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Wachusett Regional High School

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Posted March 27, 2010

I advise every parent who loves their child to think is your child an athliete, an honors student, or very active in extra after school activities?? If you answered no to even one question, DO NOT send your child th this school!!! I will regret having my child finish all 4 years at WRHS, for the rest of my life. This school caused my daughter so much extream damage!! Please if you love your child do not send them to Wachusett!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2008

This is a great school. Once you get past freshman year, you have hundreds of class choices at all different levels. The teachers are for the most part very into their jobs. Another plus is that their is so much money in the district that there is a great new building, very smart teachers, and a ton of extracurricular activities. And to be honest, I'm going to a very good university and I feel that Wachusett was much harder. The only downside was that the rules are too strict, and don't allow for teenagers to grow up and have any responsibilities. Students are treated like they are 12 years old, even if they're in 12th grade, which is a big bummer. College will be a shock for many students going to Wachusett, not having to take tests home for mom to sign and all....
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 27, 2008

The school is getting more and more ridiculous. The House System is just a way to separate friends and irritate everyone. I honestly don't see the point in the house system and I don't see the point in the whole 'bus pass' thing. Previous people that commented on the teachers must not have had the teachers I've had. I'm in biology ae right now and that pretty much means we have a lot of trouble learning and we need help.. Well my biology teacher doesn't help us all the time when we don't understand something he will say, 'oh this stuff is easy, you understand it,' and walk away. I heard some other teachers are really poor too. The high school requirements are insane.. I'm in project adventure, which is a required class, and I'm terrified of heights, if you don't climb you get a zero.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 4, 2007

I graduated from WRHS in 2004 and I am completely satisfied with the education that I got there. The majority of the teachers love to teach and also care about the students. Whatever your interest is, there is a niche for you. Any problems I had here were minor, and were probably blown out of proportion because I was, afterall, a teenager! I have just started my senior year in college, and I find myself looking back fondly on the time I spent there and how happy I am that Wachusett helped to shape me into the person I am today.


Posted July 27, 2007

My daughter went to high school here and I have nothing but praise for the dedication the teachers had for their students and the job. My daugher went on to compete in college against the best in the world. Her teachers were extraordinary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2005

Wachusett Regional High School is a wonderfully organized high school. I feel that my daughter is getting an education that will absolutely provide her with the knowledge needed to move on to college. With all of the renovations and additions to the school this will allow there to be more space, while also making the school neater and more presentable. The construction on the school, in my opinion is going to be a great success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2004

WRHS is an extremely cramped and outdated building. I feel that the Superintendent delayed the improvements just long enough to get his own way. Unfortunately, the tax payers, teachers, and students all suffered in the meanwhile. If a parent does not stay on top of his/her child's academic progress, no one will be there to encourage it. The school psychologist is outstanding, as are the majority of SPED and regular ed teachers. If a student is willing to work, this is the ideal HS to prepare for college and/or work force.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2004

My son attends Wachusett and really likes it. There are so many extra curricular activites for everyone. However, the school's absent policy could use some work. They make such a big deal of how many days the students miss from school, to the point where they're going to school sick. Then they wonder why there are so many illnesses in school.
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2013.

507 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

508 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

494 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students96%
Female99%
Male93%
African American91%
Asian100%
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students92%
Female93%
Male90%
African American66%
Asian100%
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities55%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students83%
Female83%
Male84%
African American60%
Asian77%
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities38%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

The state average for Biology was 73% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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29%

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45%

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30%

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41%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 65% in 2013.

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Introductory Physics

The state average for Introductory Physics was 63% in 2013.

519 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

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86%

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86%

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81%
Tech/Engineering

The state average for Tech/Engineering was 49% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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12%

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

All Students29%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White25%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged20%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities20%
English language learnersn/a

Chemistry

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
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Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Introductory Physics

All Students88%
Female87%
Male89%
African American72%
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracial92%
White89%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a

Tech/Engineering

All Students13%
Female0%
Male25%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White17%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged20%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities7%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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College readiness rating 20133What's this?

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SAT participation

85%

Average SAT score

1617

Graduation rate

93%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MCAS results from the state of Massachusetts.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math and English Language Arts from the state of Massachusetts.

3 This rating is based on composite SAT scores, SAT participation (% of 11th graders taking the SAT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 92% 67%
Hispanic 3% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
Black 2% 8%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 9%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1401 Main St
Holden, MA 01520
Phone: (508) 829-6771

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