617 Lexington Street
Waltham, MA 02452
(School attendance zone shown in map)
Rating
4/
10
Bottom 50%
Waltham Senior High School serves 1,620 students in grades 9-12.
Waltham Senior High School placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in Massachusetts for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is bottom 50%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 45% (which is lower than the Massachusetts state average of 51%) for the 2018-19 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 46% (which is lower than the Massachusetts state average of 54%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 is higher than the Massachusetts state level of 12:1.
Minority enrollment is 59% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is higher than the Massachusetts state average of 43% (majority Hispanic).

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 1,620 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 13:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 59%
  • Graduation Rate
    : 84% (Btm 50% in MA)
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Bottom 50%
  • Math Proficiency
    : 45% (Btm 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 46% (Btm 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), MA Dept. of Education

School Overview

Waltham Senior High School's student population of 1,620 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
The teacher population of 128 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
(offers virtual instruction)
Total Students
1,620 students
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Total Classroom Teachers
128 teachers
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School Rankings

Waltham Senior High School is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 1,667 schools in Massachusetts (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2018-19 school year.
The diversity score of Waltham Senior High School is 0.64, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2020-2021 School Year Data
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State Level (MA)
Overall Testing Rank
#1121 out of 1667 schools
(Bottom 50%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
45%
51%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
46%
54%
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Student : Teacher Ratio
13:1
12:1
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American Indian
n/a
n/a
Asian
4%
7%
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Hispanic
43%
22%
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Black
10%
10%
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White
41%
57%
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Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
Two or more races
2%
4%
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All Ethnic Groups
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Diversity Score
0.64
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Graduation Rate
84%
88%
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Participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
Yes
Eligible for Free Lunch
37%
36%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
5%
4%
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School District Name
Source: 2020-2021 (latest school year available) National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), MA Dept. of Education

Frequently Asked Questions

What percent of students have achieved state testing proficiency in math and reading?

45% of students have achieved math proficiency (compared to the 51% MA state average), while 46% of students have achieved reading proficiency (compared to the 54% MA state average).

What is the graduation rate of Waltham Senior High School?

The graduation rate of Waltham Senior High School is 84%, which is lower than the Massachusetts state average of 88%.

How many students attend Waltham Senior High School?

1,620 students attend Waltham Senior High School.

What is the racial composition of the student body?

43% of Waltham Senior High School students are Hispanic, 41% of students are White, 10% of students are Black, 4% of students are Asian, and 2% of students are Two or more races.

What is the student:teacher ratio of Waltham Senior High School?

Waltham Senior High School has a student ration of 13:1, which is higher than the Massachusetts state average of 12:1.

What grades does Waltham Senior High School offer ?

Waltham Senior High School offers enrollment in grades 9-12 (offers virtual instruction).

What school district is Waltham Senior High School part of?

Waltham Senior High School is part of Waltham School District.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 1,620 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 13:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 59%
  • Graduation Rate
    : 84% (Btm 50%)
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Bottom 50%
  • Math Proficiency
    : 45% (Btm 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 46% (Btm 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), MA Dept. of Education

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