As High schools are in this district La Puente is just as good or better than the other three but, I think that as long as people keep giving LP a bad rap it keeps the people away that have no family values or interest in a family atmosphere that we enjoy. I prefer this small community and great staff. This year, 2014, we have a new principal that went to school here and cares about the students more than most, as I have grown and went to LP, as did my husband, sons and grandsons, I realize that as long as you stay involved high school is the best years of your youth but, it's just 4 years and it's just high school. My sons are grown and are successful as are my grandsons, two are in college, but the social interaction and confidence are just as important as in any other school.
This school has an excelent variety of academies, and from my observations the law enforcement academy makes the school look outstanding, although I do believe they should recieve more funding.
La Puente High School should be recognized for their academics and how hard these kids at this school try to succeed and prove people wrong.
The principal at LP has her own agenda and it has nothing to do with the students.
it is a very good school, excellent teachers, and well behaved students
I have to agree strongly, LPHS does get a bad rap! I was one of those people I must admit, we lived across the street from the school and I still sent two of my boys to another school. After things came full circle I now have one son at LPHS and I could not be happier. The teacher and counselor and office staff go the extra mile to help, not like SEMHS.
I feel that the school i getting a bad rap. I fell parents needs to be more involved with theit children, my child has been in the University Academy and has done extremely well. Parents need to stop putting down the school and make change at home, we cannot expecto to have the teacherS fix our children it has to be a team effort. I personally feel the teachers there are Great!
I believe that all schools have problems. La Puente High School has excellent teachers and has teachers that have perhaps given up because of lack of interest in students and lack of parent cooperation and participation. I attended 4 yr high school at LP and was also a teachers aide back in the 80's. My son has very nice things to say about a lot of the teachers and how they really go out of their way to help and encourage him. Alot of the parents perhaps are not so involved because of the language barrier and make no effort to participate in their kids education. We as parents need to stop blaming the teachers for our kids failures and take responsibility.
This school has done so much for my children, the teachers here are wonderful and should be getting more money for all that they do.
I'm a former employee at LPHS and would like to share my perspective. The positives are... 1.) University academy creates small-learnin- groups for college-bound kids 2.) Family-like atmosphere among the staff/students... unlike other schools. 3.) Many great and dedicated staff members ( Monarrez, Jones, Smalley, Wiswel) 4.) Supportive programs to help students ie. GEAR up & AVID 5.) Opportunities in extra curriculum activities. 6.) Some supportive/active parents. The negatives are... 1.) The school needs to recruit new teachers aggressively 2.) The tardies are out of control. Need tardy sweeps! 3.) The culture set by students is horrible! Too many 'bad' kids can be overwhelming. Just ask the security guards. 4.) Many parents don't speak English so it can be a challenge to communicate with parents about their kids' progress/behavior. 5.) LPHS facilities is outdated. 6.) The school looks vacant 30 min. afterschool.
La Puente High School. I am an 04' alumni and I for one can say that this school had failed to meet my expectation of what I would consider a good High School. Environment was poor all throughout my time attending this school. Constant construction ruined the ideal environment for learning. Though understandable that improvements were being made at the time, it never made sense to me that construction workers would indiscreetly walk and work on the school grounds almost constantly for all four years of my High School years. Rooms and buildings were poorly kept. Everything about this school had a certain feeling of abandonment, from the antiquity of the library downright to the 20 year old fences harboring around its vicinity. I am however happy, that from the looks of it outside, there is some improvement. I just really am not sure about the quality of education here. _fishius
As an ex alumni and now parent to an X student to LP I can only agree to what everyone on this page have said. Administration and district staff have given up on this school. Its a shame to see that with teachers as hard working and dedicate as they are to this school administration and school district have failed Our Students & the teachers at this School. I personally had an issue w/the safety & security of my daughter on campus and all the Principle had to say was 'they would keep an eye on things' Who will guarantee my daughters safety at this school? none the less her Education. Mrs Smalley reports only what is convenient to her school and ofcourse to her benefit since I'm sure her pay is evaluated by the performance and reports that this school gets. The students for some at LPH aren't important.
As a former student I feel that this school could have more potential if only parents and teachers had more involvement. There are a few excellent teachers and programs but most of the students are what create the school's limit. As stated before, it seems that administrators have long since given up on this school.
As a former student at la Puente High; I personally think this school is not a great as the other schools in its district. There are great educational/academic programs and teachers but the students is what makes the school not so great. I would recommend Los Altos or Wilson High.
Poor environement but good academic programs. The level of parent involvement is moderate.
A few passionate and excellent teachers have helped keep LPHS from falling victim to the general ineptitude that has characterized the school and district administration from time to time. More active parental involvement would help the student body reach its true potential and might wake up administrators, who seem to have long since given up on the school.
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