Tahanto Regional High School
|Tahanto Regional Middle/High School|
1001 Main Street|
|Student to teacher ratio||12.0 to 1 (2014-2015|
|Color(s)||Green and White|
|Average SAT scores||
1177 total (2016-2017)
$14,778 per pupil (2016)
Tahanto Regional Middle/High School is a public middle school and high school located in Boylston, Massachusetts. In the 2012 rankings of U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools, Tahanto Regional Middle/High School ranked as number 45 within Massachusetts. The school serves grades 6-12 with a student to teacher ratio of 12:1.
Based on a feasibility study performed in 2007 by Berlin-Boylston Regional School District, a recommendation for new construction of Tahanto Regional Middle/High School verses renovation was accepted by the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) as the more cost effective path forward. It was additionally determined by affirmative town vote to move the 6th grade students from the two district elementary schools to the new building to create a school within a school approach.
The groundbreaking ceremony took place in May, 2011 for the new two-story, 126,100 square foot facility. The new building is designed to serve 560 students from grades 6 - 12. A proposed U-shaped design was planned with the two wings housing the middle and high schools, and the central core accommodating the auditorium, gymnasium, and cafeteria.
New school opens
The newly constructed $32.2M building opened its doors to grade 6–12 students on January 3, 2013. The sixth grade classes made the move from their respective elementary schools the following September. One major focus of the new building was to integrate new technology, such as Smart Boards (whiteboards that can be manipulated digitally), common spaces for students to meet in as groups, and the ability to provide a middle school experience within a larger school setting.
Courses at Tahanto are offered on four levels. Advanced Placement (AP), Honors, College Preparatory, and Life Skills - Vocational. The class rank is determined using a process determined by weight of class and the cumulative average of all courses completed, with the exception of Physical Education. Graduation requirements include passing scores on the MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) in areas of English, Language Arts, Mathematics, and Biology. Students must earn 110 credits to graduate, and must also pass a health course and computer literacy test. Beginning in 2014, students will be further required to pass a Technology class.
Tahanto Regional High School received the District E Sportsmanship Award in 2009. Presented annually at the MIAA Sportsmanship Summit, this award serves to encourage and promote sportsmanship, integrity and ethics at all levels of interscholastic competition.
The high school offers fall, winter and spring sports programs that include girls and boys soccer, field hockey, basketball and softball. Also offered is golf, cross country, football, cheerleading, baseball, wrestling, tennis, gymnastics, ice hockey, and track.
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