Malden High Makes US News & World Report’s Rankings

The publication’s rankings included the top 63 high schools in Massachusetts.

US News & World Report released its annual list of the nation’s top high schools Tuesday and Malden High School, as well as Mystic Valley Regional Charter School, made the cut.

Malden High came in at No. 51 in Massachusetts, 1,205th nationally, while Mystic Valley was ranked as the sixth best high school in the state, 173rd nationally.

The publication’s rankings included the top 63 high schools in Massachusetts, about the top 2,000 nationally.

From the rankings:

“Malden High School is ranked 51st within Massachusetts. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement course work and exams. The AP participation rate at Malden High School is 52 percent. The student body makeup is 52 percent male and 48 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 70 percent.”

Massachusetts’ top 10:

1. Boston Latin School
2. Advanced Math & Science Academy Charter School (Marlborough)
3. Belmont High School
4. Wellesley High School
5. The Bromfield School (Harvard)
6. Mystic Valley Regional Charter School (Malden)
7. Dover-Sherborn Regional High School
8. Medfield High School
9. O’Bryant School Math/Science (Roxbury)
10. Sharon High School

US News & World Report’s complete Massachusetts’ rankings >>

AnnieOMalden April 24, 2014 at 01:50 PM
It is no wonder the charter school is on this list. The kids who end up at the high school are the cream of the crop. The other kids are weeded out from kindergarten on to get the students needed to score high on tests. Why do you think Neil Kinnon allowed my kids to stay? He put up with me because I gave him what he needed: high test scores from my kids. If your child does not do well, they will be kept back. And kept back. Sooner or later, you will remove that child or have a kid who has been kept back 3 years and no parent wants that. MV gives lip service to Special Ed programs. This designation from the magazine certainly does not take into account the many fine schools in the state who have not made the list. No disrespect to Malden High as they do a great job with the challenges they have. MV has the deck stacked in their favor.
Captain Concerno April 24, 2014 at 09:27 PM
Captain Concerno April 24, 2014 at 09:53 PM
Annie you are back at it again. My kids went to school with yours and I was not so lucky to have them excel academically. My kids struggled at the rigorous curriculum Mystic Valley had. ITs absurd that you think the school can just pick who the want to attend the high school to maintain their status. Stop being so ignorant and give the credit where credit is due. My child was not kept back as you suggest but in contrary was able to attend extra help sessions after school to try to help with subjects that they were struggling in. Its comical that you hate the school so much but your children attended and benefited by attending. Not sure why you have such a hatred for MR Kinnon but maybe you should seek help for your anger issues. I have not discussed with Mr Kinnon but it seems to me a person who dedicates his time to public service and outs the effort in he does should be commended on some level. I may not agree with everything the school does I am very appreciative of the Board, Staff, and volunteers that make the school great. Correct me if I am wrong but didnt your children receive a scholarship? Should the school take some credit there? And finally Annie please don't go try to save face and say how well Malden High School is doing. You never thought of sending your children there. I have many friends that teach at Malden High and they should be very proud of the ranking they achieved. You continue to show your ignorance and I wish you would stay silent. Things have been nice and quiet for a while until you re-surfaced again with this article.
AnnieOMalden April 25, 2014 at 08:30 PM
CC: Clearly you and I have different experiences with the school. As a founding parent, I was told that we would have more of a voice in how the school ran. Neil Kinnon gave that speech to the handful of people at a meeting. He needed people to sign on to make the school work. I had different reasons for putting my kids in the school. It was important to me to be involved in the education of my kids and as a new option, I knew I would have to be very involved to ensure this wasn't a failed experiment as many people warned it would be. It became apparent early on there were problems with the admin there as too many great teachers were leaving. If you want to believe I simply "hate" Neil Kinnon I cannot help you there. What I am very concerned about is his misuse of the funding for education to be diverted into an athletic program which has siphoned off millions of dollars better spent on the teaching of the students--ALL the students, not just the jocks. In that initial meeting, Neil stressed if you were looking for athletics, this was not the school for you. Now he has built his vanity project: a pool not necessary at this early stage. How is it the Maplewood school has not had more than lipstick put on that pig? It must not have bothered you to sit in air conditioned comfort while your kids sweat out all the long hot days in April, May, June, August and September? Remember, they are there an extra 20 days and 1 1/2 hours during the heat than other kids in other schools. More importantly, it must not bother you that while your children are punished for minor infractions, Neil hired a "friend" who was a disgraced City Council President and former attorney whose license was suspended due to wrong doing. If you think he stopped at that, please check this out: http://www.mass.gov/obcbbo/bd14-002.pdf Our school is supposed to have the highest of virtues and integrity. I think this is a slap in the face to all the students, teachers and parents to have this man as the Public Relations Director of the school--the person considered the contact and face of the school. He needs to go. Yeah, my kids got scholarships - $500 from St. Rocco's for Valendictorian and 1st IB Diploma recipient. The other got $1000 from the Breed Bayrd Foundation because I got the message and backed off until the twins graduated. Despite having millions, not one is given as a scholarship from the school, only the PTO gives one. They re-gift money from others. You are right about one thing: back in the late 90's I would not consider Malden High for my kids. I knew the charter would be a free "private" school and if I could get that for my kids, you bet I was going to send them. They got rid of the punks and kids who would not conform, due to themselves or their home life. It is more impressive to me that Malden High scored so high on this list! I expect that from MV. Believe it or not, it could be even better there. Guess who's holding it back? Not me.
Mr. Sanders April 26, 2014 at 02:18 AM
Article says ''the total minority enrollment is 70 percent.” Which ethnic group help MHS rank 51st out 63? How are Blacks and Latinos doing at the high school? aren't' they affected by the Achievement Gap? If these " minority students" go to college and remain in Malden after graduation, will they ever work in the city of Malden? Will they be treated as equal or considered as full citizens?


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