The Bromfield School is among the top 10 public high schools in Massachusetts, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report list that came out in late April. Bromfield was ranked eighth among the 342 public high schools in the state. It is the smallest high school in the top 10, although not by much. (See chart)
Massachusetts did well as a whole, too. Almost half of Massachusetts’ schools were in the top 25% nationally—a larger share than any other state.
In a listing of more than 17,000 schools across the country, U.S. News rated Bromfield 334th overall and 158th for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). To determine the STEM ranking, the publication took the 1,000 top public schools in the overall rankings and compared them for student participation and achievement in Advanced Placement science and math tests.
School Superintendent Linda Dwight said in an email, “We are proud of the accomplishments of our students under the guidance of the teachers and staff. While we strive to balance personal well-being with academic achievement, it is powerful to know that shifting our focus towards health strengthens our path towards learning. One does not compromise the other in school or in life.”
Bromfield Principal Scott Hoffman agreed, writing, “The national recognition is a tribute to our entire community. We are very fortunate to have talented and hard-working students, a great staff dedicated to creating meaningful lessons, and a community that supports the schools in so many ways.”
Hoffman also pointed out some Bromfield students’ recent successes in other areas. He noted that the history and geography team finished second among small schools and in the top 60 in the country at a recent national competition. In addition, the speech and debate students will be going to the national debate competition in Florida later this month. “All in all,” Hoffman wrote, “we have had some excellent news over the past couple of weeks.”
In some previous years, U.S. News has categorized Bromfield as a “gold medal” (top 100) or “silver medal” (top 500) school in the nationwide rankings. But the magazine dropped the gold, silver, and bronze designations this year.
U.S. News reported it evaluated 23,000 public high schools this year. Out of that number the magazine ranked 17,245 schools, far more than the 2,700 it ranked last year. (The number of schools in the study has fluctuated considerably from year to year, with the distinction between evaluation and ranking not always made clear in the published summaries.)
To determine a school’s rank, U.S. News said it looked at a broader range of factors than in earlier years. As before, it looked at participation in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs, which it takes as a measure of readiness for college among a high school’s graduates. This year, the magazine added several other factors to the evaluation, including breadth of curriculum, math and reading proficiency as measured by state tests, and graduation rate.
Bromfield was also named a College Success Winner for 2019 by the nonprofit GreatSchools organization, which has been rating schools nationwide since 2003. This award recognizes schools with “a successful track record of going beyond simply graduating students to helping them enroll in college and succeed once they get there,” according to the organization’s website. Only about 20% of the eligible schools in 25 states qualify for the award.