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9-12
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Lakewood, CO
Students enrolled: 2,052

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9700 West 8th Ave
Lakewood, CO 80215

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April 09, 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
April 02, 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
March 08, 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
December 03, 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
March 03, 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
October 02, 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
November 09, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
January 02, 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
December 08, 2009
This school is one of the best schoools I've see in years.

- submitted by a student
no rating 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
no rating October 03, 2009
Lakewood does a great job keeping parents and student informed ,and educated

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July 01, 2009
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April 11, 2009
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- submitted by a student
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
no rating May 05, 2008
Great school. I'm a member of the International Baccalaureate Program and I love it. Everybody is great friends, no matter who else your friends are. Theres also amazing music and theater programs, and a few good sports such as Tennis and Soccer. It's a great environment to learn in because everybody challenges each other to do well. I love it.

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December 11, 2007
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- submitted by a student
October 12, 2007
Greatest soccer coach in the state of Colorado in Mr. Peter Mehlbach. Academics are outstanding. Extra-Curriculars are fanstastic and the students are welcoming and very open minded. The new building is state of the art and the technology is high-end technology. I would recommend Lakewood High School students who are driven in life and are ambitious. Lakewood High School will help you excel in any area you desire.

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September 30, 2007
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- submitted by a student
no rating September 26, 2007
Outstanding school - the kids LOVE it, the administration loves teaching and being there. All are directed to the success of the students and providing a safe 'cool' learning environment - it is a tolerant, non-cliquish environment where it is more than acceptable to want to be smart and make the most of yourself.

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August 30, 2007
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July 24, 2007
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August 12, 2006
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July 26, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2006
There are numerous AP and IB classes available to most if not all students at Lakewood. There are plenty of sports oppertunities, as well as a great soccer coach in Mr. Melbach. The parent involvement is relatively low, but that is because the kids can take care of it themselves.

- submitted by a former student
February 02, 2006
Lakewood was a great school when I attended it.

- submitted by a former student
November 29, 2005
The IB program is very strong and many of Lakewood's students are involved in the extracurriculars. Music is a particularly robust area of student interest, with hundreds of students involved in both vocal and instrumental programs. IB teachers are dedicated and effective, in addition to being encouraging and inspirational to students with special capabilities. My impression is that the advanced course selection outside of the IB program is weak, since most gifted students opt for the rigor of IB. However, for those students who do choose IB, the experience is well worth the time and effort; college admissions rates for IB students are very high.

- submitted by a former student
April 25, 2005
I attended this school from 2000 to 2004 and I can honestly say thats its a great learning enviroment. The staff there are the best I have ever had and they really seem to do whatever they can to help out the students, whether it be with school or social problems. I highly reccomend this school to any one who truly wants to learn, be accepted and treated fairly.

- submitted by a former student
January 07, 2005
The academic programs are fantastic there are so many options of very different classes. There is a variety of diffuculties between the IB program and the AP program and standard classes. Our school is like a family, mostly friends, no intense conflict friendly teachers and school spirit. There are plenty of opportunities for students to join any extracirricular activity. No matter who you are, there is always something you can relate to, whether it be guitar club, skate club, choir, band, art club, chess club, bowling club, football, basketball, vollyball, track etc. There is a large amount of parent support, which is probably why our school is like a family, you can tell the parents care about their kids, and want to be there for their education. It's a great place to be.

- submitted by a student
December 10, 2004
I am currently a first year college student, having graduated from Lakewood High School in May 2004. Because of the education I received in the IB program at Lakewood, I started college as a sophomore, and will graduate in 2007. Lakewood was not my home school, but making the choice to attend was the best decision I have ever made. The IB program in particular is excellent, especially because the teachers are caring and knowledgeable. None of my professors at university have even come close to the dedication and passion displayed by my teachers at Lakewood. The social atmosphere is great, truly embodying the somewhat cliche school motto 'We are family.' Ron Castagna is the greatest principal a high school student could hope for, caring genuinely for the arts programs and the students themselves. Everything about Lakewood is fantastic, and I look back on my high school years with fondness.

- submitted by a former student
November 18, 2004
Attending Lakewood High School was the best decision I could have made for myself. The IB Program at Lakewood has proven to be a better college education than college itself. Ron Castagna is the most caring and competent principal at any Jeffco school, and very few of my university professors have come close to the standards my high school teachers set for themselves.

- submitted by a former student
November 17, 2004
I'm a student at Lakewood High School and I think it's a great school. They offer so many different classes and activites to particpate in.

- submitted by a student
November 13, 2004
I attend LHS as a sophomore. I'm currently in the IB program there. When I came to Lakewood, I knew no one. All of a sudden, I came to this new school, having no friends, and by the end of the first day of school, I met terrific people who were becoming my friends. Today as a sophomore I am thrilled that I came to Lakewood because it doesn't fit stereotype. There are no cliques, no gangs, nothing that makes anyone feel excluded, which I appreciate. Lakewood has a great atmosphere with wonderful teachers that are willing and genuinely concerned about the welfare of the students there!

- submitted by a student
July 16, 2004
My son was not in the IB program at Lakewood but because of the school's policies of 1) having IB teachers also teach regular classes, and 2) permtting students to take AP classes without qualifications or testing, he found a level of challenge that was perfect for him.

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May 04, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
May 04, 2004
I graduated from LHS with an International Baccalaureate Diploma two years ago and I am extremely thankful for the high quality education that I recieved. Teachers, faculty, parents, and coaches are extremely involved and committed to the development and growth of LHS students. As an IB student I was constantly challenged and encouraged to formulate my own arguments and pursue intellectual excellence. I entered college with sophomore academic standing, and I am increasingly aware of the valuable international academic focus that the LHS faculty offers. Thanks to the intellectual atmosphere the IB program provided, my understanding and analysis of college level material began at Lakewood High School! All in all, my academic and extracurricular experiences at LHS were constistently positive, safe, welcoming, intellectually challenging, and diverse.

- submitted by a former student
April 15, 2004
Although the IB program is why my child came to LHS, we have found the school a supportive and welcoming community. We appreciate the 'private school' level of teacher enthusiasm and quality, as well as the challenges to my child which are inherent in the curriculum itself.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2004
Lakewood High School rocks. The IB program is an exellent program! Not only does it prepare you for college but, there is also the possibility of starting high school as a sophmore. Not only that but there are many excellent teachers, a great atmosphere, and many afterschool oppurtunitys.

- submitted by a student
September 17, 2003
The International Baccalaureate program at Lakewood High School is outstanding! The teachers and staff are amazingly dedicated. The principal creates a friendly yet respectful atmosphere in the school. The instrumental music program is top-notch. Before coming to Lakewood, my daughters were never challenged. Now they work hard, learn a lot, and love every bit it.

- submitted by a parent
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Lakewood High School
9700 West 8th Ave, Lakewood, CO  80215
(303) 982-7085
Last modified Lakewood High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Lakewood High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 48 reviews. Top