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About This School

Melrose High School is a public high school in Melrose. The principal of Melrose High School is Joseph Dillon. 984 children attend Melrose High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 17% of the 984 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Melrose High School is 14:1. Stoneham High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 83% 87%
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 5%
Asian 4% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Hispanic 2% 3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 2% %
Multiracial 1% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0.5% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 17% 12%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Walk through the halls of Melrose High School on an average day and you'll see something that roughly resembles a prison. A lackluster student body is locked away in windowless classrooms of a building that no longer meets state regulatory codes with teachers who want to leave just as badly as their students do. Kids who take AP classes may be able to glean some semblance of a decent education from MHS but average level classes are almost completely devoid of challenge or rigor of any kind. The school's administration has become increasingly unstable. I have had 3 principles in the past 4 years and one year in which there actually was no active administration at all merely a group of interim leaders. With the exception of one or two standout teachers who are actually quite dedicated most of the staff is mediocre and on some occasions downright clueless. The guidance department is also fairly incompetent and each guidance counselor is responsible for over 300 students making individual attention rare and inadequate. MHS not only teaches mediocrity but truly encourages it as well. My four years at MHS were a painful and uninspiring waste of my time.

  • (2 years ago)

    Melrose High School might have been a good school at one time but it is clearly a disgrace today. The new principal is an empty suit who cares more about boosting the school's reputation through public relations efforts than about providing a quality education to the students enrolled there. Although there a few exceptions most of the faculty are incompetent and disengaged. If anyone is considering sending a child to this place please consider all alternatives even if it means moving out of town. This school is terrible and getting worse.

  • (4 years ago)

    Apathy runs rampant among the administrative staff and most teachers at this school unless you have a child who is in AP or Honors classes. If you have a child of 'average' intelligence despite how involved a parent(s) you may be in your child's education you'll not get much support or help from the administration or most of the teachers.

  • (4 years ago)

    Great school. Good music and art programs. Plenty of afterschool sports band and other programs. My children graduated from Melrose High School they enjoyed their high school years. Student graduates go on to college and are accepted by ivy leaque schools

  • (8 years ago)

    I'm a firm believer that you get out of public schools what you send to public schools. There is no question that if a supportive family sends a student who values education to Melrose High that a fantastic education can be had in this enviornment. My daughter is proof. Her AP and Honors classes were challenging her SAT scores reflected that she had a great math and English background and as a freshman at one of the nation's top ranked univerisities she is competing admirably with those who attended private schools or elite public schools. (Dean's List) We found teachers and staff at MHS to be extremely dedicated to the students and truly supportive and challenging. This is a public school - parents must be involved to ensure success of their children.

  • (9 years ago)

    This is a fine school and i dont know what some of those other people were talking about. It has one of the best attendance records in the area and has great teachers. the after school activities are plentiful and the sports teams are some of the best in the league. The only bad part would be 2 hour practices every weekday. Overall i give this school an A+.

  • (9 years ago)

    I've been attending this school for two and a half years and I agree with most of those who consider it a joke. A lot of classes are empty because students choose to skip and go out for a smoke or just go elsewhere for the rest of the day. There is often a shortage of help available so classes are herded to the cafeteria for free periods. Most students just don't care about their grades and refuse to put in any effort. Teachers are okay but they've gotten rid of a lot of the good ones. Overall this school is just apathetic students and staff alike.

  • (9 years ago)

    Mhs is a not the ideal learning enviornment i agree totally with one of the past reviews stating 'the dean of students is a joke and the principal lacks knowlegde on how to do his job'. New teachers are needed! new staff would also be a very big step in the right direction the hall monitors seem to care more about the students than the teachers/staff do (all are very nice.)

  • (9 years ago)

    Children have an opportunity to learn and participate in terrific programs to the extent of their and their parental interest. If your children are motivated they have the opportunity to enjoy immense success at MHS.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school is a joke. The principal and his administration are non-responsive and ineffective. While there a few excellent teachers most seem to be burned out and ambivalent. The Dean of Students is a disgrace completely unresponsive to parents. Cutting classes seems to be the norm at this school and the administrative staff just looks the other way because they just don't want to be bothered. The principal when not asleep at his desk is completely oblivious to the needs of the students and forget getting any response from him if you are concerned parent chances are whatever conversation you may have had with him he will have completely forgotten within the hour. Drugs are rampant. The only decent administrative staff in that school are the hall monitors. Linda Hansen is very caring and responsive to the students and the parents.

  • (10 years ago)

    For the most part the students don't care to do any work or be challenged yet they still want to be rewarded with the grades. A student body that acts fairly entitled. Many teachers appear bitter cranky and tired they need to just retire and move on let some new young faculty in! The current staff just doesn't have the energy or desire anymore to elevate these kids to the next level.

  • (10 years ago)

    Great community school sports programs are a special part the the overall milieu. Teamwork between students faculty and parents make for a great learning environment.

  • (10 years ago)

    Gangs have more controll over the students then the principal does. It is not safe at all! I call for some action!

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