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Lakeland Senior High School

Public | 9-12 | 2034 students

 

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Posted August 24, 2013

My son is a senior at LHS and has received a very good education at this High school. He has had the opportunity to take many AP classes that are not offered at other high schools . He has also been very involved in extracurricular activities. He marched in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York last year and represented the LHS Band proudly. He has never been bullied or felt unsafe at LHS. The teachers are involved and efficient at their jobs. As we prepare for college our family credits the staff and faculty of LHS for giving our son a well rounded education and an abundance of opportunities to grow and mature as a responsible young man. LHS has both a great academic record and an excellent sports program. The majority of students that attend here are very happy at this school and are offered a wide variety and range of both classes and sports venues to be involved with. The alumni are also very active and proud of being Dreadnaughst! Many of whom, are serving their community, state and country in very distinguished positions. I want to wish the class of 2014 a wonderful journey as they end their high school years and prepare for their adult life. Go Naughts!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2012

This school is not safe. Read in any paper for details. Some staff seems to have a blind eye. Our daughter went there a few short weeks before we had to put her in another school. Fights and disrespect are rampant. The Harrison students are bullied daily. Look somewhere else, in my opiinion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2010

My son does not ave to worry aboutpeople starting fights....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Education and sports are combined with an excellent teaching staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Two of my children went to this school I was very pleased at the way this school was run


Posted March 30, 2009

I have two daughters that graduated from Harrison School for the Arts which is connected to Lakeland High School. Harrison students receive their general education classes from Lakeland's teachers and their arts education classes remain separate. Most of the Harrison students are in Honors or AP classes at Lakeland and the teachers are fantastic. Lakeland and Harrison have two completely separate administration, staff and teachers that operate the school. Harrison is a Polk County wide school of and the students must audition as well as maintain a certain GPA and adhere to the guideline of the student's arts discipline. The students of Harrison are very motivated and around 70% of the students are in the National Honors Society. To fin out more about Harrison log on to their website at www.HarrisonArts.com.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2008

They used to have some good teachers, not many though. The school itself is trashy and old compared to other area schools. I managed to graduate from this school though.


Posted September 10, 2008

My daughter graduated from LHS in 2007. I am a teacher at another high school in town, but this is our zoned school. My daughter had excellent teachers at LHS and was involved in many school activities. She played in the band for 4 years and was extremely happy at Lakeland! She traveled to many state championship games and other performances representing her high school. She now attends Stetson University an credits LHS for the well rounded education that she received. She took many college prep classes at LHS, including Latin which is offered at very few high schools. Our family is greatful to all the hardworking LHS teachers that made our daughters four year journey at LHS so memorable. Go Naughts!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2008

i graduated about a year ago and after viewing the other comments I have come to a conclusion. WIth any school there will be pros and cons. It all depends on what you put into it. If your child is more quiet and to thereselves then of course they wont like it but if they are out going and want to learn new things and gain friends then they will have fun. Over the course of the four years I went to LHS I had a great time and as stated with the 4 by 4 schedule it allows to have more elective classes to chose from. When it comes to football of course there will be alot of support. The football team had over half of their players with at least a 3.0
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 12, 2007

Lakeland Senior High School emphasis is placed on their football team, rather then academics. Its passtime its administrators take a different approach and become progressive. As for safety, this is also another concern as there are fights among the students. Sadly, this is happening, and community resources could play a major part in a school this size enabling a safe, more productive, learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2006

this school was really bad . my daughetr didn't feel safe. the teachers paid little to no attention to the kids. my husband attended there years ago and we were lead to believe that the school had improved but it has only gotten worse.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2006

This school is great. There is lots of school spirit at this school, from the students, to the staff and also the parents. The Band is the greatest!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2005

I attended LHS and feel it was an excellent education with a good number of AP and college prep classes. I even took Latin! I had a great education and was prepared for college.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 7, 2005

Because this school is on a 4x4 scheduling model, there are a wide variety of classes available to the students. There are many more elective classes available than at schools on a traditional schedule. I feel that the teachers are very caring and knowledgeable in their subject area. This school is very rich in tradition and the community involvement is very good.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 26, 2005

Quality of programs are very good. Needs more parent involvement. Good selection of extracurricular activities. ROTC program is very good. Harrison Arts Program an excellent asset to the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2004

Lakeland High School-what a joke. If anyone from this school were to go spend a semester at a school up north, one would understand why it is considered a joke. I have never seen a school that revolved 100% around their football team. As long as they are winning, who cares about academics. Also, I have never seen so many teaches, and especially administrators, who care little about a students well being. I think before anyone sends their child here, they need to look into this high school's priorities. They are out of order.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 28, 2003

Lakeland High School is a very school offering a very well rounded curriculum, good safety for students, and plenty of extracurricular activities. Though, like any school, Lakeland High School as a whole has its problems, but, I, as a student, would rather go to LHS than any other high school in this district, because you have more opportunities at this school that any other. For, at LHS, we have a very very good arts department, and excellent technology education.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 4, 2003

this is a great school where kids want and choose to learn. they have fun and make very good grades here. they are also a high spirted school that trys their best to make it the best!


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

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2014.

535 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
60%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2014.

500 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
53%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

492 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
84%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2012.

478 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "B".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 66% in 2014.

371 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
51%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

619 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
66%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

478 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
66%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

435 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 52%
Black 23%
Hispanic 18%
Two or more races 5%
Asian 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 22%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 57%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 2%N/A2%
Graduation rate 83%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 53%66%61%
Master's degree 46%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 1%1%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 4%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MRS. TRACY COLLINS
Fax number
  • (863) 499-2917

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Transportation options
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
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726 Hollingsworth Road
Lakeland, FL 33801
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Phone: (863) 499-2900

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