The Hopkinton Public School district was ranked first in Niche’s 2024 Best Schools and Districts rankings for Massachusetts.
Hopkinton also is ranked as being the best place to teach, and as having the best teachers.
“It’s really nice to have that first ranking across all three categories,” Superintendent Carol Cavanaugh said. “Administrators should feel proud, teachers should feel proud, everyone in our district should feel proud, because it takes a village.”
Nationally, Hopkinton was ranked 30th of 10,932 districts, with the 22nd-best teachers.
Hopkinton also was ranked No. 1 in the state in Niche’s 2021 list.
“These No. 1 rankings reflect some really outstanding work being done by our educators and administrators,” shared School Committee chair Nancy Cavanaugh. “While different organizations rank on different criteria, the Niche rankings consistently highlight the strong academics in our schools. I appreciate all of the community support our schools receive as we continue to navigate some challenging budget years in the midst of rapid student enrollment growth.”
Niche gave Hopkinton an overall rating of A-plus, with A-plus ratings in academics, teachers, administration and college prep. The district received a straight A in clubs/activities, A-minus in sports and resources/facilities, a B in food and a B-minus in diversity.
Noting the diversity grade, the superintendent said that is something the district can continue to work on.
“The entire community knows that that has been a major goal for us over the last five years,” she said. “We want to make sure we are meeting the needs of every kid, and often it means socially, emotionally, behaviorally and physically.”
Based on state test scores, 78% of Hopkinton students are at least proficient in reading, with 71% of the same caliber in math.
The average graduation rate is 99%. The average SAT score is 1,340 (based on 470 responses), and the average ACT score is 30 (based on 261 responses).
With 4,006 students, Hopkinton has a student-teacher ratio of 14:1 (as compared to the national average of 17:1). The average teacher salary is listed as $93,930, and 7.3% of teachers are in their first or second year.
Niche is a website that produces rankings of K-12 schools and districts as well as colleges and places to live and work.
Hopkinton is ranked by Niche as the 32nd best place to live in the Boston area (430th nationally) — broken down by neighborhoods as well as towns. Other Hopkinton rankings include the fourth-best place in Massachusetts to buy a house (1,305th nationally) and the 15th-best place in the state in which to raise a family (87th nationally).
Hopkinton’s success in such rankings has led to a steady rise in population, crowding the schools and leading to plans to adjust every school in town in order to accommodate the new students.
“I do think a major draw for Hopkinton are the public schools,” the superintendent said. “It might be a double-edged sword [because of the surge in population], but I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished.”