What follows is a snapshot of Weston Public Schools. Click on the topic of interest or scroll down to read all the information. More information on each topic can be found in other areas of this website.
Each year the School Committee prepares a retrospective Annual Report for inclusion in the Annual Town Report. This report provides a comprehensive survey of the district’s achievements and status. Click here for the current report.
Weston is a residential suburb located 12 miles west of Boston. The community of less than eleven thousand is composed of executives and professionals who strongly support the public schools. To learn more about the community, visit the Town of Weston website.
There are five schools in the district. The three elementary schools are located along Alphabet Lane adjacent to the Town Pool, Public Library and Community Center.
Country and Woodland serve the K-3 population and students are assigned to one of the two schools based upon enrollment numbers, with a commitment to keeping families within a school. Field School serves the upper elementary grades 4 and 5.
The Middle School, which serves grades 6-8, and the High School, which serves grades 9-12, are located on Wellesley Street in an extended campus that includes an indoor swimming pool, natural and synthetic playing fields and tennis courts.
Since 1999, Weston Windows has served pre-school students with special needs. This fully integrated program operates at Woodland and Country schools.
Since 1966, the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunities has brought students of color from Boston to 32 suburban high schools. The purpose is to reduce the racial isolation of suburban communities as well as to provide urban students of color access to quality education. Weston has participated since 1967 and currently enrolls 166 students districtwide. Weston’s METCO students succeed because of the six dedicated staff members, committed faculty, countless volunteers, a Community Coordinating Committee, and the METCO Family Friends program.
Current district enrollment is 2,111 students.
Enrollment on October 1, 2016
Elementary Grades K-5
Country School (K-3)- 264 students
Woodland School (K-3) – 281 students
Field School (4-5) – 347 students
(K-5 total: 892 students)
Middle School (6-8) – 514 students
High School (9-12) -705 students
Total Enrollment 2,111 students
The School Committee has established an Elementary Class Size Policy. The number of sections in a grade are based on enrollment estimates. Unexpected fluctuations in enrollment can lead to imbalances in class sizes. The district monitors trends carefully and generally has a contingency plan in the event of sudden unexpected enrollment increases.
The Weston Public Schools enjoys the financial and political support of the town. Weston taxpayers have generously supported the current school budget. This budget supports ongoing core services as well as modest improvements to maintain the district’s educational excellence.
Weston has almost completed a full renovation of its buildings and grounds. The High School and Middle School were renovated in 1994. Renovation of Country and Woodland Schools was completed in 2004 and a new Field School opened in September 2014.
Weston teachers and specialists are well educated. 78.7% have earned masters and doctoral degrees and among teachers who have earned post-graduate degrees, 39.6% have studied at least one year beyond the Master’s. Approximately 50% of Weston teachers have twelve or more years of experience. 71.7% of our teachers have Professional Teacher Status. Turnover is approximately 11.1%.
Parent support comes in many forms and is one reason why student achievement is so high in Weston.
The Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) provides an important network of support for the district. The PTO produces the student directory and calendar, coordinates volunteers, sponsors educational speakers and programs, and publishes a weekly newsletter.
The Weston Education Enrichment Committee (WEEFC) is a subcommittee of the School Committee. It raises funds from parents and the community and gives grants to support programs and purchases to enrich the curriculum.
The Weston Boosters Organization, created in 1943, funds co-curricular and extra-curricular activities and college scholarships.
In addition, Weston Friends of Music (WFOM) and the Community Alliance for Student Theater (CAST) are parent groups that support the activities of the Music Department and Theater.
Weston High School has established fundamental guidelines that are essential for a well-educated Weston High School graduate. All students must enroll in courses that fulfill the central curriculum as defined below. In addition, students select courses from any department or engage in approved independent studies/tutorials. All students must earn a minimum of 120 credits.
Required Course Credits
World History 10
U.S. History 5
Mathematics (inc. Alg.2) 15 (20 starting with Class of 2016)
Science (inc. Biology) 15
Foreign Language 10
Visual/Performing Arts 6
Physical Education 8
Junior Seminar 1
Total Required Credits 93
Total Graduation Credits 120
Weston High School does not calculate class rank.
Weston High School calculates a weighted academic GPA which is located on the transcript in the application packet. The weighted GPA is on a 4.0 scale and includes only subjects worth 2.5 or 5.0 credits taken at Weston High School. Students attending Weston High for at least 4 semesters have their weighted GPA computed three times: a 6-semester GPA determined at the end of the junior year; a 7-semester GPA determined at the mid-point of senior year, averaging in the first semester; and a final GPA upon graduation. The weighted GPA is calculated as follows:
AP HON CP
A 5.0 4.7 4.0
A- 4.7 4.4 3.7
B+ 4.3 4.0 3.3
B 4.0 3.7 3.0
B- 3.7 3.4 2.7
C+ 3.3 3.0 2.3
C 3.0 2.7 2.0
C- 2.7 2.4 1.7
D+ 2.3 2.0 1.3
D 2.0 1.7 1.0
D- 1.7 1.4 .7
F 0 0 0
Middle School report cards are issued four times during the school year introducing letter grades A-F for the student’s first time. Grades are reported for the first term; second term and first semester; third term; and fourth term, second semester and for the year. Special reports may be issued during the marking period or as a supplement to regular reports to alert parents and students that student work is not meeting standards or to commend students for outstanding work.
Elementary school grades are based on a series of standards based criteria organized by subject.
Weston students undergo various standardized assessments beginning in the third grade. The district conducts the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) test, as required by state and federal law. During in the 2014-15 and 2015-2016 school years, students in Grades 3-8 participated in the PARCC assessment online in ELA and Math. During the 2016-2017 school year, Massachusetts students participated in a new version of MCAS (MCAS 2.0) in ELA and Math which was based upon the PARCC assessment. Students in Weston participated in this new assessment online. Science in grades 5, 8 and all MCAS assessments at the high school level are administered in paper-and-pencil format and are based upon the original MCAS. This will continue to be true for the near future.
High School students preparing to attend college may take the College Board’s Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), the American College Testing Company (ACT) test and/or Advanced Placement (AP) examinations. In addition, students may opt to take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) in preparation for the SAT and to qualify for the National Merit Scholarsip (NMSQT); they may also prepare for the ACT by taking the PLAN.
Click here to access the various operational and student performance assessment reports, or select WPS Performance Reports from the Quick Links menu. Reports are updated on this website as they become available.
Dr. Marguerite Connolly
89 Wellesley Street, Weston, MA 02493