High Schools in Boston

To focus this project I will do a pilot focusing on three cities. Since I currently live in the Boston area, I will use Boston as one of my pilot cities.

How many high schools are in Boston?

Another Course to College (pilot school)
Boston Adult Technical Academy (for students ages 19-22)
Boston Arts Academy (pilot school)
Boston College High School (private school)
Boston Community Leadership Academy (pilot school)
Boston Day and Evening Academy (charter school)
Boston International High School
Boston Latin Academy (exam school)
Boston Latin School (exam school)
Boston Trinity Academy
Boston University Academy
Brighton High School
British School of Boston
Burke High School
Carter School (individualized education for students with special needs)
Cathedral High School
Charleston High School
City on a Hill Charter Public Schools
Commonwealth School (private school)
Community Academy (vocational school)
Community Academy of Science and Health
Dorchester Academy
East Boston High School
English High School of Boston
Elizabeth Seton Academy (private school)
Excel Academy Charter School (charter school)
Fenway High School (pilot school)
German International School (private school)
Greater Egleston Community High School (pilot school)
Health Careers Academy Charter School (charter school)
Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science (exam school)
Kennedy Academy for Health Careers (charter school)
Lyon High School (pilot school)
Madison Park Technical Vocational High School
Manville School (private school)
Margarita Muniz Academy
Match Charter Public School (charter school)
Media and Technology Charter School
Monument High School (ungraded school)
Mount St. Joseph Academy (private school)
McKinley Preparatory High School
New Mission High School (pilot school)
Newcomers Academy
Newman Preparatory School (private school)
Odyssey High School (ungraded)
Paige Academy at RCC (private school)
Quincy Upper School
Savio Preparatory High School (private school)
Snowden International High School
TechBoston Upper Academy
The English High School
Up Academy Charter School (charter school)
Urban Science Academy
West Roxbury Academy
Winsor School (private school)

If I start contacting these schools to confirm their existence, what other questions should I ask them? I’m thinking:

  • number of students
  • year founded
  • what makes the school special

Sources:
http://high-schools.com/massachusetts/boston.html
http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/Page/628
http://www.greatschools.org/massachusetts/boston/schools/?gradeLevels=h
http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/massachusetts/districts/boston-public-schools

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SchoolsMap

How can we compare education outcomes in different countries? One way is to present data visually on a map.

SchoolsMap aims to create a visual, interactive map that will serve as a central portal for education data and dialogue on the web. It provides two benefits to the user:

  • Data: click on different regions and view comparative education data (for example, see the below screenshot of a map I created in ZeeMaps). Ultimately we aim to have all the schools in the world on a map.
  • Communication: allow education stakeholders to communicate across geographies, using threaded and facilitated debate about education (especially video).

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For this map, I chose 3 countries- China, Kenya, and the US- and three data points to present (adolescent fertility rates, per-pupil spending, and female enrollment ratios).

Adolescent fertility rates are calculated as the number of births per 1000 women ages 15-19. This number is around 8 in China, 95 in Kenya, and 33 in the US.

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Per-pupil spending is calculated as the % of GDP per capita spent on secondary education. This number is 11.5% in China, 22.3% in Kenya, and 7% in the US.

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Female enrollment ratios are calculated as the percent of females enrolled in secondary school. This number is 87% in China, 57% in Kenya, and 94% in the US.

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This data shows a correlation between adolescent fertility rates and female enrollment ratios. While correlation does not imply causation, this data presentation and visualization may lead to the following questions, to be answered in a future video communication thread:

  • Do female enrollment ratios impact adolescent fertility rates? Why or why not?
  • Should a country spend a higher or lower percentage of its GDP per capita on education? Why or why not?
  • Which of these three elements is the strongest indicator of education outcomes?

 

Stay tuned! To get involved with SchoolsMap please email gitis@mit.edu.

 

Sources: World Bank Data Query and  UNESCO Institute for Statistics