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Lansdowne High & Academy Of Finance

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Posted June 19, 2014

Lansdowne High School, I would like to praise the Teachers and Staff who work with the Academy of Finance Students. My office has had the privilege of hosting some of their students over the past 4 years and I find them to be intelligent, polite and genuine young people. Four of my own family members, in the last 10 years have graduated from Lansdowne. They are all doing very well in the this world we live in. I believe that parent need to step up and take responsibility for their children's education, become involved in school activities etc. and stop blaming the system.


Posted March 30, 2012

So far so good especially with the new principal. The teachers respond to emails less than 24 hours. Parents are notified of any absence of their children and a note is required from the parents. Their website is wonderful especially the Edline where you can monitored your child's progress. Honestly speaking, the success of your child should be a combination of teachers, the school authority, and the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2012

This school is horrible. It's a gang infested, drug infested environment, similar to the neighborhood it's in. Children are constantly bullied, and jumped at this school.There's no air conditioning in the classrooms, but the administration office has it. The school is run down, and in desperate need of repair. I've had 3 children graduate from this school, and currently have one child still there.. It's gone from bad to worse, since my oldest graduated in 1995. I don't recommend it for anyone new to the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2011

I have two son' s that attended this school the staff can be rude and no one helps you always the run around. The school isn't kept no bathroom doors for privacy for the boys bathroom. I thank God attest one of my kids graduated. Now I have one child to go the school is heavily gang populated that I am afraid to send my child to school teachers are being released because if budget cuts and we wonder why our kids suffer in academics. The Assistant Principal is the worse she judges you before even getting to know the individuals she assumes because kids walk home together in a group you are a gang and I had to ask are you a Delta or anything like that she says yes I asked when you meet with your soro sisters are you considered a gang she said no As long as I checked a group of kids walking home that live in the same neighborhood is not a gang.She made it a point to remove my son from school to spite the parents comment also I must have hit home with that one
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2009

Below average school. No communication between parents and school with regards to student. Someone should look into this school and straighten it out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2008

My child has been attending Lansdowne High for 4 years AOF and in the beginning she was a little over taken by the accountablity that this program puts on the students but I am happy to say it's because the teachers care. The teachers have pushed so hard that she has went from all standard class to Honor/AP with all A's and B's and will be attending college in the fall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2008

I must say that as a parent I have heard good and bad things about this school. My daughter goes there now, and I have been very pleased. I imagine it is not unlike many other schools, it has its good and bad. I think it really depends on the crowd your child chooses to hang out with. I had read other posts where indicating difficulty reaching teachers or couselors. I have had no problem and they have been all very helpful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2008

I went to Lansdowne growing up, and now my son attends. The school has improved so much in the last 6 yrs. The faculty really care about the children. My son enjoys it very much and I am very happy he goes there. Lansdowne has gotten many bad raps over the years, but it is actually a very good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2008

im a freshman here and in the beginning I liked it but now I dont want to be there.the classes are okay but their main focus is on the academy of finance they get free stuff and go on all these field trips to new york and etc.None of the oter prorams get that type of attention. Some sudents dont care so now they are going to night school.Im in the magnet program of arts and communication program and its okay but not great.If your applying here as a magnet student but zoned for somwhere else see the school while its in action to get a view of what your getting into so you wont do something you might regret
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 4, 2007

I totally agree with the parent that had commented about the attitude of the main office secretary. I choose not to call any more. Best way is to email because no one can deny that you did not leave a question, comment or message because you have proof in black and white. This works great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2007

Parents would be more involved if they could get someone,anyone to return calls. I have attempted to schedule conferences with teachers that will not return call or respond to correspondence, to a principle not returning the call,to a counselor who was to follow-up not returning calls! Even when you come to the school unannounced because you can't get a return call you get nowhere! I am seriuosly considering removing my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2006

The quality of academic programs has improved, parents are even more encouraged to participate in their children's educations, and the staff seems is good spirits. Maybe it's because they now have a principal who shows up every day and attends events? Although there are entirely too many 'floaters' (teachers who don't have a classroom and have to share). My son said he can't find a teacher he's looking for to turn something in because she's in 4 different rooms throughout the day, moving with a cart. He said she doesn't have an office or her own computer either. The other down side is that electives like mythology and creative writing are gone now...What a shame.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2006

I am currently working at this school and I think its wonderful. The staff and the students are very pleasant. I have worked in other school before and I think that they are on a good track. The staff cares very much about their students and the students show respect to us.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 17, 2006

My eldest son attends Lansdowne High School and I have nothing nice to say about the experience. I have tried to contact guidance on several occasions about my son and no one bothers to respond. I even went to the school in person only to be sent away without talking to anyone. The office is a nightmare! Disruptive teenagers sat in misery fussing while I attempted to talk to the not so friendly secretary. I was told I was asking for too much information by the secretary and no one helped me yet again. No wonder the students are disgusted. They are following the example set for them by the adults. I will not allow any of my younger children to experience this train wreck of a school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2005

This school is wonderful! The student are great. The Diversity is amazing.The principle cares alot about the students.
—Submitted by a former student


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

Grade level

Algebra

The state average for Algebra was 84% in 2013.

266 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
83%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

276 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
78%
English II

The state average for English II was 83% in 2013.

280 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
80%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland High School Assessments (HSA) to test students in English 2, Algebra, and Biology upon completion of each course. The HSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. Students are required to pass the tests in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 56% 42%
Black 27% 35%
Hispanic 8% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 6%
Two or more races 1% 4%
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 56%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

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  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance

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  • (410) 887-1461

Resources

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  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
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  • Buses/vans for students only
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  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
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3800 Hollins Ferry Rd
Baltimore, MD 21227
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