CHS Doesn't Crack Top 50 Boston Magazine Schools

The magazine used a variety of statistics to compile its list. See how Chelmsford fared in a variety of categories.


Boston Magazine recently compiled its list of 222 Boston-area public and charter high schools and also narrowed down the top 50 schools in the area based on a variety of statistics, and Chelmsford High School found itself in the middle of the pack in a variety of categories.

The school didn't find its way onto the Top 50 list in the magazine. Weston High School took top honors followed by Lexington High, Dover-Sherborn Regional High, Concord-Carlisle High and Wellesley Senior High.

Schools nearby Chelmsford that made the list include Bedford High School at No. 10, Westford Academy at No. 22, and Littleton High School at No. 31.

According to the sortable list in the article, Chelmsford was in the middle of the pack in categories such as percent of graduation, percent to college, MCAS scores and SAT scores.

The school features a 93.4 percent graduation rate and an 85 percent rate of students going on to college.

Chelmsford's 10th grade English, math and science MCAS scores were 94, 92, and 73, respectively, which was also average in the group of 222 schools.

So what's your take on the numbers? Do you think they accurately portray Chelmsford's educational efforts, or are they misleading? Let us know in the comments section below.

ChelmsFarms September 19, 2012 at 07:10 PM
And for them that like to see the data, here are the expenditures per pupil for Chelmsford and a few towns close by along I-495 (from Boston Magazine)... I wouldn't let expenditures guide my decision for a school system. Chelmsford - $10,550 Westford - $10,697 Tewksbury - $10,926 Billerica - $12,006 Lowell - $12,899 Acton - $13,110
Mad@Chelmsford September 19, 2012 at 07:14 PM
With the behavior I see from the town meeting reps, planning board, and the Board of Selectmen, Town Manager, it is obvious we don't have the educated social class living here in Chelmsford. Fromm the way some of these folks act it is not suprising that their kids are not performing. Town Meeting looks like a circus full of village idiots.
Keith Walsh September 19, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Vivian, I said that elected officials and residents should spend the "time and attention" on schools that they do on the fire station. My comment had nothing to do with money, and therefore I fail to understand how your comments about money make my point "not well made".
The_Chelms September 19, 2012 at 08:58 PM
While I agree that the union gets in the way of education reform. Let's not blame everything on the union. After all, the union has nothing to do with a student who lacks motivation or drive. That's something that should be taught at home by the parents.
The_Chelms September 19, 2012 at 09:06 PM
I agree, per pupil spending is not a good indicator for how good a system is. While we are definitely on the lower end of the spectrum for per pupil spending, there are other towns that spend about the same amount (like Westford) that are in the top 50. What strikes me, is why our pps is so low while our residential property taxes are so high. Where's the tax money going if it's not going to the students? Anyone in the know care to explain?


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