A Timeline of Hingham Public Schools

Hingham, MA Established

July 1, 1635

Hingham, established in 1635, is a coastal town 18 miles south of Boston with approximately 21,000 residents. The school department and our town departments enjoy a positive relationship. Fundraising efforts by the Hingham Education Foundation provide a program of mini and major grants to enhance school programs.

Hingham Becomes a METCO Community

November 30, 1967

Since 1966. Hingham has been a METCO community since 1968.

Hingham Middle School Founded

July 1, 1992

The school was formed by the merger of South and Central Junior High Schools in the 1990s.

High School ranked 985 on Newsweek’s 2005 list of Best High Schools in America

July 1, 2005

Hingham High School ranked number 985 on Newsweek’s 2005 list of the Best High Schools in America.

East Elementary School Opens

September 1, 2009

The Town’s fourth elementary school, East School, opened in September 2009.

PRS Completed

July 1, 2010

PRS were completed in Summer 2010.

Commissioner of Education informs school district that MCAS students in grades 5, 8, and 10 would be presented with a survey to measure social-emotional learning.

January 23, 2017

The Commissioner of Education informed school district leaders that during the spring administration of MCAS students in grades 5, 8, and 10 would be presented with a survey to measure social-emotional learning. This is not a new practice as students in grade 8 and 10 have been administered optional surveys on a number of various topics over the past several years. What is new this year is (a) the inclusion of grade 5 in the questionnaire administration and (b) the tool being used has not been shown to have sufficient reliability or validity data to support its administration (the state plans to run these analyses after the administration of the survey).

Hingham Public Schools Today

July 1, 2020

A seven member School Committee oversees school department policy and funding. The district’s 4000 students are housed in a 9-12 high school, a 6-8 middle school and four elementary schools, one of which also houses the integrated pre-school, and three of which offer integrated full day kindergarten programs. Major renovations to Foster & PRS were

New Website for HPS

July 1, 2020