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Date Published: May 9, 2018

Author: Dominic Slowey

BOSTON, MA – May 9th, 2018 – Charter public schools from all corners of Massachusetts this
week received recognition in the annual Best High Schools issue from U.S. News & World
Report. Sixteen Massachusetts charters are among the top 100 public high schools in

The Commonwealth’s public schools ranked among the best in the nation. “Massachusetts is
home to the largest percentage of schools that earned gold and silver medals from U.S. News,
which are awarded based on students’ graduation rate, college readiness, and test scores,” U.S.
News stated. “More than a quarter of eligible Massachusetts’ learning institutions earned the
distinctions, moving the state to the top of the pack and snatching the first-place spot from
Maryland, which has held the distinction for the last three years.”

The publication analyzed more than 20,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of
Columbia. The sixteen Charter schools that were among the Commonwealth’s top 100 schools

Gold Medal Winners
Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School (Marlboro, #2)
Mystic Valley Regional Charter School (Malden, #3)

Silver Medal Winners
Boston Collegiate Charter School (Dorchester, #21)
KIPP Academy Lynn Charter School (Lynn, #26)
Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School (Adams, #34)
Foxborough Regional Charter School (Foxboro, #39)
Salem Academy Charter School (Salem, #40)
Pioneer Charter School of Science (Everett, #53)
Prospect Hill Academy Charter School (Somerville/Cambridge, #59)
Boston Preparatory Charter Public School (Hyde Park, #63)
Community Charter School of Cambridge (Cambridge, #64)
Rising Tide Charter Public School (Plymouth, #67)
Global Learning Charter School (New Bedford, #72)
Hampden Charter School of Science (Chicopee, #80)
Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter Public School (Hyde Park, #84)
SABIS International Charter School (Springfield, #92)

Bronze Medal Winners
Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School (Worcester)
City on a Hill Charter School – Dudley Square (Boston)
City on a Hill Charter School – New Bedford
Four Rivers Charter Public School(Greenfield)
Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School (Holyoke)
Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School (S. Hadley)
Sturgis Charter Public School (Hyannis)

“Congratulations to all of Massachusetts’s public schools being honored, but especially to the
sixteen charter schools for being recognized by U.S. News & World Report as among the Top
100 public schools in Massachusetts,” said Tim Nicolette, Executive Director, Massachusetts
Charter Public School Association. “These schools provide high quality public educational
options for families in their communities. We are proud of the recognition they received based
on the work they are doing to prepare their students for college and career success.”

U.S. News & World Report worked with RTI International, a global research firm, to implement
comprehensive rankings methodology that involved a multistep process. The first step was
determining whether each school’s students were performing better than statistically expected for
students in that state in reading and mathematics. For schools passing the first step, Step 2
assessed whether their disadvantaged students performed at or better than the state average for
the least-advantaged students. Schools that passed the first two steps were required schools to
meet or surpass a benchmark for their graduation rate. Schools that made it through the first three
steps became eligible to be judged nationally on the final step – college-readiness performance –
using Advanced Placement test data as the benchmark for success. Highest scoring schools
according to these criteria were then ranked numerically. Schools 1-500 were awarded Gold
Medals, 500-2711 were awarded Silver Medals, and an additional 3,237 schools were awarded
Bronze Medals for passing the first three steps of the ranking process.

For more on the rankings, visit