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Medford High School

Public | PK, 9-12 & ungraded | 7 students

 
 

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Posted June 2, 2011

Horrible school due to the headmaster. He only is interested in the honor or AP students. My son needed help passing 1 class to graduate and was told by headmaster that he could not get any help by his teacher who was willing to help. He wouldn't be allow him to graduate with his class because he was 1 credit short. Also threatened to have him forcibly removed if he showed up to graduation. The teachers are great but the headmaster holds them back.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2010

My family had 3 generations go to MHS. Our roots are in Medford and we love the people....great city!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2010

I'm a recent graduate of Medford High and I had a great experience there. MHS offers a ton of AP courses with very qualified and caring teachers, more than most schools, and anyone can take and pass APs if they are willing to work. My class had spectacular college acceptances; Cornell, Brown, Tufts, Hamilton, Wesleyan, Brandeis, BC, BU, Northeastern, and Carnegie Mellon to name a few and in previous years kids have gone to Harvard and MIT. I personally took and passed 6 AP exams while doing sports and clubs. Now that I'm in college its sort of funny seeing the kids that left to pay for four years of private schools on the exact same track as myself and my friends and are in the same colleges. For the people that complain about the headmaster, all I have to say is respect given is equal to respect received.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2009

My son has great teachers this year. Last year not so good. If he wants to learn he can work around those teachers who are less than professional. The opportunities are there you just have to want them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Hidden treasure. Honors track if your child/children are recommended. Young teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2009

this school is clearly abouve average; my girls have be students ofthis school as of 2004. my oldest duaghter is now in the buve college at northeastern studying to become a doctor of pharmacy. my other two daughters, one a senior, and the other a sophmore love it there. MHS offers more AP credit courses then in the surrounding schools. their extrcurriculars ma not always be undefeated teams or award winning shows, but what it comes down to is the availability and the plethora of exacurricular activities. you can be a member of the student council, drama club, and language club, ect. there are many sports you can join and if you dont want to join go to the games! along with this the drama club is exceptional. the talent in this school from the field to the stage is incredible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2009

I disagre wholeheartedly with the parent who posted a review on June 23, 2008. I have had four children attend Medford High School and I feel that they received a good education with dedicated teachers and a very dedicated Headmaster. If a student wants to learn they will because the opportunity is there. I have always felt that if I needed something done by them it would be done and corrected.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2008

Medford High School has a lot to offer if the student is willing to work hard.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2008

The teachers are, in general, very helpful and will never turn a student away if the student asks for help. The Headmaster is very strict, but his job is to enforce the rules of the school, and that is what he does. There are many after school programs for students to get involved with, and many resources available for the students (libraries, online sources etc.). Teacher do care about their students, but it is up to the students to care about their education if they want the teacher to care about them. The classes range from very easy to very challenging, and students can take advantage of these classes if they and their parents feel they can handle the workload. Every student can find a place in this school, and can always find their niche.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 23, 2008

this school is terriblble the principle and teachers dont care about the students its a bad learning enviorment also.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2008

I think Medford High is a very good school especially if the student wants to learn. The teachers are well qualified and the Headmaster has shown to be an excellent leader. I think the MCAS are needed because it makes everyone in the school accountable for the students' education. What the state needs now is some way to have the parents accountable also. Most are but there are many who are not. They think it is all the school's responsibility. Keep up the good work..... teachers, submasters, headmasters, nurses, parents, and of course the students.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

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

260 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

260 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

243 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students95%
Female97%
Male94%
African American94%
Asian96%
Hispanic96%
Multiracialn/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities86%
English language learners50%

Math

All Students86%
Female87%
Male86%
African American61%
Asian95%
Hispanic96%
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities63%
English language learners40%

Science

All Students74%
Female73%
Male74%
African American57%
Asian95%
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities34%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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70%

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79%

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68%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 65% in 2013.

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Introductory Physics

The state average for Introductory Physics was 63% in 2013.

198 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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62%

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67%

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61%

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53%
Tech/Engineering

The state average for Tech/Engineering was 49% in 2013.

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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.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

All Students81%
Female82%
Male78%
African American18%
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a

Chemistry

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Introductory Physics

All Students62%
Female61%
Male65%
African American48%
Asian75%
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities27%
English language learnersn/a

Tech/Engineering

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

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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50%
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26%
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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

Above average


College readiness rating 20133What's this?

College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond.

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SAT participation

68%

Average SAT score

1515

Graduation rate

82%


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 60% 67%
Black 21% 8%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 6%
Hispanic 9% 16%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 30%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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489 Winthrop St
Medford, MA 02155
Phone: (781) 393-2301

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