Nipmuc Regional High School is excited to announce that Newsweek has recognized the school as one of “America’s Top High Schools” for 2016. Nipmuc Regional joins only 18 other high school across the Commonwealth in receiving this recognition.
In ranking our nation’s schools, Newsweek uses a range of information including graduation rates, college enrollment rates, and student achievement data from the SAT and Advanced Placement tests to determine how well schools prepare students for college. Nipmuc ranked 466th on the list. The other schools in central Massachusetts to join Nipmuc on the list are Westborough High School and Algonquin Regional High School. You can access a listing of all Massachusetts schools on the list here.
In commenting on the school’s inclusion on this list, Principal John Clements said, “This recognition is a credit to our students and teachers. We’re fortunate to have a dedicated and talented faculty and a student body that truly embodies high expectations. We’ve worked very hard to ensure that our programming is preparing students for the world beyond our campus. This is exciting news for everyone in our school community.”
Dr. Joseph Maruszczak, Superintendent of the Mendon-Upton Regional School District, stated, “This recognition is certainly an affirmation of the outstanding work that has been occurring at Nipmuc and throughout the district. The commitment to the delivery of a rigorous curriculum, real-life STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning opportunities, and purposeful technology integration is very evident. Because of the district’s cycle of continuous improvement, as evidenced by these initiatives, our students are very well positioned to succeed in postsecondary study and beyond.”
This recognition by Newsweek follows a year of accomplishments for the school. After a positive accreditation evaluation in the fall of 2015, Nipmuc was named one of five high schools in Massachusetts to be named a 2015 Commendation School by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education based on its high achievement and high progress. In addition, in the spring of 2016 Nipmuc received membership in the National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools (NCSSS), becoming one of approximately 100 schools in the nation and only the second Massachusetts school to receive membership into the consortium.
You can access Newsweek’s full list of America’s top high schools here. You can access an explanation of the methodology for the study here.
Congratulations Nipmuc! Other towns should take note..buildings are not the most important requirement for a good education!