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Westborough High School

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Posted August 1, 2014

I graduated from WHS in 2013. I found the school to be great. I loved my classes and the teachers. There a multiple levels for each class and I found that they were challenging in a good way to prepare us for college. There are a wide range of AP courses and I found that the teachers teaching these courses really know their material and if you in turn put in effort, getting a 5 is doable. There are so many extracurricular activities ranging from sports to clubs, that I believe that everyone will find something that fits them. The student body is diverse in interests, where we have very artsy people to very studious people. I think WHS is a great school and students definitely get a great educations. Past students have gotten accepted into Harvard, Yale, MIT, Cornell, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt, UPenn, and other fantastic schools.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 27, 2013

this school is awesome because the teachers are nice. I love this school because best
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 4, 2010

Schools in Westborough are good, if you are a good student on your own. My kids are above average students, quiet, shy, don't participate in many activities. Basically, they are on their own in learning. Two have some minor needs, which school tries to avoid addressing. If their needs were severe they'd do what they legally have to, if you excel then you are in good shape. My middle of the road kids are left to themselves. I would like to see equal education for all. Working with kids-not working against their parents. Some great teachers! Wish they were all like those. Guidance department has been helpful in college process, not helpful in any other area, especially intermediate and middle school. Would like to see my tax dollars used more efficiently in educating my children. I turned to Assabet for one of my kids and he is excelling.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

The teachers at Westborough High School are Fabulous
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2008

i graduated there last year and i have to say this school fully prepared me for what college was going to offer!!!! thank you so much WHS
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 25, 2008

Westborough High has excellent teachers! I also agree with the earlier post that discipline can be unfair, with different consequences for WHS students involved in the same situation. Hopefully that will change with the (new) administration going forward. I also agree with the comment made that Guidance is the weak area. Lots of work needed there with boundaries and support. Sports and fine arts are off the charts, so if your kids are involved in these extra curricular activities they will do well in Westborough. All 3 elementary schools are good, as well as the 3rd-6th gr school and the middle school (7-8th). The population is very diverse, and throughout all the schools the teachers have placed emphasis on respecting diversity, which is a great thing. The curriculum at the HS is varied, providing classes that fit all types of learners. Excellent college prep classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2008

I have a child who is graduating after spending all twelve years in the Westborough Schools. I could not have asked for a better education. Thank you, Westborough!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2007

Westborough High School is a great school. The students are challenged academically, especially in math and science. They have many options for extra-curricular activities. The administration does well overall, but discipline is sometimes unfair... not all students receive the same consequences for similar actions. Most teachers are excellent. Parents are very involved and student achievement is extremely high.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 12, 2006

High School offers excellent orientation for parents and teachers. Guidance counselors prepared an excellent program and materials for parents of seniors to better prepare us for the college process. One on one mtgs with Student and Parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2005

Guidance department is weak...parents need to help their students in college 'hunt' as the school is oversubscribed.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

288 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

288 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

279 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 Students98%
Female98%
Male96%
African Americann/a
Asian96%
Hispanic85%
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White99%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities86%
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Math

All Students93%
Female92%
Male95%
African Americann/a
Asian95%
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities63%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students95%
Female97%
Male95%
African Americann/a
Asian95%
Hispanic84%
Multiracialn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities75%
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.

255 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%
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.

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Tech/Engineering

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

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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66%
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 Students97%
Female96%
Male97%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a

Chemistry

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

Tech/Engineering

All Students83%
Femalen/a
Male89%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged89%
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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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

89%

Average SAT score

1716

Graduation rate

99%


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 77% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 14% 6%
Hispanic 5% 16%
Black 2% 8%
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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90 West Main St
Westborough, MA 01581
Phone: (508) 836-7720

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