Shrewsbury High School in top tier of national ranking

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Westborough, Algonquin also perform well

By Laura Hayes, Contributing Writer

SHREWSBURY — Shrewsbury High School is ranked among the top six percent of high schools nationwide, Shrewsbury Schools Superintendent Joseph Sawyer said in a Superintendent’s Update video on April 30.

The annual list is compiled by U.S. News & World Report, which ranked roughly 17,860 public high schools in every state and the District of Columbia. 

Shrewsbury High School is ranked 43rd in the commonwealth, 984th in the country and 58th among STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) high schools.

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A screenshot shows Shrewsbury Schools Superintendent Joseph Sawyer speaking in a video message to the community.

“Congratulations,” Sawyer said. “That’s something all of us in our community should be very proud of.”

According to a U.S. News & World Report press release, the ranks were determined using state data from the 2018-2019 school year as well as data from the College Board and the International Baccalaureate. 

Sawyer attributed the ranking not only to high school staff but to teachers in all grade levels.

“We can’t get results that are that strong without those foundational skills being taught from our students’ youngest ages,” Sawyer said.

Other local high schools appeared on the same rankings as Shrewsbury, with some having similar success. 

Westborough High School was ranked 28th in Massachusetts. Algonquin Regional High School was ranked 54th, while Hudson High school was ranked 143rd. Grafton High School was ranked 145th and Marlborough High was ranked 252nd out of 365 high schools. 

“Certainly the quality of the program that we were able to provide, again has put Shrewsbury in an extremely favorable light when it comes to how our students perform compared to those across the entire nation,” Sawyer said.