Best School Districts for Your Buck in Massachusetts

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Best School Districts in Massachusetts

It’s the American Dream: a beautiful home in an affordable community, where parents can feel comfortable raising their kids. And for many families, this means finding a place with a great school district.

But in some cases, that’s easier said than done. Even in Massachusetts, a state known for the quality of its education, the most sought-after school districts often are in the wealthiest towns, such as Weston or Newton. And that means the best schools can come with a hefty price tag.

Yet school quality doesn’t always correlate with housing costs. There are many affordable cities with great schools, and many towns where better schools offset the moderate premium of living there.

We set out to help families find these hidden gems. Using school quality and cost-of-living measures, NerdWallet has discovered the Massachusetts school districts that best represent the most “bang for your buck.”

Here’s how we determined the best school districts in Massachusetts:

  • Standardized test scores. This was a combination of 10th grade Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System scores and SAT averages in 2012.
  • College readiness. We combined equally weighted scores for the graduation rate and the percent of high school graduates seeking higher education in 2012.
  • Class size. We factored in the student-to-teacher ratio for our selected school districts.

We evaluated 226 unified and secondary school districts in Massachusetts. All data are from the U.S. Census Bureau or the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. To see the full data set, click here.

Best school districts for your buck in Massachusetts

1. Westford School District

Westford topped our list for “Best Schools for Your Buck” on the strength of its graduation rate of 98.5%, the fourth highest in the state, and its relative affordability with median home values under $450,000, according to the most recent census data. While Westford boasts high rankings for its elementary and middle schools — including Day Elementary and Blanchard and Stony Brook middle schools — it’s best known for Westford Academy, the high school. The school’s test scores set it apart: 98.9% of 10th graders received the “Advanced” score on the MCAS. The school offers a range of Advanced Placement courses, including computer science, studio art and music theory. Given the quality of coursework available, it’s not surprising that 92.5% of Westford students went on to higher education, the third highest in the state.

2. Belmont School District

Belmont schools are used to receiving accolades, which isn’t surprising given the high level of student performance in the MCAS and the SAT. In addition to high standardized-test scores and graduation rates, Belmont also offers an outstanding array of extracurricular activities. String orchestra lessons are offered as early as third grade, and the strong music programs carry on into high school. This year, the Chamber Singers and Concert Chorale earned gold medals at the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association festivals. Those wishing to compete in athletics can join Belmont’s Rugby Association, winner of the 2012 state championship.

3. Holliston School District

One of the most-affordable districts in our top 20, Holliston doesn’t sacrifice quality for affordability. The district boasts a 97.8% four-year graduation rate, and 98.9% of 10th graders scored “Advanced” on the MCAS. Extracurricular programs are also strong, and in 2014, Holliston was one of a select number of high schools that competed in the FIRST robotics competition. For parents of younger children, Holliston’s Sam Placentino Elementary School offers French Immersion and a Montessori curriculum, in addition to traditional education.

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4. Mansfield School District

Mansfield provides a healthy mix of brains and brawn. The school district combines a high graduation rate of 94.4% with recognized dominance in several sports, most notably its high school football team, which won Division II state championships in 2004, 2010 and 2013. Home values were the most affordable of our top 10, making Mansfield a true contender for getting the most education value for the money.

5. Hopkinton School District

In addition to high marks for school quality, Hopkinton offers an array of unique courses. High school students can take journalism for the 21st century, comparative zoology, Mandarin, AP art history and AP computer science. Hopkinton has also competed in the FIRST robotics championship and won the Connect Award for its success in getting younger students interested in robotics.

6. Littleton School District

The most affordable school district in our top 20 when it comes to housing, Littleton is a strong example of the best “bang for your buck.” The district is proud of the fact that it spends 16% less per student than the state average, while still boasting a 92.6% four-year graduation rate, and a 97.9% rate of “Advanced” MCAS scores among its 10th graders. Littleton school district also emphasizes community involvement by requiring high school students to complete 50 hours of community service through the district’s nonprofit partnerships. Academically, students are able to participate in a range of competitions, including the Harvard-Mathematics Tournament and the National Latin Exam, where Littleton has had several gold and silver medal finalists.

7. Medway School District

Medway School District demonstrates excellence from the bottom up, with a 9 out of 10 rank at GreatSchools.org from elementary all the way through high school. The district, which excels in all of our metrics, is most notable for its four-year graduation rate of 98% and its MCAS score. Medway High School also has been recognized by Gov. Deval Patrick for its unique distinction of providing some of its own power with solar panels. And when it comes to housing, you won’t have to break the bank to live in Medway — its median home value was $373,000, the second-most affordable home price in our top 10.

8. Berlin-Boylston School District

With 98.9% of students scoring in the “Advanced” category, Berlin-Boylston has the highest MCAS score out of our top 10. The district serves students in Tahanto Regional Middle-High School, which is for students in seventh to 12th grade. The third-most affordable district in our top 20, Berlin-Boylston demonstrates across-the-board strength in education, with a graduation rate of 95.7%, and a solid 91.3% of students going on to higher education.

9. Medfield School District

Medfield has a lot to be proud of when it comes to education. It boasts the highest four-year graduation rate in the state — 99.1% — and the fifth-highest rate of graduates attending higher education. The district’s SAT average of 1761 was tied for second highest in our top 10, and it has consistently made the College Board’s AP district honor roll. Medfield’s music program has won competitions, including gold medals by the high school jazz ensemble at the all-state competition and silver medals by the concert band and orchestra.

10. Acton-Boxborough School District

As rivals of Westford, the Acton-Boxborough School District has an array of achievements to be proud of. In addition to having the second-highest SAT average in the state, Acton-Boxborough Regional High School has won several state championships in the Science Olympiad and Academic Decathlon. Students work hard and play hard, with the high school winning five state titles in football, three field hockey championships and state championships in girls soccer and swimming and diving.

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Top 20 best school districts for your buck in Massachusetts

School district Median home value Selected monthly homeowner costs Percent of 10th-graders scoring Advanced on MCAS SAT score Four-year graduation Rate Attending higher education Class size Bang for your buck score
1 Westford School District $444,800 1,867 98.87 1761 98.5 92.5 14.9 82.12
2 Belmont School District $632,100 1,265 98.37 1789 95.7 87.6 17.1 80.64
3 Holliston School District $386,000 1,659 98.93 1682 97.8 88.5 13.3 78.79
4 Mansfield School District $372,600 1,934 97.50 1596 94.4 86.6 18.9 77.96
5 Hopkinton School District $510,000 1,702 98.90 1703 97.5 89.2 14.1 77.64
6 Littleton School District $386,700 1,493 97.90 1697 92.6 85.8 14.2 77.56
7 Medway School District $373,800 1,950 97.97 1653 96.7 88.2 15.1 77.50
8 Berlin-Boylston School District $386,300 1,617 98.90 1648 95.7 91.3 11.9 77.37
9 Medfield School District $574,700 2,207 98.50 1761 99.1 92 14.7 77.08
10 Acton-Boxborough School District $484,200 2,803 98.33 1873 94.2 90.2 16 76.97
11 Shrewsbury School District $363,700 2,228 97.17 1648 93.6 89.6 17.1 76.96
12 Norwell School District $576,800 1,698 98.17 1632 96.5 90.8 16.5 76.80
13 Hadley School District $335,900 1,778 96.93 1580 96.2 88 15 76.62
14 Masconomet School District $517,800 2,251 98.93 1643 97 91.5 16.7 76.26
15 Chelmsford School District $342,800 1,983 95.50 1675 93.8 87.9 15.1 76.18
16 Mendon-Upton School District $392,200 1,813 96.93 1635 94 83.9 16.9 76.08
17 Sharon School District $455,500 2,173 98.10 1775 95.1 88.7 13.1 75.70
18 Andover School District $546,500 1,838 97.20 1708 95.5 90.7 14.1 75.52
19 King Philip School District $408,200 2,141 97.70 1638 91.8 86.5 17.1 74.96
20 Groton-Dunstable School District $449,600 2,461 98.07 1634 95.7 92.6 15.6 74.88

 

Methodology

The score for each district was derived from these measures:

1. Housing Cost for each school district was 30% of the total score. Housing cost was calculated by averaging the district index score for median home value and selected monthly homeowner costs for the school district. The more affordable the area, the higher the cost score. Data came from the 2012 DP04 from the U.S. Census FactFinder.

2. Standardized Testing Score was 30% of the total score. District scores from 2011-12 were calculated by equally weighting state indexes for the percent of 10th-graders who scored “Advanced” on the MCAS and the SAT scores of a district. Data was provided by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

3. College Readiness for the class of 2012 was 30% of the total score. College readiness was a combination of a school district’s high school graduation rate, which is the percent of students who graduate in the standard four years, and the percent of students going on to colleges and universities, both two- and four-year institutions. Data came from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

4. Student-to-Teacher Ratio was the final 10% of the score. Data was provided by Massachusetts Department of Education.

We evaluated 226 unified and secondary school districts in Massachusetts for this study.

Top 20 best school districts for your buck in Massachusetts (full data set)

 School district Median home value Selected monthly homeowner costs Percent of 10th-graders scoring Advanced on MCAS SAT score Four-year graduation rate Attending higher education Class size Bang for your buck score
1 Westford School District $444,800 1,867 98.87 1761 98.5 92.5 14.9 82.12
2 Belmont School District $632,100 1,265 98.37 1789 95.7 87.6 17.1 80.64
3 Holliston School District $386,000 1,659 98.93 1682 97.8 88.5 13.3 78.79
4 Mansfield School District $372,600 1,934 97.50 1596 94.4 86.6 18.9 77.96
5 Hopkinton School District $510,000 1,702 98.90 1703 97.5 89.2 14.1 77.64
6 Littleton School District $386,700 1,493 97.90 1697 92.6 85.8 14.2 77.56
7 Medway School District $373,800 1,950 97.97 1653 96.7 88.2 15.1 77.50
8 Berlin-Boylston School District $386,300 1,617 98.90 1648 95.7 91.3 11.9 77.37
9 Medfield School District $574,700 2,207 98.50 1761 99.1 92 14.7 77.08
10 Acton-Boxborough School District $484,200 2,803 98.33 1873 94.2 90.2 16 76.97
11 Shrewsbury School District $363,700 2,228 97.17 1648 93.6 89.6 17.1 76.96
12 Norwell School District $576,800 1,698 98.17 1632 96.5 90.8 16.5 76.80
13 Hadley School District $335,900 1,778 96.93 1580 96.2 88 15 76.62
14 Masconomet School District $517,800 2,251 98.93 1643 97 91.5 16.7 76.26
15 Chelmsford School District $342,800 1,983 95.50 1675 93.8 87.9 15.1 76.18
16 Mendon-Upton School District $392,200 1,813 96.93 1635 94 83.9 16.9 76.08
17 Sharon School District $455,500 2,173 98.10 1775 95.1 88.7 13.1 75.70
18 Andover School District $546,500 1,838 97.20 1708 95.5 90.7 14.1 75.52
19 King Philip School District $408,200 2,141 97.70 1638 91.8 86.5 17.1 74.96
20 Groton-Dunstable School District $449,600 2,461 98.07 1634 95.7 92.6 15.6 74.88
21 Reading School District $443,700 2,360 97.23 1654 96.6 91.6 14.6 74.66
22 Nashoba School District $401,700 2,317 97.13 1698 94.3 89 14.3 74.63
23 Brookline School District $684,800 979 96.73 1792 92.9 81.4 13.8 74.63
24 Hampden-Wilbraham School District $286,400 1,945 96.03 1578 94.2 85.6 14.8 74.55
25 Lincoln-Sudbury School District $649,100 1,678 97.53 1764 97.3 86 13.7 74.50
26 Tyngsborough School District $359,100 2,362 97.20 1566 95.3 93.4 14.6 74.40
27 Westborough School District $412,200 2,554 98.23 1703 97.5 88.8 13.3 74.03
28 Ashburnham-Westminster School District $251,500 2,464 96.37 1556 95.3 86.4 16.1 73.97
29 Natick School District $429,200 1,967 96.63 1632 94.3 87.4 14.7 73.97
30 Lunenburg School District $292,300 1,992 96.37 1601 93.3 85 14.3 73.96
31 Northboro-Southboro School District $399,200 2,678 98.50 1722 95.4 87.9 14.1 73.85
32 Duxbury School District $573,900 1,890 98.87 1659 96.9 87.7 14 73.79
33 Burlington School District $414,500 1,250 95.23 1593 89 89.5 12.8 73.73
34 Winchester School District $691,300 2,217 98.73 1802 97.6 86.7 14.8 73.72
35 Walpole School District $400,500 1,852 95.60 1590 94.8 86.6 14.9 73.69
36 Longmeadow School District $343,000 2,610 98.00 1648 97 90.3 12.8 73.60
37 Sutton School District $363,200 2,605 95.53 1623 90.8 92.4 16.7 73.53
38 Georgetown School District $405,200 2,127 95.90 1655 92.1 89.2 14.5 73.52
39 Whitman-Hanson School District $312,700 1,730 94.77 1513 92.6 72.5 21.4 73.47
40 Wachusett School District $292,600 2,316 95.23 1582 91.9 88.5 15.8 73.42
41 Westwood School District $620,400 1,991 99.00 1663 96 87.9 15 73.22
42 Braintree School District $369,900 1,779 97.07 1612 95.1 80.4 14.3 73.18
43 Hanover School District $459,000 1,887 96.57 1494 97.5 88.8 15.7 73.12
44 Arlington School District $490,200 1,725 96.20 1688 88.5 86.7 14.8 73.08
45 Swampscott School District $412,000 1,804 97.60 1572 95.7 86.1 13.1 72.88
46 Lenox School District $290,300 2,126 97.63 1720 89.9 85.7 10.9 72.87
47 Pembroke School District $350,500 1,595 96.17 1513 93.8 79.5 16.3 72.75
48 Dover-Sherborn School District $822,900 1,995 99.73 1819 97.5 91.1 12.2 72.70
49 Auburn School District $250,300 1,632 95.97 1455 93 84.1 14.2 72.58
50 Easton School District $375,400 2,264 94.47 1601 93.1 89.2 15.3 72.50
51 Needham School District $651,300 2,349 98.17 1757 95.4 87.1 15.4 72.44
52 West Boylston School District $277,100 1,640 95.97 1578 86 86.8 12.9 72.39
53 Canton School District $425,400 1,749 95.13 1573 96.8 84.1 14.2 72.36
54 Harvard School District $607,600 3,120 98.57 1807 96.3 89.9 15.8 72.28
55 Amherst-Pelham School District $334,800 1,880 95.73 1742 86.3 83.9 12.3 72.27
56 Pentucket School District $364,000 2,035 96.73 1623 92.6 83.6 14 72.16
57 Leicester School District $258,000 1,448 95.13 1510 86.2 80.6 15.9 72.16
58 North Andover School District $436,000 2,352 95.93 1598 93.1 88.4 16.3 72.15
59 Newburyport School District $430,800 2,441 97.03 1672 93.6 89.4 13.5 72.14
60 Hamilton-Wenham School District $531,900 2,182 98.13 1717 97.3 85.9 12.2 72.03
61 Belchertown School District $268,400 1,910 96.23 1576 89.4 82.6 14.2 71.98
62 Hampshire School District $287,600 1,877 96.40 1578 95.1 80.4 12.7 71.76
63 Wakefield School District $405,600 1,717 94.37 1586 89.5 88.4 13.9 71.70
64 North Middlesex School District $290,300 1,668 94.63 1546 91.7 78.2 15.5 71.67
65 Foxborough School District $381,600 1,940 94.97 1595 99 80.9 13.4 71.52
66 Scituate School District $481,300 2,232 96.10 1642 91.4 89 14.7 71.33
67 Mount Greylock School District $266,800 2,202 94.83 1708 94.5 79.2 11.8 71.30
68 Franklin School District $387,100 2,449 96.40 1638 92.8 84.1 15.4 71.27
69 Millis School District $366,000 2,361 94.80 1561 96.6 83.1 16.3 71.27
70 Lexington School District $689,100 2,359 98.70 1866 95.9 85.4 12.1 71.21
71 Hingham School District $637,600 2,322 98.60 1687 94.4 87.4 15.3 71.17
72 Manchester Essex Regional School District $675,300 1,827 98.07 1717 93.3 85.8 13.7 71.14
73 Ashland School District $353,900 3,390 98.27 1647 96.2 89.6 15.2 71.12
74 Dartmouth School District $329,200 1,877 94.63 1530 93 84 13.9 70.73
75 Somerset-Berkley School District $296,500 1,971 93.13 1517 96.7 88 11.7 70.65
76 Northampton School District $278,600 1,788 93.93 1649 86.3 81 13.3 70.65
77 Seekonk School District $318,600 2,100 94.63 1539 92.9 82.1 15.5 70.63
78 Melrose School District $419,700 1,611 91.33 1539 94.1 84 14.9 70.31
79 Newton School District $687,300 2,368 96.90 1796 94.9 82.5 15.4 70.21
80 Dracut School District $289,000 1,986 92.63 1504 88 83.4 17 70.13
81 Bourne School District $340,000 1,234 93.60 1512 90.3 77.4 14.4 70.08
82 North Attleborough School District $334,400 2,779 96.60 1592 93.9 82 16.3 70.01
83 Cohasset School District $761,000 2,254 98.30 1667 98.9 90.6 13.6 69.93
84 Hatfield School District $300,500 1,979 93.30 1650 88.9 84.4 11.9 69.92
85 Central Berkshire School District $220,800 1,778 95.90 1542 90.7 76.7 12.9 69.85
86 Wellesley School District $882,900 2,238 95.67 1885 98.3 85.5 13.9 69.71
87 East Bridgewater School District $325,700 2,009 93.60 1498 91.7 77 18.2 69.63
88 Ipswich School District $426,500 2,366 96.93 1595 95.3 81.2 14.7 69.50
89 West Bridgewater School District $309,200 2,835 97.53 1494 95.1 88.6 14.3 69.50
90 Freetown-Lakeville School District $349,400 2,453 96.13 1516 92 83.7 16.3 69.45
91 Sandwich School District $354,400 2,646 95.00 1575 91.9 89.3 14.2 69.38
92 Bedford School District $528,700 2,375 96.40 1735 94 84.9 12.2 69.31
93 Tewksbury School District $333,700 2,123 93.53 1516 91.5 82.2 15.9 69.15
94 Milton School District $483,500 1,874 95.80 1549 93.8 82.6 14.3 69.07
95 Barnstable School District $357,800 1,489 93.73 1580 89.2 77 13.2 68.57
96 Marshfield School District $400,900 2,548 95.80 1555 95.3 85.4 13.9 68.46
97 Hopedale School District $330,200 1,830 93.90 1500 95 76.3 14.5 68.38
98 Dighton-Rehoboth School District $355,500 2,006 94.83 1523 95.6 77.9 14 68.34
99 Marblehead School District $564,400 3,102 97.50 1705 96.3 88.7 13.6 68.15
100 Billerica School District $340,500 1,972 93.40 1533 88.4 79.9 15.1 67.62
101 Triton School District $396,400 2,171 94.13 1551 90.2 83.1 14.5 67.59
102 Leominster School District $239,400 1,275 92.67 1451 88.7 74.2 13.6 67.57
103 Concord-Carlisle School District $703,000 2,794 97.70 1774 92.9 86.9 14 67.44
104 Southwick-Tolland School District $246,700 1,841 95.17 1585 85.2 76.6 12.3 67.38
105 Douglas School District $291,100 1,858 92.83 1529 84.5 78 15.8 67.35
106 Abington School District $325,600 1,941 96.30 1478 84.3 78.3 16.4 67.34
107 Berkshire Hills School District $360,700 1,295 94.60 1587 93.8 67.6 11.6 66.90
108 Wayland School District $604,500 3,851 98.37 1802 96.4 89 14.2 66.89
109 Silver Lake School District $353,100 2,758 94.93 1571 98.1 76 15.1 66.81
110 Lynnfield School District $546,600 3,115 97.50 1634 98 84.7 14.6 66.80
111 Danvers School District $367,000 2,548 93.70 1542 90 87.2 14 66.80
112 Nauset School District $484,500 2,278 97.97 1640 94.7 78.2 11.7 66.66
113 Stoneham School District $399,100 2,080 93.03 1537 91.2 82.9 13.4 66.52
114 East Longmeadow School District $266,500 3,165 95.73 1511 90.6 86.9 14.6 66.35
115 North Reading School District $422,100 3,259 95.93 1631 94.7 87.4 12.9 65.97
116 Winthrop School District $356,600 1,790 92.37 1466 83.1 89.3 12.8 65.97
117 Bridgewater-Raynham School District $330,700 2,127 89.80 1490 93.4 72.9 17.9 65.89
118 Swansea School District $284,000 2,292 91.23 1569 92.9 76.6 13.3 65.63
119 Carver School District $269,100 1,723 94.57 1550 83.2 71.4 14.2 65.61
120 Old Rochester School District $416,200 3,264 96.00 1580 96.2 86.3 13.5 65.55
121 Millbury School District $276,700 2,397 93.20 1505 90.2 78.8 14 65.21
122 North Brookfield School District $224,500 1,533 94.33 1404 87.5 73.5 12.9 65.07
123 South Hadley School District $238,200 2,246 93.57 1527 90 76 12.5 65.01
124 Rockport School District $454,200 2,198 94.40 1554 90.5 85.5 11.3 64.92
125 Harwich School District $380,200 2,118 94.97 1557 85.2 84.3 11.1 64.65
126 Frontier School District $298,300 2,434 95.73 1588 85 82.9 10.2 64.26
127 Quincy School District $347,500 1,559 90.90 1450 89.7 73.5 14.5 64.24
128 Hull School District $353,400 2,277 94.83 1553 88.4 76.9 12.5 63.77
129 Granby School District $240,900 2,306 88.57 1526 93.9 74 13.3 63.55
130 Wilmington School District $378,900 3,402 95.57 1566 91.4 87 13.2 63.46
131 Gateway School District $233,200 1,469 93.13 1588 80.7 65.3 12.6 63.41
132 Quabbin School District $244,900 2,182 93.10 1459 88.4 70.8 14.9 63.13
133 Stoughton School District $318,400 2,359 92.90 1417 91.3 81.4 13.1 63.11
134 Blackstone-Millville School District $278,500 1,099 94.97 1528 81.8 57.7 14.3 63.06
135 Middleborough School District $311,300 1,855 86.90 1447 90.5 74.3 15.7 63.03
136 Maynard School District $333,000 2,117 94.47 1558 81.3 76.3 13.3 63.02
137 Grafton School District $346,600 3,242 95.57 1603 87.7 79.7 14.2 62.71
138 Weymouth School District $321,500 2,228 93.50 1494 84.8 70.4 16.7 62.69
139 Weston School District $1,000,000 3,042 97.60 1853 96.6 88.4 11.9 62.65
140 Narragansett School District $223,800 2,147 95.17 1503 87.3 65 14.2 62.63
141 Dedham School District $374,700 2,394 94.93 1499 88.3 80 12.3 62.56
142 Clinton School District $259,500 1,618 92.73 1455 80 68.9 15.5 62.52
143 Dudley-Charlton Regional School District $284,300 3,168 95.37 1505 91.3 76.6 14.8 62.49
144 Norton School District $309,900 3,182 94.33 1530 85.1 84.1 14.5 62.42
145 Rockland School District $282,700 2,118 90.50 1462 84.1 76.7 14.8 62.24
146 Watertown School District $426,000 1,818 90.53 1483 85.8 82.3 12.4 62.21
147 Bellingham School District $284,000 1,545 92.40 1469 81.3 68.4 14.7 62.19
148 Westport School District $348,900 2,057 91.23 1474 82.1 79.8 14.5 62.17
149 Hudson School District $309,300 2,288 93.70 1491 82 81.3 12.6 62.16
150 Spencer-East Brookfield School District $252,800 1,424 89.87 1423 83.9 67.9 14.7 61.83
151 Tantasqua School District $258,200 2,256 91.50 1537 89 70 12.7 61.61
152 Quaboag Regional School District $233,400 1,714 93.40 1522 70.7 72.5 14 61.30
153 Fairhaven School District $272,500 2,042 93.10 1452 81.1 75.8 13.2 61.17
154 Adams-Cheshire School District $165,300 2,495 90.13 1496 87.5 68.9 14.3 60.97
155 Easthampton School District $231,800 1,745 87.70 1518 84.7 69.2 12.8 60.84
156 Dennis-Yarmouth School District $334,300 1,506 90.57 1469 82 76.5 11.1 60.75
157 Norwood School District $378,900 2,466 90.80 1464 88.7 80.8 13.1 60.52
158 Chatham School District $564,700 2,845 91.47 1596 98 85.7 9.7 60.50
159 West Springfield School District $207,100 1,756 87.10 1471 80.4 75.3 12.6 60.50
160 Gloucester School District $374,900 1,413 90.23 1506 86.1 67 12.4 60.22
161 Beverly School District $362,200 2,734 92.43 1512 81 79.6 15.3 60.20
162 Agawam School District $230,500 3,486 91.60 1484 90.1 81.7 13.7 60.16
163 Oxford School District $245,300 1,186 85.77 1435 77 69.1 15.2 60.11
164 Pioneer Valley School District $233,200 2,697 95.53 1550 89.7 64.8 12.3 60.07
165 Lee School District $258,600 1,554 92.37 1409 86 68.4 11.2 59.89
166 Plymouth School District $336,200 2,128 93.33 1502 86.5 67.6 13.3 59.78
167 Saugus School District $355,200 2,261 88.80 1447 85.1 80.1 13.5 59.58
168 Pittsfield School District $174,900 2,101 87.57 1473 79.8 75.6 12.5 59.44
169 Ware School District $200,400 2,397 89.90 1492 73 76.8 15 59.30
170 Methuen School District $284,200 1,959 84.00 1437 78.7 80.2 15.2 59.27
171 Falmouth School District $394,500 2,250 92.57 1562 88.3 68.6 12.3 59.22
172 Ludlow School District $226,200 2,920 89.80 1447 87.9 79.2 12.9 59.14
173 Woburn School District $362,100 2,217 88.30 1469 85.3 77.5 13.4 59.00
174 Attleboro School District $284,600 2,840 91.27 1466 88 69.8 16 58.90
175 Mohawk Trail School District $245,700 2,031 87.20 1594 77.7 73.3 11.6 58.81
176 Monson School District $247,400 2,875 88.40 1442 84.4 79.7 14.3 58.44
177 Gardner School District $185,900 2,070 86.43 1539 74.6 70.5 14.4 58.43
178 Ayer-Shirley School District $291,000 2,197 86.07 1434 92.5 73 12.1 58.23
179 Ralph C Mahar School District $179,100 2,070 91.67 1448 72.3 74.1 12.8 58.15
180 Greenfield School District $182,700 1,974 87.70 1545 77.8 61.8 14.9 58.07
181 Framingham School District $349,800 3,056 94.83 1585 85.3 71.4 12.9 58.07
182 Peabody School District $341,000 2,196 90.27 1493 83.2 69.6 13.9 57.87
183 Waltham School District $408,700 1,721 90.73 1469 81.5 73.2 11.6 57.53
184 Amesbury School District $323,100 3,952 93.03 1559 83.9 80.7 15.2 57.40
185 Marlborough School District $317,100 2,099 89.43 1518 80.1 68.2 13.4 57.03
186 Chicopee School District $180,500 1,301 83.37 1472 72.5 68.8 12.8 56.85
187 Haverhill School District $265,500 1,555 83.70 1500 69.6 72.5 14.7 56.79
188 Marthas Vineyard School District $656,700 1,469 94.40 1566 91.2 65.2 9.3 56.67
189 Palmer School District $193,600 2,744 91.17 1475 75.6 74.5 13.2 56.45
190 Lowell School District $234,200 1,866 84.03 1395 73.3 79 13.9 56.45
191 Southern Berkshire School District $361,100 1,676 94.80 1443 89.2 57.4 10.7 56.10
192 Brockton School District $237,300 1,518 85.47 1289 74.5 74.1 14.8 55.86
193 Mashpee School District $337,300 2,945 88.70 1488 91.4 72.6 12.3 55.77
194 Medford School District $385,500 2,386 90.83 1464 80.5 73.8 12.5 55.21
195 Malden School District $333,000 1,868 89.63 1371 77.2 68.4 15 55.20
196 Cambridge School District $545,800 2,135 90.73 1508 83.2 77.2 10.4 54.88
197 Uxbridge School District $298,200 2,562 91.70 1458 86.2 60.4 14.2 54.69
198 Webster School District $236,700 1,957 86.03 1343 73.4 72.6 14.6 54.10
199 Milford School District $314,400 3,417 93.23 1457 85.1 72.7 13.2 53.98
200 Taunton School District $260,000 2,167 86.10 1464 77.4 62.2 15.2 53.48
201 Northbridge School District $288,700 2,476 90.60 1493 81.2 57.1 14.9 53.35
202 North Adams School District $150,900 1,866 85.87 1395 80.9 59.8 11 52.09
203 Westfield School District $227,000 4,000 88.63 1504 84.3 75.9 12.8 52.08
204 Gill-Montague School District $209,300 2,088 89.20 1503 65 68.3 10.9 51.63
205 Revere School District $316,600 2,235 87.63 1330 76.8 69.9 14.2 51.58
206 Avon School District $310,500 2,631 92.87 1304 74.1 75 12.3 50.91
207 Randolph School District $279,800 2,292 84.90 1309 70.7 80.1 12.3 50.26
208 Salem School District $313,200 2,126 83.27 1433 78 68.5 10.8 49.52
209 Winchendon School District $214,300 2,234 86.30 1519 73.9 50.7 13.8 48.93
210 Holbrook School District $278,800 2,256 87.93 1292 71.2 65.9 14.7 48.64
211 Athol-Royalston School District $165,300 2,241 85.60 1381 74.8 57.4 12.9 48.30
212 Worcester School District $226,200 2,304 82.37 1316 72.3 65.7 15.4 48.15
213 Lynn School District $260,900 2,575 85.33 1310 73.7 68.1 14.7 48.15
214 Everett School District $323,900 2,114 80.80 1297 75.4 69.5 13.7 47.16
215 Boston School District $374,700 1,342 82.33 1322 65.9 64.7 12.9 45.93
216 Fitchburg School District $203,000 2,209 81.07 1372 74.3 54.6 14.7 45.84
217 Nantucket School District $944,100 2,787 92.67 1472 88.7 68.5 11.6 44.42
218 Holyoke School District $189,300 1,681 74.60 1350 52.8 77.9 11.5 43.81
219 Fall River School District $247,600 1,938 81.40 1364 69 52.1 13.7 42.95
220 Wareham School District $264,600 3,329 84.23 1375 79.2 60.4 12.9 42.85
221 Somerville School District $441,300 2,924 83.30 1380 78.1 65.8 12.4 42.55
222 Southbridge School District $210,800 2,390 79.03 1279 76.1 53.1 13.9 41.21
223 Lawrence School District $230,400 1,745 67.23 1205 60.6 74.1 13.6 39.09
224 Springfield School District $152,600 2,324 73.63 1245 56.6 66.2 12.1 36.12
225 Chelsea School District $269,000 2,173 77.30 1222 58.3 59.5 14.1 35.85
226 New Bedford School District $228,400 2,465 72.80 1313 55 63.3 14.6 35.72

 

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