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Lunenburg High School

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Posted May 24, 2014

This school needs morals and a reality check. Bullying is constantly tolerated and there is no sense of community or educational challenges.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 29, 2014

Administration are incompetent. They claim to have a focus on special ed. They fail to deliver services spelled out in IEPs. They over promise and under deliver. If your looking for a district for a kid that needs additional service, you should avoid Lunenburg.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2013

This building is simply disgusting. Its filled with asbestos and its never clean. The roofs are caving in and the walls are falling apart as someone graduating in 2015 I am very displeased to see that they do not plan to fix this situation until 2016. The school needs serious work. The teachers and the staff are unbelievably friendly and I do not blame this on them but the town of Lunenburg itself. This school seems unsafe and I believe this situation should be taken care of much sooner.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 21, 2013

As someone who has gone through this school, let me give a fair warning, this school is filled to the brim with corruption, the totalitarian administration spends their budgets on asinine things like iPads for the administration or the athletic department. Meanwhile, the building is falling apart and the computers should barely be running Windows '98. The students are very unwelcoming and cold, despite the pseudo-friendly environment the guidance department pretends exist; bullying runs rampant in the school, intellectualism is frowned upon and the teachers are stuck in an archaic, 1960's style of teaching. While technically, the academic programs are challenging, it's reversed, with AP students and any member of a sports team sit and do nothing, while anyone not involved in sports or at a standard level class can expect tests explicitly designed so one fails, piles of homework a night, and an oppressive cloud which looms over the students' heads that they may fail classes. Particularly in March where the teachers decide to exponentially amplify the difficulty of the courses. Overall I would not recommend moving to this school unless you want your child to be broken.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 22, 2012

Mediocre school with a good principal but lead by a Superintendant who leaves a lot to be desired. Some teachers are excellent while others only teach one way and refuse to bend to accommodate a learning styles and only give the bare minimum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2011

Its a great school, where teachers focused on providing high quality education. Parents are involved in educational program and community cares of high quality education. I had chance to talk with multiple teachers, all are highly motivated and create environment of learning. Students are willing to help each other and senior cares about other students. Music teacher is exceptional. She leads by example and keeps the students motivated even though she has limited resources.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2010

The building is outdated and in need of a lot of work. Lunenburg High prioritizes building a new track and field while everyone complains that there is no money in the budget for anything while they lay off and cut back hours for teachers. Lunenburg High is an extremely sports oriented school to the point where non athletic students clearly do not get the same attention. The teachers style, along with everything in LHS, is very dated and old fashioned. The music program is incredible, especially considering the lack of funding and attention it gets and the fact that the entire thing is run by one very overworked music teacher. Looking back I am sure there are worse schools I could have gone to but if I were a parent LHS would not be my first choice.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

My child is getting and excellent education!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2009

School facility is a complete failure. Teaching staff is hard working and for the most part of good quality. If child is a honor student she or he is certainly advantaged as the curicilar is focused on this subset of the student population. The rest of the students are sheperd through with some rising and others falling. Administrative staff, especially the Principal are nice people; but weak as to their job description. One bright spot is the guidance councilor. She works quite hard and is a wealth of good information.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2009

'If you are an 'average joe', Lunenburg High is the place for you.' As a student at Lunenburg High School, I find this comment to be very insulting, not only to myself but the faculty who have supported me through my high school career. I have had many excellent teachers who have taught me invaluable lessons about the subject they teach and how I will use it in the real world. Just in my English class, my peers have already been accepted into MIT, WPI, Northeastern, and Johnson & Wales University. Also, several are waiting to hear from Harvard, Yale and Boston College. I agree that our building is less than perfect. But I feel like the quality of teaching that I have experienced at Lunenburg High School more than makes up for that. You're lucky if you're a 'jock'. Sports tends to lead to your popularity as well as parent, town, and system support. Especially if your a male student. Well, I am an artist. Next year I will be attending Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. I have never enjoyed sports, I tried. I am friends with the jocks , I am friends with the art kids , I am friends with all different crowds. Lunenburg jocks are so far from the guys you see on teen drama TV shows. Boys will be boys, but they are some of the most caring, funny and smart students I have met. Text books and equipment are from the early 70s...(I am not kidding). Our text books are not from the 70 s. Sometimes we use older books in conjunction with the newer ones in order to get two sides to one story. A lot of the equipment for science classes are older (still, probably not from the 70 s), but not unusable. I have never had a problem completing a lab and grasping the concept because of problems with old equipment. Also, I did an internship at the Lunenburg Primary School. This is a new building with many of the same great teachers that I had years ago. If you look at the test scores of kids from any Lunenburg Public School, where we lack in the quality of our older buildings we make up for in the excellence of our academic programs. Your last name or family reputation does not matter nearly as much as was stated in previous comments. In fact, as a student who has been there for four years, I can not recall a time where family name was brought up as an important factor in class at all except for so you must be so-and-so s sister . I am not trying to discredit the previous statements. However, it sounds like many of them took a tour for about a half hour and listened to a few disgruntled students. I hope you consider the academic success of my peers and look beyond the outdated school that I have gone to everyday for the past four years.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 3, 2006

This school needs alot of work. The building needs alot of improvement.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 8, 2006

I'm a student at Lunenburg High and I have to say it is a great place to be. LHS is a place of diversity and something interesting is always going on. It is a safe place and the teachers are knowledgeable and fun at the same time. Sometimes a new budget kicks in and the school goes through moderatly tough times being an older building. But I promise the school will get better because the current students are very bright. Lunenburg may be a small town but people come in from all over to come to LHS. The bottom line is I have pride in this school and the smallest metropolis- Lunenburg MA!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 3, 2005

I agree that the High School does need some improvement especially in the building conditions and technology departments. But I feel that what many of the parents failed to mention is that in relation to the neighboring towns the Lunenburgs school system excels in comparison. I grew up in Lunenburg and went to school there from k-12. There are town politics that do sometimes play into how the school systems are run. But as far as education goes I believe the teachers and the community real help students grow into striving open minded young adults.The Lunenburg school system provided me with the tools I needed to do very well in College and most importantly taught me to be an active, down to earth, well rounded person.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 26, 2005

The High School is in shambles. I moved here 6 years ago and 2 younger children as well as one in the High school. I wonder where the tax money in this town goes? I would guess to the new police station along with it's toy collection of boats, jet-skis, atvs, etc. In the kitchen the paint on the cieling is flaking off into the food below...not a good statement for such a safe nice town. I would suggest going for a real tour before you send your kids. The school is very safe, most kids are from the same econonic background so stealing and violenece are very low. Text books and equipment are from the early 70s...(I am not kidding). The town has started building new schools starting with K-2. Hopefully they will do the same for the other three schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2005

We, too, considered Lunenburg for its school system. We, too, are unimpressed. For the kids who go to school to do their 4 years of high school and move on, it's not a bad place. For the ones who have so much more to offer in an academic setting, there are no programs to encourage that. The 'advanced' kids seem to get left behind, and completely lack any challenge in their work. The mindset of the schools is very outdated, and (to echo another review) so much - throughout the whole town - either happens for you or does not, based on what your last name is. I'm glad to see (from the other reviews) that I am not alone in this observation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2005

If you are an 'average joe', Lunenburg High is the place for you. Students on either end of the spectrum get lost in the crowd. The LHS administration 'talks the talk', but when it comes time to 'walk the walk', they fall short. The stats don't tell you what you need to know, if you're considering Lunenburg, do your homework.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2005

Although we moved to Lunenburg because we understood that the schools were very good, we certainly have not been 'wowed'. Academically basic, the entire school system tends to live in the past. 'This is the way we did it when I went to school here' tends to over ride any progressive thinking. You're lucky if you're a 'jock'. Sports tends to lead to your popularity as well as parent, town, and system support. Especially if your a male student. Girls teams are certainly considered less then a priority as seen in uniforms, coaching, and school promotion. It seems to be a safe environment with basic learning and academic skills a priority. I'm not familiar with students with disabilities or academic challenges, however, the students who excel academically are limited in their ability to expand their curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


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The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2013.

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The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

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The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

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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

English Language Arts

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Not economically disadvantaged98%
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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.

102 students were tested at this school 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 Students97%
Female98%
Male95%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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Multiracialn/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
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Students with disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a

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Tech/Engineering

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Scale: % at or above proficient

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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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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SAT participation

96%

Average SAT score

1546

Graduation rate

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1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MCAS results from the state of Massachusetts.

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 93% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
Black 2% 8%
Hispanic 2% 16%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 11%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1079 Massachusetts Ave
Lunenburg, MA 01462
Phone: (978) 582-4115

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