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Boston Magazine Names Needham High School to Top 20 List

With a new school year beginning today in Needham, students entering the high school can begin 2010-11 with the knowledge that they attend a top 20 institution.

Needham High School (NHS) has once again found itself named to Boston Magazine's Top 20 Schools list with release of the September issue this week.

The rankings encompass public high schools within the Boston area and were based on data collected through "consulting school officials and websites, as well as the Massachusetts Department of Education," according to a statement released by Boston Magazine.

In Needham, Superintendent of Schools Dan Gutekanst related that he is not shocked by the school's inclusion.

"I am not surprised that NHS has been recognized for its academic excellence, emphasis on developing the social and emotional skills of its students, and the wonderful contribution of service Needham students make to the local and global communities," he told Needham Patch.

The rankings were determined by evaluating MCAS and SAT scores, per pupil spending, student to teacher ratio, graduation rate and percent of students who continue into college. The breadth of extracurriculars at schools, such as sports teams and clubs, was also examined across the region. After data was collected, it was analyzed and tallied by George Recck, director of the Math Resource Center at Babson College.

With another school year beginning today in Needham, though, Gutekanst said that he is proud of the work put in by everyone associated with the High School, regardless of magazine features.

"Beyond rankings and test scores," said Gutekanst, "NHS students and staff are guided by solid values and demonstrate remarkable character, energy, and leadership."

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