Newton South High

Summary:

Newton South High is a public high school located in Newton Centre, Massachusetts, serving 1,837 students in grades 9-12. As part of the highly-ranked Newton school district, Newton South consistently performs among the top high schools in the state, ranking 21st out of 347 schools in the 2022-2023 school year.

Newton South High's academic excellence is evident in its MCAS proficiency rates, which significantly outpace the state averages across all subjects and grade levels. For example, in 2022-2023, 82.58% of 10th-grade students were proficient or better in English Language Arts, compared to the state average of 58.24%. The school also boasts a diverse student population, with 57.32% White, 24.12% Asian, 7.51% Hispanic, and 3.48% African American students. This diversity is higher than that of neighboring Newton North High School, which has a student population that is 59.6% White, 15.48% Asian, and 12.05% Hispanic.

Newton South High's strong performance extends across various student subgroups, including female students (29th out of 339 schools), male students (22nd out of 343 schools), Asian students (21st out of 96 schools), Hispanic students (23rd out of 241 schools), and students with disabilities (18th out of 301 schools). The school's commitment to equity is further demonstrated by its high ranking for low socioeconomic status students, placing 41st out of 338 schools in Massachusetts. In contrast, nearby schools like Margarita Muniz Academy, English High School, and Brighton High School in Boston have significantly lower academic performance and rankings.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 140 Brandeis Road
       Newton Centre, MA  02459


(617) 559-6700

District: Newton

SchoolDigger Rank:
21st of 347 Massachusetts High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $22,578 Help


Feeder schools for Newton South High:

Elementary:    A E Angier
    Bowen
    Countryside
    Mason-Rice
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Middle:    Charles E Brown Middle
    Oak Hill Middle

Student/teacher ratio:  11.7 Help
Number of students:  1,837

Racial breakdown:

White:
57.3%
Asian:
24.1%
Hispanic:
7.5%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  13.9% Help


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Compare Details Newton South High ranks better than 93.9% of high schools in Massachusetts. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 93.06. (See more...)
Student Body
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Teachers
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Newton South High is $22,578.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Newton South High:

SchoolDigger ranks Newton South High 21st of 347 Massachusetts public high schools. (See Newton South High in the ranking list.)

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Newton:

SchoolDigger ranks Newton 43rd of 355 Massachusetts school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Newton South High

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Rank History for all students at Newton South High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 90.36 23rd 304 92.4%
2004 88.09 31st 307 89.9%
2005 85.72 34th 311 89.1%
2006 83.52 48th 314 84.7%
2007 84.72 26th 316 91.8%
2008 84.60 35th 319 89.0%
2009 66.59 131st 322 59.3%
2010 65.72 141st 335 57.9%
2011 81.97 39th 340 88.5%
2012 78.58 51st 340 85.0%
2013 79.12 40th 344 88.4%
2014 75.23 76th 347 78.1%
2015 80.30 35th 354 90.1%
2016 81.04 32nd 351 90.9%
2017 78.86 53rd 348 84.8%
2018 81.32 35th 345 89.9%
2019 84.19 43rd 351 87.7%
2021 88.85 18th 285 93.7%
2022 86.99 43rd 342 87.4%
2023 93.06 21st 347 93.9%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Newton South High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 73.74 16th 55 70.9%
2019 74.04 17th 58 70.7%
2021 68.27 14th 33 57.6%
2022 68.41 29th 78 62.8%
2023 80.34 19th 82 76.8%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Newton South High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 88.37 25th 344 92.7%
2019 87.07 30th 348 91.4%
2021 92.26 11th 268 95.9%
2022 87.63 31st 339 90.9%
2023 95.57 18th 301 94.0%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Newton South High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 84.94 28th 330 91.5%
2019 88.47 27th 330 91.8%
2021 90.75 19th 253 92.5%
2022 92.54 24th 332 92.8%
2023 83.44 41st 338 87.9%
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Rank History for Female students at Newton South High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 81.46 35th 339 89.7%
2019 82.01 51st 342 85.1%
2021 89.11 14th 281 95.0%
2022 85.77 47th 340 86.2%
2023 90.62 29th 339 91.4%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Newton South High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 92.03 18th 299 94.0%
2019 93.17 18th 299 94.0%
2021 94.93 8th 202 96.0%
2022 89.92 27th 295 90.8%
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Rank History for Male students at Newton South High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 83.59 33rd 343 90.4%
2019 86.07 33rd 346 90.5%
2021 87.80 27th 281 90.4%
2022 87.17 43rd 339 87.3%
2023 93.94 22nd 343 93.6%
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Rank History for Asian students at Newton South High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 73.63 23rd 91 74.7%
2019 66.31 43rd 97 55.7%
2021 69.93 25th 68 63.2%
2022 68.80 37th 93 60.2%
2023 78.05 21st 96 78.1%
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Rank History for African American students at Newton South High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 77.15 27th 134 79.9%
2019 83.08 20th 137 85.4%
2021 64.61 22nd 94 76.6%
2022 53.64 59th 133 55.6%
2023 72.46 31st 142 78.2%
See the entire list of Best Massachusetts High Schools for African American Students!

Rank History for Hispanic students at Newton South High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 87.76 22nd 193 88.6%
2019 92.35 16th 206 92.2%
2021 92.54 10th 149 93.3%
2022 90.91 21st 217 90.3%
2023 90.74 23rd 241 90.5%
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Rank History for White students at Newton South High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 82.07 29th 303 90.4%
2019 80.80 52nd 302 82.8%
2021 86.78 23rd 249 90.8%
2022 82.86 46th 300 84.7%
2023 91.27 26th 301 91.4%
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Data source: test scores: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Enrollment information for Newton South High

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 966 95 97 16 0 n/a n/a 0 1174
1989 925 87 100 15 0 n/a n/a 0 1127
1990 900 80 107 17 0 n/a n/a 0 1104
1991 897 75 100 19 0 n/a n/a 0 1091
1992 866 75 101 16 0 n/a n/a 0 1058
1993 849 84 107 15 0 n/a n/a -1 1054
1994 891 72 133 13 0 n/a n/a 0 1109
1995 987 142 74 17 0 n/a n/a -1 1219
1996 987 142 74 17 0 n/a n/a -1 1219
1997 996 65 145 17 0 n/a n/a 0 1223
1998 1003 61 129 18 0 n/a n/a 0 1211
1999 1013 43 134 9 0 n/a n/a 0 1199
2000 1060 58 137 18 0 n/a n/a 0 1273
2001 1110 63 141 19 0 n/a n/a 0 1333
2002 1153 73 145 28 0 n/a n/a 0 1399
2003 1153 73 145 28 0 n/a n/a 0 1399
2004 1200 75 174 38 0 n/a n/a 0 1487
2005 1211 75 212 54 0 n/a n/a 0 1552
2006 1230 94 237 105 0 n/a n/a 34 1700
2007 1251 98 247 101 0 n/a n/a 48 1745
2008 1235 108 282 100 1 n/a n/a 55 1781
2009 1219 92 306 85 1 0 58 0 1761
2010 1187 80 326 72 1 0 53 0 1719
2011 1163 83 334 75 2 0 49 0 1706
2012 1140 80 338 79 1 1 52 0 1691
2013 1144 83 343 85 1 3 63 0 1722
2014 1158 83 356 106 1 3 72 0 1779
2015 1173 83 352 115 1 3 76 0 1803
2016 1177 90 347 110 2 0 73 0 1799
2017 1187 109 362 113 1 0 79 0 1851
2018 1215 99 377 114 1 0 84 3 1893
2019 1173 114 411 115 1 0 93 4 1911
2020 1212 97 431 124 0 0 115 4 1983
2021 1115 79 431 120 1 1 119 3 1869
2022 1056 82 432 133 2 1 124 7 1837
2023 1053 64 443 138 4 1 122 12 1837

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Newton South High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1174 n/a n/a n/a
1989 1127 n/a n/a n/a
1990 1104 n/a n/a n/a
1991 1091 n/a n/a n/a
1992 1058 n/a n/a n/a
1993 1054 n/a 0.0 n/a
1994 1109 n/a n/a n/a
1995 1219 n/a 0.0 n/a
1996 1219 n/a 0.0 n/a
1997 1223 n/a 0.0 n/a
1998 1211 n/a 0.0 n/a
1999 1199 n/a 0.0 1.7
2000 1273 n/a 0.0 2
2001 1333 n/a 0.0 2.6
2002 1399 n/a n/a 1.9
2003 1399 n/a n/a 1.9
2004 1487 131.0 11.4 4.7
2005 1552 130.1 11.9 5
2006 1700 137.0 12.4 6.4
2007 1745 150.0 11.6 5.2
2008 1781 147.3 12.1 5.7
2009 1761 138.4 12.7 5.7
2010 1719 134.8 12.7 8.2
2011 1706 127.7 13.3 9.4
2012 1691 124.6 13.5 10.2
2013 1722 136.4 12.6 9.5
2014 1779 143.1 12.4 11.7
2015 1803 151.0 11.9 13.9
2016 1799 155.0 11.6 n/a
2017 1851 150.0 12.3 n/a
2018 1893 156.6 12.0 n/a
2019 1911 153.5 12.4 n/a
2020 1983 158.5 12.5 n/a
2021 1869 159.4 11.7 n/a
2022 1837 158.7 11.5 n/a
2023 1837 156.0 11.7 n/a

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Newton South High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1174 n/a n/a n/a
1989 1127 n/a n/a n/a
1990 1104 n/a n/a n/a
1991 1091 n/a n/a n/a
1992 1058 n/a n/a n/a
1993 1054 n/a 0.0 n/a
1994 1109 n/a n/a n/a
1995 1219 n/a 0.0 n/a
1996 1219 n/a 0.0 n/a
1997 1223 n/a 0.0 n/a
1998 1211 n/a 0.0 n/a
1999 1199 n/a 0.0 1.7
2000 1273 n/a 0.0 2
2001 1333 n/a 0.0 2.6
2002 1399 n/a n/a 1.9
2003 1399 n/a n/a 1.9
2004 1487 131.0 11.4 4.7
2005 1552 130.1 11.9 5
2006 1700 137.0 12.4 6.4
2007 1745 150.0 11.6 5.2
2008 1781 147.3 12.1 5.7
2009 1761 138.4 12.7 5.7
2010 1719 134.8 12.7 8.2
2011 1706 127.7 13.3 9.4
2012 1691 124.6 13.5 10.2
2013 1722 136.4 12.6 9.5
2014 1779 143.1 12.4 11.7
2015 1803 151.0 11.9 13.9
2016 1799 155.0 11.6 n/a
2017 1851 150.0 12.3 n/a
2018 1893 156.6 12.0 n/a
2019 1911 153.5 12.4 n/a
2020 1983 158.5 12.5 n/a
2021 1869 159.4 11.7 n/a
2022 1837 158.7 11.5 n/a
2023 1837 156.0 11.7 n/a

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Newton South High

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $253 (1.3%) $18,957 (98.7%) $19,210
2020 $304 (1.6%) $18,955 (98.4%) $19,260
2021 $1,163 (5.2%) $21,415 (94.8%) $22,578

Data source: Massachusetts Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Newton South High

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 43rd of 351 High schoolsRanks 21st of 347 High schools
 6.2%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
10th Grade English Language Arts (Newton South High)7982.6
 3.6%
   10th Grade English Language Arts (Newton)7880.9
 2.9%
   10th Grade English Language Arts (Massachusetts)6158.2
 2.8%
10th Grade Mathematics (Newton South High)8686.2
 0.2%
   10th Grade Mathematics (Newton)8481.1
 2.9%
   10th Grade Mathematics (Massachusetts)5849.7
 8.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students19111837
 3.9%
African American11464
 43.9%
American Indian14
 300%
Asian411443
 7.8%
Hispanic115138
 20%
Pacific Islander01
White11731053
 10.2%
Two or More Races93122
 31.2%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Newton South High

Students at Newton South High are 57% White, 24% Asian, 8% Hispanic, 7% Two or more races, 3% African American.

Newton South High is fed by the following schools:

Elementary : A E Angier
Elementary : Bowen
Elementary : Countryside
Elementary : Mason-Rice
Elementary : Memorial Spaulding
Elementary : Williams
Elementary : Zervas
Middle : Charles E Brown Middle
Middle : Oak Hill Middle

Yes. Newton South High ranks in the top 6.1% of Massachusetts high schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,837 students attended Newton South High.


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