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Winchester High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded

 
 

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Posted January 24, 2012

My child is in freshman year and teachers have been as word of mouth described, half excellent, half atrocious. I have been told sophomore year will be the same, but there are better teachers in the upper grades. School is challenging, competitive and big. Easy to get lost if your child is not at the very top or bottom. A lot of homework. Facilities are terrible. Principal poor. Parents very involved. Many hire tutors for their kids. Sports extremely important. That said, the school is still above avg.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2010

I have been unhappy with my daughter's education. I agree with the student who felt that our success is based on having a fortunate population which can afford to pay for tutors and test prep. Leadership is poor; one administrator has been applying elsewhere for years without success; his heart is not in his job. Music, art and technology very limited. Almost every music program is audition-based, even the ones after school. No intramural sports at all. Not a place to explore new areas or take academic risks, if you are not a star the teachers ignore you. My freshman met her guidance counselor only once in the entire school year. In transitioning to electronic grading software they neglected to give access to the guidance counselors, so my daughter's counselors did not see her grades or progress reports. The emperor has no clothes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

Great teachers and involved parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2008

This school prepared me very well for college level work. Especially the Humanities class I took senior year. A lot is expected of students at WHS.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 22, 2008

My sister and I both graduated from WHS within the past couple years. The students do well on the MCAS, but this is not surprising in light of the fact that most of the students at WHS are middle (or upper) class people who speak standard English, and their math classes are not too disruptive. The teachers are not all phenomenal, but most students come from families that gear them toward getting into college, and so students get by in school, and tend to get into college. Being in an environment where many students have academic goals, tends to help other students along the same tract. Also, most students don t have as many obstacles toward academic achievement, like poverty, gangs, violence, unsupportive parents, difficulty speaking English (or speaking it correctly). Winchester could be better, if they had more teachers (who were more effective), and had nicer facilities.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 15, 2006

All of my 3 children have attended WHS and I have to say that I cannot share in the praise of some of my fellow parents. I have been very involved in the high school in recent years and have come to see some very disturbing behavior of the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2005

We are very pleased with all aspects of WHS. My children have attended schools across the country and overseas, WHS is by far the best public school they have attended. Very easy to get involved. Highest academic standards.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2004

The school tends to support the highest achieving students more than other groups. This is pushed by the high level of parent involvement. Although programs exist for diversity and cultural affirmation, the tone is more of exclusive groups - varsity sports is the prime example. The teachers are very competent, but little individuality is shown. The school budget by many accounts is less than needed, but tax overrides are more successful for libraries and town halls than for school support. Many who benefit from significant home values fail to see the connection between high real estate prices and the quality of the school system. Winchester is a very good school that could be excellent if town support can become more wide-spread. Thank you for allowing me to express my opinion.
—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.

274 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

276 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

268 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%
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Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
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White96%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
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Students with disabilities78%
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Female97%
Male93%
African Americann/a
Asian96%
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Multiracial100%
White95%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities70%
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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.

328 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 65% in 2013.

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

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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 Students95%
Female98%
Male92%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial92%
White95%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities75%
English language learnersn/a

Chemistry

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Introductory Physics

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Tech/Engineering

All Studentsn/a
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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

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Above average


College readiness rating 20133What's this?

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SAT participation

94%

Average SAT score

1773

Graduation rate

98%


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 81% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 12% 6%
Hispanic 3% 16%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Black 1% 8%
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 7%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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80 Skillings Rd
Winchester, MA 01890
Phone: (781) 721-7020

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