With September upon us, schools are heading back in session across the nation. Most schools have opted to begin lessons through remote learning, as the country continues to face hardships from COVID.
Just ahead of the school year, ranking and review site Niche (formerly College Prowler) has put together a list of the top-ranked school districts in Massachusetts. The education ranking site ordered dozens of school districts from Andover to Wachusett in its 2020 rankings.
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Last month, Niche ranked Brookline among the top 10 best places to live in the United States.
Rankings on Niche.com take into account quality of schools, locational convenience, crime rates, housing trends, employment statistics and access to amenities.
The town scored an overall A+ rating, noting its schools, nightlife, and suitability for families.
The town offers a unique blend of urban and suburban residences, large apartment complexes, charming brownstones and sprawling estates. Much of Brookline can be accessed by the Green Line T, the Boston area’s public transportation system.
Some of the most popular retail areas of Brookline include Coolidge Corner, Washington Square, Brookline Village, Cleveland Circle and the Chestnut Hill Shopping Center. These retail hubs are home to delicious restaurants, movie theaters, boutiques and large department stores.
Brookline is well known for its stellar public school system. Top-ranked Elementary Schools include Coolidge Corner School (formerly Devotion School), William H. Lincoln School, Michael Driscoll School, Baker School and Heath School.
The town of Weston is located approximately 17 miles west of Boston, at the intersection of I-95 and the Massachusetts Turnpike.
The area was settled in the mid-seventeenth century and was considered the western precinct of Watertown until the town of Weston was incorporated in 1713. Throughout the 18th century, Weston was known for a handful of taverns which were established along the well-traveled Boston Post Road. Two of these taverns, the Golden Ball Tavern and the Josiah Smith Tavern, still exist today.
After new roads to Boston were built throughout the 19th century, Weston became a destination for wealthy Bostonians to build country estates, many of which were designed by famous architects of the time. Though the town’s geographic area is nearly as large as neighboring Newton, Weston’s population is significantly lower, making it one of the least densely-populated towns in the Greater Boston area.
The town maintains large swaths of protected, open space and features more than 60 miles of trails, fields and parks. For golf lovers, the Weston Golf Club is one of the most exclusive country clubs in the country and features a beautiful par 72 course, as well as a number of other activities and amenities.
The Weston Public School system is highly regarded by residents and includes Field Elementary School, Woodland Elementary School and Country Elementary School.
Located approximately 15 miles northwest of Boston, Lexington brought in a wealth of homeowners after a technology boom in the 1970s. The town exudes quintessential New England charm, with numerous historic buildings, parks and monuments.
In addition to its landmarks, there are plenty of restaurants, shops and galleries in Lexington. Its school system is known for its high standards of excellence and ranked #1 in Massachusetts by Newsweek magazine in 2014. High-ranking schools include Maria Hastings Elementary School, Bowman Elementary School, Fiske Elementary School, Jonas Clarke Middle School and Lexington High School.
Hopkinton is a vibrant welcoming community centrally located in New England and nestled 26.2 miles west of Boston. The town is well known as the starting point of the Boston Marathon, held annually on Patriots' Day in April, and as the headquarters for the enterprise-oriented Dell EMC.
Outside of the Boston Marathon, Hopkinton remains a fairly tranquil town. It has become well known for their exceptional schools, quality housing stock, and convenient commuting location.
Hopkinton can be found at the “cross roads” of New England with Interstate 495 and the Mass Pike exits located in close proximity.
Top-ranking public schools include Elmwood School, Hopkins Elementary School, Hopkinton Middle School and Hopkinton High School.
Westford is a suburban town known for its high-tech industries and miles of rolling hills and apple orchards. The town is located west of Lowell close to the New Hampshire border.
Every year, the town holds an Apple Blossom Festival and parade, as well as aStrawberry Festival in June.
Westford boasts a very active community center with offerings for all ages, an active recreation department and an excellent school system. Top-ranking schools include John A. Crisafulli Elementary School, Day Elementary School, Abbot Elementary School, Blanchard Middle School and Westford Academy.