My son hasn't been there to long. This is his first year but so far he loves it and is happy. He hated Jessie Clark Middle School and he is happy to be at Lafayette. Teachers seem caring and willing to work with the kids.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.