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Lake Central High School

Public | 9-12 | 3304 students


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Posted December 7, 2011

We moved to this area from Illinois and the outstanding schools were the main reason why. I'm very satisfied with the quality of education that the schools provide for the children. The new high school is going to be awesome, and I'm very proud to live in the LC district.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 5, 2011

Lake Central High School is among the best high schools in Northwest Indiana and top 10% in the entire state. The whole district is strong academically and that is in large part due to the great staff and administration. They really care about the students' wellbeing, as does the community as a whole which really supports the district. The school is strong right now, but the future looks even brighter as a brand new beautiful high school is going to be built and planned to be done in early 2015. So excited that this school and district are going to get even better!

Posted August 31, 2011

I have two children who have attended LC. I am so impressed with the number of opportunities available to them. The faculty is excellent - extremely hard-working and truly interested in the students welfare.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 31, 2011

Fantastic extracurriculars. great staff! Teachers are amazing and dedicated. We are very happy with out school choice.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 5, 2011

I currently attend Lake Central, and I think it's the best school in the area. The people who don't like it blame the large enrollment. Apparently, these people have never seen the school. It's huge. It's built for a large enrollment. Also, some people dislike the modulars, or better known as the trailers. I bet they've never been inside them because you would never know you're in a trailer. They're great classrooms, and they're just as good as any other room in the school. The academics here are fantastic. If the student actually tries, they will get a great education. You can't blame the school for your children's laziness. There are many honors/AP classes and many other special interest classes, such as auto, ceramics, child development, and forensic science. There are tons of extracurriculars, and the sports teams are fantastic. Block scheduling is fantastic! We have two days to do our homework, which is very helpful, especially for those who are in sports or have jobs. SRT is also very helpful. It's a shame they're getting rid of it next year, but we can still take an SPT. Overall, this is a great school. Once again, you can't blame a school for your child's own laziness.
—Submitted by a student

Posted December 6, 2010

We moved to the school system 7 years ago in anticipation that they were going to build a second high school (which our real estate agent nearly assured would happen). In fact, we gave up moving to Munster because we could get a nice house for much much less money in Saint John and take advantage of a brand new high school. HUGE mistake. My daughter is a junior here at the high school she has to attend classes in trailers, but most of the classes in the actual building are still crowded and not conducive to learning. To be fair, the teachers seem to be okay. But parental involvement is horrible (unless it is with sports). It seems as though the area has been going downhill in terms of the tri-town community's willingness to support the schools. As I drive past Munster High School, I am envious of the visible support that the town has for the school system. If it were not for the fact that my children have already made good friends in this area, we would move out in a heartbeat. The lack of support in this area is seriously bringing the whole area down! I already know several families who are moving out due to the lack of school support and to be honest, we might be next.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 1, 2010

Lake Cantral isnt all what people say it is; it has many flaws but then again it has many good things about it. i am a sophmore currently attending lake central and im OKAY with the way it is. the education here is deffinetly a plus for this school but the kids here are something else.. there is a big drug problem here along with racism nand following the dresscode rules. there is overall a big minority group here but the main race is white. i would say that the teachers here are excellent and try there hardest to keep us on the ball with our grades.
—Submitted by a student

Posted August 12, 2009

I am a parent of a Lake Central student. While the actual building is older, and the school is packed full of 3800+ students, there is a reason the school is crowded! Parents want a great education for their children. Parents want ample extra-cirricular activities for their children as well. My daughter is an honors student and I feel there is an array of courses to keep her interested while furthering her education. LC performs highly in the ISTEP tests as well. Overall I am quite happy with the quality of education!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 5, 2009

As a parent of one boy already graduated and two currently attending, I have been very satisfied with the caliber of classes and teachers. My first son was a National Merit finalist entering into college and I attribute a large part of that to the LC School Corp which he had been in since kindergarten. No matter what the school size, the students and the parents need to be willing to work hard. That is the key no matter where you go. My only complaint is that for the size of the student body, we should have a better ranking in some of the sports that have open enrollment (Football, Track, etc.) I attribute this to transportation constraints for many potential athletes. Since parking is so limited, parking permits should be given out to those who truly can't ride the bus due to involvment in after hours school related actvities.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 22, 2009

I graduated Lake Central in 2008 and I loved every minute of that school. It's very easy to get involved in an extracurricular activity because there are so many to choose from (ranging from sports to the many clubs). I've never had a problem with any of my teachers (except one was very strict.. if you would even call that a problem) and every teacher I had was always willing to help, even if that meant coming into school an hour before classes started. LC also has a SRT (Student Resource Time) so you can get help in a class or study. Overall, Lake Central is a great school and I have no regrets spending four years there.
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 5, 2009

I love Lake Central. I have been involved in much smaller school districts and not gotten nearly the cooperation and support that I have gotten from all of the staff at Lake Central. I could not believe the individual attention that is available to the students if only they (or their parents) ask.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 1, 2008

poor counseling for my son and two daughters during their four years there. good teachers for AP courses.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 1, 2007

People don't realize that you don't 'receive' an education from a school, you have to 'earn' it. Lake Central is truly a great school, and kudos to the students and staff who go to a school with such a negative image by people who don't even go there. There is not a major drug problem; it is the same at every other school in the area including Munster, Crown Point, Andrean, etc. If parents aren't happy with their kid's education, then maybe they should realize that perhaps the problem is their kid and not the school. You can only put so much blame on the school for what your kid doesn't do or put effort into.
—Submitted by a student

Posted November 19, 2005

Excellent School. Great academics. Premier science department.
—Submitted by a staff

Posted October 15, 2005

I have two daughters that have attended Lake Central. My oldest daughter is currently in a Phd program for computer science. My younger daughter is currently a sophomore. I think that the school has good academic programs and a great music department. The major problem is that there are too many students and overcrowding is a factor. I do believe that you get out of the school what you put into it. If you feel your child isn't doing all that well, calling the childs teachers and guidance counselors, and generally getting involved in the school would be beneficial to your child. You cannot blame the school system, knowledge can be found at Lake Central, the student however has to be willing to learn.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 13, 2005

I just want everyone that Lake central is not so bad. The teachers do make a point to have students to come to the class after school or during study hall. The extracurricular activities are wonderful if the student want to do them for themselves and not for their parents. The automotive program that they have is wonderful. I attended the auto program and I have learned alot about cars and how to fix a problem. If it was an engine or not problem, but the program can only teach so much and there are vocational schools so that you can finish with automotive. so what I am trying to say is that lake central does have up and downs but what school doesn't.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted April 8, 2005

Lake Central High School is not a very good school.there are some teachers and coaches that are dedicated, But sadly there are more who are just there to collect a pay check.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 3, 2004

This school may seem to be a good school but it has many flaws. The staff doesn't no much about the student body. This school is also very crowded. Also, to be in an athletic activity at Lake Central is very hard because of how crowded the school is. On this website it may be voted as a real safe school but it actualy isn't. Overall I would give this school 2 out of 5 stars.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 3, 2004

This school has way too high of an enrollment. Also, so many new subdivisions are coming up through the Dyer, Schererville, and St. John area. Lake Central is in serious trouble until another middle school is built which won't be for the next 5-6 years. I am currently an A-B student that attends Lake Central and I just can't stand this school. It is way too crowded and we are not supervised enough. To make an athletic activity at LC you would have too be really, really good to be in a sport. Every year SAT and Istep scores go down. This school is filled with drugs but the staff doesn't really know anything about it. I would rate this school a bad 2 out of 5 stars.
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 30, 2004

The school has an excellent range of class levels based on the student's academic ability-from special education to advanced placement. There are many classes offered ranging from vocational to academic to meet the interests and goals of the student. You might need to consider if your child can survive and thrive since it is a large school.
—Submitted by a parent

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Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 70% in 2013.

671 students were tested at this school in 2013.








Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 48% in 2013.

814 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for English was 76% in 2013.

802 students were tested at this school in 2013.








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In 2012-2013 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "C".

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Source: Indiana Department of Education

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1Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, National Student Clearinghouse, 2011-2012
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3Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, 2010-2011
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 74% 72%
Hispanic 12% 10%
Black 6% 12%
Multiracial 4% 4%
Asian 3% 2%
American Indian 1% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 17%N/A46%
Special education 12%N/A14%
English learners 3%N/A5%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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8400 Wicker Avenue
St. John, IN 46373
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