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Dedham Not Ranked Among Best High Schools in Massachusetts

See the rankings, and let us know if you agree with the list.

Dedham High School. Credit: File photo.
Dedham High School. Credit: File photo.

The U.S. News and World Report this week released its 2014 Best High Schools list, with 75 Massachusetts schools making the rankings. 

Dedham High School, however, was not on the list this year. 

The rankings comprise data on more than 31,242 public high schools across the country. Among the Massachusetts schools in the 2014 rankings, 22 were awarded gold medals, 41 earned silver medals and 12 received bronze medals, based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college. 

Last year, Dedham High School was ranked 42nd best high school in Massachusetts and was awarded a silver medal, classifying the school as high-performing with lower college readiness than those that earned a gold medal.

Below is the list of the Top 10 ranked schools by the U.S. News and World Report. To see the full rankings, click here.

  1. Boston Latin School
  2. Advanced Math & Science Academy Charter School 
  3. Belmont High School
  4. Wellesley High School
  5. The Bromfield School
  6. Mystic Valley Regional Charter School
  7. Dover-Sherborn Regional High School
  8. Medfield High School
  9. O'Bryant School Math/Science
  10. Sharon High School

Should Dedham have been ranked this year? Let us know what you think with comments below. 

mary April 25, 2014 at 08:58 AM
I don't think our high school could ever offer the wide variety of programs that Blue Hills offers. Blue Hills has given many students an opportunity to get practical instruction in a course of study they would like to pursue. I feel it is working well and is worth the price.
Dan O'Neil April 25, 2014 at 09:49 AM
Hi Mary I did a whole blog about this and recently found our there is a grant to do this. If Quincy another public High School can do it why can't we? Blue Hills has a quota. This would make it possible for all students that want to learn a trade to do so. A Dedham High Diploma could give a student an education, a career path right out of High School and college would still be an option. Blue Hills is terrific, but they have a cap. What happens to all the kids that would like to pursue this that are turned away? That's why we should do it.
mary April 25, 2014 at 10:03 AM
Sounds great Dan but what about space. Programs for cooking, auto mechanics etc. all take a tremendous amount of space. Then there is the cost of new teachers. These students also take academic classes, I believe they alternate weeks. I do agree it is a shame if kids are turned down at Blue Hills due to space issues. Maybe that is where they should expand. I am not an expert on the matter by a longshot but I still feel we have the best possible situation right now by having a vocational school that we share with other towns.
Dan O'Neil April 25, 2014 at 10:04 AM
Some of this can be done at the hs but we have the dexter just sitting there that could be renovated. A grant would cover that and tax payers wouldn't be hit with an increase.
mary April 25, 2014 at 10:07 AM
Guess we will just have to agree to disagree. I am glad to see someone think outside the box.

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