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Lake Forest High School

Public | 9-12 | 890 students

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Posted August 4, 2009

No Leadership in this shool, teachers do not care and get away with murder and the students get lost in the system if you are not on top of EVERYTHING! I wouldn't even give this school one star. If you are from DE then I suppose you'll love the school, but if you are not and expect excellence for your child, accountability for the teachers and dedication to teaching and communication and support from the principal then you will be extremley disappointed!! The school is horrible from the Principal to the teachers. They defination for ISS is mandating the students to CLEAN the school. Have you ever heard such a thing??!! Go to the top, Superintendent, and you may get results just depends on how determined you are!! Stay away if at all possible. This school is terrible!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2009

Excellent science and English departments good extracuricula activities and girls sports
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2008

I am a former student of the Lake Forest School District Class of '08. Lake Forest is one of the best school districts in Delaware. This school is one of the safest schools i have been to. I knew many other students in others school and ours seemed the most unified. There are the usual clicks, but everyone never really cared everyone hanged with everyone, everyone really gets along there. The teachers were more like mentors than people that are just trying to teach and leave. The teachers actually care about everyone and they show they care. I would recommend Lake Forest to everyone I know.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 18, 2008

i would send every child i know to this school, it is probably the best school on the East Coast!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2008

School does not challenge children and does not make a safe fun learning enviroment
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2007

Good school. Some very excellent teachers and coaches. Good kids! Great community. Parent involvement is encouraged and the teachers are responsive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2006

The school is a very good school in most circumstances. Most Teachers are very involved and respect the students who return that respect.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 24, 2006

Lake Forest expects each child to reach their own 'personal best' academic level and offers a variety of courses. They instill sound values and a commitment to community service. Most of the students and staff seem to be very happy there. Everybody knows each other. It's a safe school and there is no tolerance for misbehavior. The teachers are very involved with their students and active in most afterschool activities. They are 'on the ball' with each child and notify parents when they feel a child might not be performing up to their potential. The administration, from the superintendent down to the teachers, welcomes parental and student input. True as a 'Spartan', it is not a fancy building, but it is well-maintained and very clean. It has a great swimming pool and diving team. Excellent drama department (at least one musical per year) with great community support.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2004

My son graduated this school in 2002. I have nothing but praise for the teachers and staff of this school. The pricipal has an open door policy with a definite eye on the future.He cares about all his 'kids'. The teachers are not only trained and good at what they do, but most are involved in the school in after school activities. They have excellent sports programs and an even better academic expectation. This school prepares students for the future, with high expectations of their students and a concerned involvment from the parents. This is easily the best school in southern De. If you can excercise school choice this is the best place to send your child. For Excellence in academics, community involvment, emphasis on college placement, this place prepares your child for a bright future. Thanks Lake for helping me to raise a Police Officer and upstanding community citizen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2004

I went to Lake Forest and graduated in 1997. I thought it was a pretty good school. Most of the teachers were very good at there job, meaning they actually knew how to teach and did it right. And except for a few minor problems that there are in most public schools, its a good school and environment. I can't imagine that it has changed that much in seven years. So as for my review, Lake Forest School District is awesome!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 24, 2004

this shcool has a lot of issues. Such as people have sex in class people always getting into fights and the condition of this school. The school spendes no money on the school. All of the money goes to the faculty. The school is falling apart there are walls rotting out bathrooms with no doors on the stalls. The learning level is way to low and some teachers just dont care. And the dumbest thing ever is one way hall signs. I have to walk from one end to the other and back to get to a class. So that is 2 times as much because of the signs. There are many other problems with this school and nothing is being done.
—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.

About these ratings

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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 67% in 2013.

264 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

259 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
66%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 73% in 2013.

225 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
59%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

222 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2013.

218 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
33%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students65%
Female72%
Male60%
African American39%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White75%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status55%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Title In/a
Special ed21%
Regular ed71%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English65%

Math

All Students81%
Female85%
Male77%
African American61%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White89%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status71%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Title In/a
Special ed31%
Regular ed88%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English81%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

The different student groups are identified by the Delaware Department of Education. If there are fewer than 15 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students68%
Female72%
Male65%
African American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White72%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status58%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Title In/a
Special ed17%
Regular ed76%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English69%

Math

All Students69%
Female71%
Male67%
African American52%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White76%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status61%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Title In/a
Special ed21%
Regular ed76%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English69%

Science

All Students36%
Female34%
Male38%
African American16%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White45%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status28%
Not economically disadvantaged48%
Title In/a
Special ed11%
Regular ed39%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English36%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

The different student groups are identified by the Delaware Department of Education. If there are fewer than 15 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school W. T. Chipman Middle SChool
Colleges most students attend after graduation University of Delaware
Delaware State University
Wesley College
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Educational diagnostician
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Clubs
  • Special olympics

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Industrial / graphic design
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Drum line
  • Flag girls
  • Woodshop
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • French
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Spanish & French

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Swimming pool
Clubs
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Special olympics

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:10 am
School end time
  • 2:40 pm
School Leader's name
  • Filicicchia, John
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (302) 284-5833

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
  • Internships
  • Outdoor / Farm-based
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Business
  • Environmental
  • Foreign languages
  • Global
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Social justice
  • Special education
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
  • Vocational education
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Agriculture
  • Business management
  • Culinary
  • Industrial / graphic design
  • Welding certification

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Educational diagnostician
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Community service
  • Drama club
  • Drum line
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Flag girls
  • Foreign language club: Spanish & French
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Math club
  • National Honor Society
  • Science club
  • Special olympics
  • Student council/government
  • Woodshop
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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5407 Killens Pond Road
Felton, DE 19943
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Phone: (302) 284-9291

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