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Somerville High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded

 
 

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5 stars

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Posted April 28, 2014

Fantastic. Great Teachers. Great Athletics Program. Great Diversity. Great Music and Arts Program. Constantly Improving
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2013

I can not think of a Better High School for any Student than Somerville High School.I grew up in Somerville born and raised and i can tell yea this School is the best hands down .If you are thinking of Moving to Somerville Mass i can assure you that the Somerville School system is the best..One great thing about SHS is when your daughter or son first walks through the door from the first day of school it is the memories that will last a life time .I graduated from the High School 28 years ago and i can tell yea i still thing about the great times i had and the friends i made.The other best thing about SHS is the teachers who care about there students everyday and it is also a very safe to send your child to SHS .I can not think of any other high school in Mass that would top SHS .The school song says it all Somerville leads the way and always will.I can assure you and trust me SHS is the best always had and always will be .The student body is also Terrific and they all get along


Posted May 29, 2011

Somerville High is the Lab School of the 21st Century. It has the most diverse student body - in cultures, languages (50), nationalities, and aspirations (with one of three integrated vocational programs in the state) - and the richest range of in and out of school activities in Greater Boston. More than any other school, students teach each other and their teachers - key skills across class, culture and career, critical media and communication, pride and collaboration - while teachers help students use that teaching most effectively in creating futures. The weakness of the school is parental involvement - both outreach to bring parents in, and engagement to make more careers more palpable to more members of the community. Just as the school has stabilized its teacher population, increasing skills with technology to match interpersonal sensitivity to race and class and aspirations, it is slowly and carefully engaging parents, community resources, and others in broadening the overall experience of each student. And students are documenting that increasing breadth in online, multimedia portfolios that show increasing awareness of how their multicultural skills are critical.


Posted May 16, 2011

Somerville High School has undergone a sea change in the past 5 or so years, all for the better. The new headmaster has made intelligent changes to the school; he's active and solicits parent & student input. Grade 9 has a cluster system so kids take major subjects w/ the same students, & the teachers share an office to consult re their students. There are 11 AP classes, & other classes are Honors, Standard, or Skill level; there's a great voc-tech program & biotech. Kids can take classes in any strand if they qualify (so, standard in one class, Honors in another, voc-tech & AP, etc.). Morale among students & faculty is terrific, which is great b/c this is a highly diverse school (racially, ethnically, socio-econ.): kids whose parents are professionals or artists, whose parents grew up here or just came to the US, all get along & share school spirit. A great mediation prgm helps too. Teachers are enthusiastic about their subjects & about teaching/mentoring/coaching kids. The result is kids love to learn & try new things, without being stressed out. College attendance rates are climbing (close to 80%), & PSAT is free to every student. Sports and clubs are free, too. Great art pgm
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2010

I grew up in the great city of Somerville and graduated from SHS in 1985..If any parent out there that is looking for a school that has school spirit and that teachers that care about there students and that is SHS.I can not think of any other high school in this state that has the best teachers around than SHS .We had a saying at SHS that once your child walks through those front doors they will have memories about SHS that will last a life time and that is the gods truth.I had so many awsome memories about SHS i have about 100 of them.There is not one high school on this planet that would give your child the best education than SHS.Somerville leads the way and always will


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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.

276 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

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71%

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67%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

275 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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72%

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61%

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63%

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64%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

254 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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67%

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55%

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60%

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55%
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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 Students88%
Female90%
Male85%
African American74%
Asian90%
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities69%
English language learners30%

Math

All Students72%
Female70%
Male74%
African American49%
Asian88%
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities34%
English language learners20%

Science

All Students67%
Female65%
Male69%
African American41%
Asian82%
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities37%
English language learners8%
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.

250 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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73%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
58%
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.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
45%

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45%
Tech/Engineering

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

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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 Students73%
Female73%
Male73%
African American53%
Asian97%
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities34%
English language learners12%

Chemistry

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

Introductory Physics

All Students25%
Femalen/a
Male27%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Tech/Engineering

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
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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How schools in the state rate:

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50%
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26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

Above average


College readiness rating 20133What's this?

College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond.

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SAT participation

65%

Average SAT score

1342

Graduation rate

84%


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
Hispanic 38% 16%
White 34% 67%
Black 16% 8%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 6%
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 72%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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81 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02143
Phone: (617) 625-6600

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