My son just completed second grade at Melrose. I may be moving and was referred to this page by his teacher to help me find a quality school. My son has been at Melrose since Kindergarten. The school was under the directorship of an embattled principal who lasted only that year. For the last two years, the new principal, Mr Velasco, has taken the reins of the school, and working closely with staff and parents, has turned test scores around, expanded the arts program, is working toward funding additional playground equipment, and is always looking for ways to provide more quality teaching materials for students. There are good and not-so-good teachers, but I have met and worked with many of them, and I can tell you that the majority hold the children's interest as a priority one. If I could tell you one thing about Melrose today, it would be that they care.
I do not think responsibility is there. People come to get a paycheck only.
The teachers never gave up. There was low moral, but the students always came first. There are plenty of resources and nothing was given up to focus on low test scores. There was and is an arts program which offers theater, dance, and visual arts. There was and is an orchestra program. I know of other schools that do not offer such programs unless parents pay for those services.
I am very happy with Melrose Avenue Elementary School. Parent involvement is encouraged through education, forums & information. The principal & staff are available & interested in our children. I really appreciate the fact that I know many of the staff & children by name. It is very family oriented. I was especially impressed with the Pre-K program, which was my introduction to the school. I think it is imortant for us to learn how we can help in our children's education, as parents. Being a part of the school & community is a big part of what I like about Melrose Avenue Elementary School, Principal Velasco & Staff!
The programs is very good for a public school. The school is an arts program school and they do a wonderful job of getting the kids involved. There seems to be a lot of parent involvment compared to other schools in the area.
We moved our child there in sept. 2004 And were stunned with new principal. Lots of big talk, but no real compassion and empathy for children. Pure administrator. Coolness trickled down to the teachers, who seemed to stop caring. Great assistant principal mrs. Palmer, though, smart/caring/loving, which helped a lot. The school has virtually no resources. They eliminated all the 'extras' to work on low test scores. Too many kids were english learners. The school is a concrete jungle, no after-school resources to speak of. No quiet place indoors to do homework after school. Crummy lunch area. We finally transferred him to another school 18n 2005 near work. Melrose is a miserable place!
This is a wonderful neighborhood school, with great, motivated teachers who give the extra mile in everything they do.
The principal encourages parent involvement. The pre school, all day kindergarten and first grade offer a caring classroom and challenging curriculum. A wonderful alternative to private!
Melrose Avenue Elementary could be one of the best schools, but the district has not provided the school with adequate leadership. The school went from a leader who took too much control to one that takes no control and does not follow through on any thing.
I have to disagree with the comment regarding a weak arts program. I have been involved with other schools in the district and I think the arts program is great! We are very lucky here to have any type of art program. We have visual art, theater and dance. I don't know many schools that offer such programs. The leadership is lacking, but the teachers and office staff are great.
My daughter is currently enjoying the pre-school program at Melrose Avenue School. It's fabulous, an absolute jewel! The teachers are both beyond wonderful and my daughter is learning and creating and making friends. I would recommend the pre-school program at the school highly.
teachers are great, and very cooperative, but the extracurricular programs are lacking very much. there is not much integration of diversity in the school. i find that like most of the other public schools in the area, the influence of hispanic culture dominates the student body and everything in the school. i am hispanic, as well as a mix of other races, we speak several languages in our house, but we speak and write english in the proper british form. hispanics are the majority, but we are still in the united states, and i feel that we are moving away from that foundation.
not enough diversity, and administration is weak in terms of communicating directly with parents. the teachers are great.
School has state of the art technology program, new Kirk Douglas playground, Arts Prototype program, Nutrition program, well-disciplined students, monthly multicultural assemblies, high standards for students, improved daily attendance (over 95%).
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