Vassal Lane Upper among most-improved public middle schools in Cambridge

Vassal Lane Upper among most-improved public middle schools in CambridgePhoto: iStock
Published on August 20, 2019

How do the public middle schools in Cambridge stack up?

We analyzed newly released data from — including comprehensive report cards, rankings and reviews — to find out how schools in your area are performing and which have made the biggest leaps over the past year.

Vassal Lane Upper School's overall rating improved the most among similar schools in Cambridge, rising from an A- to an A, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 197 Vassal Lane, enrolls 268 students. Niche graded the school an A- for academics (on an A-D scale).

The overall ranking comes from Niche's proprietary algorithms. A school's ranking might change due to many factors, including the relative rankings of similar schools and whether a school gained or lost peers due to openings or closings. Other numbers come from current public data from the U.S. government.

Academically, 61% of Vassal Lane Upper School's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 65% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 48% in math and 55% in reading.

While some public middle schools in Cambridge are moving up the ranks, others are consistently top-rated overall, including:

  • Rindge Avenue Upper School, with an overall rating of A.
  • Cambridge Street Upper School, with a B+ rating overall.
  • Putnam Avenue Upper School, rated B overall.

Want more of the latest intel on Cambridge schools? Hoodline also analyzed the latest Niche ratings for the city's public elementary schools.

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