Massachusetts’ schools are consistently named the country’s best, but even within the state’s strong spots of learning, some stand out as the crème de la crème, the shiniest of the shiny, the greatest of all.
U.S. News and World Report is out with its annual rankings of the nation’s best public high schools, and Boston Latin School tops the list of institutions in Massachusetts. The Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School in Marlborough and Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in Malden round out the top three. Five of the top-10 public schools in the Bay State are open-enrollment, while three require students to test-in, and two operate as charter schools that fill seats through a system of applications and lotteries.
Boston Latin School and the Advanced Math and Science Academy finished first and second last year, too, but Hopkinton High School—which was ranked third in 2017—fell to fifth place in 2018 behind Mystic Valley and Lenox Memorial High School.