45 boys and their families who graduated from MVMMS have chosen to attend private high schools.
Interesting statistic. How will CT, Rob and SC spin that fact?
That number has been pretty consistent since the new middle school has opened its doors so there is no spin necessary. The class sizes are actually 15 to 20% larger than they were 10 years ago. Most of the families of 8th grade students go through the process of determining whether MHS is the right place for their kids, and most have a pretty good understanding of the issues at the high school. Its certainly not for everybody and it has its fair share of challenges. However, the private schools these kids are heading to have a fair share of their own problems and are no panacea. Outside of SJP and BC High the academics at these schools are pretty bad, the courses are limited, the teachers are underpaid, the sports stink, there are practically no extra curricular opportunities and the facilities are a dump...all yours for $15,000 to $17,500 per year (after tax). SJP and BC High will cost you $20K and the preps are $50K. Its a tough pill to swallow. We stuck it out at MHS and worked through the challenges with the kids. The kids did great, loved their time at the school and went off to good colleges. One to go and happy with our decision to stay in Melrose. Its not perfect, but the grass on the other side is not any greener and significantly more expensive. A pretty good amount of the kids who leave head back to MHS their sophomore years.
No on override sounds like a parent who doesn't know how to add very well.
$17,500 time 4 years is $70,000. With two kids that's $140,000 and so on. The average override is $200 a year. With your kind of math skills I hope you married into some money. Personally I'd sell my house and move to Winchester before I sent a kid to a second rate parochial school. It's cheaper.
Bye bye. You won't be missed, but I'm sure we'll here from your parents on this board. Once they realize that they are shelling out big bucks for a horrible education they will come on this site and flail away to make themselves feel better.
Paying for MC,AC,PJ,AP or BF is a complete joke. Horrible schools.
You are correct, the education is worth what people will pay for it. Good spelling pick up. You should be proud. As much as people want to say they are leaving for a better education; there is another side to this issue. Parents of many of these kids have concerns with the level of discipline of their own child and think public school may not be an option. They are willing to pay big bucks for subpar education so their kid can wear a tie to school. When these kids graduate, many of them are now choosing to enlist in the military; an honorable choice to be sure; but sadly this is increasing the venom that their parents spew against the district.
Real Fraud, the over weight parochial school cheer leader, can't help the animosity towards public schools. The reality is parents send their kids to SJP and BCH for the education and parochial school environment. They spend over $20,000 per year, per kid, to do it. If that's your thing, those are the places to be. As a general rule SJP and BCH parents don't come on this site and bash Melrose Public Schools...they are better than that and left Melrose for a concrete belief in Parochial School education, and for $80,000 per kid they will get it.
The rest of the Parochial's, specifically Malden Catholic, Austin Prep, Arlington Catholic, and Bishop Fenwick are second rate schools, provide second rate educations and are populated by Melrose students whose parents felt that their kids couldn't hang at Melrose academically, athletically or socially and made a move. Academic options are limited, teachers are underpaid, facilites stink and the sports programs and extra-curriculars are below average. So the parents then spend the next several years making themselves feel better by bashing Melrose Public Schools. It doesn't mean that there are Melrose kids that don't do great there. There are. But typically there was an aspect of Melrose High School life that there kids didn't fit in with. All fine. The problem is that in order to justify their decision they need to attack Melrose High School instead of behaving with class like the parents of the SJP and BCH kids.
Why limit the discussion to just Catholic schools as options? There are Melrose kids at Pingree, the Commonwealth School, Boston University Academy, Belmont Hill, and probably others as well. There is plenty of academic rigor at each of these.
Tell your little genius to call the recent MHS graduates that are at Harvard or Brown and ask how they are making out. By all accounts they are just fine. You are a private school fraud just like the other posters out here and it ****** you off when you see kids from MHS have success. It was said on another string and it bears repeating. F U from the parents of MHS students.
Parent, lets get a few things straight. The "vast majority" of posters adds up to the same 5 or 6 clowns that constantly attack the City of Melrose and its school system at every opportunity, and another 5 to 10 parents who shipped their kids off to private school. Take your ad infinitum and credit it to the same people posting over and over and over. No one will argue that the Melrose Public Schools, particularly the high school, need some work...but the tremendous majority of Melrose parents are somewhere between satisfied with the education their kids are getting and cautiously optimistic that the school administration can get the high school squared away. I know many parents in this City and have sent 3 of my own through elementary, middle and high school here. Like most of the parents we interact with we think our kids are getting a quality education, while at the same time realizing that there are areas we would like to see improve...particularly our experiences at the high school. With that said, we, and the parents of the other 85% of the eligible school age population have chosen to keep our kids in the Melrose Public School system because we think its the best option for our families...and I'll put my kids grades, athletics and extra-curricular's, and ability to pay for a private school education up against anybody else's in the City. Its the right choice for us because we think our kids are getting a tremendous amount out of the public school system and wouldn't trade it for any other option out there. These parents who feel this way haven't buried their heads in the sand, they aren't ignorant, they do care and have looked pretty hard at the subject. I know it kills those of you who hate all things Melrose, but most people in this City like living here and like the school system.
Apparently a nerve has been struck, with vociferous defenders of the district jumping in for a bit of specious generalizations. As can be seen, they don't know the difference between "Its" and "It's" (just like most of the six-figure administration of the district). They love to classify anyone with a criticism as a "clown" or a "liar," since they have no imagination and can't think of any other way to "win" their specious argument. Several descend to the level of foul language, which is right in keeping with the vile language that emanates from the top brass of the district and city. Typically they write about "haters" (who "hate everything Melrose") and presume that anyone who criticizes ("all 5 or 6") is a parochial school parent with buyer regret. That's all quite amusing since none of those things are true about most of the considerable number of people we know who post and read here.
In psychological terms, it would be easy to reverse everything these fierce defenders of the district state (never, of course, having actual facts), and call it all Classic Projection. In those terms, it would be about "5 or 6" who chronically post their illiterate, lame defenses of the district, starting with the infamous and ever-disgusting, Vuvu, who will stoop to any level if it suits the illogical and toxic rant. It's really quite pathetic and a distressing statement on the level of discourse in Melrose to see that a mature discussion is impossible from all indications.
Last week's paper had an article on an 18 year old charged with kidnapping and threatening to murder. He is being held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing. Can anyone guess which local, private high school this cherub just graduated from?
Good advice, but I didn't see anything in the article about sexual or domestic charges. Thanks for confirming the school!
So, a grad from one of the local parochial schools is arrested. And your point is? That's a shame, as it always is when a young person is in trouble, both for the community and for the accused and family.
It's even worse when it's the adults who are at fault or accused. No one has to look far to find examples of adults here or in schools where Melrose students attend who've been proven in a court to have done wrong.
MHS has a convicted disbarred felon running its PTO and site council. MV charter has a convicted disbarred former attorney running its PR and making six figures. So? Are there adults in positions of authority at MC who have a record of felony convictions? That might be worthy of discussion. Other than that, you sound like so many of the posters using irrelevant information to "prove" how great Melrose and MHS are, and sounding like the nitwits they are, only embarrassing themselves and doing Melrose no honor.
Melrose Kid who called in bomb threats was expelled. He is not back in school. His family is using the legal system to try to get him back in a "Public School" and they probably will. However, you are still a liar and a moron who doesn't know what you are talking about...so stick the pill and your parochial school cheerleading up your @ss. MC is a dump, always will be a dump, and is a haven for kids who couldn't cut it academically, socially or athletically at MHS. However, I bet they will take $15,000 from the family of the kid who called the bomb threats into MHS. Why? Because an MC application is very simple...sign the check baby, we take anyone who can pay.
Liar, Liar pants of fire....
Melrose kicked MC's @ss in the Lacrosse State Tournament two months ago. No contest.
For the record shocker, Melrose would smoke MC at Football, Soccer, Cross Country, Golf, Basketball, Wrestling, Swimming, Winter Track, LaCrosse Spring Track and be straight up in baseball. MC's only winning record in any sports in the last century is baseball and hockey. The hockey program is legitimate. I think that is all the male sports and MC sucks at all but one. Pretty poor for a school that can draw from all over the State.
My guess is you were a non-athlete or an also ran at MHS...otherwise you would never have made the statement about MC athletics being better than Melrose. Shocker is a Liar as stated previously.
Saying MC is better than MHS and trying to position it as a fact is foolish. What facts back that up? Is it the long line of recent MC grads that dropped out of college and went into the armed services or trades? Is it the criminal that was in the papers last week that you are so proud of? The school is horrible. They would never subject themselves to standardized testing as that would only expose them. Regarding sports, yes they are a powerhouse hockey school and have good basesball teams from time to time. The rest of the sports teams are poop.
I'm sorry that you spent all that money only to have your kid graduate with a suspected kidnapper, but that is a fact, not opinion.
When are you morons going to get it through your thick heads? Who give a $hit about the privates - any of them? What I care about is the abysmal state of the Melrose schools, especially the HS, which is a laughingstock in the educational community. Meanwhile, you morons go off on another tangent about privates with the singular intent of deflecting attention to something - ANYTHING - except what a disgrace our own system is. Most of you either have calluses on your knees from kneeling in front of the "education expert" or that thing you call a superintendent, or are just too stupid to understand the wool is being pulled over your eyes.
Shocker, you clearly are a liar and a fraud. MC athletics are a disgrace. Check out their records in each sport they play. Don't change the direction of your initial comment once you lose the argument.
Actually, while not considering the school perfect, many of us are happy with the education our kids are getting at MHS, enjoying the extra-curricular activities and athletics the school offers and are simply responding to the criticism. This thread in particular (Exodus to Private Schools) created by a member of your crowd started the comparison. What you morons need to get through your thick heads are that many members of this community disagree with your positions. These people are not ignorant, disinterested or connected to the Mayor and the administration. They are parents of kids who are doing well in MPS and look at private schools, and any exodus to them, as a poor choice for their families.
The most prolific poster on this board doesn't even have any children in the schools. She has an axe to grind about MPS that goes way back. I agree, there are people who are very satisfied with their children's educational experience, and there is a certain group of posters here that just can't seem to accept that.
Resting my case, there are certain posters who cannot go 5 minutes without responding to a string supporting the schools without another flurry of diatribes against the school system. It is actually funny how worked up you get.
So what are you doing about it other than complaining here?
How many of your kids came home to report that the vice principal announced the first day of school that no MHS kid will be allowed in the library after 3:15, that they will be considered trespassing and face possible disciplinary actions if they're there, even just minding their business doing their homework, because "if you're there then, you're up to no good...."? Really? So my tax dollars are paying for a school library that won't be available to my or anyone's kid after school, and to make it worse, my kid will risk being treated like a criminal if found there studying one minute beyond 3:15? Really? And any of you think that's defensible?!!!
No there's nothing funny about that or any of the other million things that should be talked about but aren't.[/quote]
And you wonder why the OVERRIDE won't pass!
This board is hilarious. To some dimwit who can’t figure out why the school library is closed at 3:15: SCHOOL IS OUT. Your kids should be home so that you can watch them.
The library had always been open after school so that students who have to go to various practices can study and do homework, and also just so that kids have a place to study. There is no excuse for any respectable high school not to have library access for its own kids for some period each day after school. This is taking MHS from bad to the dark ages. If they can't figure out how to staff the library, they are even more incompetent and care even less than is already known. But don't dare interfere with the superintendent and administrators getting their hefty raises! That is untouchable. But the kids matter not one iota. And that's not even talking about the fact that they were addressed by the vice principal (heard it from my kid, too) as if they are all criminals in training. Nice way to improve morale and get the student scores up! Oh sure, maybe tell them to go sit in the little kids room at the public library, or maybe pay rent (!) on some of the newer books that the Melrose "public" library charges (disgusting!). But they are all young potential criminals, so maybe they should just go get ankle bracelets proactively and forget studying altogether.
Who is going to be responsible to watch the little genius’s? The coach is on the field with their teams. I know why don’t you volunteer.
They have had paras work in the resource center previously. No reason they couldn't do that again, except perhaps they've spent everything on all the administrator raises.
This isn't grade school with all the obnoxious mommy library volunteers/district job hunter sleeze wads.
The Bridge volunteer program could provide help...there are hundreds of volunteers in Bridge.