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Melrose High School

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Posted February 4, 2013

Walk through the halls of Melrose High School on an average day, and you'll see something that roughly resembles a prison. A lackluster student body is locked away in windowless classrooms of a building that no longer meets state regulatory codes with teachers who want to leave just as badly as their students do. Kids who take AP classes may be able to glean some semblance of a decent education from MHS, but average level classes are almost completely devoid of challenge or rigor of any kind. The school's administration has become increasingly unstable. I have had 3 principles in the past 4 years, and one year in which there actually was no active administration at all, merely a group of interim leaders. With the exception of one or two standout teachers who are actually quite dedicated, most of the staff is mediocre and on some occasions downright clueless. The guidance department is also fairly incompetent and each guidance counselor is responsible for over 300 students, making individual attention rare and inadequate. MHS not only teaches mediocrity, but truly encourages it as well. My four years at MHS were a painful and uninspiring waste of my time.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 5, 2012

Melrose High School might have been a good school at one time, but it is clearly a disgrace today. The new principal is an empty suit who cares more about boosting the school's reputation through public relations efforts, than about providing a quality education to the students enrolled there. Although there a few exceptions, most of the faculty are incompetent and disengaged. If anyone is considering sending a child to this place, please consider all alternatives, even if it means moving out of town. This school is terrible and getting worse.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

Apathy runs rampant among the administrative staff and most teachers at this school unless you have a child who is in AP or Honors classes. If you have a child of 'average' intelligence, despite how involved a parent(s) you may be in your child's education, you'll not get much support or help from the administration or most of the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Great school. Good music and art programs. Plenty of afterschool sports, band and other programs. My children graduated from Melrose High School they enjoyed their high school years. Student graduates go on to college and are accepted by ivy leaque schools


Posted January 28, 2006

I'm a firm believer that you get out of public schools what you send to public schools. There is no question that if a supportive family sends a student who values education to Melrose High that a fantastic education can be had in this enviornment. My daughter is proof. Her AP and Honors classes were challenging, her SAT scores reflected that she had a great math and English background, and as a freshman at one of the nation's top ranked univerisities she is competing admirably with those who attended private schools or elite public schools. (Dean's List) We found teachers and staff at MHS to be extremely dedicated to the students and truly supportive and challenging. This is a public school - parents must be involved to ensure success of their children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2005

This is a fine school and i dont know what some of those other people were talking about. It has one of the best attendance records in the area and has great teachers. the after school activities are plentiful and the sports teams are some of the best in the league. The only bad part would be 2 hour practices every weekday. Overall i give this school an A+.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 23, 2005

I've been attending this school for two and a half years and I agree with most of those who consider it a joke. A lot of classes are empty because students choose to skip and go out for a smoke or just go elsewhere for the rest of the day. There is often a shortage of help available so classes are herded to the cafeteria for free periods. Most students just don't care about their grades and refuse to put in any effort. Teachers are okay, but they've gotten rid of a lot of the good ones. Overall this school is just apathetic, students and staff alike.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 6, 2005

Mhs is a not the ideal learning enviornment, i agree totally with one of the past reviews stating 'the dean of students is a joke, and the principal lacks knowlegde on how to do his job'. New teachers are needed! new staff would also be a very big step in the right direction, the hall monitors seem to care more about the students than the teachers/staff do (all are very nice.)
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 18, 2004

Children have an opportunity to learn and participate in terrific programs to the extent of their and their parental interest. If your children are motivated, they have the opportunity to enjoy immense success at MHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2004

This school is a joke. The principal and his administration are non-responsive and ineffective. While there a few excellent teachers, most seem to be burned out and ambivalent. The Dean of Students is a disgrace, completely unresponsive to parents. Cutting classes seems to be the norm at this school and the administrative staff just looks the other way because they just don't want to be bothered. The principal, when not asleep at his desk, is completely oblivious to the needs of the students and forget getting any response from him if you are concerned parent, chances are whatever conversation you may have had with him he will have completely forgotten within the hour. Drugs are rampant. The only decent administrative staff in that school are the hall monitors. Linda Hansen is very caring and responsive to the students and the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2004

For the most part, the students don't care to do any work or be challenged, yet they still want to be rewarded with the grades. A student body that acts fairly entitled. Many teachers appear bitter, cranky and tired, they need to just retire and move on, let some new young faculty in! The current staff just doesn't have the energy or desire anymore to elevate these kids to the next level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2004

Great community school, sports programs are a special part the the overall milieu. Teamwork between students, faculty and parents make for a great learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2003

Gangs have more controll over the students then the principal does. It is not safe at all! I call for some action!
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

227 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

225 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

216 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%
Female98%
Male92%
African American92%
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White95%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
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Students with disabilities59%
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Math

All Students88%
Female89%
Male86%
African American84%
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White89%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
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Students with disabilities54%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students64%
Female66%
Male63%
African American45%
Asiann/a
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White65%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities26%
English language learnersn/a
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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.

230 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

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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 Students83%
Female86%
Male80%
African American76%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial85%
White83%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities43%
English language learnersn/a

Chemistry

All Studentsn/a
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Introductory Physics

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Tech/Engineering

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
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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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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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College readiness rating 20133What's this?

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SAT participation

88%

Average SAT score

1519

Graduation rate

95%


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 80% 67%
Black 7% 8%
Hispanic 5% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 0%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 17%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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360 Lynn Fells Parkway
Melrose, MA 02176
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