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Lakewood High School

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Posted April 9, 2014

I loved my LHS experience!! I am a recent Lakewood graduate and I can honestly say that I had the best experience here. I entered in the IB program but decided to just take AP classes my junior and senior years. I felt incredibly prepared for college and like I received the best public education I could have. Not only does Lakewood have great academic programs but they also have an incredible arts department, including music and theater, and a great sense of community. Principal Castagna was a fantastic principal and he has run Lakewood with extreme success for years. I am still so proud to be a Lakewood Tiger!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 2, 2014

My student transferred to LHS their sophmore year.. I have never meet the Principal in the two years he has been there. This principal is very removed from the parents and student body except for his class interuptions over the loud speaker for annoucements or e-mails to parents asking for donations for the school. Supposedly he has earned some award for a being a top principal. The school administrative staff is very aloof. Teachers are a mixed bag. Some are good , some do not want to be bothered and feel because the student is in HS a parent should have no involvement. Special Education , IEP and 504 services are sketchy and hard to enforce as is the case in most Jeffco schools. The school has a large student population and has it share of clicks
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2014

This school is a unique one as it services students of all abilities from the special needs, to ESL, to AP, and has the top IB program in the state. While the test scores may not be the highest possible, you must consider the vast population of socioeconomically low students it services. This school should be a model for the nation equal access to a great education. The school is robust and has offerings in art, music, theater, sports, clubs, and a dedicated teaching staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2013

Beware of Lakewood Hogh School! They are busing kids from other ares and my student ended up being bullied and assulted, the school stated its not there problem even tho they were fully aware of the problem. If I could do over again we would of nerver put our children in this. This is school is going down fast with the violence and drug problems. The principal and asst principal are the worst both yelled at me when speaking with about the problem, they have no need to be involed with trivial matters. DO NOT SEND YOUR KIDS THERE
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2013

I have a Sophmore at LHS. She got in under IB and will go for the IB Diploma. Many have commented on the IB program. It is outstanding with an amzing 95+ track record. But, what is important here is the amount of options a student has when attending LHS. My daughter spent a better part of two weeks, talking with counslers, and administrators about her options if she did not stay with IB. The administration embraced her inquiries and presented both sides fairly. They encouraged her to speak to other students and to weight the pros and cons. She received a tremendous amount of support as she struggled with one of many decisions that will impact her future. This school is about, support, and challenge and most importantly growth. My 15 year old daughter has grown and matured tremendously since she entered the West doors of LHS. As a parent we looked long and hard before making a decision about the school she should attend. We love being a part of this community and all that it has to offer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2012

I am personally very dissappointed with the assistant Principle Anna Allen. Her lack of knowledge or even caring about what is going on out side of the school is appauling. Her lack of concern or concideration is appauling. She should be in another organization, not working with kids that may not have the ideal situation at home. She needs reeducated as well as a taste of her own mediciine. Her nose may not be so high up in the air if she took some time to concider others. Maybe she can use a lesson or two in humility, humanity or how about just empathy. How does a person get to be in a role that she is in with a lack of heart. How does she look at her self in the mirror every morning? Or does she?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2011

Very disappointed with the quality of staffs, the lack of help for my struggling child and the lack of support as we transferred to the Denver area from out-of-state. I am an educator, with 8 years of experience and believe this school is solely for the well-healed kid who is intrinsically motivated. Submitted by a parent
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 22, 2011

After spending 6 semester at LHS I would have to say the the kids are smart,the teachers are good but the administrators are really terrible. If you parents don't have strong voices, I suggest a different school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2011

Well, my 4 years experience in Lakewood high school was proved a waste of time. Bad school administrators and racist everywhere!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 31, 2011

Well having 2 children attend this outstanding school, back to back., has given them a well rounded education. They were both in the IB program , which is excellent. Our oldest once she was in college was so prepared and organize that it drove her roommates crazy that she could write out reports and essays with such ease. And the study habits that have been taught is so valuable. Senioritis set in for our second one the last semester, but still did great. The faculty and administration is great, they care for each kid there and if you are an active parent you are not left out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2010

i am astudent at LHS and i absolutly love this school! i have lots of fun and i learn tons. there is no racism or pregidous around the school and there is rarly ever any bulling.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 31, 2010

I see plenty of parents leaving reviews of Lakewood HS. I currently attend Lakewood High School and its a great school. The atmosphere is changing a bit but everyone is still very polite and considerate. It has so many programs for students to get involved in far more than any school i have looked at in Denver or Lakewood. The teachers are really flexible because they know that everyone has a personal life including the parents of the students, go ahead and plan a trip in the middle of the year just remember to give your teachers some notice.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 15, 2010

My child is in the IB program and virtually every teacher he has had in a year and a half have been entrenched, inflexible and unresponsive. It's difficult to get a hold of teachers. We're pulling my son out at the end of the semester.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2010

I love lakewood, it's amazing! but the atmosphere is starting to drop. There seems to be more and more kids who don't want to be at school then kids that want to be there. Besides that, the school is deffinately the best public school in Jeffco, hands down!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 26, 2010

We have a student in the IB program at Lakewood, so that's what I can speak to. We visited several high schools prior to choosing Lakewood and are so happy with our selection. There is a very upbeat climate at the school, it feels less 'cliquish' than the other schools. Their theme song is 'We are Family' and as corny as that sounds, it truly feels that way. The principal and teachers are very enthusiastic and engaged. As a parent, we feel very informed. Although the emphasis is on acedemic achievement, Lakewood provides an extremely well rounded offering of extra curricular clubs and teams. Although the school is large, when attending parent teacher conferences, each teacher knew my student and could offer insights into his strengths and challenges. Our student is thriving and excited to go to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2010

I have had children both in IB and in regular classes. My experience is that the IB teachers choose IB because they want to deal with the 'easy' students. At the same time they seem to make it their mission to 'knock the bright students down a notch.' On the other hand the teachers in the regular track work hard to motivate and include all students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2009

This school is one of the best schoools I've see in years.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 17, 2009

I am soooo disappointed. I placed my kid here only to find out the focus is only on the IB program. Making it to 5280 seems to be the only goal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

Lakewood does a great job keeping parents and student informed ,and educated
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2008

Education becomes increasingly challenging preceding freshman year in the IB program. Overall, students such as myself are able to expand our knowledge exponentially throughout our years at Lakewood. Go Tigers! P.S. CC and Track rule!
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

520 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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49%

2012

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

521 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 55% in 2013.

521 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
57%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

518 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

518 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

518 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
62%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

518 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
59%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students49%
Female55%
Male43%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian74%
Hispanic20%
Multiracial58%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)62%
Free lunch eligible21%
Reduced lunch eligible34%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities51%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)0%
Proficient in English52%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant49%

Reading

All Students70%
Female78%
Male61%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian83%
Hispanic45%
Multiracial83%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Free lunch eligible45%
Reduced lunch eligible66%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)6%
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant70%

Writing

All Students60%
Female69%
Male49%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian78%
Hispanic33%
Multiracial75%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Free lunch eligible31%
Reduced lunch eligible40%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
Students without disabilities62%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)0%
Proficient in English62%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant60%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students43%
Female44%
Male42%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian74%
Hispanic19%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)55%
Free lunch eligible22%
Reduced lunch eligible23%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch54%
Students with disabilities (IEP)3%
Students without disabilities46%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)6%
Proficient in English46%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant43%

Reading

All Students74%
Female80%
Male67%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian91%
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Free lunch eligible53%
Reduced lunch eligible55%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)24%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)17%
Proficient in English75%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant74%

Science

All Students58%
Female62%
Male54%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian83%
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Free lunch eligible33%
Reduced lunch eligible29%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
Students without disabilities61%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)6%
Proficient in English62%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant59%

Writing

All Students53%
Female64%
Male41%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian83%
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)62%
Free lunch eligible31%
Reduced lunch eligible23%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities56%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)0%
Proficient in English55%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant53%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

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How schools in the state rate:

23%
of schools in the state are Below average
52%
of schools in the state are Average
24%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

Below Average


College readiness rating 20133What's this?

College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond.

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ACT participation

92%

Average ACT score

23

Graduation rate

93%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 TCAP results from the state of Colorado.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math, English Language Arts, and Writing from the state of Colorado.

3 This rating is based on composite ACT scores from 2012-13 and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12. ACT participation represents the percentage of 11th graders taking the ACT. Because the ACT is mandated in Colorado high schools, ACT participation is NOT included in the GreatSchools rating.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 63% 56%
Hispanic 25% 32%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 29%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
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School basics

Fax number
  • (303) 982-7097

Resources

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
Girls sports
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
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9700 West 8th Ave
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