The Mystic Valley Regional Charter School was ranked as the third-best high school in Massachusetts by U.S. News & World Report in its 2018 ranking of United States high schools. The rankings include data on more than 20,500 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Massachusetts was ranked as the state with the best high schools in the United States.
Mystic Valley’s third-place ranking is the highest in school history and was only behind Boston Latin School and the Advanced Math & Science Academy Charter School in Marlborough, a magnet school for students primarily interested in math and science. No other high school in any of Mystic Valley’s sending districts cracked the top 50 in Massachusetts.
The rankings are determined through a four-step process. First was a finding that students exceeded expectations in the state. Second was whether underserved students performed better than the state average. Mystic Valley’s underserved students performed 22.7% better than the state average. Third was whether student graduation rates met a threshold of 80%. Mystic Valley’s rate was 99%. The fourth step was a finding that students were prepared for college-level coursework.
Mystic Valley was ranked as the 193rd best public high school in the entire United States, the 66th best charter school in the country and the fifth-best public high school of any kind in New England! Mystic Valley’s outstanding performance earned it U.S. News & World Report’s Gold Star.
Alex Dan, Mystic Valley’s superintendent/school director, was very happy to receive the news and said: “I would like to congratulate all members of the Mystic Valley community, including students, parents, teachers, and board members, on this landmark result. It is representative of the school’s ongoing commitment to academic excellence in core, foundational areas of subject matter, and to achieving its mission and core philosophy without veering into unproven trends in teaching and learning. The entire school community should be proud of the fact that, by staying true to the school’s original mission, we have prepared our students to thrive at the post-secondary level.”