Boston Magazine through a system of analytics, annually ranks all the 155 High Schools within the 495 belt. Small class sizes, lower Student / Teacher ratios, and a strong sports program are weighted more heavily. Boston Magazine shares these rankings each year in their September issue. The complete 2016 ranking is attached here.
The 2016 Top Schools list is fairly consistent with 2015 Top Ten. Westborough and Concord / Carlisle fell out of the top 10, while Acton/Boxborough and Winchester found their elite spots.
Our top 10 towns continue to offer a wide range of Single Family Average Selling Price (ASP) as well as commuting times. The real estate mantra of “Location, Location, Location” definitely applies here when considering ASP vs. commute times for our Top 10.
There are several towns sharing a High School. There are two examples on the Boston Magazine list; Dover/Sherborn and Acton/Boxborough. Other examples of shared schools: Concord/Carlisle and Lincoln/Sudbury. Often the sharing towns have very different feels and ASP’s.
Concord has a very dynamic town center (actually 2 centers……Concord and the up and coming “West Concord” home of the newest hot spot, a Farm to Table restaurant, Woods Hill Table …Plan ahead, the choice times are often not available) with artisanal “mom and pop shops”.
Carlisle typically has a 2 acre minimum and is fairly wooded. No public transportation of any kind, other than a school bus! Carlisle is a town with a single store, “Fern’s”. A one stop shop, providing a decent deli and wine assortment. Also good for last minute bread, eggs, and milk!