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.
My daughter attended this school for 6-8 and had the most amazing teachers. In particular -- Ms. Zaino -- my daughter still talks about her and she has left a lasting impression as to what a completely devoted teacher looks like. Thanks Ms. Zaino!
This school is run terribly. There is basically no real discipline code set up. Clear expectations and consequences are not known by students and so there is constant chaos in the hallways, lunchroom, and in class. Bullies are not dealt with sternly and the teachers never have to answer to the parents for ANYTHING, because WHATEVER they do is supported 100% by the principals.. The level of education in this school is below other middle schools, especially in math....so much time is wasted daily on time where children are supposed to "explore" which really means... The teacher doesn't help at all! There are NO textbooks so it's impossible to monitor what your child is even learning in math!
My child just started MELS and I'm generally pleased thus far. She seems to be loving her experience and hopefully this will lead to a love of learning. That being said, I find that things can be disorganized. I think I must have emailed the parent coordinator 3-4 times asking the same question and still, I have received no response. They will contact you when they have something to communicate, but you can twiddle your thumbs when you do.
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.
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.
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.
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!