For a town with an increasingly wealthy and educated demographic, Melrose High School ranks beneath virtually all our neighboring high schools with similar a similar population. Below Wakefield, Stoneham, Lynnfield, Reading, North Reading, Wilmington, Andover, North Andover, Swampscott, Georgetown, Burlington, etc.
We are 67 out of 155, which includes all of the low income urban communities.
The reputation of Melrose High School in the community is as low as ever. What would it take to make Melrose High School the school we all know it should be? We have committed and involved parents, and a majority of students who come to school ready and willing to learn and succeed. So what's the problem?
Thoughts? Opinions? Solutions? I'm interested to hear.
Move to Wakefield
Patience is a virtue not a requirement of life! If we all wait for something to change in our education system - you, me and every else will be dead by then! Wake up and realize that patience is NOT a virtue in the education of our children. Their primary and secondary school education is just to short a time to afford that virtue.
We will get what we demand from our school officials - and demanding very little - will get you very little - as we are experiencing.
"For a town with an increasingly wealthy and educated demographic, Melrose High School ranks beneath virtually all our neighboring high schools with similar a similar population."
Melrose is not a town, it is a city.
30 - 40 years ago Melrose High was average. Not terrible. Not great. This is true today. Same nepotism, same acceptance of mediocrity shielded behind double speak. Some kids do well. Some don't. Most do ok. Deviating from the norm will cause you problems. It's the same as it ever was.
The so-called new money here? Professionals moved here then too. Nothing has changed and unfortunately I don't it will.
Other communities have progressed but Melrose stays the same.
MHS maybe average or mediocre, but a large percentage of the students and their families definitely are. In any place other than this website the success of MHS graduates as they attend great colleges after graduation is undeniable. What's also undeniable is the large number of kids who show up at Melrose Public Schools unprepared, disrespectful, and don't put the effort in. Too many of you parents suck, and don't do your jobs, and then want to blame the school system for everything from drugs and alcohol, to racist issues and bullying. Those are homegrown problems. MHS produced a stellar crop of graduates the last three years and this years senior class may be the most academically accomplished in the past two decades.
PUT YOUR HOUSE UP FOR SALE MELROSE IS A JOKE. GOOGLE THE BEST SCHOOLS IN MASS. MELROSE IS NOT EVEN IN THE TOP FIFTY! SO YOU BETTER RUN AND DON'T LOOK BACK!
Dolan needs to go what is wrong with the melrose residents. And yes melrose is a city that needs to stop hiring just melrose residents. This is the year 2016 almost 2017 wake up!
The constant mistake the MPS critics on this site make is that they live in their little bubble with the whiners and complainers. I know dozens of Melrose High School graduates who went to great colleges and had great experiences at MHS and that's the way its been for 30 years right through last year. Kids, nieces, nephews, friends, neighbors. Right along side of them are underachievers, malcontents and discipline problems, and everything in between. That's what you get in Melrose. Its there if a kid wants it. Success starts and ends at home and when you folks get that you and your kids will be better off.
Reading has a BIG override on the table. Much bigger than Melrose (financial impact to residents). Let's see if it passes. When it does it will be because of two things: because Reading residents are a) confident in the leadership of the town B) confident in the leadership of the schools.
Seems to me in Melrose there are a lot of residents who believe the schools are just fine. Happy to be #67! Happy to have standardized test scores going up! This is what the administration and the leadership of Melrose want you to be happy about. Does this inspire confidence?
"musical chairs among our elementary school principals"
Our "flagship school," MHS, is the most chaotic of all.
--Dr. Burke, restored accreditation and stability, vastly improved academics, brought in MHS finest teaching staff, including Dr. Groden, Dr. Peterson, Dr. Kepple, Ms. Hiti Stearns; forced retirement engineered by Dolan & Casatelli, Clark et al as quid pro quo for hiring of Casey
--Mr. Brow, 6 mos interim while also principal of MVMMS; popped up behind building posts to scare/remove hats
--Joe D, state ethics complaints and failed accreditation, promoted many poor quality staff to positions of authority, esp in Guidance
--Richards, less than 1 year, "cleaned house" as Dolan's puppet & left in disgust once he fully understood how he was being used
--M F, interim, hides in 2nd floor closet when there's a problem
--M F, "permanent," aka "Carmen San Diego," CT's puppet, now onto "greener pastures", placeholder Biz MisManager while Driscoll works a short stint at MASBO to earn a stripe or two before taking over; drove away Dr. P and many others; drove down SAT scores below state level and kept them there
--Merrill, interim, local gym teacher elevated to administrator... now what do you suppose?
Melrose School Committee wears the badge of dishonor for this long, obvious, predictable decline, along with the full complicity of the foolish, suck-up parent population and ludicrous community & political patronage system that's kept this dysfunction functioning at peak "performance" for many years now, and may continue in this vein. Sometimes being provincial works fairly well to keep a community isolated and protected from outside negatives while at least maintaining a somewhat positive status quo. Here the provincial, closed mindset of so many has kept the negatives protected and is increasingly driving away the positives.
College admissions is pretty straight forward. Success in high school is also a pretty clear path. A leading indicator used by all colleges is the education of the parents. The high performing students at MHS, and over the past 3 years there have been a landslide of them, all have a few things in common. They broke 600 on each part of their SAT's, the made the honor roll each quarter in honors classes or above. They took AP classes and scored 4 or better and they finished in the top 20% of their class. That's high achievement in high school. Melrose has as many high achievers as anywhere, and out performs Melrose kids going to parochial schools year in and year out. After that its a 2nd level of kid going to a second level of college. Nothing wrong with it and it exists at every high school. After that the parenting and individual responsibility are major factors. These are kids with no clear path or direction and they struggle in school. Plain and simple there are more families in Reading that make education a priority than there are in Melrose. That's not the schools fault. There is too large a percentage of families and kids in Melrose that don't care...and it brings the averages down and makes it tough to learn in standard classes at MHS. Look in the mirror and look at your own kid. Was education a priority for you in high school? Did you go to college and work hard? Is your kid scoring on standardized tests, are they on the honor roll each quarter, do they take AP classes? Too many parents in Melrose expect the schools to teach their kids manners, discipline and desire. Schools don't do that, parents do. The families that get it do well in Melrose.
If you are contending that the "problem" students diminish the ability of the rest who do not fit into the "high achiever" category to succeed, I probably wouldn't argue with that. So what to do? Remove them from the equation. Isolate them so they cannot contaminate the process as it applies to those who really do try but are held back. You seem to hold the schools blameless. That's completely crazy. The never-ending revolving door of new, inexperienced, and sub-standard hires, the obvious problems within the administration, i.e. OCR complaints, false police reports, etc etc ad infinitum - these affect that percentage of students that would do much better given the opportunity to attend a quality school, whatever that percentage may be. Those are the kids this system is failing, and there are an awful lot of them.
I get around a lot, and I know a lot of teachers and administrators. Any time the subject of Melrose schools comes up, all I see is a lot of eye rolling, and all I hear is a lot of comments like "No self-respecting qualified educator would even think of taking a job there.". We didn't get here in a vacuum. What we've had is ten to fifteen years of poor hiring, poor administration, and more effort being expended in CYA stuff than in education.
And that's exactly what people do. Move. Or send to Private or Parochial.
It seems quite odd that people would express dissatisfaction with the schools if there wasn't some merit to it.
Maybe most of the people who say the schools are fabulous on some level just need to feel better about their decision to send (or have sent) send their kids there.
Everyone is going to Wakefield. They need principals that know what they are doing. They should of taught for ten years and not art, gym, health, or a vice principal that's Melrose fault.
Wakefield pays more for subs. like all other cities do. CT went up 5 dollars so Melrose gets 60 dollars a day!
This site is full of whining parents of kids that aren’t nearly as smart or high achieving as they think they are. There are some places you can go if your kid is really gifted. Take a look at The Commonwealth School or The Winsor school for girls. Both give tremendous financial aid. If your kid is a smart as you think they are they will virtually go there for free and will be a lock for an ivy acceptance.
Short of that, if your kid is a top-level student and public schools are the right fit; Melrose is a great place. The MHS grads presently in the Ivy League schools have been discussed at length already. However, beyond that we have a recent MHS grad serve as valedictorian at Holy Cross; a freshman heading to Temple on a full academic scholarship, multiple graduates in honors programs at Umass and other Universities and also there are also are multiple MHS grads presently enrolled in Medical Schools as well as pursuing other advanced degrees. If your kid is not on board with what is happening at MHS; I think that says more about your kid’s academic potential or ambition.
If you or your spouse went to a great school and your kid has not been accepted to a great school you should speak up. You may have an argument. However, if neither parent went to college or, like most of us, went to one of the great local public colleges or a second-tier private school; what makes you think your kid is on track to an ivy league school? Get a grip, your kid isn’t that special.
(Oh, and it you are one of those turd-ball private school parents that come on here just to throw stones…get a life, nobody cares that your kid left).
Why does no one look into how well MHS grads actually perform in college? I know about the Holy Cross valedictorian, the kids who graduate at the top of their MHS class, get accepted to the ivies and other elite institutions, and perform well there.
But I also hear quite a bit of anecdotal evidence of kids who graduate in the middle of their MHS class, get accepted to a state university, and perform quite poorly in college. Has anyone ever investigated how many MHS grads flunk out of college, or drop out of college? How many actually achieve a degree within five or six years of high school graduation? I do not know the answer, but I have been hearing many stories of recent grads who are unable to perform at the college level. If this is a systemic problem, it is a serious indictment of the quality of education at MHS, and much more probative of the quality of an MHS education than SAT scores or matriculation rates.
a lot of smart students came from Melrose. it's everywhere in all schools.
So Boston Magazine ranks Melrose 67, close to last in the Middlesex League with only Watertown (76) slightly below and Woburn (100) more significantly below. In addition, virtually all other nearby communities with similar demographics are ranked significantly higher than Melrose: Arlington 28, Lynnfield 27, N. Reading 55, Wilmington 56, Andover 43, North Andover 59, Swampscott 39.
Within days, Rob Dolan and Superintendent CT used your tax dollars deploying their personal $10,000 per year Spin Master, John Guilfoil PR Agency, with great news about how some rinky-dink trade magazine has dubiously rated Melrose as one of the most improved of the greater Boston schools. Granted, Melrose had fallen so far in the last several years that making a so called "improvement" was easier to obtain. What exactly are Dolan and CT celebrating here? That CT's is making some headway cleaning up the mess she has created here? I liken this to a roofing contractor who completely goofed up my roof job, causing water damage to my home. One, I would make the contractor correct his mistakes. Two, I would go after his insurance company for the residual damage to my home and contents. Three, I would never use this contractor again. Why is the school committee not employing the same common sense in dealing with CT?
The administration has been a train wreck. The same go for Public Relations.
CT made a big mistake in hiring the four principals. The staff are not happy and it show's in the schools. Or look how many are leaving.
What CT has done isn't in a mere mistake category. It's rank incompetence across the board that has led to the highest ranks of federal investigators condemning administrative practices here. No matter how many spurious awards these hacks engineer or are given by equally questionable hacks at the state level, the most important areas of management have been trampled egregiously and illegally, as the OCR cases have proven unequivocally. Not only has CT demonstrated appalling hiring practices, she has promoted those who should have been summarily fired, starting with BC and MF. She has zero skill or concern in retaining qualified staff, with the driving away of Dr. Peterson and so many others as prime examples. CT actually prefers to bring in the bottom-rung minimally qualified candidates who wouldn't get a position elsewhere because they are then indebted to her and bolster her cadre of "yes-men/women" and keep dissension in the ranks to a minimum. Poorly qualified (but well-coiffed) administrators like JC have been advanced into exalted status because not only do they suck up continuously, they dress the part (meaning not that they are class acts, since they have no notion of what class means, but they devote significant time and money to everything external, starting with themselves). Only those more qualified to recognize the troubles who are also willing to stick their necks out are likely to squawk about the issues. The rest just stay mum, do their time here and get a master's degree on Melrose's nickel, get some glowing recommendations (that would never be issued elsewhere from competent supervisors), and then move on to higher-paying jobs in another district, particularly one that isn't terribly discriminating (as is the case with Melrose now).
No, mistake is too kind a term for what these ugly, self-serving charlatans, starting with the SC, have done.
Melrose high school does not have any system in place to make sure students who enroll in higher level courses have completed the pre requisite courses. It is true that students who do not belong in higher level courses are crammed into them. It means that students who do the work are stuck in class where the teacher caters to the lower level student.
Melrose is ranked where it should be. They pass out diplomas and awards to students who technically did not complete high school. How this effects where Melrose "ranks" is that students also take the MCAST without having completed the grade level proficiently.
If an outside agency monitored MHS to make sure students were taking pre requisite courses, a lot of parents will complain the schools are bad because their kid will be held back, but our district rank will improve, our test scores will improve.
They also need to bring back class rank and recognize the Valedictorian.
Staff not happy at the Roosevelt. MM is not nice to the secretary and she has not been back. We can't work without BC she did a great job. Hope she is not sick over how bad MM treated her. Parents you can get her back I know you can do it. PTO you can get her back I know you can do it. CT I know you can get her back I know you can do it. Mayor I know you can get her back I know you can do it. SC I know you can get her back I know you can do it. Melrose residents you can get her back I know you can do it. This is the worst day of our life. Not happy at the Roosevelt its a sad day without BC!
That last post is just pathetic. "STAFF" needs to get a life, stop drinking, or whatever the hell is wrong. Roos principal was bound to be terrible, having been hired by the worst superintendent this community has ever experienced, after all. The rest of them are awful, also. Flighty Lincoln one can barely figure out what's happening. Hoover is CT's darling and a total fashion-plate douche, just like her boss (they bank on their wardrobe getting them through). This is not some star-studded team. This is a trainwreck of an administration, top to bottom.
Thanks to "C'Mon" for some grounding truth to counter the BS, outright lies, and even criminality from the SC and CT via our taxpayer-paid PR whitewash agency, Guiltyfools.
These con artists will sink to anything in order to hide the truth.