snapshot: top 25 school districts, cost per pupil

By Matt Carroll, Globe Staff | Jan. 16, 2014
The average costs of educating a student vary widely by school district, often influenced by factors such as transportation. The data, from the state's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, is for the 2011-2012 school year.
DistrictPer pupil cost, 2011-2012Rank
Abington$11,855253
Acton$11,669264
Acton-Boxborough$13,697126
Acushnet$11,533275
Adams-Cheshire$12,123236
Agawam$13,398141
Amesbury$12,377211
Amherst$18,38833
Amherst-Pelham$18,02636
Andover$13,836120
Arlington$12,603195
Ashburnham-Westminster $12,027243
Ashland$12,183231
Assabet Valley Vocational$17,36045
Athol-Royalston $13,679127
Attleboro$11,529276
Auburn$12,211228
Avon$12,656192
Ayer shirley School District$13,040164
Barnstable$13,564133
Bedford$16,60058
Belchertown$11,396284
Bellingham$11,906251
Belmont$12,259223
Berkley$11,089301
Berkshire Hills $15,63278
Berlin$16,38464
Berlin-Boylston $14,95290
Beverly$12,818180
Billerica$12,872177
Blackstone-Millville $10,800310
Blackstone Valley Vocational$17,13149
Blue Hills Vocational$21,20912
Boston$17,28347
Bourne$13,629130
Boxborough$15,52780
Boxford$13,335145
Boylston$13,409140
Braintree$11,564271
Brewster$17,74840
Bridgewater-Raynham $11,564271
Brimfield$13,626131
Bristol-Plymouth Vocational$16,82854
Bristol County Agricultural$19,69525
Brockton$12,999169
Brookfield$11,386285
Brookline$16,62656
Burlington$15,89374
Cambridge$27,0182
Canton$13,153155
Cape Cod Vocational$21,41011
Carlisle$16,61457
Carver$12,474205
Central Berkshire $13,282150
Chatham$17,06250
Chelmsford$11,751261
Chelsea$13,345144
Chesterfield-Goshen $11,597268
Chicopee$12,736186
Clarksburg$12,841179
Clinton$11,273292
Cohasset$13,524134
Concord$16,89353
Concord-Carlisle $20,52517
Conway$12,692188
Danvers$12,923173
Dartmouth$11,220295
Dedham$16,04069
Deerfield$12,477204
Dennis-Yarmouth $14,482105
Dighton-Rehoboth $11,630265
DistrictPer pupil cost, 2011-2012Rank
Douglas$10,070323
Dover$18,31334
Dover-Sherborn $16,43462
Dracut$10,431317
Dudley-Charlton $10,624313
Duxbury$11,825255
East Bridgewater$10,381319
Eastham$19,51928
Easthampton$11,382286
East Longmeadow$12,153232
Easton$11,133298
Edgartown$20,88715
Erving$16,21766
Essex Agricultural$23,0048
Everett$12,261221
Fairhaven$12,117237
Fall River$13,844119
Falmouth$14,93991
Farmington River $16,28265
Fitchburg$12,681191
Florida$13,512135
Foxborough$13,635129
Framingham$15,99571
Franklin$11,108300
Franklin County Vocational$21,17913
Freetown-Lakeville $10,275320
Frontier $16,05868
Gardner$11,310290
Gateway $13,967116
Georgetown$10,511314
Gill-Montague $14,82095
Gloucester$13,940117
Grafton$10,064324
Granby$10,828308
Granville$15,99072
Greater Fall River Vocational$17,63441
Greater Lawrence Vocational$20,12320
Greater Lowell Vocational$17,39544
Greater New Bedford Vocational$17,94137
Greenfield$12,290216
Groton-Dunstable $12,261221
Hadley$11,268293
Halifax$12,209229
Hamilton-Wenham $14,75996
Hampden-Wilbraham $12,215226
Hampshire $14,281106
Hanover$10,857307
Harvard$13,984115
Harwich$14,511103
Hatfield$11,078302
Haverhill$11,604266
Hawlemont $14,533101
Hingham$11,415283
Holbrook$14,264107
Holland$13,702125
Holliston$12,198230
Holyoke$15,70077
Hopedale$10,448316
Hopkinton$12,472206
Hudson$13,294149
Hull$15,25185
Ipswich$11,548273
King Philip $12,410209
Kingston$10,735311
Lanesborough$14,498104
Lawrence$13,272152
Lee$14,047114
Leicester$11,484278
Lenox$15,07289
Leominster$12,233224
Leverett$16,99951
Lexington$16,72655
Lincoln$19,59827
Lincoln-Sudbury $17,34046
Littleton$12,559199
Longmeadow$13,110159
Lowell$13,365143
Ludlow$12,588196
Lunenburg$11,448281
Lynn$13,031167
Lynnfield$12,215226
Malden$12,153232
Manchester Essex $13,479138
Mansfield$11,166297
Marblehead$12,998170
Marion$12,977172
Marlborough$14,198109
Marshfield$11,003304
Martha's Vineyard $25,1253
Masconomet $13,094161
Mashpee$15,33184
Mattapoisett$14,86393
Maynard$13,822121
Medfield$11,830254
Medford$13,032166
Medway$11,775259
Melrose$11,176296
Mendon-Upton $11,242294
Methuen$11,566270
Middleborough$12,039242
Middleton$12,231225
Milford$12,284218
Millbury$13,444139
Millis$10,638312
Milton$12,816181
Minuteman Vocational$24,3785
Mohawk Trail $15,13686
Monson$11,811257
Montachusett Vocational$17,28148
Mount Greylock $17,60442
Nahant$10,926306
Nantucket$20,09221
Narragansett $11,738262
Nashoba $12,686190
Nashoba Valley Vocational$15,08587
Natick$13,146157
Nauset $16,54159
Needham$13,742123
New Bedford$12,856178
Newburyport$13,622132
New Salem-Wendell $15,34183
Newton$16,40063
Norfolk$12,635194
Norfolk County Agricultural$20,42418
North Adams$14,91292
Northampton$12,528201
Northampton-Smith Vocational$19,04731
North Andover$11,603267
North Attleborough$10,139321
Northborough$12,636193
Northborough-Southborough $13,900118
Northbridge$11,129299
North Brookfield$12,295214
Northeast Metro Vocational$19,62926
Northern Berkshire Vocational$19,28530
North Middlesex $11,461279
North Reading$12,498203
North Shore Vocational$23,5487
Norton$12,411208
Norwell$12,074240
Norwood$13,497136
Oak Bluffs$19,43729
Old Colony Vocational$17,93538
Old Rochester $13,155154
Orange$11,352287
Orleans$21,45810
Oxford$11,955247
Palmer$12,541200
Pathfinder Vocational$20,06522
Peabody$13,029168
Pelham$14,64898
Pembroke$10,484315
Pentucket $11,821256
Petersham$13,310147
Pioneer Valley $14,178111
Pittsfield$12,709187
Plainville$12,283219
Plymouth$13,099160
Plympton$12,783183
Provincetown$33,8111
Quabbin $12,145234
Quaboag $12,077239
Quincy$14,221108
Ralph Mahar $13,712124
Randolph$15,61279
Reading$11,051303
Revere$13,277151
Richmond$14,140112
Rochester$12,270220
Rockland$13,081162
Rockport$15,48481
Salem$14,70697
Sandwich$12,087238
Saugus$12,690189
Savoy$13,384142
Scituate$12,311213
Seekonk$11,898252
Sharon$14,527102
Shawsheen Valley Vocational$17,47143
Sherborn$15,72076
Shrewsbury$11,318289
Shutesbury$15,43682
Silver Lake $12,900174
Somerset$12,447207
Somerset Berkley Regional$13,119158
Somerville$16,50660
Southampton$10,074322
Southborough$14,83194
Southbridge$12,894176
Southeastern Vocational$19,75024
Southern Berkshire $16,10067
Southern Worcester Vocational$16,96652
South Hadley$13,310147
South Middlesex Vocational$24,5994
South Shore Vocational$18,30135
Southwick-Tolland $11,547274
Spencer-East Brookfield $12,290216
Springfield$14,54899
Stoneham$13,226153
Stoughton$11,960246
Sturbridge$11,769260
Sudbury$12,899175
Sunderland$14,058113
Sutton$11,329288
Swampscott$13,746122
Swansea$11,504277
Tantasqua $12,985171
Taunton$11,417282
Tewksbury$12,291215
Tisbury$20,21219
Topsfield$13,152156
Tri-County Vocational$15,76675
Triton $12,748184
Truro$20,63616
Tyngsboro$11,786258
Up-Island $23,7536
Upper Cape Cod Vocational$21,17314
Uxbridge$12,074240
Wachusett $10,817309
Wakefield$12,512202
Wales$11,994245
Walpole$12,021244
Waltham$18,89932
Ware$11,919250
Wareham$11,953249
Watertown$16,49361
Wayland$15,90273
Webster$12,786182
Wellesley$15,08587
Wellfleet$22,6339
Westborough$14,545100
West Boylston$12,384210
West Bridgewater$10,952305
Westfield$12,568197
Westford$11,449280
Westhampton$12,375212
Weston$19,91523
Westport$11,718263
West Springfield$13,039165
Westwood$14,197110
Weymouth$12,125235
Whately$16,00970
Whitman-Hanson $10,412318
Whittier Vocational$17,75439
Williamsburg$13,041163
Williamstown$12,561198
Wilmington$13,321146
Winchendon$12,737185
Winchester$11,954248
Winthrop$11,569269
Woburn$13,663128
Worcester$13,489137
Wrentham$11,296291
SOURCE: Department of Elementary and Secondary Education