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West Palm Beach, FL
Students enrolled: 1,861
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3505 Shiloh Drive
West Palm Beach, FL 33407

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(561) 640-5000
(561) 688-5340
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February 18, 2014
The issues with the freshman class are that they are required to take intensive reading, regardless of their FCAT scores. This school has programs such as Pre-Law, Biotechnology, Early Childhood, Teaching Academy, and Medical. Pre-Law has a Mock Trial team. There are a few arts programs such as chorus, band, theater, and art classes. The regular-level classes are more remedial and the students in those classes do not know how to behave. Some of the teachers simply put in the grades that give the students credit for the class without knowing the material. Some of the Advanced Placement students in those classes are unable to receive a score that will give them the college credit they need due to the fact that the teachers are not able to cover the material required. There is an on-campus clinic run by a certified nurse, in which students with no medical care can seek help during school hours for their medical needs. The sports that are well-known are Track, Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer and Football. The other teams, swimming, wrestling, baseball, and such, are neglected by a majority of the students and faculty. Some of the neglected teams have old uniforms or no uniforms at all

- submitted by a student

May 30, 2013
My daughter graduated from Palm Beach Lakes High School last week (5-22-2013), and I must say that this is the best high school in Palm Beach County. She pursued mostly (and was successful) honors and AP classes. She was on the honor roll every semester, and was placed in the top 10% for both her junior and senior years. She will be attending college in the fall of 2013, and now has secured enough scholarship money to pay for college; thanks to PBLHS, especially the Guidance Department. I would highly recommend this school to any parent of any incoming freshman. You will not regret it. Also, PBLHS has one of the best set of teachers available in 2013. If your child attends PBLHS and does not make something of his/her life, then it's his/her fault, without question. Words can never express how grateful I am to PBLHS. My only regret with my daughter attending PBLHS is to see her leave. However, we ll be in touch with the school, because we re hoping we can give something back to the school by offering a scholarship to a worthy student in 2014. PBLHS; you are still the best there is. Continue to keep your head up high, as you are my shining star. Kudos Zachary.

- submitted by a parent

May 23, 2011
If you're going to use your review to say how wonderful PBL is, I'd suggest you spell check along the way and don't post in all caps. I graduated from Lakes a few years ago, and can honestly say that my experience was positive only because I took honors and AP classes. After being in touch with some of my fellow graduates, I can see that for most of them, the education didn't stick. The teachers I had were great and, for the most part, the curriculum was on par. But overall, the school still needs a lot of work, especially when it comes to grammar and vocabulary. That follows you for the rest of your life. So if you're so proud to have graduated from PBL, do your alma matter a favor and learn how to use the education you received. Learn the difference between they're/their/there and your/you're and past/passed. And when giving condolences to someone, please, for the love of God, don't say "I'm sorry for your lost." It's loss, not lost. Those little differences speak volumes about the education you received. Do PBL and yourselves a favor. If your kids are planning to attend, work to get them in the right classes. Honors is above average, general education is below average for sure.

- submitted by a community member

May 05, 2011
This was a terrible school. The principal needs to retire and take the assistant principal with him. They act like the kids are so terrible at this school and if one thing happens they send the kids home for the day. Its no wonder half of the school cant read- they arent allowed back in class. My child had a terrible experience here and while I am normally a patient person, the way the handled things here was frustrating. Dont send your kids here if you dont have to.

- submitted by a parent

August 08, 2010

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July 13, 2010
I'm a recent graduate of the Center for Pre-Law at Palm Beach Lakes Community High School and I can truly that this school is one of the best. If you child wants to be a lawyer or is interested in law, then this is the place to be. Of course it has its downsides but so does every school. The rumors about all the fights, violence, gangs is has no more weight than what is actually happening at other schools across the county. The students are determined to succeed, are teachers, administrators, and staff who have in interest and investment in making sure that students succeed. Go Rams!!!

- submitted by a student
no rating
April 13, 2010
PBL is an excellent school.The students there brilliant and have the ability to adapt to any situation at the drop of a dime.As a third year student at PBL i have heard just about every rumor about lakes...According to rumors at lakes students fight everyday and have sex in class...Well, as i have said I have been a student at PBL for three years and have only whitnessed about 6 fights whis is typical in any other school per year..I also believe PBL has the absolute best band program around.The students and band staff are extremely dedicated.

- submitted by a student

August 08, 2009
Great school, always trying to find ways to help the kids succeed. Not one of those places where they accept failure as the status quo.

- submitted by a community member
no rating
August 06, 2009
im a junior at palm beach lakes high school and ive been going here since freshmen year and i can say that there are some teachers who truly care about you education and then there are those who just dont. you have teachers who come in and actually teach you and then you have the ones who come put on a movie for the class and then just worry about there own. then you mr collins our principal. now he does truly care about the education of his students. he is a good principal. and the ap's all they really care about is if you are in dress code or not. if they really cared about a students education they wouldnt be so quick to send a student home because they are out of dress code.

- submitted by a student
no rating
June 12, 2009
im a sophomore and i have to say that his school is one of the funnest high school i enjoyed the classes are fun because the teachers make it funn i love this school i wish i could stay the rest of my lifee

- submitted by a student

August 16, 2008
I am a former student of lakes and i can truthly say i love it there your child must come to school really to learn not to come to really to be rude and disrespectful so don't come online say untruthful things parents these days don't care how there child is doing in there classes the teachers at PBL can't force there parents to be apart of there child's life. my name is yvonne and i love this school every one cares for you but you have to care too so yes you should send your child here i highly recommend you send you child to Palm Beach Lakes.

- submitted by a student

June 11, 2008
principal is terrible, test scores are awlful. Do not send your kid here.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
May 17, 2008
this school id one of the worst ive ever been at. all the students want to do is mess around. and the teachers all want to sit there and not teach. so nobody wants to learn at that school. all the admins care about is how many tardies you have or if youre in dress code or not. they dont care about how you do in school, they just want o put you in in school suspendtion or send you home.

- submitted by a student
no rating
January 23, 2008
My daughter graduated from PBL class of 07. I great respect for the school, teachers, principal, and other staff. They care about the students and make every effort to know them by name. I was a parent who voted for the uniforms making pbl the first high school in pb county to do so. The young men and women looked great. It looked and is run like a private school. I was on SAC and PTO went to school functions. The parent involvement should be higher than it is. It really makes a difference in your childs education. My child was involved in debate,track, and dace. I have nothing bad to say about pbl. A lot of the students knew me and I found the lot of them very respectful

- submitted by a parent

November 24, 2007
the teachers dont teach, all they do is assign work!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
June 30, 2007
PBL Is an okay school i am in the Law Magnet Program Yes we do have the best Law Magnet Program in the county.I am in the top ten percent of my class. I dont Understand why people always talk about the Rams (pbl) but it is just like any other school if your child is willing to work than you should have no probleem with pbl besides every school has there problems.

- submitted by a student
no rating
May 21, 2007
The guidance councilors are the best and they really care. Mr. Collins is a very involve principle and he doesn't play when it comes to discipline. I graduated this school in the top 20% of my class and I am now attending UCF where I still have a good G.P.A. All my siblings went to and graduated from Palm Beach Lakes and they are now making something of themselves.'

- submitted by a teacher

April 29, 2007
I graduated Palm Beach Lakes class of 05 and I can tell you from experience and growth it is one of the best schools you can send your child. There is a lot of bad talk about Lakes but it is up to your child to make it an experience of their own. If they want a good outcome that is what they will get. There are teachers there who go above and beyond helping their students. The guidance councilors are the best and they really care. Mr. Collins is a very involve principle and he doesn't play when it comes to discipline. I graduated this school in the top 20% of my class and I am now attending UCF where I still have a good G.P.A. All my siblings went to and graduated from Palm Beach Lakes and they are now making something of themselves.

- submitted by a student

April 04, 2007
The school is actually one of a competitive nature. The kids who actually come to school to work compete to be in the top ten. They care about their school work and work hard to achieve it. There are the kids who do not want to work and as long as your kid is willing to work, they will achieve. As a current student of Palm Beach Lakes and a member of the Pre-Law Academy, I can honestly say that this school is very conducive learning environment and if you want your child to be cultured, then I'd advise you send them here.

- submitted by a student

January 07, 2007
My son attended PBLHS for one year. The first semester he did ok, second semester he did nothing and failed the entire semester. I was not told about this until the last week of school. Then it was way to late to change anything. I would not recommend this school to anyone. The communication between teachers and parents is not there.

- submitted by a parent

December 29, 2006
I've attended palm beach lakes for 3 years and to tell you the complete truth there were only a few teachers willing to actually teach, the others spent the whole class period complaining about the kids and buzzing the office instead of teaching. I also agree that the discipline was ridiculous, it's true the kids were wild but the discipline wasn't handled the way it should have been. All that i have dealt with at lakes was upset teachers and roudy kids. Sorry but that's comming from a long term student and having family attend that wasn't looked at fondly also doesn't help and that's the truth.

- submitted by a student

May 24, 2006
This school is probably the best kept secret in palm beach county. Yes it has a somewhat bad rap, but hidden behind that are the brightest students around. The law magnet is icredible, with in depth, comprehensive study, and a seven year straight district championship mock trial team. These kids are good. Medical magnet is great as well (a mensa candidate teaches there). If you have a high achiever, this place will give him or her the concentration of classes they need. Many ap classes, with devoted teachers, who really know there stuff. Great students when you find them. (Some are taking 7 aps). All in all, if your kid can handle themselves, this is the best place for them. Go rams!

- submitted by a student

October 31, 2005
As a former student of Palm Beach Lakes Community High School, I must say that it is an excellent environment for a maturing adolescent. I have learned so much and have met so many different people at Lakes and I have nothing but fond memories of it. In fact, I am currently working on my Masters of Education at the University of Florida and I plan on returning to teach at Lakes. I could not imagine attending a different high school. I won't pretend that everything was peachy and perfect but I will say that maturing in that environment enabled me to face many issues that I have encountered in my adult life. Mr. Collins is a wonderful principal and I am pleased to have been a student there under his leadership.

- submitted by a student

August 08, 2005
Palm Beach Lakes has a bad reputation that I feel is unfounded. The school has a varity of clubs althouhg I believe that the Principal needs to funnel more money toward other clubs besides football. I think this school needs more credit and a better view in the community. Hopefully the new uniform policy will achomplish this.

- submitted by a student

June 20, 2005
Palm Beach Lakes was not a bad school for our son. There were plenty of programs and classes to choose from. Discipline was strict at the school, which was good. My son was in the minority there and it was not a source of problems for him.

- submitted by a parent

June 08, 2005
Staff and faculty are very supportive of student acheivement. Principal understands the students and works with parents to give students many opportunities for success.

- submitted by a parent

June 03, 2005
Respectable teachers, good social atmosphere and an overall good learning enviorment. Bad reputation that isn't deserved.

- submitted by a parent

December 14, 2004
This is a great school, but the problem is that we have a bad reputation(from the past). Lakes has changed drastically, therefore it is no longer a bad school. We also have wonderful magnet programs to choose from, such as pre-law and medical. Don't listen to all the negative feedback you hear, they're just rumors.

- submitted by a student

May 25, 2004
My three children have graduated from PBLHS and thankfully have all moved on to Florida Universities. Over the years I have noticed a decline in the caliber of education at PBLHS and in the quality of teachers there. The school's emphasis seems to have switched from academics to enforcing, or attempting to enforce, discipline, sometimes at the expense of the academics. For example a student will be forced to sit through a non-productive in-house detention for being a few minutes late as opposed to being able to attend class. As a parent I fully understand that late comers will disrupt a class in session and therefore perpetual, repeat offenders should therefore not be allowed to class, but there is no discretion used. Many of the staff are offensive in their speech and mannerisms towards students and from my observations also towards the parents.

- submitted by a parent

April 21, 2004
Principal is barely there. To many fights

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Palm Beach Lakes High School
3505 Shiloh Drive, West Palm Beach, FL  33407
(561) 640-5000
Last modified Palm Beach Lakes High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Palm Beach Lakes High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 47 reviews. Top