BOSTON – Earlier this year, a report named Massachusetts as the best state in the country for public education. As a state that also connects strongly to college-levels of education with universities that perennially slot in as some of the best in the country, it is safe to say we take education seriously here in the Bay State. But the question must be asked: how do Massachusetts high schools stack up against themselves?

In a state filled with high-quality schools, the ones that rise to the top of the pack are definitely special. Annually, Boston Magazine releases a list of the best public high schools in the entire Boston region. And one school maintained its streak of dominance in the magazine's ranking.

For the seventh year in a row, Dover-Sherborn Regional High School has been named the best public high school in the Boston area. To top the list perennially since 2013 is a feat in and of itself and perhaps many Boston schools should be looking to what Dover-Sherborn does right. The list itself is sortable in a myriad of ways, but one of the top factors that statisticians evaluate for the list is the size of the classes.

I know my own high school has begun to increase class sizes since I graduated from it and they were, quite honestly, big enough while I was there. The larger the class sizes become, the harder it is for teachers and students to connect with one another and really feel like there is an educational impact happening. The average class size at Dover-Sherborn, however? 15.7 students.

Obviously, as this was a list of public schools, private and charter schools were not included in the ranking. And, while my alma mater definitely does not rank too highly, rounding out the top five are, successively, Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, Wayland High School, The Bromfield School, and Lexington High School.

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