Award Year: 2018

Swampscott High School

200 Essex Street
Swampscott, MA, 01907-2293

(781) 596-8830

Mr. Robert Murphy, Principal at time of Nomination

Swampscott School District

School Website


Swampscott High School is a community of adult and student learners who work together to succeed in a diverse and evolving global society by promoting academic and personal excellence within an inclusive, safe, and supportive environment.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 5%
  • White: 80%
  • Hispanic: 11%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 23%
Swampscott High School

Swampscott High School

Swampscott High School is among the best public high schools in Massachusetts. SHS has been recognized by the College Board AP District Honor Roll for several years. This distinction is awarded to schools that have increased access to Advanced Placement coursework while also earning high scores. SHS has also performed well on the MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) exam. Swampscott High School's MCAS Composite Performance Index--a measurement that represents how well students demonstrate proficiency in a subject-- is among the best in the state. Last year, SHS earned a 99.9 CPI in English Language Arts; a 97.9 CPI in Mathematics; and a 98.8 CPI in Science. SHS has also been recognized as a Level One school for its work in narrowing proficiency gap goals.

Key strategies to success include a diverse curriculum, dedicated school counseling programs, and a commitment to health and wellness. The school district has made mental health a top priority, and this priority is reflected in several student focused programs and professional development opportunities for staff. Swampscott High School has taken a whole child approach to closing the achievement gap by implementing several programs such as STEM, Harbor/SWIFT, counseling services and mindfulness. However, none of these initiatives would have changed anything if it were not for the devoted and talented Swampscott High School faculty and staff.