A-B High Makes US News Top Ten List for Best High Schools for STEM

By Tong Chen, bostonese.com

Acton, Mass., July 31, 2014, — In a US News ranking of best public high schools for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) earlier this year, Acton-Boxborough Regional High School in Acton made to the top ten list. Five high schools in the Silicon Valley region of California took the fourth to eighth spots in the top ten list.

Like the Silicon Valley region in California, Acton and Boxborough are located on the I-495 belt, which is home to R&D centers to many high tech companies, such as EMC, Cisco, IBM, HP, Red Hat and etc. Many employees of these high tech companies live in Acton and Boxborough.

According to wikipedia, A-B high has 9th to 12th grades, and about 2000 students. Unlike many schools on the top ten list, A-B high doesn’t require an entrance exam. Making the top ten list reflects the strong emphasis that parents and A-B High staff have placed in math and natural sciences education.

A-B high is the only public high school in this state making the top ten list in various categories. Boston Latin School, one of the oldest and most prestigious public high school in the nation, didn’t make to any top ten list this year.

The following is the list of 2014 Best High Schools for STEM by US News.

1. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Alexandria, Va.

2. High Technology High School
Lincroft, N.J.

3. BASIS Tucson North
Tucson, Ariz.

4. Whitney High School
Cerritos, Calif.

5. Henry M. Gunn High School
Palo Alto, Calif.

6. Troy High School
Fullerton, Calif.

7. Lynbrook High School
San Jose, Calif.

8. Monta Vista High School
Cupertino, Calif.

9. Stuyvesant High School
New York, N.Y.

10. Acton-Boxborough Regional High School
Acton, Mass.