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The latest Massachusetts school district ranking has been released, so let’s take a look at the Top 25 school districts for 2023.


The ranking was first reported on by Boston 25 News, and you can dig into their full report here. I’m sharing the list here for two reasons. One, I’m a father of two school-aged children, so these annual rankings interest me. Two, I’m a volunteer with my city’s SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council), so I see value in all people having information on how school districts perform.


The report was released by Niche, and it’s titled 2024 Best School Districts in Massachusetts. To pull a quote from Boston 25’s piece, “Niche said its 2024 ranking is based on “rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education.”” In other words, this isn’t some silly “Best Fall Cities” list. There’s legit research here.


Massachusetts School District Ranking: The Top 25 for 2023

Here’s a bit more on the methodology, straight from the Boston 25 report: “Ranking factors included state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, teacher quality, public school district ratings, and more. SAT/ACT scores were removed from this year’s rankings to reflect a general de-emphasis on test scores in the college admissions process.” I, for one, am glad to see the de-emphasis on test scores.


In news that should surprise no one, the top school districts are in cities and towns with a lot of money. That’s why I’m glad that Boston 25 shared the Top 25 and not just the Top 10. I’ll take you through the Top 10 below so you can see who landed where, but you’ll also be able to see who rounds out the Top 25, as that part of the list is important, too. The full list of 239 can be found here.

  • 1) Hopkinton

    Overall Niche grade: A+

  • 2) Weston

    Overall Niche grade: A+

  • 3) Brookline

    Overall Niche grade: A+

  • 4) Dover-Sherborn

    Overall Niche grade: A+

  • 5) Newton

    Overall Niche grade: A+

  • 6) Wellesley

    Overall Niche grade: A+

  • 7) Belmont

    Overall Niche grade: A+

  • 8) Wayland

    Overall Niche grade: A+

  • 9) Lexington

    Overall Niche grade: A+

  • 10) Winchester

    Overall Niche grade: A+

  • 11-25

    11) Westboro

    12) Shrewsbury

    13) Westford

    14) Sharon

    15) Needham

    16) Westwood

    17) Harvard

    18) Amherst-Pelham

    19) Cambridge

    20) Bedford

    21) Acton-Boxboro

    22) Lynnfield

    23) Natick

    24) Medfield

    25) Duxbury

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