I am an current student at lhs. It is extremely stressful and the pressure is on. Kids easily fall into stress, anxiety, and depression. Some teachers barely know how to teach properly and effectively. However, the student body is extremely welcoming, friendly, and sometimes has the typical high school cliques. The health department and guidance department are both home to some of the best people in the school. The student needs to have to confidence and willingness to talk and reach out, not to fall down softly(or hard). It's a big school. Just need to get used to it. Though lhs is tough, there are wonderful teachers and some that aren't so great. You just have to get lucky.
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.
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.
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.
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