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Students enrolled: 607
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91-30 Metropolitan Avenue
Queens, NY 11374

(718) 286-3500
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May 03, 2015
I m currently an 8th grader here at M.E.L.S. the teachers for the most part are kind and supportive. The only drawback to the school is that the school system is very unorganized, and that most of our experienced teachers have left. With multiple authorities here at M.E.L.S there is no collaboration between the staff, teachers and students. Their is no collaboration of decisions, because one person may approve and others may not.There is not much collaboration between some staff and students. Often times, if a students suggests a change in the curriculum, the staff would not even consider the change. Also, with this new curriculum, the school is different from traditional schools. For some, this is good because students can learn through hands on work, and since this is a small school, students can go to many of their teachers for advice. However, for some this is not good because this can be frustrating for students and parents because students are not sure what to do and can be overwhelmed. And, for parents they must be confused about what the students are doing and M.E.L.S is not so big on one-on-one conversations parents.

- submitted by a student

April 30, 2014
Exceptional teachers who care about the students, my son couldn't be happier with both the school curriculum and all of his teachers. After school program are well rounded for all. Can't leave out the extra help when needed the teachers are always there for the kids. I'm hoping my youngest child gets the opportunity to attend as well.

- submitted by a parent

April 29, 2014
Exceptional. Teachers who actually care, who spend their time well beyond their UFT contract to make a difference for our children; Principals who are 100% invested in the successful realization of our school's mission -- to empower student to take action to maintain and create sustainable systems within their neighborhood, community, city, state, country, and world. High academic expectations. A place where everyone knows your name. The teach to the whole person. Can you tell how much I love this school. My daughter came from a high performing elementary school. At MELS, learning seems to be easier, and guess what? Her state scores have sky-rocketed! The program suits her learning style and our fingers are crossed that our younger child will get in when it's time. I wish there was more to the acceptance process for the high school entrance point. But other than that, this new school is thriving and learning.

- submitted by a parent

April 29, 2014
My daughter loves this school. It has exposed her to lots of different areas that I believe she would not find in other public schools like boat building, newspaper and the speech team.This school has kept her interested in learning. I think she would be bored in a traditional school.

- submitted by a parent

April 29, 2014
A wonderful and dedicated Faculty and co-principals, who work very hard to provide all the MELS students an enriching education. Students seem to always be happy and know that they can speak with any of the teachers for guidance. We are fortunate to have a wonderful school in Forest Hills. MELS is an exceptional school! KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!! THANK YOU!

- submitted by a parent

April 21, 2014
MELS is a very progressive school where the kids learn to think out of the box and get challenged in a way I have never seen before. I am proud to be a parent of a child who is thriving in this environment.

- submitted by a parent

August 29, 2013
MELS is a great school, it doesn't just teach our kids academic values but also teaches how our kids should respect others. It's like a big family.

- submitted by a parent

June 30, 2013
I am so grateful that this school is in our neighborhood. Going into it's 4th year and growing, the thing that amazes me most as a parent is the school's ability to teach our children a rigorous education, and yet it doesn't feel oppressive. Our elementary school was so tough, so unreasonably tough. It judged success based on how much homework was given. Here, it's based on what the children are actually learning. It's an environment that encourages a love of learning. My daughter is thriving. The principals are strict, but compassionate. And they are committed to building a challenging learning program. I honestly think it's a culture shock for some people that the learning is so easy because of the style -- not because it isn't demanding. If you judge a school by how much homework they get, or how burned out your children are by the end of the day, then this school isn't for you. If you judge the quality of a school by how much your child is actually learning and retaining, then MELS is tops! Thank you, thank you, MELS. You have changed my child's life!

- submitted by a parent

April 20, 2013
I can't stand this school. It was a bad idea to stay here. They really need to start offering honors classes because it is not fair how we are all taught at the same level. I need to be challenged and can't wait to take AP. Besides academics, which overall are okay-ish, MELS really isn't a high school. I am so bored here and am thinking about transferring for the Fall. This school is so conservative and predictable and any little thing bothers anyone in authority. MELS, get your stuff together.

- submitted by a community member

June 17, 2012
I attend this school, and am opting out of the 9th grade. The curriculum is not challenging, and certain topics are taught at such a surface level, that my parents felt I needed to have private tutoring to ensure that my academic skills remain on track. They've also admitted some relatively weak students for the 9th grade. I know one who has poor scores on the standardized tests and really bad attendance (he's been late over 25 times this year and absent a lot) - if this was the best applicant the school could admit, I don't feel the need to retun in the fall.

- submitted by a parent

May 28, 2012
I love MELS. Mels is the school! It was a brilliant idea to bring uniforms into place. For a school that just begun in 2011, you can see it! However, my friends were upset because of the process of enrollment. It should be upon grades, not a raffle.

- submitted by a student

April 14, 2012
As an 8th grade MELS, I've realized that the school has a very caring staff. Teachers understand your needs. MELS is like a big family. Something that worries me about the school is academics and curriculum. Just like any other school, MELS follows the NYS curriculum for every grade. I thing that MELS can make the curriculum more challenging. I was promised a challenge coming into the school and feel that I haven't received a challenging academic experience, yet. The mathematics and 8th grade Integrated Algebra curriculum is perfect, as well as the Science curriculum. I'd recommend changing the US History (8th grade social studies) and English (8th grade) curriculum to be a bit more challenging. One more thing I would change is the emphasis on the Performing Arts. Not turning into a school just for the arts, but having a strong out look on the arts (Music, Theater, Visual/Studio Art, maybe even Dance in the future. Overall, I LOVE MELS, for it takes up a big space in my heart. I enjoy coming to MELS everyday and am proud to be apart of the schools first graduating class. (Go class of 2016 :)

- submitted by a student

March 26, 2012
The education here is average, at best. There are no textbooks, yet their book bags are still very heavy. Students have to rely only on their notes for homework, so if a student wrote something wrong in their notebooks, their notes are useless. Math seems below average here and I am so very worried that the students are behind. The bottom line is that if you want your child in the same school for the next 7 years without worrying about whether or not they will go to a specialized HS AND your child is average, this is the school for you. Having kids on all different levels is great for those that are struggling, but do nothing for those that are ahead. This only harms the child since they aren t challenged. The admin is great here and they do care about the students and encourage parents to stay involved. One thing that needs to be addressed is PTC. They call them Student Led Conferences which means your child tells you what is going on in ALL of their subjects instead of teachers telling you what they could do better. Personally, I speak to my children daily about how they are doing in school, so I'd prefer my learn something rather than waste time practicing a speech.

- submitted by a community member

January 29, 2012
One of the 8th grade math teachers was moved up from 6th grade and is clearly struggling with certain aspects of the curriculum. There is very little homework and they are neither teaching classics nor basic essay writing skills. Overall quality of teaching is very mixed, and the weaker teachers are often unresponsive to inquiries. This being said, the co-foundrs are wondrful, and fully engaged. They need to tweak their approach to the curriculum. There is stil ime to make this school a complete success.

- submitted by a parent

November 28, 2011
I love that the principals know the students names however, at the end of the day the school needs to be giving the kids a good education. If you look at the fact that over 85% of the kids graduated our local high school (Forest Hills) but only 37 percent were college ready ( scoring at least a 75 on math regents and 80 on english regents) you realize how important it is to look at what your kids are doing in school, It is no longer enough to send them to school and say the school will educate them. I am very upset that my kid is not getting a good ELA experience. I agree with the poster below about ELA. I also agree with the poster bellow that regarding math. The math is too simple and I do not think it acceptable that my child hardly gets any homework My child scored well on the math assessment but that should not be the bar we hold our kids to because it is a very low bar. Is this what is passing for education in our inner city schools? Do not give up a good education for your child just because everyone at the school is nice! Parents please ask lots of questions because you are the biggest advocate your child has in getting a good education!.

- submitted by a parent

September 19, 2011
I have a child at this school and I must say the teachers and administration are very caring. They know your child and make an effort to help with any issues you might have. I do have two issues: there are no text books to date and the math curriculum seems to fall short for some kids. My daughter went to Russell Sage for 6th grade and learned a great deal. When she came here the math she was learning was on par with what she learned in 5th grade. We are concerned.

- submitted by a parent

March 30, 2011
Great principals and out of the ordinary activities. They go on field work often and instead of parent teacher conferences, they let the students take charge.

- submitted by a student

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Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School
91-30 Metropolitan Avenue, Queens, NY  11374
(718) 286-3500
Last modified Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School is a Public school that serves grades 6-10. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 17 reviews. Top