School Details

Wellesley Sr High School

50 Rice St, Wellesley, MA 02481
(781) 446-6290
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 & ungraded 1353 students 12 students/teacher (MA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

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71%

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
  • Wellesley School District average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

82%
82%
65%

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
  • Wellesley School District average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Wellesley Sr High School is a public high school in Wellesley. The principal of Wellesley Sr High School is Andrew Keough. 1,353 children attend Wellesley Sr High School and identify mostly as Asian/Pacific Islander; Asian; and White, non-Hispanic. 4% of the 1,353 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Wellesley Sr High School is 12:1. Weston High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 9%
Asian 9% %
White, non-Hispanic 80% 78%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 4%
Hispanic 4% 5%
Multiracial 3% 4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.07% 0%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 4% 5%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This High School is excellent in that the teaching staff is top notch. There are so many courses to choose from and the individual departments and teacher encourage student to challenge themselves stretch themselves and not limit them to mid-level course offerings. There seems to be a lot of communication between families teachers and administration. The communication is open and the atmosphere is positive. Our kids all got great educations and had their choice of top tier colleges. The principal is very open to talking with parents and makes sure that the faculty adopts a similar open policy. I feel like they are concerned with your child and work with the student to achieve success.

  • (2 years ago)

    If your child is self motivated and has no learning challenges your child could do very well here. My experience has been a mixed bag--some really good teachers and administrators and some who seem friendly enough but really have no idea how to identify or help a student when things start going wrong. The teachers and administrators really don't want to talk to the parents. They want the kids to self advocate. Unfortunately kids don't always know what they need to ask for. Because of this attitude it can take a long time to find out if things are not going well for a child a school and even longer to fix the problem (if that is even possible).

  • (3 years ago)

    (One of the previous reviewers should know better than to write "alot." The correct way is "a lot.") Many thanks to the wonderful English teachers at WHS....and all the others who cared so much about each student. I cannot wait for the new school facilities to open in February. Two of our four children will be there (the other two already graduated.)

  • (5 years ago)

    I graduated from Wellesley High School. Please do not send your child if there are any learning disabilities they will not get the services they need. If your child is a main stream student they will be fine.

  • (6 years ago)

    I went to Wellesley High and when I got to college I discovered I was way ahead of alot of the freshman. Good teachers small classes like private school in some ways. A word of advice I was recommended for many level 2 classes and fought the recommendation on some of them. If your child thinks they can do it don't let them pass by the level 1 its a better quality the kids are more motivated the teachers are better and you can take the AP tests if you want.

  • (9 years ago)

    Wellesley is an excellent high school but beware that the academic focus is quite clearly on the humanities. Math and sciences tend to get shunted to the side in favor of history and English.

  • (10 years ago)

    You can't beat Wellesley High School. Great resources and support. Acceptances to top colleges rival or exceed those of private schools in the area. One of the best public high schools in the country.

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