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Commonwealth School Photo #1 - Two blocks from Copley Square, nestled in a pair of brownstones in Boston's Back Bay, the feeling of family persists at Commonwealth, and its location gives students unparalleled access to Boston's resources, fostering meaningful scholarly research, independent projects, and community service.
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Commonwealth School Photo #1 - Two blocks from Copley Square, nestled in a pair of brownstones in Boston's Back Bay, the feeling of family persists at Commonwealth, and its location gives students unparalleled access to Boston's resources, fostering meaningful scholarly research, independent projects, and community service.
Perennially recognized as one of the region`s premier independent high schools, Commonwealth feels something like a college and something like a home.
Challenged by thought-provoking curriculum, supported by outstanding faculty, and inspired by our generous community hailing from diverse backgrounds, Commonwealth students share the excitement of inquiry and graduate poised to succeed at the best colleges and beyond.
We encourage you to connect with us and see if Commonwealth is right for you.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked MA School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 157 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $52,502
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Commonwealth School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Massachusetts for:

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Attribute

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
Year Founded
1957
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
157 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
50%
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade
Commonwealth School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
32 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
88%
Average Class Size
12 students
Number of AP Courses
16 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
Ab, Biology, Calculus, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Chinese Language & Culture, Computer Programing, Economics, English, Environmental Science, French, Introduction to Organic Chemistry (Chem 3), Latin, Modern European History, Music theory, Physics, Software Engineering, Spanish, Theoretical Calculus, US History
Average SAT score
1530
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Feb. 1
Yearly Tuition Cost
% on Financial Aid
30%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$35,100
Admissions Director
Carrie Healy
Admissions Associate
Natasha Matthews

Sports

Total Sports Offered
8 sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
43 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
ACLU Chapter, Architecture Club, Asian Pacific Peoples Affinity Group (APPA), Chess Team, Commonwealth Cares (community service), Commonwealth Food Initiative, COMMunity (social event planning), Competitive Programming, Computer Science Club, Debate Team, Environmental Club, Environmental Committee, Evil Genius Club, Feminism Club, Film Club, FLI Group, Football Club, French Club, Game Club, Gender-Sexuality Alliance, Go Club, History Club, Japanese Club, Knitting Cult, Latino Affinity Group, Literary Magazine (Helicon), Math Team, Model UN, Newspaper, oy. (Jewish Affinity Group), Philosophy Club, Pirate Club, Politics Club, Robotics Club, Science Team, Sisters Affinity Group, Speech Club, We Discuss (Diversity Committee), Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Fitness, Yoga

School Notes

  • Commonwealth School is a private co-ed high school for grades 9-12 dedicated to adventurous intellectual and artistic exploration-where creativity and individuality flourish. Commonwealth students take full advantage of Boston's resources to pursue scholarly research, independent projects, and community service. Commonwealth`s academic curriculum is rooted in rigorous analysis, focused attention, discussion, and inquiry.
  • Faculty work closely with students to explore their personal interests, develop problem-solving skills, and boost their confidence. Examples of college-level electives include Multivariable Calculus, Axiomatic Set Theory, Introduction to Wave Physics, Modern East Asian History, and Shakespeare and the Fairy Tale.
  • With a student body of 145, Commonwealth students come from over 40 communities around Boston. They discover their passions, pursue new challenges, and grow into thoughtful and inquisitive young adults who thrive and excel in college, career, and life.
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • David Altshuler '82 - Geneticist and co-founder of MIT's Broad Institute
    • Peter W. Galbraith '69 - Diplomat
    • Susanna Kaysen '66 - Author
    • Kasi Lemmons '77 - Director
    • Hamish Linklater '94 - Actor
    • Ottessa Moshfegh '98 - Author
    • Cornelia (Nina) Pillard '78 - United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Source: Verified school update

School Reviews

5  
Commonwealth students receive a distinguished education in a small community, which allows faculty and students to know each other and work closely together. It is akin to an idea lab bringing bright people together from different areas. The kids work hard and graduate, having had the equivalent of colleges` freshman/sophomore education. The campus is not extensive compared to suburban schools, but that does not prevent the school from offering sports, performing arts and other electives. Most students commute, which develops independence and urban savvy, and the school does a good job of introducing students to some cultural and geographical history of the city of Boston. Parents are also engaged through social events and volunteer opportunities. It is a special place.
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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked MA School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 157 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $52,502
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1
  • Source: Verified school update

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