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Top 5 School Systems In Greater Boston

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Greater Boston area is home to several excellent school districts. The average Massachusetts student-teacher ratio is 14:1. The school systems on this list meet or are less than the state average. The more valued a school district, the higher the home sale prices or rents. Learn more about these areas and the schools in them to see if the schools have what it takes for you to move your family in order to enroll the kids.

  1. Lexington. An affluent community of nearly 30,000, Lexington has 10 schools in its district with an average number of 12 students per teacher. Lexington High School is ranked second in Massachusetts high school by Boston Magazine. Over 95 percent of kids graduate from Lexington High with 95 percent of them going on to college. The town has many parks and conservation lands, libraries and museums and strongly preserves its place as the birthplace of the American Revolution. Property sales prices average over $800,000.
  2. Wellesley. Wellesley, home to both Wellesley and Babson Colleges, is 13 miles west of Boston. Many residents commute to Boston to work, although the town itself has many office parks providing local employment. A leader in environmental reform, the town of nearly 27,000 is a pleasant place to live. There are nine schools in the district with 14 students per teacher the norm. Wellesley Senior High School is ranked fifth on the Boston Magazine list the 50 best Massachusetts high schools. Wellesley Senior High has 12 students for each teacher and a graduation rate of 99 percent with 95 percent attending college. Home prices are steep averaging $515,000 for condos and over $2,000,000 for single-family homes.
  3. Newton. Known as the Garden City, the affluent town of Newton is located 6 miles from Boston along a tiny part of the Appalachian Mountain Range and hosts numerous trees. Having a population of nearly 83,000, it has a new award-winning library and is close to public transportation. Newton also has two high-ranking high schools on the Boston Magazine list: (1) Newton South High School ranked seventh, student-to-teacher ratio of 13 and a 95.5 percent graduation with 90 percent going on to college and (2) Newton North High School ranked eleventh, student-to-teacher ratio of 12 and a 95.8 percent graduation rate with 88 percent furthering their education in college. Home prices average $643,000 for condos to $1,580,000 for single-family homes.
  4. Westwood. With a relatively small population of 12,557, two commuter rail lines, lots of recreation and fantastic conservation areas, Westwood has the relaxing feel of a smaller town, but is only 13 miles southwest of Boston. Add to that the high quality of schools, which are nationally in the top two percent with usually 13 students per teacher, and Westwood is a great place for the entire family. Westwood High School is ranked thirteenth on the Boston Magazine best Massachusetts high schools. The high school has 13 students for every teacher and a graduation rate of 97.1 percent with 97 percent moving ahead to college. Condos sales are sparse now but usually average $350,000 with single-family homes average $1,129,500.
  5. Brookline. Located only 4 miles west of Boston with a population of nearly 55,000, Brookline is known for its mix of people and nationally known Brookline High School ranked fifteenth in the state by Boston Magazine. Brookline High has a 91.5 percent graduation rate with 88 percent of those graduating attending college. With a range of prices from about $420,000 to $1,400,000, there are a number of home choices on the market.
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Elizabeth R. Elstien has worked in real estate for over 15 years as a real estate...

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