I believed th hype and sent my kid here, since coming here, he has been bullied, very hard to get a appointment to speak with a teacher and when graduated he only got a 18 on the ACT. Don't let this staff fool you, they dont care about students with IEPs or students who are the top students. Not all kids from this school go on to top universities. Many students go on to community colleges or state universities. L.P also have gangs, unruly ghetto kids, and fughts, this school is usually kids second choice , when they cant get into a selective enrollment high school or cant afford a private h.s. This school isnt on the level of Payton, W.Y., lane or Jones. L.P is like a poser, a joke...dont believe the hype about this school.
I like Lincoln Park High School as its faculty are always willing to help...they post with the students and the parents and keep everyone in touch with what is going on. Their phone calls to keep parents informed of weather, school activities, etc. are great.
Lincoln Park High School has made huge improvements since my daughter started her freshman year. She is now a senior. 1- New principal ..teacher and student approved! 2- #2 in the state for their music program 4 years in a row! 3 - Wall to Wall IB program starting this year 2013. Overall teacher quality is likely to improve. 4 - Parent involvement / fundraisers to help with school improvement. I have noticed bathroom renovation, auditorium renovation, outdoor campus improvements, unfortunately air conditioning fundraiser 2012/13 had to be used for budget shortfalls. 5 - This school will continue to improve year by year!
I attended this school for one year, and I have to say that it is probably one of the worst schools in the city of chicago, regardless of what the statistics say. All classes except for the IB program are not at all rigorous (I was in the Double Honors program) and it was extremely easy. I faced a greater challenge with my work in middle school. Regular classes are a complete joke. Even if you are in the IB program, you still have to deal with the regulars and honors students in the hallways, gym classes and lunch. Teachers are totally underqualified ( I had maybe 1 good teacher), staff is extremely rude, they care more about security then your actual education. The school is extremely dirty, I have never seen a janitor there once in the whole year. I have seen dirt and garbage remain on the floor of some of my classroom for up to a week. Sport s teams are horrible, there is absolutely no school spirit, and i would say that more than half of the students dont care about their future and bring students who do down. Office is so disorganized as well. If you are considering going to this school, I would strongly reccomend you find another choice. Hands down, worst school ever.
I have a freshman in Performing Arts. He has had a great year and great teachers. He is getting A's and B's and is not being bullied. Being smart and studying hold prestige instead of shame. I am nervous about the wall to wall IB, bue we will give it a try and see how it goes.
Apply to this school, ONLY if you want to study in IB. As a student who' completed all 4 years of IB, I can say that this was the most useful learning experience of my life -- made college a piece of cake. Honestly, a lot of knowledge I've acquired in IB was more useful and insightful than in college. Although teachers vary in their skills, overall majority of them were great to excellent. I would never send my kid to LP to be in regular or even honors classes. From my years at LP, it seemed like a lot of troubled kids, were in those classes, and I personally was threatened to be stabbed for no apparent reason. IB program really is segregated, but that's what I liked about it - that there was no need to interact with delinquent students who often came from ghetto projects and had entirely different mentality. The coursework is challenging but doable and it's not as bad as some people make it out to be. You don't have to give up on social life. Quite frankly, I procrastinated a lot and did everything last minute and I graduated with good grades. If you take regular classes you'll have a more difficult time in college. IB enables you to have easier life after high school.
I graduated in 93 and my sister graduated in 97...we LOVED this school, the theater program and honors classes. It is an inner city school that faces the challenges specific to the city itself, but has always sought diversity and teachers that care.
Honestly as a student i have to agree that a lot of people are very poorly behaved, but to act as if the issues reported to the dean or teachers are ignored is bogus. Teachers have control but do take a lot of time out of their day telling kids to knock it off. it is easy to find friends at Lp so don't try and say you have a kid who has a tough time, he probably is too busy complaining about that instead of actually talking to people. LP is a great school and you can be broke or rich, you still make friends. Send your kid here this school is really great.
This is a fantastic well-rounded school with many academic options. The IB program is top notch.
In reference to most recent review posted on August 4, 2012, thank you for that feedback. I have officially chosen LP as the school of choice for my son who will be starting next month. I'm the parent who posted a review on March 22, 2012 when I was close to making a decision. I agree with you in regards to what can be controlled by the student and what cannot and it seems that most of what you mentioned can be determined on the student and how they approach things and not rely or blame others for their successes. Plus as a parent I'll be VERY involved and they will know who I am in that school because I will be proactive in school visits with teachers, counselors and whomever else is involved in teachings of my son. I'm not saying that other parents weren't I'm just stating what I will be doing and I'll be the judge as to how the school really is in my eyes. If there's something I do not like I will address and make sure something is done otherwise I will report it to higher up who ever that may be if necessary. Again thank you for your feedback, I appreciate it, it has helped contribute to my decision tremendously. Because I've heard great things from others as well.
Look at what you're up against. To all the people complaining about how there is no spirit, no personal attention, etc, this is a school of 2100+ kids. There are 7 or 8 counselors dealing with them, how can they give individual attention to each one? LP brings kids into the real world. We have such a diverse student body (in many ways, socially, economically, academically). Of course the school is segregated, it's similar to college. You don't know everyone, and you probably never will. You stick with your group of friends and your teachers will give you all the attention you need. What's great about this school is that it's like a mother bird pushing you out of the nest, you learn to fly by making your own decisions, and they supply you with whatever you need. If you don't like the clubs, start a new one! It's high school, you're a big kid now, you need to grow up and face the real world. Don't associate with the bad people, learn to take care of yourself, and only blame your failures on yourself. LP has taught me so much more than what my IB classes have taught me, it has taught me about life and it's vast-ness. It's a breath of fresh air, even if it gets crazy some days. Lions!
I'm a current student here and to be honest this school isn't as great as I thought. I'm in the double honors program and it isn't actually rigorous at all. The regulars classes here are a joke. Many of the teachers seem to be under qualified and I only feel I had about 2 or 3 really good teachers. The only "cool" students here are the ones that do drugs or have a lot of money. There's almost no school spirit. The school administration seems disorganized. There's not a lot of extra-curricular activities and most clubs don't really do much to get involved/recognition from the school. The only thing I really like about the school is the location; that's it. I'm considering about transferring to be quite honest.
Part 3 of 3 I endured all four years of program, lonely and sad and felt like a failure the whole time. I still shed a few tears while writing this. I wonder how many students that graduated actually felt glad about the program. So, if your child is applying or get accepted. Prepare you kids of what he or she will face. (Unless your kids look like they are going to ivy-league at 3rd grade, by all means, go to IB and get challenged and be the star!) Oh and school spirit! I almost forgot about addressing that, because there were none. Think about it, there are four programs, with double honors, honors and regular like a 2nd class, 3rd class and 4th class. They were pretty much segregated, how can there be school spirit.
My brother is a freshman here and I have watched him go from a happy teenager to a miserable one. Ive been to this school a few times and the staff is extremely rude. No one seems to care about the kids. Ive made calls to his counselor and she has never bothered to get in touch with me. My brother hates the atmosphere here and it seems like it's just not a very welcoming place. We are all very upset that we sent him to this school but fortunately, we are working on transferring him over before things get worse. I wouldn't recommend this school to anyone. Many other people that went to this school either transferred or just hated it. Don't the scores and reviews fool you. This school isn't worth anyone's time.
I have difficulty getting anyone to pick up the phone at any department in the school. My daughter's counselor does not answer her phone and returns messages days later. By the time she called me the issue had been resolved and she argued with me about why I emailed my daughters teachers telling me that was not necessary. I found the whole conversation bizzare and wonder how she even keeps a job there. I drove to LPHS immediately after that conversation to talk with Mr. Boras about it. Things got worse...he sat there and did not stand to greet me or attempt to shake my hand. I shook his hand and introduced myself. I went on to expalin a pretty serious situation happening with my daughter at the school while he stared out the door, which he did not have the manners to close. I finally stopped and asked if someone was standing outside the door and did he need to go talk to them. He said "No, I am just watching the people walk by." I wish I was kidding but that's what he said. Then, he continued to stare out the door and space out while I tried to have a conversation.
I'm a sophomore here at Lincoln park so I'll b graduating in 2014. I can say that I have learned alot. From booksmarts to street smarts. My grade school had a graduating class of 24 when I was in 8th grade so attending a big is school is really interesting because it's new to me. I've met soo many different people. I've seen soo much in and outside this school that I never thought I'd see. but every experience here so far has been a learning experience. I've learned what to say in certain situations, what to do, what not to do, and just how to make it in general. I've also learned a whole lot academically as well. When I was accepted into this school I was accepted into the ib program but I chose to do double honors instead because I didn't want to work to my full potential. But my teachers know my capability and they always try to get the best from me. I had an amazing set of teachers freshman year and I like alot of my teachers this year too. Along with that we have a wonderful principal. He isn't one of those principals that you never see instead Its crazy that I see him quite often in a school of 2200 kids. I have had a great experience here so far and I can't wait to.....
Unlike most magnet schools, LPHS has multiple programs, (International Baccalaureate, Double Honors, Honors, and regular), so the educational experience can be tailored to suite the need of individual students. As an example, my son found the IB program too rigorous and transferred into Double Honors for his junior year. Further, there is a separate freshman building so students can transition into high school without a lot of the anxiety that goes along with being the 'low man on the totem pole'. The teachers are engaging and responsive, as is the new principal, which has led to more parent involvement and increased school spirit. You would do you child a disservice by overlooking LPHS in your high school search.
Some mere facts for the IB program, the implementation of the program in this school defeats its purpose. The students have to complete busy work in all courses that allows no time to think and develop. Many blogs and websites exist with answers to recirculated homework. 130 students are accepted in LP IB annually, less than 80 graduate, 30 of them drop from the program the first year (only those with ISATS > 90% percentile are can apply, out of more than 2000 applicants choose 130 are selected) 85% of the 80 who graduate complete their IB diploma. This is merely 68 out of 130 capable students and this is around 50% success. Each student is required to take the 6 IB and around 5 AP courses. The teachers are not up to PAR with the students, recently the program lost its best Math teacher, while the only option for a student to take Physics is to take double Science in sophomore year. The program doesn't provide IB Physics class. To the question if my daughter could take a drama class as elective the coordinator answered with pride that Students in our program are not interested in drama This is a 4 year bootcamp. The number of kids who annually go to IVY schools is not published
In hind site having two students in LPHS was wonderful. They chose this school for the theatre program and the reputation. After attending Cornell on scholarship as theatre majors they both realize what a great experience they had. After the independent training and rigorous expectations they were well prepared for college life. Our children have reached back to visit and continue relationships with teachers and peers thoughout college. They walk proud when they say they are a student from Lincoln Park high. The school is well regarded in acedemic circles. Our first graduated Cornell in '07' and our second is set for '10'. We are pleased with LPHS.. Well rounded grads are all you can ask for and we recieved this here. Were there bumps here and there? 'Yes', as in all schools, its rare that schools measure thier failures.We spoke up and were heard. Since '03' we remain happy.
My daughter is in the double honors program. I am sorry I let her stay at LPHS. If you are ever in the halls, there is no respect, the kids sound like they are on the street, swearing and yelling in the halls. I spoke with the counselor and was told they have too many students and the student should seek them out if they need help. I am am very sorry I sent her to this school.
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