schools all deserve the accolades.

Aug 27, 2008 08:21 AM #8
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Sandra Cummings
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Bill - It is great when your local schools get the recognition they deserve. Congratulations to Hopkinton, Holliston and Westboro!

Aug 27, 2008 10:27 AM #9
Rainmaker
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Bill Gassett
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Thanks Sandra! It is great to be able to provide an unbiased opinion about local schools.

Aug 27, 2008 12:40 PM #10
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Ann in Milford

I knew that Hopkinton received excellent school ratings, but I was unaware that Westboro's ranking was so high.  --just found a website that validates all three towns.  Take a look at:

http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/ma/westborough/schools

Congrats to All that made the list!

 

Nov 14, 2008 06:38 AM #11
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Bill Gassett
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Hi Ann thanks for your comments and the link. I am familiar with the neighborhood scout site:)

Nov 14, 2008 09:04 AM #12
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Bill Gassett
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Abe - The links are ok. There is not all that much useful information for Hopkinton, Holliston & Westboro.

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