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Westford Academy

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1679 students

 
 

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Posted April 23, 2014

This school has the worst guidance counselors. This blonde told my son he wasn't college material. He's finished Law school. She told my coworkers son , he wasn't college material and he flies for a major airlines, good grief...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

As good as it gets! It provides a well rounded balanced education. It has the best drama, orchestra and numerous other activities... Prepares you for the REAL world...


Posted July 8, 2013

I greatly dislike this school. I'm a rising junior at Westford Academy and I have always loved going to school. So, when the first day of high school came, I was just as excited. But it was awful. Kids here are rude, mean, and judgmental. I myself am competitive, but never to the point that I would cheat. But the thing is, kids here do cheat. And worst of all, teachers virtually never realize it. The textbooks in most cases are horrible. I don't even understand how some of these science teachers even got their teaching degrees. The clubs that are student run are pointless- nothing ever gets done. There are a few great teachers here, but they're rare. Facilities are great, I absolutely love the library! But besides that, there are just SO many problems that need to be addressed. :'(. If you can, please do yourself and your kids a favor and send them to Acton Boxborough Regional High School instead! My parents almost moved us to Acton instead of Westford and not a day goes by without me wishing that we lived in Acton instead.


Posted May 16, 2013

Westford Academy was a great place to go to highschool. For those students who graduated in the top 15% of my class (late 90's), we all had opportunities to attend either Ivy League or top tier private universities. Teachers were engaged, and AP and Honors classes were excellent. The class size was small (at or under 30 students for most classes) and we had various opportunities to study abroad as part of the foreign language curriculum, participate in various after school activiites and varsity and jv sports. There were also art, theater and music programs available, however these were not the most robust compared to other schools districts I attended as a child. These could be improved. There was a massive school renovation during my last year and I'd be interested to know how that impacted the experience for students graduating after me. Guidance counselers were helpful, but not as critical and constructive in helping select colleges appropriate for students' apptidue and personality - seemed like more of a check-the-box exercise. In general, an excellt school district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2013

I loved this school, the teachers are great they are really laid back, understanding, and flexiable with our needs. The guidance counselors and deans are top notch I loved them. They gave me more than I asked for in support academically and outside of it. Everyone in the school gets along with each other and are very respectful towards one another. There is also a great variety of classes and I had a great time!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 18, 2012

Westford has excellent elementary and middle schools, but falls short at the Westford Academy. Problems are swept under the rug and parents are left in the dark.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2010

Very challenging, rigorous academics. I graduated from WA in 2010 and felt it had prepared me excellently for college. WA has a GREAT selection of AP courses and the teachers (..well, most of them) are qualified to teach AP. The courses are challenging - I averaged about 5-6 hours of sleep my junior and senior years. The guidance department tries their best to help out, but I wish they were more helpful during the College App process. The music department is great, the theater department is EXCELLENT, as is the Speech/Debate team. WA recently won the NCLB Blue Ribbon - well deserved. Great school all around!


Posted October 10, 2010

Diverse, Great Teachers, Great Opportunities
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2010

I couldn't have asked for a better high school. WA supplied me with excellent teachers who were always willing to help a student having difficulty and a wonderful guidance counselor who helped me to find the perfect college for my interests.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 4, 2010

Student's who are average according to nationwide statistics are failing classes due to the standards of Westford Schools. WA has turned into a 'public' prep school for those who excel in academics. Our children are being 'left behind'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

We have the best teachers and they do the best with what we have. Everyone makes sure to keep the school in it's best possible condition - we could use a little help though!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2009

My children attended this school, as well as my Hungarian exchange student. She graduated from here the year she attended
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2008

Poor parent relationships. Does not accomadate parents requests or resolve problems without great difficulty.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2007

Excellent academics. Principal is great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2006

Academically a good school. For the size of the town, they offer a good variety of classes. Honors level courses are challenging, as they should be. Teachers are helpful, but could be more accessible. Parent involvement is good in the area of extracurricular activity. Concert orchestra is a great program. Other activities in sports, arts and clubs are well represented.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2005

Previous student. This is an excellent high school. Plenty of activities are offerend after school and none are sup par. However, it can be difficult to break in to the social seane.
—Submitted by a former 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.
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The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2013.

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The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

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The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

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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

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Economically disadvantaged92%
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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.

408 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Chemistry was 65% 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 Students96%
Female96%
Male94%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial93%
White95%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities68%
English language learnersn/a

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Tech/Engineering

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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

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Reading growth at this school

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SAT participation

97%

Average SAT score

1767

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 82% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 13% 6%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Hispanic 1% 16%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 8%
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 3%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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30 Patten Rd
Westford, MA 01886
Phone: (978) 692-5570

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