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36 Charter Rd
Acton, MA 01720

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May 25, 2014
Great school for STEM. Ranked number 1 in MA and number 10 in the country. Considering that most of the high paying available jobs will be in science in technology, AB should be considered as one of the top choices for parents who are interested in having their kids go into science & engineering college majors

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2014
This school is among the strongest schools academically among the affluent suburbs North and West of Boston. Test scores are even higher than some richer suburbs because the greater economic diversity (relatively speaking) that comes with some apartment complexes allows for some bright, educated, motivated parents (without as many financial resources) to move into town to take advantage of the school system (i.,e., Concord, Lexington, etc, are not as accessible to them). The school is excellent for academics, very good for sports and most extra-curriculars, but terrible for music.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2013
What you should know about this school is; it is not for the faint of heart or wallet. Culture of perfection here. Culture of private tutoring. My junior has been crying for two weeks, feeling like she will never get into college. She has a solid B average in advanced classes! She has been dancing for 10 years. She has done 65 hrs community service, her PSAT's are 2100. But, in this culture, she feels like she is nothing. If your child is not a super go-getter, and you want this high school, do what I couldn't afford to do, and pay the $75 per hour for tutoring. I am about to plunk down a very large sum for SAT prep. Everyone else in town has.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2012
Transferring from another town and private school to start as a freshman at the High school was not an easy task for my child. However, AB managed to make it a painless process. We could not be happier. Excellent teachers, multi- leveled teaching, fabulous building and infinite clubs selections. It's a big school but AB manages to make it feel homey. There's a spot for everyone, whether you are athletic or musical, a math wiz or a bookworm. The head is lovely, young and energetic. The foreign language options are quite extensive compared to other High schools in the area. And guess what? For a school in suburban New England, this school is quite diverse with a strong population of Chinese and Indian Americans. A real winner!

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2012
From its Blue Ribbon Award to the 20 National Merit Scholars every year Forbes' ranking Acton the number 2 town in America for education, to its seven levels of classes for students everywhere on the academic spectrum, Acton-Boxborough deserves its reputation of being a school where all students excel. Students are trusted with privileges by the administration and learn responsibility. All teachers put students first. The diversity and social scene here have been great for my son. And while many insist high quality education can only come with big funding, Acton manages to outperform every high school in the state with the fifth lowest per pupil expenditure in Greater Boston.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2012
While this school offers a great acedemic experience for students who are already highly motivated, it has very little to offer to those that need motivation. They will fall through the cracks. Teachers and councilors had stated to me that they oversaw a lot of students, by way of explaination. During the years that my children attended, the High School was run as an "open campus" What a disaster! The VP and I figured that in freshman class, at that time about 500 students, 20% might not be accounted for. 100 students who could not be accounted for in the freshman class alone! I was shocked. What about the schools liability for these students? No answer from administration. I understand that recently this "open campus consept" has changed. I certainly hope so for the vast majority of those students that are below the 50% percentile. This is a great school for some, but truly not for all the students.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2012
Two of my children went to this school and loved it. They did very well academically but more than anything AB made them well rounded individuals. The teachers in AB are exceptional. There is a lot of diversity in this school. The students are very tolerant, friendly and helpful. Highly recommend AB to all.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2011
As a student at a fantastic university and a former student at Acton-Boxborough, I'd must say that AB has been the best preparation for college that I could have ever asked for. The academics are rigorous, the students self-motivated, the atmosphere for excellence ever-present in the air. To be sure, excellence at AB extends to an array of areas. With academics aside, I met students who were truly gifted in sports, in theater/drama, in music (band, chorus). The teachers are (for the most part--there are always exceptions, at every institution) truly invested in, and devoted to, what they teach. They are interested in our opinions and encourage us to further explore our interests! The administration gives us a fair degree of freedom, from which mutual trust between admin and the student body grows. Nevertheless, the environment that the students cultivate, I'd have to say, is the most nourishing of all. At AB, there is a love of learning and a love of helping others learn that I found to be similar to what I found in college. Without my peers, I don't think I would be performing so successfully here at Harvard.

- submitted by a student
March 15, 2011
OMG I love this school district! We moved 2500 miles so our kids could attend these schools and they are incredible. It's all about the amazing teachers-- dedicated, nurturing, hardworking, and brilliant, with very high expectations. Our kids have different learning styles and are working hard and challenged every day. The teaching of math, writing, and critical thinking skills is world class. To top it off, families and kids in this town are genuinely nice, friendly and supportive. We've lived all over the country and have never experienced such a pro-education community. The surroundings are beautiful and if schools are your priority, look no further.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2011
I'm blown out. Even though the rigor of academics has been oppressive at times, it has prepared me well. By some miracle (AB has spotty prestigious college admission success) I'm at an ivy-level school and, now in my sophomore year, I've never gotten anything less than a 94 in a class (even when test averages were in the 60s), and I've never felt like I had to work hard for my grades alone. Instead, I have time to actually learn for enjoyment, which is a true gift made possible by AB. I'm never stressed, and love getting to know professors and having time for a social life. The prep school kids aren't as well prepared! I had great teachers for all but senior English, and made incredible friends here. If you can stick it out, you will be well prepared for the next step.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2010
I'm currently a student at AB and I absolutely love it. Classes here are very difficult (especially honors), but the teachers are amazing and I learn so much. Despite the stress I often have, I know i will be well prepared for college and life.

- submitted by a student
March 03, 2010
Four years ago, I would have been amazed to see myself giving my high school five stars. There were MANY times throughout my experience at AB where I was completely overwhelmed by the academic rigor (as a kid who switched from private to public school I thought it would be a piece of cake, boy was I wrong) as well as the overall cut-throat competitive spirit that is AB. But as a college freshman looking back, I realize that AB was a totally awesome school. Hard yes. But still fun. And it is crazy to realize the advantage I have been enjoying at college compared to my peers; so far University has been a breeze. All that being said, the stress level at AB is probably a little bit higher than most schools. If you can handle the pressure, its completely worth it.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 16, 2009
Just voted a Blue Ribbon School from the DOE...only 39 HS's in the country get that honor.

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August 20, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2009
My daughter is a great kid, and a good student: meaning she tries, but she isn't at the rop of her class. At her last high school, this meant that she wasn't a priority, but not here. Thie school stands apart from the rest because it doesn't teach to, or even care about, standardized tests. This means that the people at AB are more concerned with my daughter the person than my daughter the number. Even though she is considered to be in the middle of her class, the standards are higher here and for the first time in my memory, she's started doing her homework immediately after ballet without me nagging. She's even made friends and its only her freshmen year. i highly recommend this school to any parent who feels that their child is falling through the cracks and is undervalued at her current school.

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February 15, 2009
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- submitted by a student
February 05, 2009
I'm a student here, and I just got my acceptance letter to Yale last week, so I'd like to thank the Acton system. Despite having the 5th lowest per pupil expenditure east of Worcester, ABRHS has taught me not only english and history, but also how to deal with life situations and how to treat other people. I've played in the band, and it is excellent. I also how enjoyed working with amnesty international and the track team (DCL champs) with the school. I commend the new principal for being top notch and facilitating a smooth transition. The best teachers I've had are stellar, and the worst are mediocre: AB doesn't hire bad teachers. The food is horrid, the buiding is nice, and I enjoy the trust and flexibility the school gives us students. OVerall, I wouldn't change a thing.

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- submitted by a student
no rating September 21, 2008
This is really a pretty good school. I'm a junio this year and I've got to admit I'm having fun doing all sorts of activities. Yes we've only had two weeks of school and yes I've already had 1-2 tests in each subject, but I feel like I'm actually learning, you know? Not just like I'm memorizing stuff I'll forget tomorrow. I think the teachers are really good and so are the after school activities and electives. Also, I know it's a bonus, but the buildings in great shape, too. If you go here/send your kid here, you won't regret it!

- submitted by a student
May 26, 2008
I am a student and when I consider the experiences I've had at the two other high schools that I've attended, I can say without hesitation that ABRHS is by far the finest institution. There are two things that stand out the most at this school. First is the tolerant student body, and staff. In every room in the school there is a 'safety zone' poster reminding us that we are valued. This is a contrast to the other schools I've attended, and it is a welcome change. Secondly, the rigor of the academics is outstanding. It is competative, but this competative environment is healthy and not stressful, which leads to this district's top performance in many fields. I'd finally like to not that we students are trusted with many freedoms including an open campus and unsupervized free periods for students schedualed with enough instructional hours. ABRHS, keep it up!

- submitted by a student
May 18, 2008
Kids here are put under a lot of pressure to perform. For me, this comes from the competative nature of my peers more than from teachers of even parents. What I love about this school is that is very welcoming to diversity, and that it doesn't let its lack of reasources impact its ability to do well. Every one othe sports teams and clubs that I have participated in have been excellent, and they are all tailored to do well without demanding ridiculous amounts of time form out already full scheduals. This school is also in a very safe community, students have an unparalleled amount of rightsm and the building is new and is the nicest high school I've ever attended. You will be well prepared for college if you attend this school.

- submitted by a student
May 17, 2008
This school is simply excellent for many reasons. When I first moved to Acton, it was supposed to be temporary, yet after my daughter has began to attend this school, I decided to stay. She participates in cross-country in the fall, and track in the spring. Also, she is on the competitive Indian dancing team and STUCO. Every one of these activities have been great, as Acton's lack of healthy funding has led it to become a pioneer of the most effective and efficient use of money in the state. In the clubs, integrity is the primary expectation, and every student is given the drive to excell. My daughter is also in two honors, one AP, and two accelerated classes. Across the board, I have found the teachers and staff supportive, well trained, and willing to go to the ends of the earth to ensure the success of every individual student.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2008
Acton-Boxborough is really a miracle school district. I honestly don't understand how it performs to the standards it does; it's per-pupil expenditures are in the bottom quarter of the state, yet of all the high schools that can claim to be the best in Massachusetts, ABRHS has my vote without question. Also, the socio--economic climate of the community is very unique. While affluent, the homes here are noticibly smaller than those in the surrounding communities. I think this is significant as it contributes to the wonderful atmosphere of the school; namely, this is not a snob school. Academically, athletically, and in the arts this school really excells. however, that is not even what makes this school so outstanding. Unlike many high schools where the primery concern is to mass educate, Acton-boxborough operates on a core set of values. Every student is accepted more or less unconditionally by peers and teachers allike.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2007
Wow. Just wow. This school has really taught my kids to excell. We just moved from Maryland where my children attended public school. I have three in the high school; an athletic boy, a more intellectual girl, and a son in band. Between them, they take almost every level of class offered at the school, are on 5 sports teams, and at least half a dozen clubs. Everything about this school from the staff to the diversity to the high standards in all areas of learning couldn't be better. I highly reccomend it. P.S. The building is probably the nicest and most technologically advanced in the state!

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 03, 2007
AB's teachers, guidance counselors and front office staff are truly awesome. They look out foor the kid's best interests and keep us parents informed.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2007
Wow. AB is a truly awesome school that I believe has changed my children's lives for the better. Especially my younger son in the graduating class of 2010. He's a much more open minded person towards diversity of race and sexual orientation since we pulled him out of private school. Everything from teachers to academics to extracurriculars couldn't be better.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2007
My three children were raised in Acton and my eldest has recently graduated. She has been so well prepared for college but the price has been that she has worked incredibly hard since 7th grade, really, when a sorting process occurs. Those who decide to make it begin to realize how hard they have to work and challenge themselves. There are so many clubs, sports, and extracurriculars available and all those activities round out our students, as well as offer them innumerable opportunities to grow as leaders and team players. I feel that we live in a bubble of sorts but I would not have it any other way. My only caution is that average children can sometimes feel inadquate here because so many kids excel and sports are extremely competitive. The music and drama programs are beyond amazing. AB has it all, and then some!

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2007
Wow. This school really excels. I love attending classes here. I was a freshman last year and the high school is much better than the junior high. This is because by the ninth grade everyone knows each other pretty well and overall everyone in the entire school is very friendly. Everyone who tries to find a good school for their child focuses on the academics, athletics, and extracurriculars. We have all that too, but the number one reason to send your kid to AB is its inherent friendliness. Many of the other top schools in the area have adopted a snobby attitude about their achievements, but AB hasn't even though it is pretty sheltered. I highly recommend this school to anyone moving to the area. It really is the best.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2007
This is a very impressive school. I used to live in Stow, the town next door, and it's amazing how different it is to live over the border. Stow was okay, but this school system excels. Mind you, my two children's GPAs dropped by a significant amount, but this is not an easy 'A' school. If you want your child to be well prepared for college, move to Acton or Boxborough. My only regret is that I didn't move earlier. The entire system is very advanced, so it wouldn't be a bad idea to put your child in the system at the junior high or elementary level (unless your old system is ridiculously advanced as well)so that the initial grade drop upon your child entering the system won't be seen by colleges.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2007
I doubt this school could possibly improve itself. All of the teachers are incredably motivated, and as a result the students are too. My child had a very positive learning experience here and is curently enrolled in Carlton College, for which she was well prepared.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2007
This is one of the top schools in the state and even the country. It was ranked one of the top 15 public schools in the U.S. for SAT scores by MIT. I love going to classes here. They are difficult, but the payoff is being accepted into a good college. Pretty much every sport and extracurricular activity you can think of is offered here, and it doesn't hurt that we have a new state of the art building.

- submitted by a student
June 10, 2007
I love what this school has done for my son! He graduated just last week and is off to Princeton next year. He thought his teachers were great, his peers supportive, and his councilor helpful. He was part of the band, concert choir, madrigal singers, inventeam, spectrum (newspaper), and Acton-Boxborough community outreach, and tennis team. Not only is school well rounded and friendly, but it also does well on standardized testing. I don't think the school could possibly be any better. I'm sad to see it go.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2007
I go to school here and it is an amazing experience. This probably sounds corny and everything, but I am sad to see summer come, I'll miss both my friends and my teachers. I used to live in Maynard and this school seems great in comparison. There are plenty of supplies like paper, and technology is well integrated into our daily curriculum. There is pretty much no bullying, I've never seen or smelled drugs here, and because the community is so well behaved, the students have a correspondingly large amount of freedom. We have an open campus, many seniors drive to school, unsupervised free periods, we can carry around cell phones and ipods, wear hats, and plenty of other things that the kids who have lived here all their lives take for granted. This is an amazing school, and very competitive. I highly recommend it to any college bound student.

- submitted by a student
June 02, 2007
My childrens' experience at ABRHS couldn't have been better. The teachers are excellent, the academics rigorous, and all sports and extracurricular activities superb. There's no need to consider private schools if you live in Acton. This is a great school.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2007
An amazing school in every way, everyone who goes through the system is prepared to go on to excellent colleges.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2007
While Acton maintains an excellent academic record, it fails to meet its superior esteem in special education.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2007
I'm not a parent, but I'm a student of ABRHS, and I just wanted to say how much I love this school. I transferred from Littleton because I was not getting enough out of my education. I feel so accepted at ABRHS. I haven't been put down or disrespected since I came here. There are always mean people wherever you go, but at ABRHS, the amount is limited, and they aren't cruel. There are no social cliques, which makes it easier to make friends. I love my classes. They are challenging, but I feel so smart and accomplished at the end of the year. The amount of athletic and artistic opportunities are mind boggling. I can literally try anything. The teachers are nice and helpful. Students only transfer to ABRHS. No one could want to leave!

- submitted by a student
March 14, 2007
I am am amazed by what the communities of Acton and Boxborough have done with the relatively limited resources that they have. The district gets less money from the state per student than any other school system in Massachusetts. Also the student teacher ratio is the highest in the state and the yearly student expenditures are in the bottom quarter of the state. At the same time, our tenth graders have the highest MCAS scores in the state. The average SAT scores are also the highest in the state and one of the top 25 in the country which is why MIT awarded our school an inventeam. Also, 96-98% of kids go to college which is unheard of in any school public or private, and a significant portion of the students are in special needs programs. Keep up the good work AB.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2007
Most of the comments so far about my school are about the academics, and of course that's important, but I love ABRHS because it is such an athletic powerhouse here in Massachusetts. The football team just set a national record for having a winning streak of at least 50 or 60 games. The best part about our football games, and I'd guess all other sports games, is that we're not snobby about our wins. Acton and Boxborough are the only towns I've ever heard of that are friendly enough to clap when the other team scores a TD. AB is a great school in all aspects, not just academics, and everyone should know that. I will give academics five stars though because I love my teachers and classes. 990's a bummer, but as a senior that's not my problem.

- submitted by a student
March 04, 2007
I'm from Wayland and I use to be an 'A' student in all honors classes there. Here, I was put in Accelorated classes (below honors) and my grades immediately dropped to 'D's and 'C's. Now I get 'B's mostly but I have to work a ton harder here. I hope colleges know how much better this school is than all of the other top schools in the state. The atmosphere here is also overall more friendly. Send your kids to this school if you can afford it, because even if it's hard, it's excellent.

- submitted by a student
March 04, 2007
You can't complain about ABRHS. I'd give it six out of five stars if I could.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2007
Acton Boxborough is a great school but its amazing academics make it quite stressful. Still, if your child goes to this school and works hard, they will easily get into and succeed at top colleges. My son who attended this school just graduated a few years ago as valedictorian from Oxford and I have another son currently doing well in Princeton.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2007
AB is amazing. I disagree with the comment that said 'not enough money,' the towns just spent over $80 million renovating and adding to the existing structure, around $20 million more than the next most expensive school of a comparable size (which was a completely new building). None of the teachers could possibly be any better, and I've never met an unfriendly student at my school. From state of the art audiovisual equipment to astroturf to and internationally recognized music program this school has it all. Drama and all of the academic teams win national awards and the councilors make sure that your educational experience caters directly to you. students have tons of rights. this school id a bit sheltered, but it's great!

- submitted by a student
January 27, 2007
A simply perfect, impeccable place to learn. At his old school, my son (now a senior) was falling through the cracks. Here at Acton-Boxborough there are no cracks for any of the students to fall into. This school does it all with a student expenditure far lower than the state average.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2007
Great school with plenty of courses and all of them are excellent. You will find the best teachers in the world here. Not enough money.

- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2007
This school is great for everyone, no matter what their needs. 7 levels of classes (AP, Honors, AE, Trans, CP, SP, and Special Ed) are offered, though not in all courses so students can do their best in the right environment for them. One of the best high school in the state and the country.

- submitted by a parent
December 29, 2006
I love going to school here because of the strong input the students have on their own school and education. Our very active student council has gotten us free periods, 50 minute lunch periods, driving privileges for upper classmen (which was huge because the town actually had to spend money on a new parking lot for that one), and off campus privileges. The students are trusted and the active and very friendly councilors do everything they can to ensure a students success. I graduated last year and I really miss the high powered environment of the high school. Surprisingly, The University of Michigan seems much easier than my old school. Awesome new building (by far the most expensive for its size and it was a renovation of an existing structure not even a new building). Nothing about AB could possibly be any better.

- submitted by a former student
December 06, 2006
Acton-Boxborough is an upper-middle class community that strongly emphasizes education. Many of the adults have academic careers as doctors, professors, lawyers, scientists, etc. Your child will succeed in life if his foundation is in this school system.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2006
It's nice to attend a brand new high school, not all towns can brag that! Plus all the courses offered and teachers that teach them are wonderful.

- submitted by a student
September 30, 2006
ABRHS has got to be the beat place in the world to go to school. Not only are the academics out of this world, but it also has the best sports teams, music programs, and extracurricular activities around. As a freshman, I also notice how nice everyone is to each other, the older kids all seem to want to help, not harm us. The building and grounds are really nice and all the staff members are dedicated and truly want to see us succeede. they view us as students, not just 'the kid who sits in the second row in first period'. We can even get privileges where we can get unsupervised free periods and go off campus when we're older. I am convinced that no better high school can possibly exist in this world.

- submitted by a student
September 20, 2006
I formerly attended ABRHS and had to switch schools my sophomore year. I then attended 4 different schools trying to find the same education and experience I had at AB. From the band extracurricular activities and test scores to the wicked involvement of the Common Ground community and availability of technology; you can't find a better school.

- submitted by a former student
March 20, 2006
AB is a great school, one of the top in Massachusetts, and was ranked one of the highest for SAT scores last year.

- submitted by a former student
March 09, 2006
I am a senior at Acton-Boxborough this year, graduating in June 2006. The teachers here are amazing. Not only are they able to make seemingly 'boring' curriculum wicked interesting to teenagers, but they relate to us on a personal level as well. They genuinly become our friends. I have physics at 7:23 in the morning every single day, and while she s teaching us, my teacher does a great job at keeping us interested from cracking jokes to having a student help her with a lab. The other day she and Matt lit up a fluorescent light bulb by shocking each other, and then we all wanted to try. The best thing is she s not alone. All of the teachers here really get us into the material in their own special ways. I'm really going to miss it here when I go to college next fall.

- submitted by a student
May 24, 2004
Both of my children attended Acton public schools K-12 graduated from Acton Boxborough Regional High School. I think that the educational opportunities are excellent, the teachers dedicated, and the community supportive. We found no need to consider private schools.

- submitted by a parent
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Acton-Boxborough Regional High School
36 Charter Rd, Acton, MA  01720
(978) 264-4700
Last modified Acton-Boxborough Regional High School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Acton-Boxborough Regional High School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 56 reviews. Top