Madison Park Looks to Recover As Enrollment Plunges

Rosbury, MA: 09-10-2012: Students outside the entrance to Madison Park Technical High School in the Roxbury section of Boston, Mass. Sept. 10, 2012. Boston Globe staff photo/John Blanding story/Vaznis, Metro ( madisonpark )
Students wait outside the entrance of Madison Park Technical Vocational High School in Roxbury.
The Boston Globe

It’s do-or-die for Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, the only vocational high school in the city and one of the worst-performing in the state, according to The Boston Globe. With an incoming freshman class of fewer than 150 (down 60 percent since 2012) and approximately 60 unfilled openings for teaching staff and other positions, the school is scrambling to stop the enrollment slump and rebuild its reputation.

Interim Superintendent John McDonough told the Globe, “Students and their parents are telling us something important: Madison Park, as it exists today, is not a place where most students feel they will succeed.” The declining appeal of the trades, which haven’t been effectively marketed to students, is part of the problem as well.

The Globe reports:

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“In June, an intervention team appointed jointly by McDonough and the Boston Teachers Union recommended closing the school in three years if it fails to improve, and replacing it with a vocational school that would operate independently of the School Department.”

McDonough and others are cautiously optimistic that with a new staff and motivated freshman class, the school will turn around and such measures won’t be necessary.

Read the full Globe story here.