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Waltham Senior High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1375 students

 
 

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Posted March 5, 2011

I loved going to this school. school It is a very good learning area. The teachers are very nice and so is the faculty. The rules were clear and set to a certain limit that all students can follow. It is also a great school that has great extra curricular activities. It allows you to try new things and the vocational program is better than minuteman's courses.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2009

I am a student at Waltham High School and i think it is unfortunate that I had to attend this school. For the most part the teachers are pretty good, its the adminstration that I have a problem with. A lot of the rules make no sense and are completely pointless. They use the theory of if a few students are doing something wrong then they must prevent everyone from doing it, when they should be dealing with them indivually and that would be more effective for them. It gets to a certain point where the students are seniors and can not be babied forever. To sum up I do not agree with the majority of decision the people in power have made nor do I think they are qualified for the jobs they have.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 22, 2006

The quality of the school programs are excellant. Availability of music, art and extra curricular programs is outstanding. Level of parent involvement is unavailable due to the fact it is high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2006

At the middle of the state in MCAS results, below average instrumental music, strong teachers' union drives educational mediocrity, antiquated technology.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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.

301 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

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91%

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89%

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86%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

304 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

285 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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68%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
66%
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.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students93%
Female96%
Male90%
African American94%
Asian91%
Hispanic87%
Multiracialn/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities81%
English language learners28%

Math

All Students76%
Female82%
Male72%
African American66%
Asian91%
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities46%
English language learners0%

Science

All Students68%
Female73%
Male63%
African American62%
Asian82%
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities31%
English language learners0%
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.

267 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
66%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 65% in 2013.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
n/a

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n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Introductory Physics

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

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

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Tech/Engineering

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

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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.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

All Students66%
Female70%
Male62%
African American56%
Asian82%
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities30%
English language learnersn/a

Chemistry

All Students18%
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 Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
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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Test score rating 20131What's this?

Test score rating examines how students at this school performed on standardized tests compared with other schools in Massachusetts. Test scores are based on 2012-13 MCAS results from the state of Massachusetts.

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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

67%

Average SAT score

1468

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
White 55% 68%
Hispanic 25% 15%
Black 12% 8%
Asian 6% 6%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 33%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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617 Lexington St
Waltham, MA 02452
Phone: (781) 314-5445

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