The Best Boston High School You've Probably Never Heard Of
Bianca Vázquez Toness, WBGH
Boston parents who want their kids to go to college often set their sights on the city’s prestigious exam schools, but a public high school in Hyde Park has been quietly sending graduates to college at nearly the same rate.
Ninety percent of New Mission High School’s graduating seniors this year plan to attend college. They're heading to Dartmouth, Boston College, Bates College, and Morehouse College, among others. The majority of students are black or Latino, about half are poor, and a third learned English as a second language. Among Boston Public Schools, only exam schools have higher college-going rates. A national education association last year recognized the school for “tenaciously changing the life trajectories of its students."