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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    C
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Metropolitan Learning Center is an above average, public, magnet school located in Bloomfield, CT. It has 726 students in grades 6-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 21% of students are at least proficient in math and 51% in reading.
About Metropolitan Learning Center...
Address
1551 Blue Hills Ave.
Bloomfield, CT 06002
Telephone
(860) 242-7834

Metropolitan Learning Center Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
51%
Percent Proficient - Math
21%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1090
102 responses
Average ACT
25
13 responses
AP Enrollment
29%
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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Cost of Living
    C+
  4. Good for Families
    B
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$74,107
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,234
National
$949
Median Home Value
$211,800
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.12 responses
Poll
67%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.12 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 32 responses
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  • Dress downs
    50%
  • Senior activities
    25%
  • Spirit Week, Day of Roses, Talent Show
    19%
  • Pep rallies
    3%
  • Spirit Week
    3%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
726
Free or Reduced Lunch
44%
65%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.20 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.20 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.20 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$67,810
Teachers in First/Second Year
17.9%
54%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.24 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.24 responses
38%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.24 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
52%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.27 responses
37%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.27 responses
33%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.27 responses
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Metropolitan Learning Center overall is a pretty decent school. I have made some life long relationships from there that might not have been the same attending another school. Also compared to public schools the academics are far more vigorous and college readying. On the contrary the food and sports/club activities are limited and subpar to say the least. The food portions are fairly small and lacks adaquate flavor. Now the sports being newly introduced to MLC and other CREC schools can clearly be the reason for the poor sports teams, but nonetheless it’s still something needing improvement.
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My school, Metropolitan Learning Center (MLC), uniquely has an "IB (International Baccalaureate) for all" motto which gives every student ample opportunity to succeed. As an IB diploma candidate, I have been able to push myself in classes from Theory of Knowledge to Global Politics. MLC is one of the few schools that offers IB in Connecticut. MLC has a theme of Global and International Studies, in fact, students have visited China, London, Japan, and Cuba in the past three years. Even clubs, such as Junior State of America connect to this theme by discussing global political issues. Unfortunately, being a magnet school, students are not easily able to participate in extracurricular activities which is an aspect of the school that could be improved. Additionally, as we are now only in our fourth year of varsity sports, athletics have room for improvement at my school.
There were good teachers (though I will not name them for their privacy) and I was able to learn much from them. However, the math department is crippled due to the school's inability to find a teacher for 10th grade to stay for longer than a month, which means the teacher meant for teaching calculus to the seniors has to juggle at least 3-4 different jobs. Speaking of, there is also the travesty that is our school's paltry attempt at being an IB school, something that would make MLC more distinguished if it weren't for the fact that the school and its faculty are ill-equipped to actually prepare students for Personal Project and the Full Diploma Programme.