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8000 Cherry Ln
Laurel, MD 20707

(301) 497-2050
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May 07, 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.

- submitted by a community member
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
April 01, 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.

- submitted by a community member
February 03, 2014
This school is terrible the guidance department sucks and the teachers are no help I wouldn't recommend this school to anyone

- submitted by a community member
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

- submitted by a community member
December 02, 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

- submitted by a community member
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
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
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
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
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
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
February 06, 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
January 28, 2010
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- submitted by a teacher
November 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
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
February 24, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating December 08, 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.

- submitted by a community member
October 01, 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
no rating August 05, 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.

- submitted by a community member
January 12, 2007
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- submitted by a student
December 02, 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
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
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
January 21, 2006
LHS is a dingy little place, but a good school nonetheless, at least as far as AP classes are. The student body leaves something to be desired for the most part, and the security would make one feel claustrephobic. The library has a decent selection for what our budget is. At any rate, the place is better than DuVal.

- submitted by a student
December 27, 2005
I am a JUNIOR at LHS. And it is definitely not as bad as people make it out to be. Yes, there is a problem with overcrowding, but other than that the school is excellent. Thanks to our new prinicipal, small problems are being solved, as far as teacher problems, discipline, and etc. I think that LHS has a great selection of classes, that can help us toward our future. As for extracurricular activites, GAMES do NOT take place during school all the time. Maybe once a year one of the teams will have to leave a little bit early for a game. LHS is improving constantly. The same issues at LHS happen at other schools,so how can you consider LHS bad? More parents are getting involved in our school. Myself, i am involved in PTSA and other activities. I say if YOUR NOT doing anything to HELP, then WHY COMPLAIN?

- submitted by a student
December 27, 2005
The stuff that you people are complaining about was in the past. Now we got a new prinicipal and a lot has changed. STudents CANNOT come and go as the please. Secruity Guards & police are stationed everywhere. LHS is a great school, and i don't think it should be downgraded just because of things that you've HEARD. But of course, y'alls comments on the school are just opinions. I'm just telling you how it is. I've attended Laurel for the past 2 years, and i'm currently a junior. I will admit that some of the teachers aren't on their job. When you put a school down, your making everybody in the school look bad too. ANd it's really not as bad as you think. It's a great school to send your kids too. The kids there are great and turn out to be wonderful people.

- submitted by a student
December 19, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
no rating December 19, 2005
I attended Laurel High School for the year 2005. Just moving from south I found that it was a little hard to adapt at first.But in the end I loved the people.And I enjoyed time that was spent there.As for the school,I won't lie it did need some work.Reminiscing on times,me and my friends used to get in trouble all the time,and were seldomly punished,i'm not going to get into detail.Bathrooms were disusting,and during the summer it did get hot. But overall I think the principal and AP's did the best that they could. As for the teachers,some were good,and some just really didn't care.One of my classes were UNCONTROLABLE due to behavior problems and overcrowding.And another class only about 6 people would show up each day,lol.But the school I went to before was worse,so i really didn't have to many complaints.But I will surely miss Laurel High School.

- submitted by a former student
August 22, 2005
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August 12, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
June 26, 2005
I am a graduate of Laurel and what these parents are saying about Laurel...THAT is truly the disappointment. Very few parents who have such negative attitudes about their child's high school actually are involved in their child's academic career, let alone the everyday hustle and bustle of the school istelf. Since my 9th grade year, I've had dedicated teachers. Of course teachers are busy. Laurel has had very few disciplinary problems for the past 4 years. Laurel has few building maintenence issues. If you go to ANY high school, there will be students that misbehave on the regular and you will that the building may need some minor adjustments.

- submitted by a student
April 23, 2005
Laurel HS is a true disappointment. It has overcrowding to a shocking degree (difficult to even walk in hallways), open use of profanity in classes, insuffient number of text books, no traditional afterschool activities (for example, even the sports games are played during school hours, requiring kids to miss classes), overtasked guidance counselors, and overwhelmed teachers. Kids are allowed to come and go from the grounds with impunity, leading to drug use and other problems. If ever there was a school that represented the downward spiral of public education, this is it. It's the rare kid indeed who overcomes the cultural and administrative barriers there and, working with a few dedicated teachers, wrests a good education out of Laurel HS. Regretably, we are pulling our daughter out at the end of this year. Avoid this school---it seems beyond fixing.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2005
I am a parent with three children attending this school. I have been involved with some teacher's and aministrators at this school. I have found that overcowding is a major problem, a shortage of teachers and a lack of discipline in the class room. I have found that teacher's are not able to control the classoom atmosthere because of the lack of discipline that the children bring to the classroom and from school. I was bothered when I spoke with my child's administrator regarding my child's inability to adapt to the environment and learning style at the school. The administrator informed me that it was sad because a child such as my child who struggle with learning and does not pose a discipline problem 'will fall through the cracks'. Parental involvement is key. This will assure that our children will be provided an atmosphere conducive to learning.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2005
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- submitted by a student
no rating November 23, 2004
I am really take aback by what I have read about this school. I was under the impression this was a schhol of high learing with the UHS programs in place there. I have been to the school for diffrent reasons and have set meeting to meet the teachers that my child have. From my meeting with the teachers I was please. I was aware there was a shortage of teachers and one affect my kid class. I address this to the school and made calls to some of the other parents of this class and a teacher was place in the class full time. Now I do agree that the teachers they have are spread thin and this will not help with some of the best teachers leaving or have already gone. This do concern me. Thank you for the infor and this is some thing I must check into.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2004
The school itself is a mess. The walls are falling apart, most all the desks are broken or falling apart. There are not even enough desks in some class rooms for the students. Many teachers dont even care to try any more because they are unable to control there class rooms. The school doesnt even have enough teachers to fill the positions. There is violence in the hall ways. The hall ways are so crowded students can't make it to class on time. Many children smoke in the bathrooms and outside and dont get diciplined, and violent and disruptive children are not removed from the enviroment. The principle is trying is hardest to keep the school together, but from my point of view he doesn't get much help.

- submitted by a student
September 20, 2003
The county drastically underfunds the schools, the facility itself is a 'pit', kids hate to even use the bathrooms they are so disgusting. There are some good teachers and administrators, however, many seem to have just given up and can't control behavior in their classrooms. The school is horribly understaffed. They can't keep a principal long enough to truly make a difference. Many students come and go from campus at will during the day skipping classes. When the school tries to take measures to remove the most extreme cases from the school. The school board refuses to back the administrators, reverses the decisions and leaves the 'problem' in the school to continue to cause trouble. So, in the long run I would recommend that if you can afford it, get your children out of the school.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2003
I have two children attending Laurel High School right now. One will graduate this year with the Class of 2004 and the other is a freshman. Both of my children complain about the shortage on desks, no Air conditioning in some of the classrooms, not enough textbooks, not enough time to get from their classroom to their locker to the cafeteria and actually have time to stand in the long lines and eat lunch without being late for their next class and not enough 'one-on-one' attention from the teachers due to the overcrowded classrooms.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2003
My daughter recently graduated from Laurel High School. I have nothing but praise for the faculty at Laurel High. The faculty,the Administrative, Guidance and Teachers, give their all to the students and encourage the students to do their best to reach their goals. They constantly remind the students that their parents be involved with their students on the on every level. The faculty can not stress enough that family involvement is crucial to the success of their student. Laurel High has an active PTSA and parent involvement in putting on a successful GRAD Night each year for the students. The faulty at Laurel High are to be commended for the great job that they do. Keep up the great work!

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2003
My son was in the Advanced Placement program (University High School) at Laurel High and just graduated this year (2003). I think the school did a very good job in preparing him for the SAT's and college itself. My son scored well above the National average and above the average of all the schools in Montgomery county on his SAT's. He also got an invitation from the University of Maryland at College Park to attend their university. Laurel is as good as any school in the state in terms of its academic programs. It is no different than any school in the country with respects to parental involvement and reinforcement. If parents reinforce and follow up with their students, Laurel High will do a great job of preparing them for the future.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2003
Laurel High School's academic standards have dropped dramatically during the past 10-15 years. Standards have dropped during this time as the demographics of the area gradually have changed. I wouldn't recommend Laurel High to any serious parent or student and would urge them to consider other alternatives.

- submitted by a former student
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Laurel High School
8000 Cherry Ln, Laurel, MD  20707
(301) 497-2050
Last modified Laurel High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Laurel High School Rating: 2 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top