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Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School

Public | 6-9 | 473 students

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted June 29, 2013

i am a soon to be a 7th grader at mels. i am so glad i joined this school. at first i was so nervous about starting a middle school and leaving behind my old friends. but the teachers and staff are very caring and try to help you in and out of school along with physically and mentally. here at mels we do not have textbooks but that has its advantages like we always get our information from the outside world so at mels we often explore the outside world which prepares us for life outside of school. but on the other hand exploring the outside world means going out of your comfort zone and going away from your parents like in may of the 6th grade we go to up-state new York for 4 days but we were in good hands and did amazing things. i loves this school i think everyone should have this wonderful experience but sadly its a very hard school to get into every year about 3 thousand people apply but only about 300 get in. on the bright side if you don't get in during the middle school mels is also a high school


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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 29% in 2014.

125 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

125 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
65%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 29% in 2014.

119 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

115 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
88%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 36% in 2014.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
33%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
59%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
3%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

This school was not given a Progress Report Grade by the NYC Department of Education for the 2009-2010 school year.

About the tests


Progress Report Grades measure the school's contribution to student learning in three areas: School Environment, Student Performance and Student Progress. Schools can receive additional credit for achieving exemplary performance progress among high-needs students. Progress Report Grades range from A to F.

Source: New York City Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 2 30% 23%
White 2 29% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 21% 9%
Black 2 19% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 1% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 22%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 151%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 37%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 19%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 4%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
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The NYC Department of Education asked parents, teachers and students about their school's learning environment. Results provide insight into school climate, such as whether the school is academically rigorous, safe, communicative and collaborative. Learn more

The information captured by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn. An overall category score is calculated for each respondent group (parents, teachers, or students) by averaging the scores of the questions within that survey category.

Category scores for each of the respondent groups are then combined to form overall category scores. Alongside the results for each school are the aggregated results across all NYC public schools, which are provided as a basis for comparisons.

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
8.5
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.9
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.0
 
Clear, useful communication about educational goalsWhat's this?

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This school
8.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.0
 

City average

 
7.8
 
Strong parent, teacher and student engagementWhat's this?

This score measures how engaged parents, students and teachers feel they are in an active and vibrant partnership to promote student learning.

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This school
8.2
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

This score measures how well parents, students and teachers feel that the school develops rigorous and meaningful academic goals that encourage students to do their best.

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This school
8.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents28063%
Students41689%
Teachers40100%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:20 pm
School Leader's name
  • MR. DAMON MCCORD
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Expeditionary Learning
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Humanities
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Transportation options
  • Busses - Q11, Q23, Q53, Q54, Q55. Subways - N/A
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Sofbtall
  • Track
  • Volleyball
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