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A Winning School: Lessons from a Highly Successful Massachusetts High School

Original post made by CoolSchool, Barron Park, on Jun 1, 2012

This is a fascinating account of how a high school makes itself successful. Are there any schools like this in Santa Clara County?

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One of Massachusetts’ public high schools has a 97 percent graduation rate and a dropout rate of less than .02 percent (3 out of 1,323 students). It ranks among the highest percentage of students scoring advanced or proficient in the 2011 MCAS assessments (97% in Language Skills; 85% in Math; and 91% in Science.) The school valedictorian is headed to M.I.T. this fall and over 70% of the senior class is on its way to college.

The school posting this incredible set of outcomes is Shawsheen Technical High School in Billerica. Shawsheen is a vocational high school producing the next generation of skilled craftsmen and talented technicians for local private employers all through the region.

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Posted by Wow
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Jun 2, 2012 at 10:32 am

I would love to have a school like that around here. What a breath of fresh air.


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Posted by Marie
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 2, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Marie is a registered user.

Sounds like a great school.

Palo Alto's high schools might have a slightly higher dropout rate but still very low. And they have a much higher rate of kids attending college - well over 90% I think. It was 95% when my kids graduated, 80% to four year schools. So I think we should be very proud of our local high schools as well.


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