My kids both went through the public elementary school system in Melrose and we were very happy with it. My son went to the middle school and we were happy with that as well. He will be going to a private high school but more so because it was a desire of his. I think the high school is going through a transitional period with several new Principals in the past couple of years. We also just got a new Superintendent of schools. I am holding out hope for a positive upswing at the high school in the next couple of years so my daughter can go there. I would also like to add that Melrose is part of the lottery system for the Mystic Valley Charter School in Malden that a lot of families go to and seem to like a lot.
We have been happy with the Melrose public schools so far. Our son is in 7th grade. However, we are thinking of making a switch to a private high school. There are a lot of folks who pull out after 8th grade perhaps as high as 20 per cent. The perception is there is a lack of discipline at high school.
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I grew up in Melrose and attended public school in the 80's and currently have friends who attend Melrose schools, without any complaints. I feel the Melrose schools system has always been good. Check out this recent Newsweek article on Melrose, Not bad!
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