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Posted May 7, 2014

I went to Laurel High and I am about to graduate university now. I don't see how this school gets anything but a 1/10 rating. I knew it was bad going there as a kid but until I left the state and saw how the world actually works, I had no idea how bad. This school (and the entire district for that matter) has done me a massive disservice in terms of my development as a human being. The facility was an absolute dump while I was there, most things were broken or in some state of neglect. The place felt more like a daycare to keep problem kids out of prison than a place of learning. I went to school every morning hating my life and not knowing if I was going to have to defend myself from roving mobs during school hours or on the way home that day. The word ghetto comes to mind. There were some instructors who were top-flight, and CHOSE to be there to make a difference but the balance of them were imbeciles. The curriculum was lackluster at best. I look back at those four years and I am still trying to undo the damage. If you value your child's academic and psychological well being, steer clear of this school and PG county in general.

Posted April 30, 2014

Laurel Middle School and Laurel High School is my best school i went too. I LOVE Y'ALL!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 1, 2014

So far I have read nothing but negativity from students and parents. I want to send my child to school for a good education and we are looking for teachers who are not afraid of children or their parents and administrators who care about the school and faculties. This school will be crossed off my list. I do not want my child feeling uncomfortable. Sounds like the kids are running things, we are looking for a place that can teach kids, not kids run all over the teachers and students. As stated early the test scores are uncalled for and the entire school staff and administrator should be embarrassed.

Posted February 3, 2014

This school is terrible the guidance department sucks and the teachers are no help I wouldn't recommend this school to anyone

Posted January 17, 2014

I dont like this school at all dont put your child in it my friend got bullied to death there there all scrubs and the math department sucks to

Posted December 2, 2013

Laurel high school is a great school but they the security get your stuff and don't return it back even after you graduate from they

Posted September 13, 2013

Laurel High School is not the best school in the county. But it's one of them. The staff are caring, professional, and determined. The PTSA works very hard to make things better but struggles with the apathy of some of the parents. As for the success of the students, there is a wealth of educational programs for students of all learning abilities that they can take advantage of to help in post-graduation preparation: International Baccalaureate (6 diplomas this year--the highest in the county), Advanced Placement, Cosmetology, Nursing, and Automotive Repair. You get the education you believe you deserve. Can you slide by with little effort and still get a diploma? Yes, but the blame for that lies with you; don't complain that you aren't prepared for the rigors of undergraduate study. Students who seek out and take advantage of all the school has to offer will be successful.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted August 30, 2013

Laurel High School is one of the most disciplined school i ever attended.I am proud to be a student from Laurel high
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 21, 2013

Every school has its flaws. The school is not bad in itself, it's just some of the students there. I've met some amazing teachers and had some great learning experiences.
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 19, 2012

Im a freshman at Laurel High School, sometimes I worry that Im just being passed along. I say this because I know some people who didnt pass health and still graduated, while health is a requirement to graduate.The students there are extremely ghetto and their behavior is awful. They take time from the teacher's instructions because the teacher has to stop what theyre doing to correct them. I wish that there was an altenative school in Laurel for the students that do care about their academic well- being to go to.
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 28, 2011

My child is an 11th grader at Laurel High School. I'm very disappointed to say the least. My child is a very bright and intelligent student but Laurel High school steals pieces of my child everyday. I have no problem with the teachers but the disciplinary guidelines for students who don't care about school needs to be fine tuned. These students make a bad situation worse when the teachers have to stop teaching every other minute because of their behavioral issues. The school could be more challenging. For example, where are all of the academic clubs, book clubs etc? Our children can do more than dance, model and play basketball. I'm not knocking these activities but there should be an even balance. PTSA parents need to get other parents to join and it has to be a collective and persistant effort, not just on Back to School Night. Laurel High can do better....for our children's sake. Oh and please get all of the kids that don't live within the boundaries out of the school!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 10, 2011

My child is a 10th-grader at Laurel High School. It has been the worst school experience for us in PG County Schools. The principal doesn't acknowledge parents, nor does he respond to emails and phone calls. There's no communication between the school and home at all. The school website is usually outdated and not very informative. I have walked in and witnessed student brawls and the office staff didn't seem concerned at all. The teachers are decent but they don't appear to be too happy either. Other parents in the community have similar complaints, but it's the only pubic high school we have. So we have to stay. The principal should be fired! I love the city of Laurel and it's schools - but not the high school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 6, 2011

Look at the grammar, especially of those that say they went to the school and loved it, used in the reviews of this school. People that gave it 5 stars can't form a proper sentence or use commas correctly. It serves as an example of the kind of education Laurel High gives. I attended Laurel High for all 4 of my high school years. Run down buildings are not the problem. Students can learn anywhere. The student body is not focused on learning AT ALL- just music and what everyone is wearing. I slept through most of my classes, didn't turn in papers and didn't have an understanding of basic concepts of Science, American or World History and I was STILL awarded a diploma. I didn't know all that I didn't know until I went to college- an open enrollment college of course, and it's a good thing because Laurel High would not have prepared me for a university.
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 22, 2009

I graduated from Laurel in 2005. Laurel High School for me, was a very decent school. I never had problems with teachers nor with students. Of course, it had issues, but every school has them. I am really proud that I graduated from LHS. What makes me sad, is that every time I drive by it, right now, it looks sad and depressing. I understand they are going through some changes, but it shouldn't affect it's appearance in such a bad way. But overall, I still miss it, and also my teachers, and sometimes I wish I can, in some way, go back. For me, it was the best school. :)
—Submitted by a student

Posted December 8, 2007

But due to the direction of a devoted new principal, Laurel High School is making many stellar changes. The uniform policy was a great success, in my opinion, for the school. The students who attend there become very open-minded human beings, and end up having great personalies. Some may look at the history of the school and see the violence and poor education, but it's time to look forward now and see the increasing measures of discipline and look at the future for these fine students.

Posted October 1, 2007

This School has no overall demonstration of discipline, students may do whatever they want when they want with no consequences.
—Submitted by a student

Posted August 5, 2007

I went to Laurel High school for my freshman year. Laurel High school is not the greatest school ever but its not the worst. There was violence and all these kind of things that teachers/staff wouldn't even know of though. Students are always sayin its a really bad school because of bullies and things like that but it really isn't. Most of the people that get in trouble are the people that looked for it. The people that are always looking for trouble. I've never gotten in any kind of trouble or conflict with another peer and that's because I don't go around looking for attention.

Posted December 2, 2006

I am a freshman at Laurel High... Just to state peole do talk alot about it, and its really not that bad... there should be more decipline there,but not for everyone. Principal is doing a great job if only our fellow classmates would cooperate.
—Submitted by a student

Posted July 20, 2006

I attended Laurel High School for the 9th grade and half of 10th grade. This school definitely needs some discipline and renovations. There is violence at this school that teachers don't even know of most of the time. At times the atmosphere isn't even safe because administrators don't stop the fights or whatever is going on. I recommend that you check other schools in the county or in Laurel.
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 18, 2006

LHS is overcrowded and understaffed. Principal turnover has been high (3 in 3 years) and staff seem overwhelmed.only those who have inner motivation make progress. The facility is old and needs renovation. There are a few teachers who are dedicated and push their students, but they are few and far between.
—Submitted by a parent

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The state average for Algebra was 84% in 2013.

357 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

360 students were tested at this school in 2013.








English II

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

366 students were tested at this school in 2013.








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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
Black 66% 35%
Hispanic 18% 12%
White 8% 42%
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 47%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Laurel, MD 20707
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