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Top 5 Schools In Massachusetts' Merrimack Valley

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

The Merrimack Valley of northern Massachusetts has a number of public schools. From Concord with just one high school to Andover with a number of excellent schools, quality schools are found in several school districts. English and math percentages are from the state-mandated testing known as the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS). Here are the top five public schools on the Massachusetts side of the Merrimack Valley.

1. Andover High School

Andover is known for his excellent public schools. In particular, Andover High School has a 15:1 student to teacher ratio. About 50 percent are taking Advanced Placement (AP) classes. Only two percent of students are not proficient in English and math. Andover High School obtained a 393 national rating and a state rating of 19 from U.S. News and World Report.

2. Concord Carlisle High School

This high school serves both Concord and Carlisle. A high percentage of students (38 percent) attend AP courses. Of all students, approximately five percent are not proficient in English and math. It is ranked 788 nationally and 33 in Massachusetts based on U.S. News and World Report criteria. With a 14:1 student to teacher ratio, Concord Carlisle High School is the only high school in the district.

3. Westford Academy

Located in Westford and ranked 796 nationally and 34 statewide by U.S. News and World Report, Westford Academy has a 15:1 student to teacher ratio. Forty percent of students are taking AP classes. Only three percent of students are not proficient in math and English.

4. Doherty Middle School

Doherty Middle School in Andover has nearly 100 percent of eighth graders proficient in English and 82 percent in math. Out of 194 students in 2013, this is a high percentage that far exceed the eighth-grade state testing average for 2013. Plenty of extracurricular activities and counselors give middle graders the edge at this school.

5. High Plain Elementary School

Andover has a high-performing school district and High Plain Elementary School is no exception. Third-grade testing shows that 76 percent of students are proficient in English and math based on the 104 students tested in 2013, which exceeds the state average for this grade. Challenging work for the younger ages and a real family feel make this grammar school a winner.

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Elizabeth R. Elstien has worked in real estate for over 15 years as a real estate...

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