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Watertown Doesn't Crack Boston Magazine's Top 50 High School List

The magazine used a variety of statistics to compile its list. See how WHS fared in a variety of categories.

Watertown Doesn't Crack Boston Magazine's Top 50 High School List

Boston Magazine recently released its list of the top 50 Boston area high schools, after comparing  222 local public and charter high schools, and Watertown High School found itself out of the top 50 and in the middle of the pack in a variety of categories.

Topping the list was Weston High School followed by Lexington High, Dover-Sherborn Regional High, Concord-Carlisle High and Wellesley Senior High.

Schools in neighboring communities that made the list include Newton South at No. 7, Newton North at No. 11, Belmont at No. 12 and Cambridge Ringe and Latin at No. 35.

According to the  sortable list in the article, Watertown was in the middle of the pack in categories such as percent of graduation, percent going to college, MCAS scores and SAT scores.

The school features a 87.3 percent graduation rate and an 87 percent rate of students going on to college.

Watertown's 10th grade English, math and science MCAS scores were 81, 84, and 77, respectively, which was also average in the group of 222 schools.

Boston Magazine also took into account SAT scores. In reading, Watertown averaged a 512 while the top school came in at 622. In writing Wilmington students averaged a 504 compared to a top score of 627, while in science local students scored a mean of 543 compared to the top score of 649.

So what's your take on the numbers? Do you think they accurately portray Watertown's educational efforts, or are they misleading? Let us know in the comments section below.

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