School Details

Reading Memorial High School

62 Oakland Rd, Reading, MA 01867
(781) 944-8200

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK, 9-12 & ungraded 1362 students 15 students/teacher (MA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade


Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS)

In 2010-2011 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math, and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Reading School District average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards


Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCASSTE)

In 2010-2011 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS STE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Reading School District average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Reading Memorial High School is a public high school in Reading. The principal of Reading Memorial High School is Joseph Finigan. 1,362 children attend Reading Memorial High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Asian. 5% of the 1,362 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Reading Memorial High School is 15:1. North Reading High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 91% 91%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 4%
Asian 3% %
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 2%
Hispanic 2% 1%
Multiracial 1.0% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0%
Pacific Islander 0.08% 0.07%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.07% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 5% 6%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Very challenging classes in the upper grades for the Honors and AP students. For my freshmen his honors classes are challenging but a few teachers still treat the students like younger children. There are numerous clubs you can join and it's very easy to start one . The Principal is new (and leaving at the end of this year) but seems to have done a good job from a parent POV. Very good communication easily accessible and friendly. The class sizes are reasonable and since the school is about 6 years old everything is still very new and in good condition. We do wish it had AC because during those hot spells in June and Sept the temp on the 3rd floor hits 90+ and it's hard for students to concentrate.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is good in the sense that it offers a lot of classes and has good resources however the faculty is not top notch. The school has some very limiting and unnecessary rules and silly requirements that do not help the students and sometimes may hinder success. I believe if I had attended a different high school I would be better prepared for college and would have the grades to go to a better college. The school may force you to take electives that will never help you or anyone else just to fulfill their requirements. In most cases administrations would rather see you do bad in a class and hurt your chances of getting into a good college than pull you from the class in order to promote your success. I know I wouldn't send my children to this school no matter how many awards it receives.

  • (1 year ago)

    Outstanding high school that weii prepares kids for college. The curriculum teachers and athletics are top notch!

  • (1 year ago)

    This schools office is not very friendly. The School staff is not very urgent in getting back to you. Good luck if you want a bus in your area if there are no buses as you have to drive your kid to school or they have to walk in the elements with no crossing guard on Rte 129 for the High School. Their Special Needs department Chairperson is rude elusive and hard to reach by phone or email. He does not want to help you... It is very hard to break through the walls as they want to do as little as possible for your teen in providing services. If your child has special needs I would recommend another school district or private school as this school caters to the gifted and elite.. If you have a special needs teen and you go to this school I assure you that you will need a lawyer to get needs met. The therapeutic class is in a small room with no windows except the one off to the back and is so crowded. They really need more paraprofessionals and help in this school and need more communication. They have a Principal who is new and takes time for all the staff to get back to you. They are getting a new Guidance Counselor and pray she is better than the unprofessional one before

  • (4 years ago)

    This is the WORST school i have EVER been to! I was a new student here and for one MOST OF THE KIDS SMOKE POT AND DRINK. Many of them dont even care about academics and the teachers pick favorites and they just focus on their paychecks and getting through the day as fast as possible. The students are mean snobby and really clique-y. WORST YEAR OF MY LIFE. All they care about is parties and labels. And there arent great choices for extra-curricular activites like there is NO cooking class! And the honors class teachers expect that you already know everything and they get mad if you ask for help! AWFUL.

  • (5 years ago)

    I go to RMHS and it is the best school around. The teachers teach us well and they care. RMHS as many extra activities that we student can do to get involved with the school. The admins. tell the parents what they need to know and not just what they wanna know. Some teachers even give big extra credit projects just so students can get there grade up. The teacher also understand if you 'bombed' a test because it happens to everyone even if they are a good student. Thank you for your time and i hope you think better of my school RMHS.

  • (5 years ago)

    we are new to reading and I am very impressed with the school system here we came from a school district were my daughter fell thru the crack and because of the move we now have a clear understanding of her learning disability something we would have never found unless the teachers in reading did not care enough to call it to our attention I am very happy with both coolidge and reading high school.

  • (6 years ago)

    I agree with the June 19 post. Reading has let so many children slip through the cracks. The school ignores a parent when they question what is going on. Most of the admin. people don't want to do their job and they will just tell a parent what a parent wants to hear so that the parent will go away. No one seems to have the students best interest in mind. I feel some of the people there are there only to collect a paycheck for the least amount of work possible.

  • (6 years ago)

    Reading is a great school for the independent functioning autonomous teen. The average to below average student and the student 'at risk' fall through the cracks miserably. That's a sad testimony. Where is the No Child Left Behind Act in this town?

  • (6 years ago)

    decent school but extremely limiting in offering advanced (or even somewhat advanced) material. recent attempts to add AP classes are well intentioned but not done in a way that it will actually be practical for the kid to take many of them... ie. all must be done senior year... similarly has not updated its courses to include any decent buisness electives and has zero tech/web courses.

  • (6 years ago)

    My children have been very well prepared for the colleges they are attending. I feel RMHS is superior to surrounding towns

  • (7 years ago)

    Wonderful school if your child is on the fast track or has special needs but lacking in support for the average student

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a sophomore at this school. I feel like I am receiving an overall very demanding experience especially considering Reading's involvement in National History Day. I have never had any serious problems with teachers and the great ones make up for the not so great ones. a few teachers are really outstanding. and I am generally very satisfied. my courses are just as challenging as those offered at the private schools nearby and I am getting the advantages of a public school education no tuition and less competition.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have found RMHS to be an excellent school. Two of my children have been educated there and both had great experiences were challenged by the curriculum and had great teachers.

  • (8 years ago)

    All in all RMHS is a pretty good school and I have very few complaints about the education my children have received there. I do however feel the English department is lacking. The majority of the teachers are simply adequate while one or two are downright dangerous. There is no AP English course offered at RMHS putting students who want to be English majors in college at a distinct disadvantage. This also impacts students who are gifted in this area by not challenging them.

  • (10 years ago)

    RMHS sets high expectations for its students. Outstanding extracurricular programs include track football soccer lacrosse band and drama. Expect to pay participation fees for sports and other activities. Parent volunteer support is encouraged. RMHS sends as many graduates to major universities as do most private schools and RMHS students are often mistaken for private school students due to dress behavior and interests. My three kids were well prepared for college due to the demanding and thorough academic program.

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