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9-12 & Ungraded
Public district
Lexington, KY
Students enrolled: 1,935

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401 Reed Ln
Lexington, KY 40503

(859) 381-3474
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Teacher effectiveness: Effective
July 29, 2015
Teachers place almost all of the assignments to be graded on Infinite Campus so it's easy to see what's going on to a degree. But most are good at following up with parents when absolutely needed. Meaning, high school is the transition to college and the real world so they don't reach out as often and expect more adult like behavior from the kids to solve their own problems. Likewise, testing results from the school - on whole - are very sound for this area!

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Develops grit: Agree
July 29, 2015
From what I've seen it provides the tools for the teens to develop persistence, grit and determination...but it doesn't so much teach them how to use those tools. More of a self-help type of thing, which I am not sure is the best way personally. Some get things and will run with it. Others need a bit of guidance before they can but are perfectly willing to and capable...just need shown the way first.

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July 29, 2015
Certainly had a few issues with procuring and keeping teachers at times. For the 2014-15 school year my daughters French teacher changed 3x (main teacher - sub - main teacher back a few months later) and her Chemistry teacher changed 4x...the main teacher leaving early in the school year and the final three all being subs through the end of the year! Each did their best picking up where the curriculum left off but in the end it was a poor experience for French and a VERY poor one for Chemistry. Very disruptive!

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April 17, 2014
Very nice teachers and many good activities. My daughter likes it so much that she refuse to move.

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May 24, 2013
This school does not provide an education - it teaches mindless conformity. The teaching quality is very poor, especially in the English Department. The administrators don't advocate for students, but rather defend even unethical and unjust actions taken by teachers.

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February 25, 2013
More impressed with Lafayette with each passing day. I have two kids in both the engineering and performing arts magnet programs and have found this school to exceed my expectations in academics, arts programs, and student behavior/discipline. English, foreign languages, math and sciences (stellar chemistry and AP chem) have all been extremely strong and both of my kids truly enjoy enjoy the teachers. This school is very middle class and thus gets overshadowed by some of the newer, wealthier schools in the district but recent grads have headed off to Princton, Yale, Duke, Vandy, etc... It is very possible to succeed here.

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February 18, 2013
My son is a sophomore at Lafayette. He is attending the pre engineering program. As with any school there are teachers that I would like to skip but overall we have had a great experience. The leadership is strong and the counselors are top notch, There are extensive amounts of clubs, sports and more for any student to find their niche.

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August 01, 2012
My child has been a student at Lafayette for two years. She is in the pre-engineering program and her math and science education to date has been second to none. I would argue that she is receiving as good if not better an education than if she were in Dunbar's MSTC program. Mrs. Waespe (pre-calc) and Mr. Matson (chemistry) are both excellent teachers. She will graduate high school with the necessary background to pursue any field needing and advanced math and science preparation. However, the Pre-Engr program does not deliver on other promises made by the coordinator in his talks to recruit middle schoolers that being bringing in engineers from industry to talk to students about careers, field trips and the like. So much more could be done and without money. ALso, I wish the school administrators would do more to promote the academic achievements of the students. SCAPA tends to dominate all the news coming out of Lafayette and SCAPA parents tend to run the school on SBDM and PTSA. It's not that they should not be recognized, it's just that there are more kids at the school then just SCAPA. This group tends to create an elitist mentality among the students in the program.

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February 22, 2012
This is school is okay. I went here for 3 years. I dropped out my senior year because I walked into an advanced criminal justice course and they were watching Napoleon Dynamite. There are some really great teachers here, there are also some really bad ones. Good for the arts, bad for math/science students.

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October 08, 2009
This is the best school ever! My child loves going here. They have the best teachers available that meet every childs needs. They also have a great library, with 30 updated computers and a printer and copy machine available to all students. They buy new books weekly, my child loves it!!!!

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no rating
September 18, 2009
I graduated from Lafayette High School. Great teachers, great sports, great band!

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August 26, 2008
Both of my daughters have attended and graduated from Lafayette and have received an excellent education there. Both are going on to college with a very large portion of their expenses covered by scholarship. Improvements suggested would be a stronger guidance program to help with locating more scholarship money as we received no help from their councelors.

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January 29, 2008
This school is doing so much for me and i love attending this school here. Disipline is resonable and the teachers are respectful as you are to them.

- submitted by a student

January 25, 2008
amazing! I highly recommend it!

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November 27, 2005
The last great middle class high school. Lafayette has neither very rich nor very poor students, just the broad middle. This means almost everyone gets along well, be they white, black, Latino or Asian. Administration is anti student and anti parent. But the teachers more than make up for it, giving huge amounts of attention to each individual. The teachers are very well qualified, and many teach at local colleges in the evenings. Seven have doctorates. Principal has eliminated many extracurricular activities, and discourages electives, but the classes and activities that remain are excellent. Not a warm family environment, but still a good school, certainly the best in Lexington.

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January 18, 2005
Great teachers. I wasn't so sure about the principals, they seemed shaky. Kids aren't allowed to stay late after school. I had to pick my son up after school at 5:30 and found him sitting outside in the middle of winter because the assistant principal told him he couldn't wait inside. But the other students seem nice and the teachers seem to have a good head on their shoulders. Typical school food, typical lunch ladies. Overall, a typical public school.

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November 13, 2004
A great school, with great teachers. Students are diverse, involved and display great amounts of talent and leadership.

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August 25, 2004
An excellent school with great kids and a superb principal! The school demonstrates outstanding leadership and a strong devotion to the fine arts! Go Generals!

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Lafayette High School
401 Reed Ln, Lexington, KY  40503
(859) 381-3474
Last modified Lafayette High School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Lafayette High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top