Newsweek Top-Rated School List Leaves Off Arlington High

The magazine's 2013 rankings came out Monday.

On mobile? You can see the interactive map here.

Newsweek has ranked the high schools nationally, but the criteria they used leaves Arlington High School off of the list. Arlington did rank in the top nationally by U.S. News, coming in at #564 nationwide and #25 in the state. 

For its rankings, Newsweek sent out a survey to more than 5,000 high schools in the U.S., with about 2,500 schools responding in 2013. You can see the details about the ranking, and every other ranked high school by clicking on the markers in the interactive map above.

The survey scores were then weighted and calculated using several criteria including on-time graduation and college acceptance rates. In addition, instead of averaging the number of courses offered, this year Newsweek considered the percentage of students enrolled in AP, IB or Advance International Certificate courses. The final scores then determined Newsweek’s final rankings.

The highest-ranked school in Massachusetts, according to the Newsweek list, is Boston Latin School, coming in at #114 nationally. Next on the list is #140-ranked Dover-Sherborn High School. Concord-Carlisle was #382.

You can read more about Newsweek's methodology here.

Jacqueline Lyons May 08, 2013 at 01:26 PM
Does anyone still read Newsweek?
Drew May 08, 2013 at 01:35 PM
......well, jacqueline, obviously nobody at Arlington High does or much else for that matter.
SLL May 08, 2013 at 03:29 PM
As of 12/31/12, Newsweek isn't even in print anymore. It's now The Daily Beast and online only. So, they sent out 5000 surveys and only 2500 were filled out. A 50% return, I guess the schools didn't think it was that important to bother with. And these surveys are filled with such discrepancies you can't even take them seriously. In the U.S. News & World Report one - AHS comes out ahead of Concord-Carlisle. In this one, C-C is ranked 382 and AHS isn't on the list. So, which one is more valid - if any of them?
Crooked Townies Must Go May 08, 2013 at 05:09 PM
Well Jacqueline, AHS is a terrible school. Face the Facts call a spade a spade .The truth is the truth...
Mike May 08, 2013 at 08:50 PM
If AHS staff encouraged (taught) students to focus more on learning important topics than on playing games with banning water bottles and the like, they might be taken more seriously.
Mike May 08, 2013 at 08:52 PM
Sounds like the same reaction we heard from the losing group after the Mass. Ave. lane reduction vote' "Oh we lost but it doesn't mean anything because .... blah blah blah.."
Drew May 09, 2013 at 01:09 PM
so in other words, SLL, you don't think AHS sucks? I don't know when you breezed into town but i graduated from there in the late 60's when it was something like 5th or 6th in the state. In those days, there were no drugs or booze being routinely consumed and/or sold by the students during school hours and the school had a very high accrediation. That is not the case today and everyone knows it but some people like you just wont admit it for some odd reason.
Nana23 May 09, 2013 at 02:11 PM
Drew, you can find drugs in any school in Massachusetts including Boston Latin. It's what parents and the schools do regarding this with their kids that either addresses or ignores the problem. Cutbacks in education have to show somewhere and here it is. Having said that I haven't read Newsweek in years and get my information from better sites.
Drew May 09, 2013 at 06:03 PM
Yes I agree, obviously, and this is one of the reasons why AHS doesn't have anywhere near the status it used to have. The world is a mess today.
Wind Dummy 25 May 09, 2013 at 10:34 PM
It's not just AHS slumping over the years, a good amount of public schools across this state and the country have lost their fastballs. Have for a long time. this is no surprise. Tired old Newsweak could use a make over too. Vouchers will work not only for families sick of poor performing public schools and costs, it would force public schools into the 21st century. Trim the bloat out of the Union monopoly holding this countries futures. Competition inspires and teaches important life lessons. Feelings are hurt briefly compared to a lifetime. Accountability accountability accountability. Poor teachers and principles must either get better or get lost..


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