Needham High School

  • Needham High School serves 1,664 students in grades 9-12.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Math is 94% (which is higher than the Massachusetts state average of 64%) for the 2015-16 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Reading/Language Arts is ≥99% (which is higher than the Massachusetts state average of 71%) for the 2015-16 school year.
  • Needham High School placed in the top 1% of all schools in Massachusetts for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 5%, and reading proficiency is top 1%) for the 2015-16 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 14:1 is higher than the Massachusetts state level of 13:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 18% of the student body (majority Asian and Hispanic), which is lower than the Massachusetts state average of 37%.

Top Placements

Needham High School places among the top 20% of public schools in Massachusetts for:

School Overview

  • Needham High School's student population of 1,664 students has grown by 5% over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 118 teachers has grown by 12% over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Total Students1,664 students
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Total Classroom Teachers118 teachers
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School Comparison

  • Needham High School is ranked within the top 1% of all 1,671 schools in Massachusetts (based off of combined Math and Reading proficiency testing data) for the 2015-16 school year.
  • The school's student:teacher ratio of 14:1 has decreased from 15:1 over five school years.
  • The diversity score of Needham High School is 0.32, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.34. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2015-2016 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (MA)
Overall School Rank#13 out of 1,671 schools
(Top 1%)
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
94%
64%
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Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)≥99%
71%
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Student : Teacher Ratio14:113:1
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Asian
8%
7%
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Hispanic
5%
18%
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Black
3%
9%
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White
82%
63%
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Two or more races
2%
3%
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All Ethnic GroupsThis chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in Needham High School.This chart display the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in MA.
Diversity Score0.320.34
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Graduation Rate≥99%
87%
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Eligible for Free Lunchn/an/a
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Eligible for Reduced Lunchn/an/a
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School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameNeedham School District
Source: 2015-2016 (latest school year available) NCES, MA Dept. of Education

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