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Stoneham Doesn't Make Newsweek's List of America's Best High Schools 2012

Stoneham High School did not make the top 1,000 American schools list published by Newsweek, according to a report on The Daily Beast website.

Stoneham High School did not make Newsweek's list of America's Best High Schools 2012, according to a report on The Daily Beast website.

However, nearby Melrose High School ranked 832nd on the top 1,000 American schools listed published by Newsweek.

"This year, our ranking highlights the best 1,000 public high schools in the nation—the ones that have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready grads," read the report. "The list is based on six components provided by school administrators: graduation rate (25 percent), college matriculation rate (25 percent), AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10 percent), and AP courses offered per student (five percent)."

According to the report, Melrose's graduation rate is 98 percent, with 92 percent graduation bound. 

Also on the list was Mystic Valley Regional Charter School, which serves Stoneham area students, in Malden. The school ranked 122nd on the list.

The graduation rate and college bound percentages for Mystic Valley Regional Charter School are 100 percent, according to the report.

Tom M September 24, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Who's fault may this be????
Witold Witkowski September 24, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Stoneham is a small enough community that we (as a group) can fix this. It is in everyone's best interest (in Stoneham of course!) for our schools to be the envy of our neighboring towns. I'm a new resident, so I'll defer to those more experienced and knowledgeable. Any suggestions for how the community can come together to turn this around?
Tom M September 25, 2012 at 01:11 PM
It's time for a change of 1950's policy. Each individual city or town should set a tax rate for homes with students in public schools. When parents feel the money is coming out of their pocket for a specific item, the parents will pay more attention. When a parent is paying for their child to attend public school the parent will make sure they get their moneys worth. This will decrease the student drop out rate. Decrease dug use. Increase marks and contribute to the home value of parents homes. The town with the best bang for the buck via the school system tax charge, the more an individuals home would be worth. It's all simple math with simple solutions. Now to get the elected officials to make chage for the better of all, and we might go forward.

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