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Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical High School Achieves “Commendation School” Status for Academic Success

State Names Minuteman a Massachusetts Commendation School at State House Celebration

LEXINGTON – Minuteman High School received an award from the state this month for its students’ academic performance.  Minuteman was recognized by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as a “Massachusetts Commendation School” for high progress and for narrowing proficiency gaps.

“I’m very proud of our faculty, staff and students for this achievement,” said Dr. Edward A.  Bouquillon, Minuteman’s Superintendent.  “This recognition truly belongs to them.” 

Governor Charles D. Baker presented Dr. Bouquillon with a plaque during ceremonies at the State House on April 5.  Bouquillon also received an Official Citation from the Massachusetts Legislature. 

A host of dignitaries attended the event.  Joining Dr. Bouquillon at the celebration were members of the Minuteman legislative delegation, including State Senator Cindy F. Friedman (D-Arlington) and State Representative Jay R. Kaufman (D-Lexington).

State officials also recognized several other Massachusetts Commendations Schools, National Title I Distinguished Schools, and National Blue Ribbon Schools during a celebration marking 25 years since the passage of the Massachusetts Education Reform Act.

Students from Minuteman’s Culinary Arts program helped cater the celebration. 

Minuteman was identified as a Massachusetts Commendation School based on accountability data published last fall by the state:

The state ranks Minuteman as a “Level 1” school based on its students’ performance on the MCAS exam.  Every public school district in Massachusetts gets an annual ranking from one to five.  Level 1 is the highest rank possible.

DESE then identifies a smaller group of Level 1 high schools for recognition as Massachusetts Commendation Schools for their academic accomplishments which are demonstrated by high achievement, high progress, and narrowing proficiency gaps.

Minuteman High School is a regional-vocational technical school that opened in the 1970s.  It provides students from its ten (10) member towns and surrounding region with a powerful career and technical education coupled with rigorous academics.  Through this combination, students gain a competitive advantage in the new economy. 

Minuteman High School is located in Lexington.  A new high school is currently under construction and scheduled for opening for August 2019.

The new school will offer 16 career and technical programs, including two new ones:  Advanced Manufacturing & Multi-Media Engineering (Technical Theatre).

For Release:  April 6, 2018
Contact:  Julia Pisegna, (781) 861-6500, ext. 7291,