I graduated from Leon High School with a scholarship to a prestigious Chicago-land university. After orientation week I was certain I was the most ill-prepared student at my college. I walked shoulder to shoulder with the children of America's, Europe's and Asia's elite. I called my mother weekly crying on the telephone, "I will never graduate from Northwestern. I was not prepared for a university of this calibre, much less one that operates under the quarter system at a break-neck pace. Mom, this school is not for the faint of heart." I did graduate and as I surveyed the wreckage of those who had to drop-out, or transfer to another university; students with great minds, access and priveledge, I realized that it was the foundation that Leon High School built that not only prepared me for success, but also a lifetime of appreciation for the classical education I recieved at Leon High School. Leon is an incredible school with a rich history and traditions that link all lions from the days of the 'Academies' to the present.
Leon High school Is a great school, my daughter enjoy attending this school, her school sprite has improve greatly
Like everything else...Leon USED to be great when Rocky was the principal. Most of the teachers are great. I've only had a concerns with a few teachers. The administration leaves much to be desired, especially since Rocky left. It seem as if the new administration is "of the elite, for the elite". The principal is unresponsive to parent input. So, as long as you are good with "my way or the highway" and "we know what's best for your child", you will be satisfied with your interaction with school administration. The principal sends his kids to private school, so what does that tell you?
I have a son going to the 11 th grade now and he is 15 years old. We are from the Netherlands and we send our son to this school and we are very pleased, all the teachers are great and the pricipals are Super great! Ou son is happy in this school and as a parent for me and my husband this is a happy feeling.
I attended Leon High for my Freshaman Year of High school , its a Very , Very excellent school . Only thing i didnt like was the Attendance Policy .
Although I take full responsibility for my bad decisions in skipping classes my senior year of high school, I think Leon and the administration should be held accountable as well. I was 17 years old, a minor, and my dad was never called regarding my absences. I got my act together and was in school without misses any classes for a month before I was called down to the office and informed that they withdrew me a month prior and that I would not be graduating. I had made up all of the work I had missed and was passing all of my classes and feel strongly that I should have been able to walk. I ended up walking with the class after mine and found out that a cheerleader was able to graduate although she missed more days than I did. This is typical of public schools, however. I am now a mother of a 4 year old daughter and will do my best to keep her in a private school.
This is an amazing school. A principle who never lets his students down, and a faculty who cares about their students.
I graduated from Leon High a few years ago & we had more commended students, semi-finalists, & finalists in the National Merit competition than all the other public & private schools in Tallahassee put together. We had more finalists than all of the schools put together. Anyone that complains about the quality of preparation LHS gives to move forward with higher education has not spent enough time paying attention, studying, and attending classes. Thanks to my overall education at LHS, I scored an 800 on the math PSAT and a 740 (my fault) on the language portion. I had quite a few friends that did as well or better. LHS helped me to become a well-rounded student & I learned to love Shakespeare & other classical literature. Music & all the arts were also encouraged. I will soon be receiving a PhD from a very selective college. Thank you Leon High!
I have attended Leon for four years, and I must say, I would be sad to go to any other high school. Leon is a great place to get an education, get involved in the community and learn about yourself. The extracurriculars are terrific, and the faculty is great. Our school really is one of the best around.
My granddaughter is not allowed to bring text books home to facilitate stuying particularly in areas where she needs additional work. How is a student expected to do homework without textbooks? All of her recent midterm examinations were multiple Choice! How does that facilitate critical thinking for a 9th grader?
with my friends and even my home situation. So if your son or daughter isn't doing so hot at Leon, do not blame the faculty because it's not they're fault, it's your sons or daughters. Maybe they got in with the wrong crowd or maybe you're not monitering their work properly. Rocky is amazing, also, so to say he isn't very involved is bull. He and Mr. Feely are always coming up with ideas to get the students and parents involved in school activities. Leon has been amazing and i am so lucky to have attended.
LHS prepared all three of my children for success in college. We worked with all teachers to make sure that our students received what they needed. Parents MUST be involved in their child's education, even (or maybe especially) in high school. All three of our Leon grads were accepted into selective schools including NYU, West Point, and St. John's College (with their wonderful great books program), and were extremely successful. The schools had heard of Leon especially due to their wonderful Latin program, math department, and of course the crew team was know in the northeast. Kids on the crew team also happen to be very successful academically. There is no other place this former Yankee would have been happier to have my children in school. Opportunities abound, and our children flourished.
Great school! Great faculty, students and programs! Excellent reputation in the community. Very successful people in all walks of life have graduated from the school.
I'm surprised to see negative comments about Leon. If you are a parent who wants your kid to have a great high school career that he or she will remember for the rest of his life, send him to Leon. There is no school around that has the school spirit and tradition that Leon has. With many AP courses offered, as well as dual enrollment, honors and gifted, this school pushes your kid to reach sky high. If that's not possible, there are general courses and tutoring after school. The teachers are great (many nationally certified), and the new administration is better than it has been. All extra activities are great and numerous. You can't find a school anywhere in Florida like Leon. Whether your kid wants to be in ROTC, band, chorus, SGA, or just be enthralled in academics, Leon is the school to attend.
For the average high school student with average academic and social skills, Leon HS might be fine. However, Leon is a huge school, nearly 2000 students, with overcrowded classes, overworked teachers who don't bother to get to know their students, an ESE program that's a joke, and an inexperienced administration that, to put things in the kindest light, appear to be in over their heads.. The administration and ESE department seem to think that IDEA doesn't apply to Leon. Coming from a school of similar size in a different Florida County, where we experienced caring staff and teachers who involved themselves in their students' learning, we were rudely disappointed with the lack of concern shown for our child.
Leon is as good a high school as one will find in Florida. We moved here from South Florida four years ago, where our oldest daughter, who graduated after three years at Leon, attended the ninth grade in the best public high school in Palm Beach County, a very popular magnet school. Leon certainly was as good if not better. We have two other children attending Leon now, and we are pleased with their progress, as well. We love the new principal, and have always loved the teachers. The only weakness is with the special ed. program, where the varying exceptionalities should be better recognized and the classes smaller. School spirit and Leon's traditions are probably unequaled in Florida.
I have a son who attended Leon and graduated. Their ROTC program is one of the best around.
Leon is one of the best public schools in Florida, let alone the nation. The academics are top-notch. There are countless APs offered, and whatever isn't offered, you can dual-enroll at TCC, FSU or FAMU. There is not a subject you could want that Leon does not offer or would somehow get to you. As far as extracurriculars go, Leon has it all: top-ranked choral, band, sports. They even offer a steel drum program. They have clubs for nearly anything, and students are encouraged to form their own if they desire.
Leon is an outstanding institution. The teachers appear very interested, intelligent, and competent. The music program is incredible, as are several other programs.
Leon High provides a number of outstanding opportunities: great Latin program (and Greek), perennially superlative band and choral programs (even 2 steel drum bands), large range of AP classes with district's best passing rate, great success in academic competitions- a very good public school. My children are amused when they watch 'high-school' movies, saying that Leon doesn't have the kind of cliques those films portray- you don't have to define yourself that way to fit in. Leon is a mile from Florida State University, and students can take classes there and at the local community college for credit. I think it's the best place to go to high school, public or private, in Tallahassee, and is one of the best high schools in the state.
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