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Foxborough High School Ranks in Boston Magazine's Top 50

Foxborough High School ranks 42nd out of an evaluation of 230 public high schools in the Greater Boston area.

Foxborough High School is one of the top 50 schools in the Greater Boston area, according to Boston Magazine.

The publication recently gathered data from more than 200 public high schools in the Greater Boston area to determine which schools are the best, and determined Foxborough is the 42nd best high school along Route 495.

On the list of the Top 50 high schools, Weston High School came in at number one and Millis High School was ranked 50.

Other area communities on the list include:

Data gathered included test scores, number of AP classes, graduation rate, percentage of students who continue on to college, as well as the number of sports teams and clubs. 

Foxborough statistics included:

  • Enrollment: 844
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 13.3
  • Per Pupil Expenditure: 12,125
  • Percent Graduation Rate: 96.1 percent
  • Percent to College: 89 percent

Per pupil spending and student to teacher ratio were included in the rankings, but less weight was given to them as recent studies have shown that those are not as important factors in quality of education. 

Methodology

According to Boston Magazine: The rankings were computed by statistician George Recck, director of the Math Resources Center at Babson College. The magazine gathered the most recent available data on area school districts by consulting school officials and websites, as well as the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. With this information, Recck calculated the mean scores for each category, then ranked the districts based on a weighted average of each school data point’s difference from the mean. Only schools serving cities and towns within the Greater Boston I-495 boundary were included.

For a complete list of the Top 50, visit Boston Magazine's Top-50 list

To see the rankings of all 230 schools surveyed, click here.

Call for comments: What do you think about Foxborough High School's ranking in Boston Magazine?

Steve September 25, 2012 at 03:12 PM
So why is it that we have a charter school in our town sucking precious resources from our school system?? I thought charter schools were supposed to be put in areas that needed a better alternative than the area public schools could provide!
Allison September 25, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Steve, You obviously do not know much about charter schools. I live in foxboro and my children go to FRCS. The school takes kids from 20 neighboring communities, and takes money from those towns. Foxboro schools lose some of the tax money that I pay and it is allocated to the charter.
Steve September 25, 2012 at 05:29 PM
I understand and agree with everything you wrote. Do you disagree with my statement that charter schools belong in a community where they would do better than the public schools??
Chris A September 25, 2012 at 05:57 PM
I have kids that go to the FRCS and it is an excellent school. However, I'm strongly considering moving them to Foxboro public once they reach middle school age because of long-term friend bonding through high school, sports oppurtunities, music/band, bigger graduating class size, prom, etc. Doesn't make sense to wait until high school. This only reinforces my beliefs that there won't be much...if any dropoff from the FRCS to Foxboro public. It's nice to see Foxboro finely getting exposure because it's always the towns closer to Boston that seem to get the most recognition.
Chris A September 25, 2012 at 06:11 PM
I believe that having a good charter and strong public school gives Foxboro residents the best of both worlds. It's good to have choices. Foxboro is in much better shape compared to other towns financially (Mansfield, etc) so I'm not buying the "taking taxes away" argument from the town. I think both schools can learn from each other as far as what works and what doesn't. For example, I heard Foxboro public was flirting with uniforms (no idea if true or not) , but I know it's worked so well at FRCS. It's certainly saved us a lot of headaches worrying about the latest trendy clothes for school so I think it would be a great move if the publics went that route. I think we are fortunate because having both a strong public & charter school makes Foxboro a mecca for education and a better desired neighborhood to live, raise children and possibly help home values.
Allison September 25, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Steve: Yes, I do disagree with your statement that "charter schools belong in a community where they would do better than the public schools" Because it does not need to be physically located in a disadvantaged community. It needs to be centrally located to be easily accessible to the communities it serves. Chris is correct, having the charter in Foxboro makes this town a more desirable place to live. Chris: Middle school age is an awkward time, so if Foxboro High School stays a good school by the time my kids enter high school age, I will probably keep them at the charter through middle school and then go to the public high school for the same reasons you are.
Steve September 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Ok so where are the disadvantaged communities surrounding Foxboro? Sharon (8) Walpole (48) Canton (45) Medfield (18)??? I’m pretty sure Mansfield, King Phillip, Franklin and North Attleboro are all doing well. I’m not saying that the Charter school is a “bad” school, it’s most likely a very good school but it is located in the wrong town/area to keep with the spirit of the charter school act. Per the MCPSA web site “Charters are founded by parents and community leaders who believe there are educational needs that are not being met by district schools”…. What “needs” are not being met in our area?? I ask because I’m curious. How do you think the charter school is above and beyond other local schools?
Chris A September 26, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Steve, I believe the charter school opened in the late 90's. Back then the Foxboro public schools in terms of state school rankings were much lower. However, the public schools have made tremendous progress as far as I can tell (bringing in highly regarded superintendents, better MCAS scores, more recognition, etc). I moved here in 2000 and followed the public progress over the years because of the reasons stated above. I think the circumstances are much different today compared to the late 90's when the charter school opened. In regards to surrounding towns, Mansfield almost canceled it's football program and some other sports a few years ago because of budget problems...and they are a state power in football. Stoughton in general has gone down hill (my brother-in-law moved his kids from Stoughton to Mansfield). King Phillip is a good school but I wouldn't call the Attleboro area anything special when compared to Sharon, Easton, Walpole, etc. I don't think I even need to explain Taunton.
Steve September 26, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Well having lived here my entire life and going thru the school system and then putting my kids thru I can tell you that the rankings go up and down but generally they are in the same ball park and to my knowledge the charter school has never been ranked higher. You make good points and clearify my point as to the school districts that DO need a charter school. Going back to my original point Foxboro is not a good spot for one. Is it nice to have it here (aside from being in a terrible location-traffic wise), sure it is but it is needed a liitle further south and east of here. How many Attleboro or Taunton or Brockton students get to make use of the Foxboro Charter School? And what does Mansfield having to cancel it's football program have to do with the quality of education at that school? Last I checked the Charted school didn't have a football team.
Allison September 26, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Steve, as I said before, the charter caters to 20 communities. Very few, if any Sharon residents attend the charter, even though they are eligible. Brockton, W Bridgewater, Stoughton, Attleboro, residents do. Shall I go on? The charter is not "most likely" a good school, it is a great school. Franklin has their own charter, btw, and Medfield is not in our charters district. I can't get into a long discussion about the good/bad of a charter vs a traditional public school. I can mention a few things I love: free full day kindergarten, intensive Spanish instruction starting in Kindergarten with children speaking Spanish fluently by the time they reach middle school, multicultural population, uniforms, teacher accountability. Do your own research. lt's about choice, and options. Some people choose the charter (if they are lucky enough to win the lottery) A parent's choice about their children's education is deeply personal. This is not black and white and based on arbitrary test scores and statistical conclusions.
Allison September 26, 2012 at 06:36 PM
I know someone who lives in Sharon, yet spends a ton of money sending her kids to The Sage School in Foxboro, so some of her tax money is going to Sharon Public Schools. I am sure there are many people in Foxboro who are sending their kids to private schools and do not get their tax dollars allocated to the school they are going to. When I was looking for a house recently in neighboring Walpole, I thought I'd attend the high schools musical production of Greece. I was sorely disappointed when they actually censored the musical. Sharon, on the other hand, does not censor their productions. That helped me to decide that Walpole is not a town I would like to live in even though the schools are very good. I also have the freedom to move to any of these towns the charter caters to and not worry about what school my child will end up in. Go on a tour of FRCS, they have them every month. They just finished a major construction project: A new double gymnasium, playground, library, and cafetorium stage, you might like what you see.
Dennis Naughton September 28, 2012 at 01:11 AM
MIllis High School #50.
Dennis Naughton September 28, 2012 at 01:36 AM
A legitimate complaint that towns like Foxborough have with Commonwealth Charter Schools like the Foxborough Regional Charter School is the formula by which the latter are funded. The way it works is that when a Foxborough Public Schools student goes to the charter school, he/she takes the per pupil cost from the Foxborough Public Schools to the charter school. The way that per pupil cost is arrived at assures that the charter school will receive a greater dollar amount than the cost of educating a non-special needs student in the Foxborough Public Schools. The reason for this is that the amount that follows a non-special needs student from the Foxborough Public Schools includes the cost that Foxborough pays to educate its special needs students as well as its non-special needs students. Anyone wanting to know how this formula has works can find out from the Office of the Superintendent, Foxborough Public Schools. Over the years that the Foxborough Regional Charter School has been here, Foxborough Public Schools, as well as the many other public schools in the FRCS region have been forced to send millions to the FRCS. The formula is one that penalizes the regular public schools, and should be changed in the interest of fairness. Currently, it has a negative impact not only the programs in the regular public schools, but also on all taxpayers, whether or not they have children of school age.
Allison September 28, 2012 at 12:47 PM
It is a common misconception that charters take money away from the traditional public schools. I know quite a few parents who live in Foxboro but send their children to private schools. Tell me, where is the tax money that these parents pay going? To the Foxboro Public Schools, of course, educating other peoples children. Teachers at the Foxboro schools also get paid much more than the teachers at the charter school. I find it hilarious that you actually state that the schools are getting "penalized" and that there has been a "negative impact" What a bunch of bull. The charter has just finished a major renovation project to to get what the other schools have, a proper gymnasium, playground, auditorium stage, library. They have very few extracurricular activities, while the public schools have an abundance. You bring up a good point about special needs kids. It seems the best and the brightest are being penalized as alot of money is going toward special needs programs. I guess we can just wait alittle longer for that cure for cancer.
Steve September 28, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Come on Allison, OK your kids got ot the charter school and you like, we get it but for you to say that charter schools do not take money away from the public school is just absurd. Dennis went into very well, go back and re-read his explaination. What do private schools have to do with anything??? If a student goes to a private school it has NO bearing on the local school budget. Yes that students parents taxes do go to the public schools just like everybody else that does not have students in public schools. You can argue a lot of things when it comes to the benefits of charter schools but you can not argue that their funding comes directly out of the local school system budgets and yes it does negatively affect the quality of education at those public schools.
Allison September 29, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Steve, I was being very logical. I heard and understand what Dennis said about how the money is allocated to the charter. But, there are other things to look at, which is what I already addressed. You'd have to go over the budget with a fine tooth comb to see where all the money is going and where it is actually coming from. The teachers and staff are union, they get paid more and have better benefits than the teachers and staff that work at the charter. If we are talking about money here, then let's do the math, shall we? Go to town hall and get the salaries of the school employees, and find out what is allocated to the charter whenever a child from Foxboro attends the school. Find out exactly how many children from Foxboro actually attend the charter, how many children attend private schools, where extra funding is coming from, etc..... People have been skeptical of charters since they started, traditional public school administration and teachers have been attacking them for years. Your "facts" are a common argument against charters because they are seen as a threat.
Chris A September 29, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Steve, It's not just the football budget in regards to Mansfield. My brother-in-law has lived in Mansfield for 15 years and had three kids go through the Mansfield schools. According to his kids and him, Mansfield is attracting more riff-raff (sorry...don't know how to say in nice way) and getting a little rougher. He called it in Stoughton before he moved out and thinks there's a similar trend in Mansfield with the cheap cost of living. I think Mansfield is not as bad off as say Taunton, so I guess it depends what your definition of "bad" is. I'm just giving you my opinion and his if you were to compile a town pecking order as far as best towns overall to live in.
Chris A September 29, 2012 at 02:48 AM
I'm not sure what percentage of Foxboro residents are actually students at the FRCS school but I'd be willing to guess it's no more than 10% based on students in over the years in my 3 kids classes and getting to know their parents and where they live, etc. I thought I heard somewhere that kids from over 8 counties attend the FRCS so 10% may be too high and not accurate. I have a hard time believing there is a significant financial loss from the town overall per pupil to the FRCS vs Foxboro public special needs or whatever....especially with Gillette and Patriot Place (and future expansion).

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