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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?

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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