Even the best Cape Cod schools have tough competition today
By Walter Brooks, Editor
It must been tough on Tom Conrad (Nauset Regional High School Principal) to lose 34 students to Sturgis Charter School through School Choice, but there’s not much he can do about it.
Principal Conrad is in an unenviable position. While Nauset High has steadily improved in the US News and other rankings, he’s got competition from the best high school in the state a few miles up the road in Hyannis, and a lot of motivated Lower Cape kids who want to set the bar even higher.
Unless Nauset institutes an IB program which the school administration has hinted at, the most motivated students will continue to use School Choice to try for the Sturgis lottery, but we're sure Tom Conrad sees 34 empty seats and worries.
He isn't getting a lot of help from the region's middle school either.
If NRMS Principal Maxine Minkoff drives kids away from the middle school through her controversial decision to lower the bar for her students (see the previous story here), it will eventually spill over into Nauset High School as many of those students may opt for the new Monomoy Regional High School opening next year or move on to Sturgis if possible.