Advertisement
Advertisement

GreatSchools Rating

Lely High School

Public | 9-12 | 1500 students

 

Be sure to visit

Take along one of
our checklists:

 
Last modified
Community Rating

4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
No new ratings
2012:
No new ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

Teacher quality

Principal leadership

Parent involvement

Rate this school

Click on stars to rate
Please select a star rating for this school.
    Helpful reviews answer questions:
  • What do you think others should know?
  • What do you like?
  • How could your school improve?
    Review Guidelines
    GreatSchools won’t post reviews that contain:
  • Inappropriate language
  • Allegations of criminal conduct
  • Names of students, teachers or staff
1200 characters remaining
Please read and accept our Terms of Use to join GreatSchools.
Please indicate your relationship to the school.
Registration is required to post your anonymous review
We will not display your name, photo or email address with your review.
OR
Your email address will never be published or shared.
Indicates a required field

25 reviews of this school


Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted April 6, 2014

I graduated Lely in 2012. I am currently enrolled at a Four Year University. Lely is a melting pot of culture and diversity which is what I loved about going there. Lely is severely lacking in its faculty. The base of education. On countless times, I would have teachers (in honors and AP classes) who would hand out worksheets to fill out and color instead of providing hands-on learning opportunities or discussion that encourage student participation and involvement. If the teacher is not passionate about the job, what will motivate the student to reach academic success? I had positive experiences with the athletics and extracurriculars. The parents were involved, and the spirit and unity of our school was always booming with pride. That was the highlight of my four years spent at the school. Looking back, the diversity of Lely was a huge positive, essential to my growth and development. It is what makes me the person that I am today.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 12, 2014

If you want your child to have a chance in life then stay well away from here, I've attended for a couple days now and this place is a school in name only, in reality it is a circus, i have yet to see a teacher actually teach anything and the students couldn't care less about school. the only way to fix this place would be to kick everyone out and start over entirely.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 27, 2011

I went to Lely from 1975 to1977 and I thought that it was a great school ! I wasn't one of the "popular" kids and the staff showed me that this wasn't the most important thing in life--it really made a difference to me. GO LELY---LELY ROCKS !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2010

There are a lot of really good teachers here that care about the students. There are a lot of really good kids here. There is a great school spirit. As a parent moving to this area I had concerns about the diversity of the school. It seemed intimidating at first. Don't let that fool you. The kids that want to learn are learning. Advanced placement classes and honors classes are available. My child has enjoyed going here. It is a fun place to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

kids are afraid at this school, high school is hard enough how can they learn when there afraid, they are never going to get anywhere in life going to this school it needs serious help .This school places at the bottom compared to the rest of the country. I feel for any child that has to go to this school. its is rated a D for "Florida" now thats bad.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

Horrible school, I would list every reason but I don't believe cyberspace contains enough data space for the amount of failure that school can sum up. There are many teachers who teach well, know their information, and overall should be listened to but many things have inhibit their ability to teach. It's complicated and anyone who says they love the school obviously took the path of least resistance or graduated during a different time period.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 6, 2009

i think this school is great in many ways including ecademics my son loves it an is looking forward to graduate from here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2008

This school is amazing! I am a current student and proud to say it. For those who say Lely is bad, I have a few questions for you: Have you ever stepped inside the school? Have you ever spent a week at Lely? Are you too close-minded to see past all the cameras and bad press and what not? Because this school, once you become part of lely and step inside our world, you'll never want to leave. 'learning for all...whatever it takes'-Lely High School Motto. Go Trojans!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 18, 2008

Lely certainly rises far higher than its reputation has many believe. Many teachers are some of the most highly qualified in the county, with AP passing rates reflective of the success. There are plenty of extracurriculars and courses available to students, and the socioeconomic diversity of the students more closely mirrors the 'real world' than the other Collier County schools. This unique situtation provides both a great window of opportunity for students of lesser backgrounds to catch up and get ahead and a chance for more well-off students to understand and work with the students of financial hardship. However, students have Lely unfortunately must learn quickly which teachers and courses to avoid and which departments have strengths and weaknesses. It has its faults, but overall I d have a hard time recommending any other Collier County school over Lely, perhaps only Naples High matching both its diversity and opportunities.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 13, 2007

If i coould give Lely more stars i would, because it is the best school in Collier County and there is no doubt about that! When i attended Lely it felt like i was part of one big family. The teachers and administration care and the students have a ton of school spirit...Go Lely!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 15, 2006

Lely High School is great! It has the best sports and activities! There are many parents who volunteer here!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 22, 2006

this is an awesome school, i woudlnt bring them to any other one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2005

I attended Lely High during '96-00. I was very involved in school and enjoyed attending Lely. I graduated from Lely and went on to College and majored in Elementary Education. Due to my excellent experience her, I choose to become and educator as well.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 2, 2005

excellent all round high school. Teachers really care.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 21, 2005

I have had two children graduate from Lely High School the last five years. Both of my children have gone to state universities to graduate with their bachelors. I currently have one child working on their masters. This is a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2004

Lely High School is a great school with a (usually) bad rap. Despite its wide range of diversity, it is like a huge family. The students are spirited, the teachers are top-notch, and the parents get involved with enthusiasm. The curriculum is excellent with a wide range of available classes. It was noted in the Naples Daily News that Lely has one of the widest range of extracurricular activities available in the county. Lely is noted for their marching band, basketball team, speech and debate team, and more!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2004

I am currently a sophomore attenting Lely High School and I think it is an excellent choice. As for the remarks about the new security cameras, they are to ensure our safety and well-being while at the school and eventually all high schools in Collier County are expected to have them. Despite some of the negative events that have appeared in the newspapers about Lely, I still firmly believe that LHS is a safe school with excellent opportunities for students. For the two years I have attented LHS, I have recieve an excellent education and I continue to keep my 4.1 gpa afloat.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 1, 2004

Lely High School is a fantastic place for your child to recieve an education. If you read some of the rather negative student reviews you will see that these are disgruntled, uninvolved kids. Yes, LHS has security cameras. They have been very helpful to the administration. Kids are behaving better in the halls and are not taking passes to wander around. Good! I graduated in 98 from Lely and was better prepared for an English major than many of my fellow collegiate classmates. Give Lely a break, guys. Get involved.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 8, 2004

I attended Lely and had a wonderful experience there. The classes were challenging, the teachers always showed a high interest in my academic career and there were many varied activities to be involved in. I was able to earn bachelor's and master's degrees from top tier schools and am now contentedly working in my chosen field. My younger cousin also attended Lely. After earning his bachelor's (with high honors) he has begun to apply to medical schools. For both of us, Lely helped to lay a firm foundation for our futures. The biggest problem at Lely during my time was parent involvement. There was a dichotomy: the first group were parents who were deeply involved (and perhaps overextended) and the second group were parents who weren't very involved (if at all). One thing I would like to see the school administration capitalize more on is the school's diversity. Lely has a unique opportunity to expand inter-racial and inter-ethnic understanding among its student population due to the varied cultures that attend the school. This is an experience that students will find especially useful when they enter the real world.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 7, 2003

This actually is my first year at Lely High school and I think that Lely is a great school. There is al ot of discipline to make sure that the teens that attend LHS can have a better future. My siblings all attended Lely and have all graduated. My first year I actually am enjoying it. Parent's LHS is a great school. There are so many programs you can be involved in. Go Lely!


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.
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2014.

422 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
47%
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.

365 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
46%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

359 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
83%
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.

380 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
87%
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 "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "C".

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 64% in 2013.

298 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
34%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

382 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

279 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 43%
White 31%
Black 23%
Two or more races 2%
Asian 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 4%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 48%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 1%N/A2%
Graduation rate 84%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 53%50%61%
Master's degree 45%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%2%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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by school officials and community members.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Arts & music

Music
  • Band

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
Note: Data provided by school administrators and community.
School leaders, update and verify information here.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

School basics

School Leader's name
  • DR. LESLIE RICCIARDELLI
Fax number
  • (239) 377-2001

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Internet access
  • Library
Note: Data provided by school administrators and community.
School leaders, update and verify information here.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
Note: Data provided by school administrators and community.
School leaders, update and verify information here.

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events found for this school
Searching for school events...
Date
Title
  • {{date}}
    {{title}}
Export calendar
Outlook.com
Microsoft Outlook
iCal Format
Google Calendar
Print Calendar
Uploading, please wait...
POWERED BY
Tandem

Apply

To learn more about enrolling, please call the school.
 

TIP: Don't forget to ask about documents required for enrollment, such as your child's birth certificate, proof of address, or a record of immunizations.

 
Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

1 Lely High School Boulevard
Naples, FL 34113
Phone: (239) 377-2000

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »

Compare

Add this school to compare

Nearby schools







ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT