Many older teachers do not vary teaching style from 20 years ago so classes are very dull, often with no visuals, interaction with students or questions. Some teachers never return tests so students have no idea what they got wrong and therefore improvement is impeded.
The students in IB are self-taught so they have to spend too much time tracking down learning materials online for themselves when lazy teachers should be teaching, not just reading from a book and demanding kids take notes (and stay awake).
I have a child in the IB Programme here now in 10th Grade and we've been very disappointed in the quality of the teachers. It seems as though the older ones have really lost their energy and just read to the kids out of textbooks. Admin doesn't want to hear it. Period. My 10th Grader has great grades, but unfortunately, especially in the case of the History classes, is mainly self-taught. There is no engaging learning and videos, notes, PowerPoints, AP practice work, or visuals of any kind have to be tracked down by the student in order to learn the material. Classes also start at 7:30am which means kids do not get enough sleep with bus time and the school literally has not one window for natural daylight. Overall a depressing experience and I'm told the kids spend solid amounts of time sleeping in class due to the boring teaching methods, lack of daylight, and early hours. I suppose it's okay for a small town like Land O' Lakes, but overall not a pleasant high school experience.
I graduated from LOLHS two years ago. If I had attended any other school that would not have happened. I messed up BAD my ninth grade year and spent the next three years doing online and after school courses to catch up. All of my teachers and my guidance counselor really helped me. Sad thing is, I know quite a few of the best teachers there recently retired. There are flaws in any school but, I think it is most definitely the best public school in Pasco.
I have went to both sunlake and land o lakes, Land o is a much better school. I have actually learned my 11th grade year. I went to sunlake for 2 years and hardly learned a thing. There are some good teacher like ms. Williams history teacher was one of my best teachers. I highly Recoomend land o lakes over sunlake. Land o also has an ffa team and a better environment.
Despite my son having a bad teacher here, he also had very good teachers. He was not IB or even AP, but was accepted at FSU (first year). He is now a junior 3rd year student with close to a 3.9 GPA in Biology. He doesn't study much. I don't know what makes a student become an academic. I think intelligence is a factor. You can't always blame the teachers or the school.