La Mirada is not a school to send your child if they want to be treated equally. Only those with exceptional athletic ability or very active parents in the community excel in this school. Academics are placed low on the list of priorities in this school. A student is encouraged not to try out for softball unless they are a 'travel ball player', Seniors are told by the coach that if they didn't play travel don't bother trying out for Varsity because it is a requirement. I understand they are the reigning Champions for the Suburban league, went to CIF and the local La Mirada Girls 16 year olds are national champions. But, what about the girl who has a desire to play softball and can play but her education is more of a priority than travel ball and can't afford the expense it costs or the time it takes from her studies. I think CIF really needs to reevaluate the pressure these kids are put under. It should not be known as a requirement to try out for a sport that you must meet the coaches standard of travel ball especially if he is also a member of these leagues outside of the school environment. Let the kids have a chance and get a coach who is credentialed who also has education as a priority. Just a thought! La Mirada High School was once considered a very good school. In the 60's & 70's when Neff, Excelsior, Norwalk, Glen and La Mirada were all together everyone wanted to be a student of La Mirada because they had a nice campus, good teachers and good sports. Now we have kids deciding to go to other schools not because it's overcrowded but because of the policies of the walk on coaches.
This is ridiculous, sitting here reading these posts. All the parents who have posted should be ashamed of yourselves, sitting here blaming LMHS for your child's inadequacies! Instead of letting your children do whatever in the heck they want to do after school, you should make them do their homework. Then hopefully you wouldn't be sending these posts in saying how bad LMHS is. If your children were getting good grades you would have nothing bad to say about the teachers at LMHS! Get a hold of yyour children! (1)Have kids do homework after school; (2)Don't blame the teachers, take a closer look at yourselves!; (3)Get involved with your children's studies.
My child was a student at LMHS and we pulled our child out due to the lack of continuity and consistancy in the academics. I think that the principal is making great changes for the school overall but it will not affect my child right now, may be my younger children will benefit from it in the years to come. LMHS does not hold a candle to other surronding schools in the academic area, but in the sports program they are unstoppable. I guess it is all about what is more important to you the parents, Academics or Sports?
My daughter transfered in this summer.The office attendent had us go down to school in August 3 seperate days (kept moving the registration day back each time)and on the 3rd day told us we were only there to 'make an appointment' for her to register on another day. This could not be done over the phone? The day of her 10AM appointment the person she was there to see was on break for 20 mins (started at 10AM). A week and a half of carrying her books all day because they would not give her a locker! When I think of this school I hear circus music playing in my head. Funny thing is I have not seen one elephant or lion yet, plenty of clowns though.
Too crowded! If only Neff High was still around... Nobody cares about you unless you play sports or are in ASB or Yearbook. Unless you're involved in those things nobody will like you and you will fail miserably. I know from experience. After failing you go to El Camino High School. El Camino is run by professionals and they actually care about the students. If LMHS was more like El Camino, I think it would be a much better place.
School Board policy of a mandatory 6 class day, eliminates flexibility for students to pick up units in summer school, lightening the regular year load, which would allow some students to be more successful.Homework is excessive. Parents whose children are succeeding with As & Bs are frustrated at the nightly 3 plus hours of homework each night to make those grades. Iron grip control of students seems to be the administrative educational philosophy. The most positive aspect are the good teachers that are able to make a positive connection with the kids on a personal level.
I went to 3 schools to see which my child should go to. I chose La Mirada because it looked nice. But like the other parent said, the office treats us like dirt. They were rude and ignored me until I got into their faces. This school isn't a good school if they're doing things like this and influence students. Do not enroll your child in this school if you want them to become respectful and at least decent.
I, too graduated from La Mirada and find it easier to make a judgement, having experienced the school first hand. I graduated in 2003, and throughout the 4 years I was there, I saw a lot of changes, especially among the staff. However, as much as any kid dreads being at school, it's actually a great experience at La Mirada, the staff really likes to get involved. There is, however, a very distinct line between the 'popular' kids and the not. I found that as I was with the 'in' crowd, we got approached for just about every stage show and school activity, and as much as we'd advise the staff of other people who would have liked to participate, they never really took it into consideration, and that is why the same people were always the performers. Overall, though, the school is pretty cool.
My child is a freshman this year and so far our experience has not been very good. The school is so over crowded that the kids cannot even use the restroom due to long lines and forget about eating or drinking, this simply does not happen unless one brings their own, setting them up for teasing and items of food and drink thrown at them in what the upper classmen have deemed 'Freshman Island' The programs including the I.B. are extremely unorganized and parents are treated by the office staff as if they have the plague!
I graduated LMHS in 1072. I had three older sisters who also graduated from LMHS. I loved my alma mater. Reading over the comments, I realized that not much as changed where parent/community involvement was concerned. Although it is very important for students to get involved in clubs, it's their participation that makes the clubs what they are. Parents today do not take enough interest in their children's education as they once did. But then, we weren't two-parent working families back then either. Now we have single parents struggling to keep the family together. It's a concern we as a society need to address as a whole, not place all the blame on the school and the teachers. I for one am very appreciative of the education I got at LMHS. I had some good teachers, and some not so good. But it was the support of my parents that counted most.
I am a parent of a junior this year. She has tried to get involved since her freshman year. It is who you know. Students sign up for clubs but aren't notified of their meetings. The teachers, as a whole, don't push the students to participate in clubs and events. Those that do are the exception, and their students perform the best in class and on standardized tests. Parents aren't involved enough in this school.
I graduated from La Mirada High School in June of 2003. I believe that I am much more qualified to judge my own alma mater compared to parents who get the outside view. I am sorry to say, but La Mirada High School has changed my life in many ways. The teachers are great. Whether they are old or young, they do the same. It is upon us, as students, to ask them for help if it is needed. They brought laughter into my world as they taught me the value of life and of course, abiding by the curriculum at the same time. Even the support staff and administration have been supportive and as many things in La Mirada changed during my 4 years there, it has been improving bit by bit. There are many clubs and athletic teams on campus that made me feel as though I was part of a family rather than a team. We cannot always blame others for our mistakes. Teachers simply try their best to educate us, but it is the choice of the students to learn. It takes time for improvement and La Mirada is still continuing to reclaim its name. It will take time, so please be patient because our administrators are working diligently to improve it. To add in another comment, La Mirada has drastically improved its API score by 41 points, plus starting in 2003, it is now an IB school, so hey, we can't be doing that bad, can we?!?
I think that La Mirada High School fails to get it's students involed enough in there education the have poor teacher - student relationships. I think the need to bring in some new younger teacher's that are more current in there skills and let some of the olders go.
I Graduated from La Mirada High School two years ago. I feel that having been a student I am more qualified than a parent to grade individual aspects of the school's inner workings. From the instruction i received at LMHS I have since gone on to attend the University of California Irvine. I feel the major cause of the low test scores received by my alma mater is low community involvement. People only turn out for football games, and that only benefits the lucky few who play, or cheer, or play in the Marching band. More money should be spent on La Mirada's youth than on the senior citizens who have had two large and very expensive buildings constructed for their use in the last 5 years. I loved La Mirada High, and was inspired by my teachers. If your child is willing to put in the time and effort, he will receive a great education and experience there.
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