Bedford High Ranked Tenth by Boston Magazine

By Kim Siebert MacPhail

Bedford High School  Image (c) WikiCommons
Bedford High School Image (c) WikiCommons

Based on data collected in 15 different categories— such as standardized test scores, college attendance, student-to-teacher ratios, per-pupil expenditures, and number of varsity sports and AP courses offered— Boston Magazine has ranked Bedford as having the 10th best high school in the metropolitan area in its most recent study of the “Top 50 Ranking of High Schools in Boston and Boston Suburbs”.

According to the magazine, the school rankings are proprietary and may be calculated differently each year. When last year’s rankings were published in September of 2012, it was stated that the greatest weight had been given to “academics, including performance on the MCAS, the SATs, and AP exams, because a school’s first priority is a proper education.”  This year, as in years past, the information that informed the study’s calculations was obtained through sources such as school officials, school websites and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

In the time that Boston Magazine published the Top 50 rankings, Bedford High has consistently scored in the top 20, coming in at #18 in the results published in September 2011 and at #6 in 2010. In 2006, Bedford High ranked 15th among area schools and also received 4th place for “operating efficiency,” a score that was based on the how much the district spent on education relative to how students fared in the chosen categories.

To see the most recent Boston Magazine rankings that will be published in the September 2013 edition of the magazine, visit:

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