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Lexington High School

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Posted August 5, 2014

The much touted academics are commendable, but not as extraordinary as one might think. Brilliant kids and some over zealous parents tend to present a marvelous image of the school. The down side of the over the top academics is that the kids are often over pressured to achieve, instead of learn and grow in a healthy manner. For the most part the school is good. The administration is clearly political and periodically engages in unethical behavior. Like, instructing a minor to file a frivolous complaint very wrong. That the principal and superintendent support such misconduct is deeply concerning. Endorsing alienation of the children from family. The school has repeatedly been found non-compliant with DoE regulations. The administration claims that they were confused and unable to communicate sufficiently to determine the law.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2013

It's funny that most of the negative reviews are also ungrammatical. This suggests, unsurprisingly, that the parents' education level will have some bearing on their perception of this school.


Posted February 21, 2013

We moved to historic and expensive Lexington, MA for the famous school system. The middle schools are great. However, the high school is a major disappointment. Half of the honors/AP teachers can not or would not teach. Our AP Bio and Honor's Algebra 2 teachers are so bad that everyone complains but the department heads defend them and berate the parents and kids. LHS is great ONLY because of the great parent and student body. If you have an average kid and not the money to hire a tutor, your child may sink and nobody would notice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2012

Terrible school. doesn't know how to take care of its students. the worst school ever. nightmare.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2011

LHS offers great competition in classes that encourage students to work harder. Most classes are challenging and interesting, and most teachers are great. There is very little bullying. I love LHS
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 22, 2011

This is a great atmosphere for learning and advancing in my child's studies. I am greatly impressed by the friendly staff and their willingness to help any student in need. It is a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2010

LHS is a great school and success depends on how much work the student wants to take on. There should be more support for high performers who are serious about their education and future. Even if a kid gets all A's, there is little direction given to ensure that he/she is taking all of the steps necessary in a timely way to prepare for college. I have been told by Guidance to just go to the college board web site for college planning. With so many smart kids, the school needs to help them stand out so that they are competitive with kids falling in the top 10% of lower ranking public schools in the area. Although necessary, Guidance seems to focus on the bad behavior in the schools, and not enough attention is given to the kids at the top.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2010

I am a junior in Lexington High School and I take all honors and AP courses except for one level one course. Lexington High School is made up of kids in three categories: the achievers, the average students, and the slackers. Most of my classmates would be classified as achievers because they understand that LHS is a highly competitive school and one must be in the top 10-20% to get into a top college. The average students also understand that good grades are necessary to get into a good college, but they just don't try as hard. Like every school, there will be slackers (as well as drug users and smokers). Many of the kids in my level one class would fall under the slacker category. As for the teachers, most of the honors and AP teachers are pretty good. Many of the level 1 teachers are below par though.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 31, 2010

LHS in little way lives up to its reputation. As an average student with above average IQ- my son fell through the cracks. Repeated requests for testing/support for his learning difficulties fell on deaf ears. Fruitless communication with teacher to improve in a failing a courses he was proficient in at his previous schools- met with smug reply that Lexington holds to a higher standard. In fact the teacher was novice, his classmates were rambunctious and entitled creating a chaotic environment for learning- and there was no follow up or mediation to resolve and actually HELP my son. l Later I learned my son was being harassed and intimidated by classmates and this went unaddressed. LHS has a serious, and acknowledged problem with drug use- further alienating kids who choose not to partake. Only reason for 2 stars is great guidance. Terrible progress notes through out year, so no partnership with
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2010

LHS has been a disappointment for me and my kid. It's too big and unwelcoming; it seems unaccepting of kids who don't fit into particular categories; it's an academic grind that most often than not, teaches to the tests; and there has been huge teacher turnover so there are many inexperienced teachers afoot. It is hard to know what my kid's experience would have been elsewhere, but it has been a very inhospitable experience for my child. I regret subjecting my kid to such an unpleasant experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2010

This has been the perfect school for my child!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2010

As far as public schools go, LHS is and will continue to be one of the best. It rigorously prepares you for college, but at the cost of extreme stress and frustration during high school itself. I agree with the others that the administration and faculty are cold, and the kids 'in the middle' slip through the cracks. For all the funding that goes into the school, you certainly do not see it. Teachers are mediocre at best, with very few exceptional ones. Competition is fierce, but not cutthroat. You feel lost and confused. LHS is a school for the exceptional. If you're mediocre, just go to a private or easier school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 16, 2009

This school is exceptional in terms of caliber. Courses are notoriously challenging at the AP/Honors level. There, the emphasis is on the learning rather than the homework. As a result, many of the courses have grading systems such as a grades being 90% tests or 75% tests + 25% labs. However, the school system is cold on the surface. There is no hand-holding, and students are expected to seek help independently. Teachers are warm when you do seek help, however, but most will act indifferent otherwise. I agree, there is a huge step-down between Honors and Level 1. I am a straight AP/Honors student, with one level 1 class only after my counselor informed me that I was taking too many credits. Level 1 is crowd control on many fronts, and work rarely is finished. There is no organization and many kids on the Level 1 track are undisciplined.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 22, 2009

Way overrated and inflated. Average kids will suffer here. Drugs and bullying ... is pervasive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2009

As an all AP/Hon student at LHS, I do feel the pressure to excel in schoolwork often from mainly peer-to-peer competition. The teachers understand us and encourage us; oftentimes a wonderful role model themselves. Generally the school is great to be in because if you choose to be competitive or not and if you choose the latter, well, it's okay. Honest, the responsible adults there barely judge you... it's you judging yourself.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 15, 2009

LHS offers a wealth of programs, but only for those who pursue them, not jsut the gifted. Much like college, you get what you put into it. The honors track is superb, but the level 1 and below are a HUGE step down. I was in both honors and level one classes while there. It is very liberal, but parents need to take responsibility for the children and stop crying about 'how the school does too little.' Not a great place for undisciplined students, but parents can counter act that. SCHOOLS DO NOT DO EVERYTHING!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 25, 2008

Like most high-performing public schools, LHS is often criticized for not doing enough for students 'in the middle.' That criticism is justified; it addresses a problem in US public education that is not unique to this school or this town. If you can afford a really good private school, it will have smaller classes and more individual attention to your 'middle' student than any public school. Lexington, as public school systems go, is one of the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2008

Lexington High School is an extremely liberal school run by an extremely liberal administration and seems to gain it reputation only by its being in the affluent community of Lexington. The school does receive a large amount of funding from the town but what they do with it for each student is an unknown. If you are not an exceptional student then you seem to be just pushed through. Yes the students score high on state exams but I feel that is because people with exceptional students come from different areas to specifically get their children into the school due to that reputation. The school s safety is very below average. The school is open campus and does not control who is coming onto or leaving the site. The school does have an incredible athletics program if your child is into sports.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2008

The highly competitive environment at LHS undermines the confidence and closes doors for students who fail to fit into a very narrow and increasingly outdated mould of academic achievement. I addition, the school's neglect of student's emotional, safety, and health needs creates young adults who, even if they are among those who make it to Harvard or MIT, are ill prepared to deal with the realities of life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2008

Those who believe that Lexington HS only caters to the prodigies or special needs is just wrong. Where do you get in life without competition? In LHS, to achieve you must work hard, an important quality needed in life. Sure, the years are rough with all the academic pressure, but the result is great. You end up getting into the best schools because of that pressure and hard work. After all, ten percent go onto Ivy League, and more go to 'Tier 1' schools. I think that's good enough.
—Submitted by a parent


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In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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All Students99%
Female99%
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African American100%
Asian98%
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Multiracial94%
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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

The state average for Biology was 73% in 2013.

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In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

All Students95%
Female95%
Male97%
African American72%
Asian98%
Hispanic81%
Multiracial88%
White98%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math and English Language Arts from the state of Massachusetts.

3 This rating is based on composite SAT scores, SAT participation (% of 11th graders taking the SAT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 61% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 27% 6%
Black 5% 8%
Hispanic 4% 16%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
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Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 7%N/A35%
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  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Track
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