Academics are excellent. Teachers are extremely qualified, helpful, and directed study really helps if you want to review something with a teacher.
My only problem is the kids though. Alot of them are...jerks. Complete jerks.
(Im a student at this school)
Some good some bad like with every school. However the changing of Math teachers really hurt the kids. They are really behind in Math. Some teachers are only hired because they are coaches they don't even teach the class they have a degree in. It hurts the kids.
Large projects given at every holiday was ridiculous not much time for celebration family time. Never understood why teachers didn't review tests and problems missed isn't that how you teach? It took a week or two to get your grade back they had already moved on to another chapter by then.
I would love to say it was a good experience, but I can't. Core classes give "fluff" projects to increase the child's grades. weekly "extra" points were given for brining a teacher food. (really?). Parents obviously do projects, kids get awarded for it. Administration never resolves issues, grand stands for new parents and grandparents. No values, ethics or good morale character shown even when given the chance. It is all about making $$ and or sports awards. Recruits students who have no business at the school just to help them win at something. Unfortunately, most kids had serious issues (social, home, esteem) or on some sort of anxiety meds. School is smoke and mirrors. Don't be fooled by the nice campus.
We relocated to Florida from one of the states up North where our daughter was in a private school. This past August she enrolled in the Lower School, and we have been quite pleased with the outcomes. The transition went better than expected, and we credit some of this with the new student orientation/buddy process. The curriculum has been sufficiently rigorous to push her in all areas of academics, but also able to accommodate the areas of her strengths allowing her to excel. The after school academies have been phenomenal. We appreciate the spiritually that is respected and encouraged. The emphasize on citizenship should be commended. We have found the teachers and administration to be reasonable and supportive. We are very happy with our selection.
Our family attended two other Orlando private schools - one well known elementary school in Maitland and a competing 6-12th grade school in Winter Park - before enrolling at Lake Highland. Our experience at LHP has been exceptional and well worth the investment. The school has outstanding facilities and enthusiastic and supportive teachers. Progressive science and math programs even in the lowest grade levels - possibly the best in town. Strong academic focus on critical thinking and comprehension. Ample opportunity to excel beyond grade level. LHP offers a broader global view where the other schools we attended were smaller and felt more regional. Opportunities in athletics and the arts are also abundant and high quality - even in the lower school. Plenty of character development and opportunities for mentoring. The school is incredibly well run - high level of customer service and professionalism. Administration is accomplished, professional and engaged. We only wish we would have moved our family to LHP sooner.
We relocated to Orlando from out of state and have been incredibly happy with Lake Highland. The school is incredibly well run, and we feel genuinely welcomed into the school community. Very professional and enthusiastic faculty and staff. The facilities are exceptional, academics are excellent, and my kids are especially excited about the progressive math and science programs offered here. Each child has been pushed to meet their own potential academically, and the school offers a well rounded offering of extracurricular opportunities in the arts and athletics. This school is worth every penny.
Excellence and availability of opportunities/programs/activities for students across the board: in academics, athletics, extracurricular activites, individualized study programs, etc. Very high emphasis on discipline. Mandatory (random) drug testing of all students and faculty as a PREVENTIVE measure. Faculty-hiring process is extremely selective (furthermore, performance of faculty members is constantly "monitored/assessed").
My kids started here in elementary and went all through high school. My former neighbor, who used to work there as a counselor, told me sending her kids to LHP was the worst thing she ever did to them. I didn't listen and sent my own children. Now, I wish I had listened. Most of the teachers are great. However, a few bad apples at each level can ruin it because the administration do not care to listen to parents even with very valid concerns. Many teachers/coaches show favoritism, and once again, administration seems to turn a blind eye. They are also very controlling, even to the point of sending girls home if their skirts (I mean, actually they are skorts) do not touch their knee. Very sexist and disappointing. The bottom line is they run their school how they want no matter what parents think or how they are emotionally damaging the kids. They simply do not care not want to hear from the parents. My children all agree that they hated the school in the end and their friends felt the same way. Save your money and send your kids to public school. Seriously.