Winchester is a suburban, residential community of approximately 6 square miles located 10 miles north of Boston. By car Winchester is 10 minutes from Route 128. Excellent train service to Boston is available.
The population of Winchester is approximately 21,000. A representative town meeting is the governing body. The town is administered by a Town Manager and five Selectmen.
The citizens maintain a high level of financial support for the schools and have set high expectations for staff and students. Winchester ranked among the top five in a Boston Globe article measuring successful and affluent suburbs north of Boston.
Winchester Town Meeting and the voters of Winchester have approved major renovation projects at the McCall Middle School and the Lincoln Elementary School.
Winchester Public Schools
Winchester Public Schools are administered by a Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent and Business Manager, in addition to a five member elected School Committee. Winchester School's Central Administration is located at 154 Horn Pond Brook Road, Winchester, MA 01890. The telephone number is (781) 721-7004 and FAX is (781) 721-0016.
Winchester has five elementary schools, one middle school and one high school.
Ambrose McCall Middle School (Grades 6-8)
Lincoln Winchester High School (Grades 9-12)
High quality academic programs, extensive pupil services and extracurricular activities are provided. Winchester is invested in technology as evidenced by a town and school computer network.
The McCall Middle School is undergoing extensive renovations and is scheduled for reopening for the September, 2000 school year. While McCall is under construction, 6th grade students are attending the Parkhurst School, 7th grade students are at the Mystic School and 8th grade students are at the High School. Funds have been approved by the town for the renovation of the Lincoln Elementary School in the fall of 2000. The planning and design of this project is currently underway.
The school operating budget for FY 2000 is approximately 21 million dollars.
Winchester spends $6,763 per pupil (school year 1998-99). There are approximately 3200 students.
Winchester High School 1997 graduates
- Four year colleges 90.8%
- Two year colleges 4.4%
- Post Grad or prep 1.6%
- Armed Forces 0%
- Undecided 2.2%
- Specialized schools 5%
Average SAT scores
Winchester is a member of the Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational School. Winchester is a member of the Special Education of Education Mutual Collaborative.
Teaching in Winchester
Winchester Public Schools employ about 275 teachers and 125 support and administrative staff to serve our student population of 3200. Teachers average 12 years in the system. Our pupil/teacher ratios are as follows:
Kindergarten, Grade 1 20-1
Grades 2-3 22-1
Grades 4-5 23-1
(Special subject teachers excluded)
We support our employees with one of the best professional development programs in the state. Eighty - five percent of the professional staff have advanced degrees. Salaries for 1996-1997 ranged from $30,133 for beginning teachers to $63,433 Employees receive health and life insurance benefits on a shared cost basis.
Many local foundations evidence extensive community support for the schools. For example, the Foundation for Educational Excellence, the Scholarship Foundation and the Winchester Sports Foundation raise funds to help support programs and students..