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B+
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    D
Mystic Valley Regional Charter School is an above average, public, charter school located in Malden, MA. It has 1,486 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 68% of students are at least proficient in math and 68% in reading.
About Mystic Valley Regional Charter School...
Address
770 Salem Street
Malden, MA 02148
Telephone
(781) 388-0222
Website
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Mystic Valley Regional Charter School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
68%
Percent Proficient - Math
68%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1230
142 responses
Average ACT
28
37 responses
AP Enrollment
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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    C-
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$62,361
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,393
National
$949
Median Home Value
$359,700
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
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.23 responses
Poll
43%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.23 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 62 responses
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  • Sports
    19%
  • Semi
    16%
  • Senior Week
    15%
  • Pasta Palooza
    13%
  • Prom
    13%
  • Spirit Week
    8%
  • Pep rallies
    6%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,486
Free or Reduced Lunch
17%
63%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.24 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.24 responses
58%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.24 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
28.5%
61%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.28 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.28 responses
54%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.28 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
27%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.30 responses
10%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.30 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.30 responses
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Mystic Valley Regional Charter School is a very good school that provides all students from grades K-12 an opportunity of a world class education characterized by a well-manner, disciplined, and structured academic climate. The school is founded on the core virtues and the fundamental ideas of the American Culture, which are embodied in the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. Academically, the school has a very challenging curriculum that will better prepare students in the long run. Its school administration is very strict and holds students accountable for any missing work and misbehavior. As for its school facilities, some of the buildings are old and do not have central air, which is problematic for the students in the summer and should be fixed to create a better learning environment.
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Mystic Valley stresses its academic rigor and adherence to rules, and it does not lie about that. It has absurd rules (look up the hair policy scandal). While it is acclaimed for its academics, it's not because of the teachers. Usually teachers spend a year or two teaching and then leave. These are kids straight out of college, without a teaching license. They have no idea what they are doing. The students end up teaching themselves. I could go on all day but some other complaints: the administration does not listen to the students (we NEED a guidance counselor, so many of my friends are deeply suffering because of it). The academics (specifically ib) is alright, but the teachers, administration, and general school ambiance are detrimental to students.
Look, the MVRCS lower school is...okay.
'World-class education' basically means, 'Speed up the average school curriculum and have the highest 8th grade math class learn geometry' and 'Most of our fresh-out-of-college teachers stay for a year or two then leave'.
Some of the middle school teachers are actually really nice, and they enjoy teaching their subject. The teachers also offer before/after school extra help on specific days. However, some lack the ability to control a class and it can get out of hand really quickly. There is also a lack of diversity in teachers.
MVRCS offers very few after school activities. In the lower school, your only options are after school gym/art sessions mostly run by high school volunteers, chorus, band, strings group, drama club and a Builder's Club. (And of course the many JV or varsity teams. )
The lunches offered by the nonexistent cafeteria aren't very good. It's a fairly safe environment, and the students are close; there isn't much bullying.