Westford Academy is the sole public high school (grades 9–12) for the town of Westford, Massachusetts. It was incorporated in 1792 and is one of the oldest public high schools in the United States. Westford Academy was originally established as a private school, but was changed to a public school in 1928. Westford maintained the name "Academy" as it maintained the board of trustees to allow students to continue being eligible to receive scholarships established by Westford Academy trustees.
|School district||Westford Public Schools|
|Color(s)||Maroon and grey|
|Athletics||Alpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Crew, Cross Country, Cross-Country Skiing Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Marching Band, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling|
|USNWR ranking||Ranked #47 Best High Schools in U.S and #2 in Massachusetts by Newsweek 2016|
|MCAS % proficient and advanced||ELA: 97 Math: 97 Science: 94 (Spring 2011)|
Students must complete the following requirements for graduation:
No class rank is officially calculated, however a valedictorian and a salutatorian are named every year at graduation. Westford Academy provides several honors and advanced placement courses.
Advanced Placement courses include AP Calculus (AB & BC), AP Statistics, AP Computer Science, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics B, AP Environmental Science, AP United States History, AP European History, AP English Literature and Composition, AP French Language, AP German Language, AP Spanish Language, AP Latin Literature, AP Psychology, AP Studio Art Drawing, and AP Music Theory. Often if a particular AP course is not offered as a class, teachers will work with students to study above the normal class curriculum and prepare for the Advanced Placement Exams.
Westford Academy Post High School Placement (2012)
There are 130 classroom teachers – 95% Master's degrees – and an average class size of 1:23 teacher:students.
Newsweek Magazine (2016): #47 U.S. High Schools (National) #2 Massachusetts High Schools (State)
The 2008 Blue Ribbon Schools were announced on September 9. 329 public and private schools were honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., October 20–21. Westford Academy was named a NCLB-Blue Ribbon School. The No Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private K–12 schools that are either academically superior in their state or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement. Westford Academy has been accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Westford Academy participates in the DCL (Dual County League). Sports teams include Cheerleading, Soccer, Golf, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Swimming & Diving, Basketball, Ice Hockey, Gymnastics, Alpine Skiing, Indoor Track, Wrestling, Cross-Country Skiing, Women's Ice Hockey, Track and Field, Lacrosse, Tennis, Softball, Baseball, Crew, Marching Band, and Volleyball.
Westford Academy's football rival is Acton-Boxborough Regional High School. WA scored its first victory over AB in the Fall of 2005, snapping a 13-year losing streak. Ayer High School had been Westford Academy's Thanksgiving rival from 1969 until Westford Academy moved into the DCL. ABRHS had been Littleton's Thanksgiving Day rival from 1965–1969.
Westford Academy's Girls' Swimming and Diving team has also won 7 MIAA Division I State championships (2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) in additional to several Sectionals championships and Dual County League honors.
The Westford Academy Girls Varsity Ice Hockey team also allows girls from the Littleton High School to join the team because of the lack of women who play ice hockey between the two high schools.
The Westford Academy Theater Arts program (WATA) puts on four main stage and four black box productions each year. Guest directors have included Dr. Luke Jorgensen, a professor at Boston College, and Larry Sousa, an acclaimed director and choreographer. WATA has won eight state championships (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2019) in the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild's annual play festival.
Other extracurricular activities include Beyond Words (literary magazine), the WA Ghostwriter (school newspaper), the Yearbook Club, Marching Band, After School Chorus, Mock Trial, DECA, French, Spanish, German, Mandarin and Latin Clubs, International Club, unicycle club, Gender Sexuality Alliance, Best Buddies, WA Pride, Community service club, Student Council, Speech and Debate, Junior State of America, Math Team, Science Team, HOSA, Forensics Club, Museum Club, WABC, Book Club, Photography Club, Chess Club, Peer Counseling, Cirrus, WAHYC, Future Educators of America, Amnesty International, Environmental Club, Quiz Bowl, Economics Club and many others.
In 2004, Westford Academy math teacher Rosemarie Pumo pleaded guilty to providing heroin to her students. The school was later criticized by parents for not being forthcoming about the events and the school's role in it.
Established to honor Westford Academy Alumni who have distinguished themselves and go above and beyond in service representing Westford, the Academy, and in service to the community (listed in order each were awarded).
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The following are the oldest public high schools in the United States that are still in operation. While some of these schools have operated as private schools in the past, all are currently public schools. The list does not include schools that have closed or consolidated with another school to form a new institution. The list is ordered by date of creation, and currently includes schools formed before 1870.
Boston Latin School (1635), Boston, Massachusetts
Hartford Public High School (1638), Hartford, Connecticut
Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (1648), Cambridge, Massachusetts
Hopkins Academy (1664), Hadley, Massachusetts
Academy of Richmond County (1783), Augusta, Georgia
Glynn Academy (1788), Brunswick, Georgia
Canandaigua Academy (1791), Canandaigua, New York
Westford Academy (1792), Westford, Massachusetts
Oxford Academy and Central Schools (1794), Oxford, New York
New London Academy (1795), Lynchburg, Virginia
Newburgh Free Academy (1796), Newburgh, New York
Woodstock Academy (1801), Woodstock, Connecticut ("a quasi-private, independent school")
Bacon Academy (1803), Colchester, Connecticut
Hampden Academy (1803), Hampden, Maine
Pinkerton Academy (1814), Derry, New Hampshire (not strictly public, yet not private)
Columbia High School (1814), Maplewood, New Jersey
Cony High School (1815), Augusta, Maine
Delaware Academy (1819), Delhi, New York
English High School of Boston (1821), Boston, Massachusetts
Portland High School (1821), Portland, Maine
Kentucky School for the Deaf (1823), Danville, Kentucky
Prattsburgh Central School (1823), Prattsburgh, New York
New Bedford High School (1827), New Bedford, Massachusetts
Norcross High School (1827), Norcross, Georgia
Keene High School (1828), Keene, New Hampshire
Elyria High School (1830), Elyria, Ohio
Lahainaluna High School (1831), Maui, Hawaii
Leon High School (1831), Tallahassee, Florida
Lowell High School (1831), Lowell, Massachusetts
Newburyport High School (1831), Newburyport, Massachusetts
Woodward High School (1831), Cincinnati, Ohio
Cambridge High School (1834), Cambridge, Illinois
Medford High School (1835), Medford, Massachusetts
Bellevue High School (1836), Bellevue, Michigan
Central High School (1836), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Auburn High School (1837), Auburn, Alabama
Windsor High School (1837), Windsor, New York
Barringer High School (1838), Newark, New Jersey
Cohasset High School (1838), Cohasset, Massachusetts
Nantucket High School (1838), Nantucket, Massachusetts
Taunton High School (1838), Taunton, Massachusetts
Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind (1838), Staunton, Virginia
Baltimore City College (1839), Baltimore, Maryland
Gloucester High School (1839), Gloucester, Massachusetts
Middletown High School (1840), Middletown, Connecticut
Brighton High School (1841), Boston, Massachusetts
Haverhill High School (1841), Haverhill, Massachusetts
Warren Easton Charter High School, formerly known as Boys High School (1843), New Orleans, Louisiana
Brookline High School (1843), Brookline, Massachusetts
Classical High School (1843), Providence, Rhode Island
Drury High School (1843), North Adams, Massachusetts
Tennessee School for the Deaf (1844), Knoxville, Tennessee
Western High School (1844), Baltimore, Maryland
Charlestown High School (1845), Boston, Massachusetts
Lyons High School (1845), Lyons, New York
Mary D. Bradford High School (1845), Kenosha, Wisconsin
New Braunfels High School (1845), New Braunfels, Texas
Windsor High School (1845), Windsor, Vermont
Chelsea High School (1846), Chelsea, Massachusetts
Concord High School (1846), Concord, New Hampshire
Georgia School for the Deaf (1846), Cave Spring, Georgia
Manchester Central High School (1846), Manchester, New Hampshire
Pine Tree High School (1847), Longview, Texas
Biddeford High School (1848), Biddeford, Maine
Lockport High School (1848), Lockport, New York
Philadelphia High School for Girls (1848), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
B.M.C. Durfee High School (1849), Fall River, Massachusetts
Charlotte High School (1849), Charlotte, Michigan
Fitchburg High School (1849), Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Lawrence High School (1849), Lawrence, Massachusetts
Rockport High School (1849), Rockport, Massachusetts
Waltham High School (1849), Waltham, Massachusetts
Ypsilanti High School (1849), Ypsilanti, Michigan
New Albany High School (1853), New Albany, Indiana
Arundel High School (1854), Gambrills, Maryland
Norwich Free Academy (1854), Norwich, Connecticut (a "quasi-private school," "privately governed, independent secondary school")
Andover High School (1856), Andover, Massachusetts
Louisville Male High School (1856), Louisville, Kentucky
Lowell High School (1856), San Francisco, California
Pioneer High School (1856), Ann Arbor, Michigan
Peoria High School (1856), Peoria, Illinois
Texas School for the Deaf (1856), Austin, Texas
University High School (1857), Normal, Illinois
Braintree High School (1858), Braintree, Massachusetts
Ravenna High School (1858), Ravenna, Ohio
Hillhouse High School (1859), New Haven, Connecticut
San Jose High School (1863), San Jose, California
Shortridge High School (1864), Indianapolis, Indiana
Saint Paul Central High School (1866), Saint Paul, Minnesota
Hastings Senior High School (1866), Hastings, Minnesota
Parkersburg High School (1867), Parkersburg, West Virginia
Round Rock High School (1867), Round Rock, Texas
Holly High School (1868), Holly, Michigan
Theodore Roosevelt High School (1868), Kent, Ohio
Morristown High School (1869), Morristown, New Jersey
Lincoln High School (1869), Portland, Oregon
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Massachusetts public high schools
Italics indicates closed schools