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Lafayette High School

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Posted April 17, 2014

Very nice teachers and many good activities. My daughter likes it so much that she refuse to move.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.


Posted October 8, 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!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

I graduated from Lafayette High School. Great teachers, great sports, great band!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted January 25, 2008

amazing! I highly recommend it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2004

A great school, with great teachers. Students are diverse, involved and display great amounts of talent and leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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!
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Language Mechanics

The state average for Language Mechanics was 51% in 2013.

475 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
64%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 36% in 2013.

451 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
49%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

439 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
49%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Language Mechanics

All Students67%
Female69%
Male65%
African American43%
Asian55%
Hispanic55%
Multiracial46%
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities7%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students44%
Female49%
Male39%
African American23%
Asian33%
Hispanic35%
Multiracial30%
Native Americann/a
White49%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Students with disabilities5%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Writing

All Students62%
Female72%
Male52%
African American40%
Asian75%
Hispanic71%
Multiracial70%
Native Americann/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities19%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2011.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2011.

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Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2011.

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 60% in 2011.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 60% in 2011.

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Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Until 2010-2011, Kentucky used the Kentucky Core Content Tests (KCCT) to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 through 12 in reading, social studies, science, writing, and math. The Elementary School results displayed on GreatSchools profiles are for grades 3 through 5 combined for each subject. Middle School results are for grades 6 though 8 combined, and High School results are for grades 10 though 12 combined. The KCCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky. Beginning in 2011-2012, Kentucky switched to the K-PREP and EOC exams.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2011.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2011.

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Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2011.

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 60% in 2011.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 45% in 2011.

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Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Until 2010-2011, Kentucky used the Kentucky Core Content Tests (KCCT) to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 through 12 in reading, social studies, science, writing, and math. The Elementary School results displayed on GreatSchools profiles are for grades 3 through 5 combined for each subject. Middle School results are for grades 6 though 8 combined, and High School results are for grades 10 though 12 combined. The KCCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky. Beginning in 2011-2012, Kentucky switched to the K-PREP and EOC exams.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 46% in 2011.

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2011.

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 41% in 2011.

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
48%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 41% in 2011.

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
48%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 41% in 2011.

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
44%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Until 2010-2011, Kentucky used the Kentucky Core Content Tests (KCCT) to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 through 12 in reading, social studies, science, writing, and math. The Elementary School results displayed on GreatSchools profiles are for grades 3 through 5 combined for each subject. Middle School results are for grades 6 though 8 combined, and High School results are for grades 10 though 12 combined. The KCCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky. Beginning in 2011-2012, Kentucky switched to the K-PREP and EOC exams.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 36% in 2013.

445 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
58%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 36% in 2013.

450 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
40%
English II

The state average for English II was 56% in 2013.

467 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
66%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 51% in 2013.

430 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
49%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky administered the End-of-Course (EOC) assessments. EOCs are tests given to public high school students when they complete a course to assess their knowledge of important course concepts. They are similar to a final exam, except that they are created and scored by an outside testing company, ensuring that the tests are both rigorous and aligned with state and national college readiness standards.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Algebra II

All Students54%
Female55%
Male52%
African American27%
Asian75%
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilities8%
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Students56%
Female52%
Male61%
African American19%
Asian55%
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a

English II

All Students71%
Female71%
Male71%
African American42%
Asian50%
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities9%
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Students54%
Female54%
Male54%
African American22%
Asian46%
Hispanic56%
Multiracial60%
Native Americann/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilities16%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky administered the End-of-Course (EOC) assessments. EOCs are tests given to public high school students when they complete a course to assess their knowledge of important course concepts. They are similar to a final exam, except that they are created and scored by an outside testing company, ensuring that the tests are both rigorous and aligned with state and national college readiness standards.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 73% 81%
Black 15% 11%
Hispanic 5% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 1%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 28%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama

Health & athletics

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  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

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  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track

Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
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Lexington, KY 40503
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