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East Lansing, MI
Students enrolled: 1,121

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509 Burcham Drive
East Lansing, MI 48823

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(517) 333-7500
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November 14, 2013
Great school! My kids are very prepared for college and the sports programs are excellent.

- submitted by a parent

October 13, 2013
I hated this school. They heavily discriminated against me because I'm a slightly overweight male. If you were a slightly overweight girl, there were no problems. Nobody should have to suffer so much for a few extra pounds!!

- submitted by a student

April 20, 2013
Terrible. It's supposed to be the one of the best schools in Michigan. However, I guess a good education consists of 7 hours of fill in the blanks homework every day. The math department has declined since I was here and the teachers just read out of the book and can't answer simple questions. At the same time, the teachers grade really hard and make condescending comments towards the students. This school is supposed to be "tolerant and openminded", but I have never been bullied EVER to the extent when I was here, and only had a couple acquaintances for four years. One student even started a Facebook group against me and I couldn't sleep for days. This school doesn't educate the whole student body, it only caters to the top 10% and believes the other 90% are better off grilling burgers.

- submitted by a student

April 17, 2013
I am removing my child from this school after this year. She had to repeat a math class that she got an A on last year. One teacher loses papers so they have to be redone; another teacher is mean, belittling, and intimidating and I've had to go to the principal about him; another teacher lets the kids go wild in class so the ones who want to work can't. My daughter is an advanced student and this is not the place for her. She gets blocked from her locker by a group of kids, who call themselves "gangstas," pick on her so she can no longer use it. She gets tired of all the talk of pot and sex (yes, I know this happens everywhere nowadays, but my daughter is actually there because she wants to learn). One of her friends is also being removed next year, and yet another already has been.

- submitted by a parent

May 19, 2012
Some teachers are good but a lot are too hard. It seems that it's the goal for everyone in this school to go to Harvard and MIT, which is pretty impractical IMO, especially since I'm going into electrical repair. It's not really different from most high schools otherwise. I am so glad that I can finish my high school education at LCC and get a diploma!

- submitted by a student

March 09, 2012
Nobody at this school has friends or dates, since they are trying not to fail their classes, and the people display liberal arrogance.

- submitted by a student

June 24, 2011
Look It's really not that special or different. There are basic busywork classes. I don't know how other schools do this, but the AP classes were IMPOSSIBLE. Most AP teachers wouldn't even talk about the material, but assign impossible tests, which studying for them left me with four hours of sleep per night. I didn't even want to go to college as a result!! There's social drama like everywhere else, and for four straight years, I was worried where I would "belong" in life, only to find that Michigan State, closer to the world, made way more sense, and was actually way different. I had a couple amazing teachers though, which I will remember for the rest of my life, one of whom will become principal next year.

- submitted by a student

April 23, 2011
East Lansing High School is the worst school I ever put my daughter in. The local students are all spoiled brats and the bullying is outrages! If you are a transfer student be careful in selecting this school.The Principle Staff is a failure when it comes to addressing the bullying. The parents do not care what their kids or have no clue what they do at school.

- submitted by a parent

November 04, 2010
Budget cuts have undermined what used to be an excellent school. Now it is merely "pretty good". There are over 30 kids in many English & Social Studies classes, making it difficult for teachers to review and return writing assignments on a timely basis. There are excellent teachers and sub-standard teachers - it's a roulette wheel each year regarding what quality level of teaching your student might get. Guidance support services are lacking in the area of curriculum preparation and application know-how for students who want to attend a selective college. Positives: The math and science programs are fairly strong for accelerated learners. What separates this school from the rest is it's accepting attitudes and inclusiveness of the student body.

- submitted by a parent

April 27, 2010
I moved away from East Lansing, and oh do I miss the communication with the teachers, They are excellent at what they do, and the Principal Paula runs that school like it should be. Outstanding!!!!!

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September 18, 2009
Top notch academics, quality athletics, fantastic debate --- great kids with high family expectations and a dedicated staff all in one of Michigan's most progressive communities. It just doesn't get much better!

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April 02, 2009
The Teachers and Administrative staff at East Lansing High are professional, inspirational and refreshingly motivating. Learning is the priority here. It is nice to observe educators that are sincere and simply want the best for your children. Thank you East Lansing High, for setting the bar so..High!

- submitted by a parent

November 12, 2008
I have several children at different levels that attend the East Lansing school district. We have been here for several years and we love it. There is incredible diversity, multiple levels of income back grounds and so many international students from all over the world. Education is highly valued here, expectations are extremly high and the districts believes that every child can go to college. The kids at E.L. are prepared for the next level. The relationship the district has with MSU and Ingham Intermediate prepare our children for the world and work force. Parent involvement is at its highest at the elementry levels k-6 and tends to drop off at the middle school level. Parents are encourage to stay involved. The community trys to stay out of the shadow of MSU but falls short of supporting successful kids academically, athletically, liberal arts and great citizens of E.L.!

- submitted by a parent

March 27, 2008
Great school overall. Teachers are great and understanding, though the workload is very high. Extracurricular activities are good as well and the principal is very understanding.

- submitted by a student

May 10, 2006
Students are expected to excell academically and are well prepared for college. ELHS was one of only 42 high schools NATIONWIDE to receive Grammy recognition for outstanding music programs. School musicals outstanding. Yearbook wins national awards; school paper 'Portrait' rivals that of small colleges in quality. Highest ratio in Greater Lansing area for National Merit Semi-Finalists; debate teams consistent winners. Known for great athletic teams. Boys Soccer consistently ranked in top 5 of state. Outstanding in academics, arts, and athletics. High level of parent involvement from band boosters to sports boosters. Google co-founder Larry Page a graduate. Graduates go on to Harvard, Cornell, Stanford, Michigan, Northwestern, Duke,etc. Diverse population allows for acceptance and friends for all. Small town atmosphere with world class university across the street.

- submitted by a parent

February 08, 2006
I am very happy with the education my sophomore daughter is receiving at ELHS. It is a beautiful, exciting school, where she has great teachers and very nice friends. She works hard and enjoys school. When she was struggling in math, her teacher made himself available after school. When she had some concerns about a grade from another teacher, the two of them worked it out. The teachers really seem to care about their students. I'm sure my daughter will leave ELHS well prepared for a good college.

- submitted by a parent

May 05, 2005
Althought sometimes the school seems like it is going broke, this is still a very nice school to attend. After attending East Lansing then coming to Okemos i feel that the students here seem much less tolerant. East Lansing has a history of high extracurricular exellance and amazing ability to compete statewide in sports. However due to budget difficulties the level education is gowing down at an amazing level and the meap scores are showing it. Overall this school is a nice place to be, the leadership is what made me change schools.

- submitted by a student
no rating
September 21, 2004
I recently attended a football against Lansing Eastern High School at East Lansing High. I was extremely disappointed by the discipline of the students. When the other marching band lined up for their halftime show East Lansing students threw rocks and coins at them. When the band finished the performance and marched off the field students were yelling obscene things. I do not believe this behavior is something you would want your child to participate in.

- submitted by a student

July 12, 2004
Alot of the children's parents go to MSU, so it was nice to see some of my friends taking their children to school. It's really nice to see 'future' MSU students with their parents. Okay. Enough about MSU. Let's talk about the school. The school is mediocre. It has its goods and bads. Bads- the school asks for too much money from the families and some families cannot afford all of the money, like my family. Goods- the principal leadership, teacher quality, safety, and discipline. The safety is great, but sometimes I tend to see my 2 children not behaving well. The behavior problems that my children have are something that the school is supposed to teach. Overall, though, the schools acedemics are wonderful! This is a great school for children to go to, even MSU inductees and former MSU parents and their children will love this wonderful acedemic school.

- submitted by a parent

May 24, 2004
Teachers generally are dedicated and of high quality. The administrators, however, leave a lot to be desired. A fairly diverse student population including many that have lived overseas. Many have parents associated with MSU. Lots of clubs, activities and sports options. All East Lansing schools are facing serious budget issues.

- submitted by a parent

August 26, 2003
I am concerned about the misuse of public funds and the increase in extra money that parents have to pay for their child to have an activity. Not every parent who lives in EL is rich! This is a burden on families with multiple children.

- submitted by a parent

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East Lansing High School
509 Burcham Drive, East Lansing, MI  48823
(517) 333-7500
Last modified East Lansing High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
East Lansing High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 23 reviews. Top