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.
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.
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!
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.
I went here and I loved it..... except for it's long hallways lol. Some teachers were great. I miss it.
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.
i think it's a wonderful school some of theteachers are nice and everythings just great
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.
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...
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.
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!!!
I think this school is good, although I only been there for the first term. They have a good environmental science magnet program.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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