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B+
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Medford High School is an above average, public school located in Medford, MA. It has 1,170 students in grades PK, 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 82% of students are at least proficient in math and 93% in reading.
Address
489 Winthrop Street
Medford, MA 02155
Telephone
(781) 393-2301

Medford High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
93%
Percent Proficient - Math
82%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1150
283 responses
Average ACT
26
29 responses
AP Enrollment
14%

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Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    C
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Median Household Income
$86,204
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,610
National
$949
Median Home Value
$443,100
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
83%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.29 responses
Poll
72%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.29 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 107 responses
Report
  • Mr. MHS
    17%
  • Medford vs. Malden Thanksgiving game
    16%
  • Spirit Assembly
    14%
  • GSA Coffee houses
    13%
  • Sports
    12%
  • Prom!
    9%
  • Drama Club Plays
    7%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,170
Free or Reduced Lunch
25%
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.37 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.37 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.37 responses

Preschool

Annual Cost
Cost is for the most complete schedule offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Starting Age
4
Pre-K Student-Teacher Ratio
Schedule Options
  • Offers Full Week
  • Offers Part Week
  • Offers Full Day
  • Offers Part Day

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$68,837
Teachers in First/Second Year
18.5%
59%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.39 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.39 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.39 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$20,207/ year
National
$12,239
70%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.10 responses
30%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.10 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.10 responses
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Medford High School Reviews

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Medford High School is a good school overall, and although it may not have the same funding as wealthier districts, the teachers and students care about each other and the community. The school is very diverse and has many different clubs and activities for students, making it easy to get involved. MHS is also academically rigorous, so classes may be more challenging, but most teachers are supportive and other resources are made available to help struggling students. STEM in particular has improved drastically in recent years.
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Medford high definitely tried to involve everyone in all the different activities, but it did not gain the attention that it wanted, students have to look for activities to get involved in, the organizations do not do a good enough job opening themselves to the student body. Most students did not care about any other activity other than the ones they were involved in or activities that their friends were involved in. The math department is a mess, the English, history, and science have pretty good teachers. Most students do not care about foreign language.
You can tell that the teachers enjoy what they do, but find the administration of their life about as risky as being watched over by Big Brother. While they've excelled in sciences and even getting a biotechnology class involved, the arts and inevitably flunking and are deemed not as important - as if the school is forcing every child to become STEM. Diversity is about average, and they do bring cultural aspects and events along with the school year every so often. I'd say it's your typical high school including the social media bullying with a little underplaced in funding and technology. It's stuck in the year it was built - the 1970s.