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Weston High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 757 students

 
 

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Posted October 2, 2014

How a top rated school with the highest tax base in the state, highest property values, highest per capita income and highest per pupil expenditure can fall out of the ranking in such a small amount of time is alarming. This school, and it's administrator's made the mistake of resting on their laurels and assuming parents wouldn't notice. The superintendent was prematurely handed her title and ruined the schools. Now she's leaving; and this remains her legacy. There is no school spirit and students are unsupported and unhappy, and most faculty and administrator's don't appear to care. The principal (who can't even make an appearance on back to school night) cares only about the teachers and won't advocate for a student, no matter the reason. This school keeps promoting unqualified faculty (some with very little experience) to higher administrative positions, while manipulating the process so as to avoid outside hires who may actually improve the school. Here, if you are a town parent or a student, you're bottom of the barrel. Most faculty behave very negatively toward students and parents (especially guidance). This school needs a complete overhaul to bring it back into favor.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2014

My youngest child will be graduating from Weston High School in June. I find that each student is appreciated for his or her individual strengths. Although my son was not in the top 25% of students academically, he thrived with the help of his teachers who were always available for him to meet with. The bonds that he made will last forever. He is definitely ready to make the transition into college life. Our entire experience in the Weston Public Schools has been superb!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2014

The quality of this public school has greatly diminished. They were once #1 rated in the Boston area. They took a big stumble to #11 in recent years. No surprise to the community. The negative aspects such as declining test scores, low AP scores, etc. are blamed on the students! Logic will support that the issue is the teaching and the weak leadership. There are some fantastic teachers, and some truly mediocre ones. The principal allows department heads to control the school with no accountability, even to him. Teachers are allowed free reign and faculty dept heads work around him to circumvent his authority. This school needs a true leader who supports STUDENT'S needs first and foremost, not a host. The other issue is a very weak superintendent who is uninterested in the community. She is leaving soon and it will take a while to reverse the damage. Let's hope there isn't another internal promotion of one of her inexperienced subordinates. One can only hope the school committee learned their lesson last time. Guidance department is useless, irrelevant, horrible, works against your child. The guidance department head is downright rude to parents and students, with no recourse!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2013

Parents and the students ensure this school stays in the rankings. A handful of outstanding teachers that really shine but the Teacher's Union protects the bottom of the barrel and they seem to have quite liberal sick leave. Principal is trying to make it more personal but it still reminds me of an assembly line. Many requirements that are not useful and lessen opportunities to meet with teachers. The guidance department is useless. Many parents hire outside help for tutoring and college counseling.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2012

This is a great high school and I'm very happy that my child attended this terrific school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2012

Weston High School has been established as one of the best, if not the best, public high school in the state and one of the top public high schools in the nation. That's no small feat, and as a current student, I absolutely see how WHS achieves that lofty status. The teachers are, contrary to what many other reviews say, willing and eager to personally and actively connect and engage with students on an individual level. The electives, diverse and popular, add to a rigorous, challenging, top-notch academic repertoire. WHS facilities are kept modern through constant funding and facilitate a great education. Not only does Weston focus on bringing the bottom up, the top students are also challenged, with AP courses, college-level independent studies, and many other courses of action. I couldn't be happier with my high school education, and I know many others who would say the same.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 26, 2012

This school is just like many other public schools and struggles to address any individual needs and doesn't really care about whether the student is actually learning. The language program is a joke where no one can actually speak the language that they are taking, what's more, it appears that both the faculty and administration don't care. One line report card evaluations are meaningless.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

As a current senior, I am afraid I must disagree with several of the comments below. The school does have strong academic departments, but the school seems only focused on academics. Sports aside, our extrascurriculars are a joke. We have 1 45 minute block once a week for clubs to meet. Other schools often have 2 hour-long blocks. Activity block, as it is known, is also the first thing the administration will cut if they need time for something. There is a growing culture of 'No' in the school, as students are increasingly restricted in what they cannot do. As a student, I feel that my voice is unheeded by the administration. If I have a complaint, I go directly to my parents, because the school will listen to them, but not me. I don't have more space, but the comment below, about the school's 'socialist agenda' is completely ridiculous.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 3, 2010

What is good about Weston High School is: The mathematics department, the Science Department,the awesome arts and music departments. All are excellent! The math and science departments are great about encouraging able and passionate students as well as helping those who need an extra push to succeed. Most Math and Science teachers are fantastic. What needs to change? The English and history departments. Weak, pedestrian administrators who don't seem to focus on the student's needs. There are varying degrees of teacher quality in these departments and this is most unfortunate. The principal is strong, but still needs to listen to parents more. I agree that there need to be fewer internal promotions. The recent ones have not been well received. We need a parent-friendly, inclusive superintendent, Most parents are unaware of decisions made within the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2010

The school used to be strong, supportive and produce very academic students who were well prepared for college. What happened? Much has changed in the past 5 or even 3 years. We can only blame the Superintendent and the School Committee. HS students are being limited to classes they can take, many having to drop levels or opt out of an over-crowded class. Here is what other similar schools do in wealthy towns: they ADD MORE CLASSES. Cut back the programs that are unneeded...no matter how PC they are! Where is our tax money going and why isn't it being spent on the children of Weston? No child should have to be bumped out of a class based on poor planning or poor fund allocation. We pay enough taxes and contribute enough to WEEFC, prioritize children and learning again, like it once was! Hire from outside. TOO MANY internal hires.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2009

The administration of this school system needs to worry less about imparting their moral wisdom on the student body and be more concerned with strong academics--which are now taking a back seat. The academics at WHS are taking a downward spiral and as parents, we are happy that our last child will graduate this year. Thank God. He may escape unscathed from the new low-standard, underachieving, socialist agenda.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2009

Hey, let's face it. College acceptance rates are at the top because of one main reason: genetics. The other factors for the high tier 1 and Ivy acceptance rates is parental legacy and the demographics--access to outside educational programs like private tutoring.The school does very little to promote high achievement, in fact, most academically strong students tend to be bored and unstimulated since the focus at this school is 'closing the achievement gap' and bringing the bottom up. Motivated and academically strong students are not well served, and would do better to take outside courses or partake in Independent Study programs. Very egalitarian attitude.The cutbacks have forced larger class sizes so students have less choice and are forced to give up academics for silly, politically correct ventures.I expect to see a drop in achievement some time soon as well as college matriculations becoming less than impressive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2009

This is an exceptional public school system that is looking to improve further. College acceptance rates for the very top students as well as the middle of the class stack up well against private schools. They are moving to an Honors English offering in the fall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2008

Excellent school. Challenging and supportive. We moved to Weston for the schools and with the esxeption of the Elementary Schools (which are mediocre), we have been happy. The HS principal is wise and cares about the students. Teachers are mostly very supportive. The only negative is the English Deprtamnt which is hit or miss. Getting an 'A' at Weston HS is like getting an 'A' at a prestigious and expensive private prep. It is quite a feat! There are so many brilliant students here that it raises the school's profile. The new superintendent is average. But there was no search conducted, so we can't expect much. The School Commitee is in need of revamping and restructuring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2008

WHS offers many competitive athletic and academic programs. Department heads and teachers have very high standards and expect much from their students. I agree with the comment that leadership at the VERY top of the school department is mediocre and worrisome. Luckily, the HS seems to be on auto pilot with a newer but decent prinicipal, we can hope that nothing goes to pot. Parents in town need to have more say in school hirings (which are effectively now being done by the school committee!), and curriculum standards.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2008

Everybody in this wealthy town pays for expensive tutoring which raises the school's profile. So your research. Talk to parents. Many here opt for private schools for their smarter kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2005

Many of the parents in this affluent town are graduates of ivy league colleges. There is a lot of pressure from parents for kids to perform. The school offers many extra-curricular activities with a wide variety of sports, theater, music programs as well as specific interest clubs. There are many Advanced Placement courses offered that are taught at college level. Many say the quality of education in this high school is comparable to a private prep school. In my high school class there were about 8 honors students who went on to Harvard after graduation.
—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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2013.

181 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

181 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

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Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

175 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 Students99%
Female100%
Male98%
African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities97%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students97%
Female99%
Male96%
African American92%
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students83%
Female82%
Male85%
African American33%
Asian96%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities47%
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.

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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.

200 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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85%

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82%

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87%

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86%
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 Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
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Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Chemistry

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
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 Students85%
Female75%
Male94%
African American50%
Asian92%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Title I81%
Students with disabilities52%
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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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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SAT participation

63%

Average SAT score

1835

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 74% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 13% 6%
Black 7% 8%
Hispanic 3% 16%
Two or more races 3% 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 4%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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