AP and Honors courses are exceptionally outstanding. My daughter has been attending LHHS for 2 years now and I feel the curriculum is helping her prepare for a university. Great, caring teachers and super athletic departments.
As with all schools, this school isn't for everyone. The teachers do not take an active interest in the students. SVUSD's mission statement is "preparing today's students to succeed in tomorrow's world" and this clearly is not happening at LHHS. When administration takes a concerned parent's questions and concerns in a defensive manner and one of complaint, thus resulting in actionable behaviors, then SVUSD's mission statement is a complete failure. There is absolutely no accountability held to administrators, but rather they "use" their authority. Maybe it is out of the norm to have a parent care about the future of their child. The administrators seem entirely too concerned about a lawsuit and making sure they cover their a$$ instead of simply doing the right thing and following correct procedures. When questioned, as a concerned and caring parent, I was met with extreme defensiveness and constant complaining about all the "extra" hours of work he (administrator) had to put in to finalize reports. I'm pretty sure that's part of the job description. If the success of our children truly mattered, then I wouldn't be here writing a failed report on the school.
I am currently a freshman at Laguna Hills High School and so far I am very impressed and glad to be at this school. Most of my teachers are very helpful, intelligent and fun which makes learning easier. I highly applaud the English 1 Honors teacher, Mr. Macare, he has made learning a great experience at Laguna Hills. Most of the other students at Laguna Hills High School are also very friendly. I'm proud to be a Hawk!
As an alumni of Laguna Hills High School I can say with certainty that this school is one of the best in the area. API scores are better than most other schools in the county and the great combination of academics, sports, and extracurriculars make this a top notch school. The AP classes and honors program are difficult, yet, but I feel that they thoroughly prepared me for college. As always, Go Hawks!!!
As an AP student, I am pretty dissatisfied with this school. The AP classes were brutal, and i often found myself in tight situations with 5-7 hours of homework per night. The school also has many cliques - mostly by race. However, I am, for the most part, impressed with the teachers who I have had. Some have been very insightful, intelligent, and analytical.