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Loch Raven Technical Academy

Public | 6-8 | 767 students

Our school is best known for our outstanding general and magnet programs.

 
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4 stars

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2012:
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Posted September 17, 2014

This school is great. The community tends to have a perception of the school that is based on the past. The magnet programs are awesome and so are the teachers and the leadership.


Posted May 27, 2014

My daughter attends this school and loves it. There are bully issues but she has not faced any herself. I'm not sure that academically the school is maintaining the skill level of students entering the school over time. I looked at the test scores and see an interesting trend that students in 6th grade were doing well and by the time they get to the 8th grade they are doing worse in terms of percent proficient. Be careful how you view rising test scores. Compare 2012 sixth grade proficiency to their subsequent proficiency in 2013 7th grade. They are losing ground. Sixth grade is still a benefit from elementary. Something is amiss and I am concerned my daughter may lose what was gained in elementary if the instruction is not preparing the students. My daughter has complained that some teachers are not effective. They don't make sure students understand. It's hard to get help from the same person who is confusing you. I have to teach my child at home sometimes what teachers are not making clear. This school could be great if parents advocate for their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2014

Loch Raven Tech Academy is a good school that could be great. However, there is a BIG problem with bullying and the administration tends to ignore the problem and good students suffer. Some have even transfered out!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2014

My son is currently in 8th grade. It is well managed and challenge the kids to excel. The growth in test scores is fantastic and the kids are happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2013

I went here and I loved it..... except for it's long hallways lol. Some teachers were great. I miss it.


Posted November 5, 2012

This my daughter's first year here and so far so good. I really like that they encourage the children to come back and get their grades changes if they aren't good. They offer every opportunity for them to get higher grade. Much different from when I went to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2008

i think it's a wonderful school some of theteachers are nice and everythings just great
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 25, 2008

My child did not have a good school year with at least two of her 7th. grade teachers. Their style appeared to be somewhat not stable and questionable. My student made honor roll the first quarter and it was down hill ever since.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2008

I hink the school is pretty good.Then have done better then a few years ago.I met alot of friends.There are fights ,but the teachers could handle it.the preforming arts group plays some good music.The enviromental and well all the magnets are fun and creative.the teachers are very nice.Like Ms.Prizzi the orchestra teacher...
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 31, 2008

I'm currently im last year at this school. Frankly I think that if you are not in GT don't come.You will be stuck in classes with kids who don't take education seriously. I have a word of advice if you are not in GT go to another school. Some teachers were great really but dont depend on communitcation from certain teachers. Also their performing arts magnet is not so great either. Stick with law or envirmental magnet.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 2, 2008

I just wanted to elaborate on my other review about this school.I am in GT classes and I won Champions of Courage so as I said before this school has potential and creativity!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 22, 2008

I think this school is good, although I only been there for the first term. They have a good environmental science magnet program.


Posted July 2, 2007

I been goiing to this school for a while and I just love it so much. I think the teacher are great.will I am a 8 grader and I this is mi last year. I been going ther for 3 year. I dont know what school I rather gradute from. the magnet are great mostly art they have so much stuff to teach.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 5, 2007

I am currently an 8th Grader here at Loch Raven and I believe that this school is great. People need to stop putting down the school because it is great. I have been here all three years and I haven't failed any classes. Kids fail because they don't care and I beleve Loch Raven Academy is the best school in the county hands down. K.A.Williams
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 1, 2007

this is my sons first year at this school,i must admit i am pleasantly surprised.coming from an elementary school where things ran great and the environment was awesome,we feared the transition into a school where we heard so many negative things.LRA is a very good school as so with any school these days there is room for improvement.however,the staff we believe are committed to making it the best learning experience for all the children.As much as that is true, so much depends upon the child and his or her willingness to learn.I would strongly recommend any parent whose child is about to transition to consider this school an option and as the kids these days are saying don't believe the hype regarding the negativity check it out for yourself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2007

Before I transferred my child into LRA, I heard good things about the school. However, I was very disappointed. My child is in all GT classes and she is very serious about her education. She has found some students to be very disruptive and unruly, making it very difficult for the students who are interested in learning. Also, because of her being in GT, some teachers feel that she shouldn't have any problems with assignments and therefore, are unwilling to answer questions when she's not clear about an assignment. I think it's unfair that a teacher is not willing to explain a subject because of the child being GT, after all, if they knew everything, they wouldn't need to go to school, our children are there to learn and it is the responsibility of the teacher to teach them. I am not at all pleased with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 25, 2005

I graduated from Loch Raven Academy this past year in June. I'm now in a city wide school doing very well. I attended Loch Raven all of my three years, and had not many problems. Loch Raven distributes a very good education for students. If anything it is the best magnet school in Baltimore County.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 29, 2005

This is my daughter's final year at LRA and I cannot wait until June. It has been a rough road and the school has been a big disappointment. I placed my daughter in the school because she was interested in the Performing Arts magnet. The students are often very disruptive making it difficult to have a good working environment. Communication with most teachers takes a significant amount of effort so that they take you seriously and realize that you truly are interested in you child's education. There have also been 3 principals in the 3 years my child has been at the school. I must say my daughter however likes the school and loves performing arts. The Performing Arts Teachers are great and prepare the students for continuing in this field. There are also a few others that are exceptional teachers as well. My advice...look before you leap!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2005

I do not like the school at all! Both my kids hated it and my son failed because he disliked it so much. I'm not saying that the teacher's are all bad because some were very nice! I don't like the fact that they have to wear academy shirts because the kids really don't like to have to wear them. I think it should be the kids and parents choice. There is just something about the school that my kids hated so much and they could not function properly in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2005

I am currently an 8th grader at LRA, and I'm dying to get out! If you want your child to go to a more diciplined school, click the 'back' button very quickly.
—Submitted by a student


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About these ratings

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.
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2014.

258 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2014.

221 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
75%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA 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. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

265 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2014.

231 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA 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. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2014.

245 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

245 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2014.

245 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
66%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA 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. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 69% 35%
White 19% 42%
Hispanic 4% 12%
Two or more races 4% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 6%
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 61%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Gifted specialist(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Italian
French
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Math club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Literary magazine
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 2:45 am
School Leader's name
  • Stacey Johnson
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (410) 821-6398

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Environmental
  • Performing arts
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Tennis
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Chess club
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Gardening
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Literary magazine
  • Math club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
More from this school
  • Our school is a great school with great students, faculty and staff. We encourage open communication and our doors are always open for visitors. LRTA still has a stigma from past years that no longer reflects the true culture of our school. We welcome anyone who has a question or concern to reach out to the principal so that your questions and concerns can be addressed. LRTA is a great place to be with a waiting list of students who are eager to join our school.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


8 out of 10students were accepted for the 2014-2015 school year.


Students accepted for the 2014-2015 school year
350
Applications received for the 2014-2015 school year
425
Students typically come from these schools
Halstead Academy
Pleasant Plains
Villa Cresta

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Parkville High
Loch Raven High
Towson High
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8101 La Salle Rd
Baltimore, MD 21286
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Phone: (410) 887-3518

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