Waltham School District

617 Lexington Street
Waltham, MA 02452
(District boundaries shown in map)
4/
10
Bottom 50%

Top Rankings

Waltham School District ranks among the top 20% of public school district in Massachusetts for:

Category
Attribute
Diversity
Most diverse schools (Top 1%)
Community Size
Largest student body (number of students) (Top 1%)
Student Attention
Lowest student:teacher ratio (Top 1%)
For the 2024 school year, there are 9 public elementary schools serving 3,853 students in Waltham School District. This district's average elementary testing ranking is 4/10, which is in the bottom 50% of public elementary schools in Massachusetts.
Public Elementary Schools in Waltham School District have an average math proficiency score of 39% (versus the Massachusetts public elementary school average of 40%), and reading proficiency score of 39% (versus the 42% statewide average).
Minority enrollment is 60% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the Massachusetts public elementary school average of 46% (majority Hispanic).

Overview

This School District
This State (MA)
# Schools
10 Schools
1,384 Schools
# Students
5,496 Students
603,789 Students
# Teachers
553 Teachers
50,699 Teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
10:1
10:1

District Rank

Waltham School District, which is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 395 school districts in Massachusetts (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2021-2022 school year.
The school district's graduation rate of 81% has decreased from 84% over five school years.
This School District
State Average (MA)
#254 out of 397 school districts
(Bottom 50%)
This chart display the overall district rank of Waltham  School District, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
38%
41%
This chart display the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of Waltham  School District and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of MA by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
40%
44%
This chart display the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of Waltham  School District and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of MA by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
81%
90%
This chart display public school graduation rate of Waltham  School District and public school graduation rate of MA by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.

Students by Ethnicity:

0.64
0.64
# American Indian Students
4 Students
1,304 Students
% American Indian Students
n/a
n/a
# Asian Students
261 Students
43,809 Students
% Asian Students
5%
7%
# Hispanic Students
2,409 Students
145,992 Students
% Hispanic Students
44%
24%
# Black Students
479 Students
60,055 Students
% Black Students
9%
10%
# White Students
2,194 Students
324,140 Students
% White Students
40%
54%
# Hawaiian Students
1 Student
508 Students
% Hawaiian Students
n/a
n/a
# Two or more races Students
144 Students
27,659 Students
% of Two or more races Students
2%
5%

Students by Grade:

# Students in PK Grade:
117
18,456
# Students in K Grade:
444
59,542
# Students in 1st Grade:
429
62,602
# Students in 2nd Grade:
416
64,073
# Students in 3rd Grade:
423
65,481
# Students in 4th Grade:
420
65,789
# Students in 5th Grade:
434
66,972
# Students in 6th Grade:
400
67,110
# Students in 7th Grade:
381
57,974
# Students in 8th Grade:
389
56,256
# Students in 9th Grade:
416
5,454
# Students in 10th Grade:
423
4,967
# Students in 11th Grade:
419
4,614
# Students in 12th Grade:
384
4,344
# Ungraded Students:
1
155

District Revenue and Spending

The revenue/student of $27,259 is higher than the state median of $23,971. The school district revenue/student has grown by 8% over four school years.
The school district's spending/student of $35,235 is higher than the state median of $24,732. The school district spending/student has grown by 40% over four school years.
This School District
This State (MA)
Total Revenue (20-21)
$150 MM
$21,850 MM
This chart display total revenue of Waltham  School District and median value from total revenues of all school districts in MA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Spending (20-21)
$194 MM
$22,544 MM
This chart display total spending of Waltham  School District and median value from total spendings of all school districts in MA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Revenue / Student (20-21)
$27,259
$23,971
This chart display average revenue per public school student in Waltham  School District and average revenue per public school student of all school districts in MA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Spending / Student (20-21)
$35,235
$24,732
This chart display average spending per public school student in Waltham  School District and average spending per public school student of all school districts in MA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.

Best Waltham School District Public Elementary Schools (2024)

School
(Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
Douglas Macarthur Elementary School
(Math: 55% | Reading: 54%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
494 Lincoln Street
Waltham, MA 02451
(781) 314-5721
Grades: K-5
| 469 students
Rank: #22.
John F Kennedy Middle School
(Math: 47% | Reading: 48%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
655 Lexington St
Waltham, MA 02452
(781) 314-5563
Grades: 6-8
| 553 students
Rank: #33.
James Fitzgerald Elementary School
(Math: 45-49% | Reading: 45-49%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
140 Beal Road
Waltham, MA 02453
(781) 314-5685
Grades: K-5
| 381 students
Rank: #44.
William F. Stanley Elementary School
(Math: 35-39% | Reading: 35-39%)
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
250 South Street
Waltham, MA 02453
(781) 314-5620
Grades: PK-5
| 381 students
Rank: #55.
John W. Mcdevitt Middle School
(Math: 35% | Reading: 37%)
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
75 Church Street
Waltham, MA 02453
(781) 314-5595
Grades: 6-8
| 617 students
Rank: #66.
Thomas R Plympton Elementary School
(Math: 35-39% | Reading: 30-34%)
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
20 Farnsworth Street
Waltham, MA 02451
(781) 314-5765
Grades: K-5
| 334 students
Rank: #77.
Northeast Elementary School
(Math: 30-34% | Reading: 25-29%)
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
70 Putney Lane
Waltham, MA 02452
(781) 314-5745
Grades: PK-5
| 491 students
Rank: #88.
Waltham Public Schools Dual Language Program
(Math: 20-24% | Reading: 25-29%)
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
510 Moody Street
Waltham, MA 02453
(781) 314-5402
Grades: K-5
| 210 students
Rank: #99.
Henry Whittemore Elementary School
(Math: 15-19% | Reading: 15-19%)
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
30 Parmenter Road
Waltham, MA 02453
(781) 314-5785
Grades: K-5
| 417 students

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • District size: 10 schools
  • Grades: PK-12
  • Enrollment: 5,496 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 10:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 60%
  • : 81% (Btm 50% in MA)
  • : Bottom 50%
  • : 38% (Btm 50%)
  • : 40% (Btm 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), MA Dept. of Education

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