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!!!
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
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.
They don't support kids with special needs. Lakewood's recommendation is to take a lower level class rather than teach to the student's needs. So if a student struggles in Algebra, the school would suggest not taking it, even though this may be a requirement for a college the student in interested in.
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
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.
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?
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
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
Well, my 4 years experience in Lakewood high school was proved a waste of time. Bad school administrators and racist everywhere!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Lakewood does a great job keeping parents and student informed ,and educated
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