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Malden, MA
Students enrolled: 1,469

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770 Salem Street
Malden, MA 02148

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(781) 388-0222
(781) 321-5688
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July 20, 2014
Having been a MV student for 13 years, from K-12, I would recommend the school, with some cautions. Among the school's flaws are its high teacher turnover rate, overcontrolling nature, and focus on either extreme of the student grade spectrum. A number of the teachers are fresh from college, beginning their first job, and move on to a better-paying school in a few years. This is difficult for students. Many policies seem pointlessly controlling, and sometimes new stupid rules pop up--No spiralbound notebooks! You all must own an umbrella!--but are soon forgotten. Students with neither consistently high or low grades, but somewhere in between, may feel neglected. But the teachers are largely excellent, and the high school uses the IB Program (research it, but I recommend it) which brings a semi-external curriculum to 11th and 12th grade. Sincere care for the students helps MV shine, as well as its confidence in (obsession with?) striving to be great. Visit the school and talk with both students and teachers, if you can, to see if MV is right for you. It's not for everyone. But it is well worth its price of admission. Since it's free. If you can get past the wait list. (Good luck.)

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September 13, 2011
This is an excellent K-12 school. I have one that just graduated and one in grade school. The high expectations really produce results. I love the uniforms, code of ethics, and discipline. Kids don't fall through the cracks here, and are do not move on without mastery of the grade material. At the high school level, the International Baccalaureate program for the advanced student is unbelievable. My child was so ready for college after that experience. Sure there are things I don't like, some mentioned here, but the alternative is the district school. This is what every school system should be.

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June 06, 2011
I have 2 kids currently at MVRCS and I am very happy about it- My now 3rd grader moved from a Malden public school after her brother got accepted and I am GLAD I did not hold her back-No transition problems both socially or academically-she fit right in made friends right away and she excelled academically. She loves MVRCS and she is greatful to be going there-she says she was not challenged enough at her old school and it was boring....My now 1st greater entered K at MVRCS and I cannot believe how much he learned so far :-)

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October 28, 2010
It's not what I thought it would be. The "World Class Education" is not for every child. Don't ever question the school because they don't like it and will retaliate against your child. They may have awards and such from Newsweek and good MCAS scores, but they are only average in their SAT scores.

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October 07, 2010
I love the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School because they help reinforce high morals & a good character to my children!

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June 03, 2010
The curriculum at Mystic Valley is second to none. Their reading program (direct instruction) is highly recommended and is actually one of the few programs out there that is both explicit and systematic enough to greatly benefit those with dyslexia (see Overcoming Dyslexia, Sally Shaywitz), Both Reading and Math are grouped by ability, so you don't have huge disparity between students. The math program (Saxon) builds upon itself and is always revisiting what children have already learned to reinforce their knowledge. (So you don't study it for the test and forget it). The teachers are caring and go above and beyond what you would find in a public school system. Anyt who may not have licenses are working towards them and they do have ongoing training (unlike what another post wrote). It may not be right for every student (long hours, uniform policy, longer school year) but is great for most.

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September 15, 2009
They rank in the top 100 schools nation wide. They teach so much and are dedicated to the kids

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September 13, 2009
it is a very good school academically, but could do better with the sports teams.

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June 27, 2009
Not impressed. This school may be better than other options for these communities, but is lacking on many issues. Many of the teachers are not certified and receive limited guidance. As with many charter schools, this school is not the place to send a child who has any diverse learning needs (i.e. special ed of any sort). They are not able to offer the services that the public schools do, and what they do offer is questionable at best. While many children appear to do well there, parents need to be sure the child is working at the right grade level.

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September 17, 2008
My son is in the 3rd grade at MVRCS, having entered in Kindergarten. He is my only child at a charter school, the other 2 are in Catholic high school and Public Middle school. There is no comparison- MVRCS is the best choice! When my son was accepted at MVRCS I was not familiar with the school and sent him to Kindergarten mainly because they offered free all day Kindergarten. My other 2 were offered places at MVRCS, which I turned down because I didn't want to uproot them from the schools they were familiar with. Huge error! When 1 child is accepted here, that is your 1 and only chance to move any other children to the school. When I realized what a fantastic opportunity this school was, my other children were denied admission. My own fault, I know, but I wish that my other 2 could be here too.

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September 04, 2008
This school is a phenomenom that every school should strive to model after.

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June 25, 2008
I am so glad we have this school in our neighborhood. My children have excelled thanks to dedicated teachers, staff and administration at MVRCS. They are receiving a high-quality education.

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May 04, 2008
Very good public charter school that draws families from 8 core communities. The high schoolers can earn an IB program which requires students to choose an 'action service' program of community service outside the school, or develop an afterschool program for the younger grades. Core Values teaches kids ethics, and uniforms help minimize fashion wars and distractions. Of course, there's always room to improve, but active parents are helping school evolve. Ask questions, and be sure to talk to the kids and parents and staff of any school you consider!

- submitted by a parent

March 31, 2008
The school is often unsatisfactory for students. Though the parents praise it, I know from experience that this school can have long, dreadful hours of school, and most teachers are good, there are a some I would get rid of.

- submitted by a student

January 29, 2008
Great school. Excellent teachers and principal leadership. It exceeds my expectations year after year. It is an A+

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July 26, 2007
My daughter just finished K at MVRCS. She has excelled in every area of her development. She is reading and doing math (addition & subtraction) at an end of first grade level. This school exceeds the majority of schools in this area - public, Christian or Parochial. The level of parent involvement is excellent.

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December 13, 2006
I miss this school! We had to move away from Massachusetts, and can not believe the difference in schools. Despite searching for anything comparable, I feel like I had to settle for the next best thing where we are now. The MVRCS is exceptional! I love the fact that they teach math and reading according to your child's level of understanding. My kids both excelled here. I wish that uniforms and MVRCS's disciplinary guidelines would be implemented by every school! A few negatives would be the after school programs were minimal, and my kids didn't get to meet and spend time with other kids in our town. But, my kids were WAY ahead of kids their own age academically!

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September 11, 2005
It is the best option around for Malden, Everett and Revere but in my opinion rushes the kids to learn w/ out really learning ie know the times tables but not what it actually means.

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June 29, 2005
I have so many great things to say about this school, that I do not know where to begin. The most important thing is that my son is excelling academically. He has attended both public and parochial schools and neither has been able to bring out his full potential like MVRCS has. The teachers are wonderful, bright and caring. Their teaching methods inspire the children to learn. They instill respect toward others and themselves. Uniforms are key, in my opinion having uniforms shows the children that everyone is equal. There is less distraction so the children can concentrate more on their studies and not on what everyone is wearing. The music and athletics offered are outstanding. Apart from the standard school sports, they offer Crew, Swimming and Lacrosse. Get your child on the waiting list, you will see the differance!! Mr & Mrs Sosa Very happy parents!!!!

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June 24, 2004
MVRCS is the best thing that has happened to my child, he's in his 5th year and he loves the school, I am very impressed by the staff, they actually are interested in your child's education, plus the chilren learn to respect each other's differences, MVRCS seems to cover all the bases, motivation and social skills.

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June 15, 2004
My son started Kindergarten at MVRCS. He has learned so much and has had wonderful experiences. The teachers are knowledgeable, caring and geniunely interested in the children. Each year brings wonderful experiences. I am glad I chose this school. The character education that is taught is amazing. Wearing uniforms is another wonderful factor. This takes the competition out of the classroom, just another distraction. I would recommend this school for everyone. The class are taught on different levels, leaving no child behind. I am pleased with what we have experienced thus far. Laurie, Medford

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February 23, 2004
Our daughter started Kindergarten here, and she's now in the Second grade. I'm so glad that we chose MVRCS, I couldn't imagine her going anywhere else. This school has so much more to offer than the regular public schools. There is so much communication between the parents and the school. You are never in the dark about how your child is doing. In my opinion, they do a lot of things the right way.

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January 23, 2004
I have 2 children currently enrolled in. My daughter is in 2nd Grade and my son in 1st - they both started in the school for Kindergarten and I have to say - going on my daughter's third year at the school I'm very impressed. If you are moving to Malden, Stoneham, Wakefield, Everett, Melrose, or Medford - I would definately recommend getting on the waiting list for the MVRCS!

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January 15, 2004
This school has been a wonderful experience for our children. The students are learning to their ability level not to the class average. The teachers are dedicated and reinforce character lessons for our children. This kind of world class education on such a low budget should be the model for the regular public school system.

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January 09, 2004
Overall this school is great. My child was attending a 'regular' public school for 3 years and the atmosphere and quality of the school were rushed and quota driven. They also do not enforce the rules (huge lack of discipline). The Charter school is much more organized and every student is held accountable for their own behavior and actions. The Charter School also incorporates character development (respect, compassion, honesty, etc.) into the school's curriculum; Malden Public Schools do not. The Principal is dedicated and very committed to helping the school and students achieve their goals.

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Mystic Valley Regional Charter School
770 Salem Street, Malden, MA  02148
(781) 388-0222
Last modified Mystic Valley Regional Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Mystic Valley Regional Charter School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 32 reviews. Top