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Sharon High School

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Posted January 3, 2012

I luv !+ |-|3R3. !+ B3 +|-|3 b3$+ Y0. !t is a very good learning environment, it is an atmosphere filled with great teachers, wonderful academics, and terrific interactions with everybody with in this tightly-knit community. Over all, my experiences here have been nothing less than phenomenal, in addition, they have greatly prepared me for my college learning process. Its diversity has helped me accept my peers and their backgrounds/ individual situations. Lastly, Sharon High School is a blue ribbon school, which means it is a recognized high achieving school by US Department of Education.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 23, 2009

This school provided me with the opportunity to choose whichever college that I wanted to attend. As a SHS alumnus, I would not choose another public school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 17, 2007

The schools were a big factor in our decision to move to town. Both my children did well at SHS. One on the honors track (very competitive) & one who needed Special Ed.Services. There was considerable pressure from parents to take AP classes. 3 out of 4 yrs my son had outstanding SPED (Academic Lab) instructors to assist with his dyslexia. The weak instructor did not return the next year. Both kids greatly benefited from the knowledgeable Guidance Dept. who truly gave them individual attention & feedback regarding college selection. One child did drama & enjoyed it. One did sports & although always struggling for funding had good personnel & was a good experience. PTSO (Parent Teacher Student Organization) is very active but suffered from not having enough parent volunteers. Administration has fluctuated recently. Technology is good & on the upswing. No problems with drugs, alcohol, or safety issues for us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2006

Sharon High School has a wonderful reputation throughout the state, and from what I understand throughout the country. While the quality of education is quite good, especially when reflected in test scores, the pressure on the kids is enormous. One very big problem appears to be that many kids who do not do well in the early years end up going to schools outside of the school district, whether private or regional, for high school. This is a shame because they should not be intimidated by the school in their very own district! Parent involvement is tremendous. In some ways this is also very good, in some ways a bit over the top. Kids are put under way too much pressure to be 'perfect' and not left enough space to be 'kids'. Too much empahasis on 'success' at too young an age. Sad.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2006

Sharon High School definitely has excellent opportunities for music, arts, and other extracurricular activities. With many talented students, this school has been highly successful in the Massachusetts High School Drama Guild Festival, winning the last two consecutive years and going to finals and semi finals consistently, and therefore, SHS has one of the best theatre programs in the state. Though the sports teams' records are not the best, athletes train very hard and are content with their coaches and the level with which they compete. Parents are as involved as they would like to be, and many parents volunteer to help with organizating events, selling tickets and food, helping out, etc. Finally, the academic programs are very challenging, proven by the success of many students on AP exams and the acceptance of highest students into many of the nation's top universities.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 23, 2006

The level of academics is high especially in the honor & AP courses. There are some very inadequate teachers who need to be monitored by the administration. Fortunately they are in the minority and complaints to the new principal are dealt with promptly. On the whole, I find the teaching staff very accommodating if you need to address issues with them. It is however up to the parent to initiate the contact and persevere until the issue is resolved. The electives are limited & my children were unable to get into any of their choices especially as they take numerous AP classes which clash with the elective timetable. On the whole I am very happy with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 29, 2005

Sharon High School is a great school for not only academics but also for extracurricular activities. Teachers are usually very understanding of nonacademic commitments. However, oftentimes students in an Honors level class will be expected to put school as their number one priority, often leaving students wondering how to fit in higher leveled classes along with extracurriculars and community service, the key components to a successful college application.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 8, 2005

Sharon is a tough school, sometimes making me feel that kids from other, easier schools have an advantage as far as getting into colleges because of better grades. Class sizes are large & teachers in advanced classes do not seem to make an effort to help if a child is struggling, it is upto the child to figure out a way or get moved to the level below. Also, different teachers within the same grade are not consistent but that is probably the case everywhere. However, that said, it is rated highly within the state.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2005

The academics level of quality is poor. Especially the AP classes. The teachers and asministration are way too busy trying to teach the kids diversity to be concerned with academics. My child couldn't even get his guidance counselor to look up his PSAT scores.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2005

I experienced this school as a student. I was adequately prepared for college and post-graduated work. Despite being from a lower income bracket (believe it or not) I was instantly distinguished due to my education and experience there once it came time for standard tests and college application. The teachers were top-notch and despite the politics, my overall experience there was positive and memorable.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 7, 2004

Sharon High School is as good as it gets. The curriculum competes with some of the top private schools in the country. The classes are challenging and the faculty is top notch. Perhaps teachers are a bit too tough, but the bulk of the competitive air comes from the direction of parents and the students themselves. The education here is of the highest quality, despite mediocre administration and an inept guidance department. Shrewd students (and parents)can work around this. Many graduates are awarded college scholarships at some of the best institutions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2004

Great school, definately deserves it high rankings. At times, its a little too tough.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

252 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

240 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 Students100%
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Male99%
African American100%
Asian100%
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Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
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Math

All Students98%
Female98%
Male97%
African American90%
Asian100%
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White98%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
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Students with disabilities83%
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Science

All Students94%
Female92%
Male95%
African Americann/a
Asian95%
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White94%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities76%
English language learnersn/a
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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.

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.

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Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 65% in 2013.

10 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Introductory Physics

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

317 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Tech/Engineering

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

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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 Studentsn/a
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Chemistry

All Students80%
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Not economically disadvantaged80%
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Introductory Physics

All Students91%
Female91%
Male91%
African American66%
Asian99%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities62%
English language learnersn/a

Tech/Engineering

All Studentsn/a
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Malen/a
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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

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Above average


College readiness rating 20133What's this?

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SAT participation

95%

Average SAT score

1789

Graduation rate

97%


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 76% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 15% 6%
Black 5% 8%
Hispanic 2% 16%
Two or more races 2% 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 8%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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181 Pond St
Sharon, MA 02067
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