Thursday, October 10, 2013

Education is the Key to Success in Malden

Dear Malden Residents,

I could not have been more pleased to read the recent U.S. News and World Report announcing Malden High School (MHS) and the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School (MVRCS) as two of the top 50 Best High Schools in Massachusetts. Most impressive was the fact that U.S. News and World reviewed 358 schools before determining the ranking.

Malden High School ranked 39th and was able to accomplish this feat even though the school’s student-to-teacher ratio was larger than the state average. Additionally, in both Math and English, over 70 percent of the students were deemed proficient. The Mystic Valley Regional Charter School ranked 8th and had over 90 percent of the students proficient in Math and English. I commend both schools on these accomplishments.

These statistics are proof of Malden’s commitment to improve the quality of education for our students. Most recently, Malden School Superintendent David DeRuosi announced a citywide early learning reading initiative that connects home and school by utilizing smart phones, tablets, and computers. This innovative program involves a partnership with Footsteps2Brilliance, an early learning platform that will provide every Malden family with a library of eBooks and educational games to help improve literacy skills.

The most appealing aspect of this project is that the MVRCS, the Cheverus School, and local early learning centers will be joining the Malden Public Schools in rolling out the program. This collaboration is certain to yield positive results, accelerate learning and assist our students in achieving future academic success.

Again, congratulations to MHS and MVRCS – they are inspiring examples of the hard work taking place in all our schools across the city!


Mayor, City of Malden

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