Top Schools in Massachussetts

Written By Sally Forsyth

Top Schools in Massachusetts

Are you interested in studying at a school in Massachusetts? Massachusetts is a state rich in history, particularly the state capital Boston. From the Freedom Trail to the Boston Tea Party and the Battle of Bunker Hill, there are many fascinating historical attractions here. Massachusetts also has an attractive coastline on the Atlantic ocean with beautiful beaches to enjoy in the summer months. Another major attraction, especially for students, is the fact that Boston is also an international center for higher education due to its huge number of colleges and universities.

Massachusetts is particularly rich in excellent schools in different parts of the state. Here are some of the top schools in Massachusetts:

Academy of Notre Dame

Campus and Location

  • Located in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts.
  • 28 miles north of Boston the state capitol.
  • All girls Catholic school.

Academic Curriculum

  • Small class sizes which facilitate personalized learning.
  • Demanding and challenging academic program.
  • An excellent choice and variety of AP and Honors courses.
  • Virtual High School is available.
  • Dual enrolment with local colleges and universities.
  • Academics Plus program designed to enrich academic studies.

Extra- Curricular Activities

  • After school enrichment program.
  • A wide range of individual and team sports are offered.

Bancroft School

Campus and Location

  • Located in Worcester, Massachusetts about 45 miles west of Boston.
  • Beautiful campus on the shores of Indian Lake.

Academic Curriculum

  • Strong focus on global citizenship with a special global studies program.
  • Summer courses are available.
  • Impressive liberal arts program.
  • Foreign exchange programs are on offer and there are many options for educational trips overseas.
  • Special work experience in Senior year called the Senior Cooperative in partnership with local businesses.
  • Small class sizes which facilitate personalized learning.
  • More than 10 AP classes are available as well as a variety of honor classes.

Extra- Curricular Activities

  • Strong emphasis on visual and performing arts.
  • A wide range of sports and athletic options.

Support for International Students

  • Homestay program with local families, many of the families from the Bancroft School community
  • The school aims to fully integrated international students into the school community providing support as necessary.

Boston Trinity Academy

Campus and Location

  • Located in Hyde Park about 13 miles south of Boston.

Academic Curriculum

  • 13 AP courses are on offer.
  • Senior Symposium program in Senior year requiring students to write a 15-20 page research paper.
  • Required arts and music courses.
  • Small class sizes which encourage personalized learning.
  • Strong college placement program.

Extra- Curricular Activities

  • A variety of music, art, and theater extra-curricular activities are on offer.
  • A wide variety of competitive sports
  •  Other clubs and activities are available for students.

Support for International Students

  • ESL support program is available.
  • 16% of the student body are international students.
  • Homestay program is offered by the school.
  • Standardized English test is necessary on the application.

Brimmer and May School

Campus and Location

  • Seven-acre campus located in Chestnut Hill,  3 miles west of Boston  Massachusetts.
  • Founded in 1880.
  • Fully equipped fitness center.

Academic Curriculum

  • Strong multicultural focus.
  • 17 A.P courses are on offer.
  • 3 different Diploma programs including Global Studies, STEAM and Creative Arts.
  • Small class sizes.
  • Bg focuses on developing 21st-century skills.
  • Educational travel program.
  • Outdoor education program
  • 40 hours of community service is required.
  • Summer programs are available.

Extra- Curricular Activities

  • After school music program.
  • An impressive range of clubs and activities are available.
  • 14 different sports teams form part of the athletics program.

Support for International Students

  • Special language support program called Foundation of English for Nonnative speakers.
  • More than 7 different nationalities within the student body.
  • International students are encouraged to get involved in all aspects of school and community life.

Cape Cod Academy

Campus and Location

  • Located on the coast in Osterville near Barnstable,  Massachusetts.
  • 70 miles southeast of Boston.
  • Beautiful 46-acre campus close to forests and walking trails
  • Two libraries and a technology learning center
  •  Swimming pool and 8 tennis courts
  • Vernal pool and greenhouse.

Academic Curriculum

  • Learning support center which offers academic help when needed.
  • Partnership with Solutions Learning Center in Osterville when tutor support is needed.
  • A wide variety of  AP courses are on offer.
  • Small class sizes which encourage individualized support.

Extra- Curricular Activities

  • Students are encouraged to participate in three sports a year.
  • Strong visual and performing arts program.

Support for International Students

  • Summer camp programs available.
  • International program coordinator offering support to students.
  • Many countries represented within the student body.
  • Students live with local host families.

Cardinal Spellman High School

Campus and Location

  • Located in Brockton, Massachusetts.
  • 25 miles south of Boston.
  • 42-acre campus
  • Fitness center on campus.

Academic Curriculum

  • Honors program and  8  AP classes available.

Extra- Curricular Activities

  • A variety of sports and clubs available.

Support for International Students

  • Host families arranged through EduBoston.

Falmouth Academy

Campus and Location

  • Located on the coast on Falmouth, Massachusetts close to the island of Martha's Vineyard.
  • About 72 miles south of Boston.
  • Vernal Pool
  • Beekeeping on campus

Academic Curriculum

  • Strong fine arts and performing arts program
  • Unique Arts Across the Curriculum  program
  • Special Science in the Real World program which includes internships in laboratories like the Marine Biological Laboratory as well as many educational excursions and trips.
  • French and German exchange program.

Extra- Curricular Activities

  • Competitive sports program

Support for International Students

  • 25 different countries represented within the student body and international students are warmly welcomed.
  • TOEFL test is required for entrance to the school.
  •  The school does not provide an English language learning program for international students.

 

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About the author

Sally Forsyth is a High school English teacher and an educational coach. She has worked in national and internatonal schools in different countries and different school systems, She is also the founder of CoachMyFuture, a coaching organization focusing on coaching teachers and educators in the educational sector.

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