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 2015-2016 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 2015-2016 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 2015-2016 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%.
  • Needham High School operates within the Needham School District.
  • Needham School District's 97% graduation rate is higher than the Massachusetts state average of 87%.

Top Placements (Massachusetts)

Needham High School is Listed among the top public schools in Massachusetts for:

  • Category Attribute
  • Overall Rank Highest overall rank (Top 1%)
  • Math Proficiency Highest math proficiency (Top 5%)
  • Reading Language/Arts Proficiency Highest reading language/arts proficiency (Top 1%)
  • Graduation Rate Highest graduation rate (Top 1%)
  • Community Size Largest student body (number of students) (Top 5%)

School Overview

  • Needham High School's student population of 1664 students has grown by 6% 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
Needham High School Total Students (1989-2016)
Gender %Needham High School Gender
Total Classroom Teachers118 teachers
Needham High School Total Teachers (2006-2016)
Students by GradeNeedham High School Student By Grade

School Comparison

  • Needham High School is ranked within the top 1% of all 1671 schools in Massachusetts (based off of combined Math and Reading proficiency testing data) for the 2015-2016 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 0.35. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2015-2016 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (MA)
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
94%
64%
Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)≥99%
71%
Student : Teacher Ratio14:113:1
Needham High School Student Teacher Ratio (2006-2016)
Asian
8%
6%
Needham High School Asian Students (1989-2016)
Hispanic
5%
19%
Needham High School Black Students (1989-2016)
Black
3%
9%
Needham High School Black Students (1989-2016)
White
82%
63%
Needham High School White Students (1989-2016)
Two or more races
2%
3%
Needham High School Two Or More Races Students (2009-2016)
All Ethnic GroupsNeedham High School All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity BreakdownMA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.320.35
Needham High School Diversity Score (1989-2016)
Graduation Rate≥99%
87%
Needham High School Graduation Rate (2011-2016)
Eligible for Free Lunchn/an/a
Needham High School Eligible for Free Lunch (1999-2015)
Eligible for Reduced Lunchn/an/a
Needham High School Eligible for Reduced Lunch (2005-2015)

    District Comparison

    • The school district of Needham High School is Needham School District, which is ranked within the top 20% of all 397 school districts in Massachusetts (based off of combined Math and Reading proficiency testing data) for the 2015-2016 school year.
    • Needham School District's student population of 5,581 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
    • The district's graduation rate of 97% has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
    • The revenue/student of $15,388 in this district is less than the state average of $20,551. The district revenue/student has declined by 14% over four school years.
    • The district's spending/student of $15,626 is less than the state average of $19,475. The district spending/student has declined by 10% over four school years.
    School District NameNeedham School District
    Number of Schools
    Managed
    8
    3
    Number of Students Managed5,5811,344
    Needham School District Students Managed (1988-2016)
    District Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
    83%
    64%
    District Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
    87%
    71%
    District Graduation Rate
    97%
    87%
    District Total Revenue$84 MM$28 MM
    District Spending$86 MM$26 MM
    District Revenue / Student$15,388$20,551
    District Spending / Student$15,626$19,475
    School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
    Source: 2015-2016 (latest school year available) NCES, MA Dept. of Education

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