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Marblehead High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 961 students

 
 

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Posted September 8, 2012

MHS is a school in which students are challenged to achieve at their highest possible level. Whether a child studies at the honors level or receives special education in a separate classroom, he or she is being instructed by teachers who are masters in their disciplines and who truly care about the whole child. Teachers collaborate in and out of school to ensure they are providing the most relevant and useful educations for their students. Despite that, parents sometimes place unreasonable demands on the faculty; some parents and school committee members take it upon themselves to berate and shame teachers whose policies they do not agree with. It is not uncommon for parents to demand meetings with administration to complain that their child earned a B instead of an A. Teachers are accused of favoritism when parents disagree with a teacher's assessment. Some students, like their parents, bring this sense of entitlement into the school, trash-talking and brazenly disrespecting teachers. On the whole though, the students are kind and want to succeed. The majority of parents are supportive; those who have their own agendas, though, make a diligent teacher's life very distressing.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 25, 2010

I'm a sophomore here and everything is great. I have no complaints. If your kid has too much homework, why not have him or her ask for help from teachers?
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 13, 2009

MHS is a very good school. It has a broad range of offerings supporting all students. As a public high school it MUST provide appropriate opportunity for all levels of skill and ability, taught by mostly solid teachers. The extra-curriculars are solid. It's got jocks, artists, and just regular kids. There is a fair amount of homework - not as much as the very top public/private schools (Lexington, Newton, Exeter, Andover...), but more than others. Having said that, it all depends upon your child and his/her habits and choices! Those who dislike it intensely probably have an axe to grind. Basically, it's a fine school with some problems and many more benefits. It has attracted a large number of private school kids back to MHS, not because the price is right, but because private schools offer no sizeable educational advantage, and parents can have their kids in their lives everyday!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 26, 2008

I agree,these reviews are ridiculous. And i too am a sophomore this year at the school and it really isn't that bad. The classes may be challenging, but if your child can't handle it all they have to do is go to the guidance office and get a form that allows them to drop down to a lower class. They don't have to be in all honors classes to do well. Yes, your child may have a lot of things due on one day, but they also have plenty of time in advance to do it all and study for whatever it is. The teachers don't assign you a huge project to do and expect it to be due the next day. And i agree that there is a lot of alcohol and drug use at the school but it has nothing to do with the school, it's the parents.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 7, 2008

Alright, looking at the all the other reviews, im actually laughing. Im currently a sophomore at MHS, and I can tell you, that its a pretty good school. All these complaints about teachers being too hard, or the homework is too much, are ridiculous. This is highschool. If your kids cant handle this amount of homework, then how are they supposed to handle college. The school has great extracurriculars, and an especially great Theater/ Performing arts department.As for the drug problem,while it is true that there are many students here who do marijuana and drink alcohol,That doesnt mean that its the schools fault. I personally blame the parents for not keeping a better watch on there kids. Its your responcibility to watch what your kids do on the weekends with your friends, not the schools.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 14, 2008

This school puts unparalleled demands on students, and my son, a freshman, has no time for socializing or for afterschool clubs because of the homework he gets every night. There was one day when my son had three tests, two projects and one essay due on a Friday. The teachers are nice, but they like to challenge the kids a lot. This school is only good for Honors students that can take on a variety of challenges, and already know some of the subject matter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2008

The people are horrible. The teachers don't provide excellent help. They are to hard on their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2007

Parents, please, please, please don't send your kids to MHS. It is considered a really good school, but the adminastration is horrible. They grind the teachers into the ground and the students are zonked off. A lot of the kids have drug or alcohol problems because the school is so alienating. It is really dehumanizing. I went there for a year, and it was the worst year of my life. The school has a great special ed. program, but they treat all teenagers like inferior beings. Attending MHS is not an experience that will help your kid develop well.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 26, 2006

The school is good. Lots of special interest classes. Very strong in the Arts. Have fielded teams to Mass Theater Competition and Fine Arts competition. Good only for kids in traditional couses of study.
—Submitted by a parent


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The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2013.

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The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

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The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

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In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

The state average for Biology was 73% in 2013.

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In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

All Students89%
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Economically disadvantaged66%
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Students with disabilities61%
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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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SAT participation

74%

Average SAT score

1653

Graduation rate

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1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MCAS results from the state of Massachusetts.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math and English Language Arts from the state of Massachusetts.

3 This rating is based on composite SAT scores, SAT participation (% of 11th graders taking the SAT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 92% 68%
Black 4% 8%
Asian 2% 6%
Hispanic 2% 15%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 7%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Marblehead, MA 01945
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