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Ladywood High School

Private | 9-12 | 528 students

 

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Posted May 27, 2014

I am a Ladywood alumni and I can safely say this school is the worst. The administration fires the few teachers and staff members that are passionate and helpful to students. Don't waste your money for a school that pretends to be elite.


Posted January 29, 2014

Ladywood has much potential but only under new leadership and a redesigning of staff. Certain staff run the school because of the incompetence of the principal and president. Several staff are nit qualified. Counselors are not prudent. Mercy is a much better school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2013

Ladywood is a wonderful learning environment for all girls. I highly recommend it for incoming girls who would love the ultimate high school experience.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 10, 2012

I am of Arab American descent and I am Muslim. I am a shamed my religion because of the prejudice environment. My mother heard such great things about this school so she sent me there, but after the first semester, it was such a catastrophe that she sent me back to the school I previously attended. Some of the teachers have a speech impediment, they allow students to mis behave without proper discipline, they make statements about other religions without having proper knowledge, for example, they had said things about Muslims that I know for a fact arent true because I am Muslim. It appears to me that they only favor their type of Christian. In there mission statement, they claim that they are diverse and open to different cultures, which is why my mother sent me there but after one semester, not only was my mother disappointed, but I felt like a minority. My mother is an educator so she understands the system and she was not impressed. Ladywood is the worst school private school I have ever stepped foot in and I've been to several private schools. My mother and I do not recommend this school in any way, shape, or form.


Posted July 10, 2012

We had such high hopes for a strong Christain and academic atmosphere but were largely disappointed. The moral is low, the teaching staff weak and the overall attitude toward the students is negative. As for the spiritual aspect it was non existant. Ladywood will be in our prayers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2012

Everything was finally getting better until they brought in a president. She is not an educator and knows nothing about schools. All she wants to do is listen to the staff complain about the adnministration. This must make her feel important. Guidance Dept is a joke. One counselor need to go because she is a spas. Science department is again overtaffed and they get what they want. Teachers here do not care fpor the kids. They constantly belittle them. We were on the right path now.............
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 16, 2012

Very poor and weak administration,lacks leadership,no difference between this administration under the new principle vs the previous principle.Unreasonable and childish rules and regulations .The counseling dept. is below average at best,they do not guide and transition the seniors into college ,they simply pass on info they receive from universities. I definitely do not recommend LADYWOOD HIGH SCHOOL.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2012

Since the administration changed during the summer of 2011, the atmosphere at the school is more positive. The previous administration went out of their way to breakdown the spirit of the students. The new administration seems to seem to care about the students and appears to be reaching out to past alumni. I think the curriculum is above average, with Math being average. The athletic department is second to none. The AD treats the athletes like they were his daughters.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2011

I am an LHS Alum. My idea of an outstanding high school education is not only one with excellent college prep courses, challenging, thought-provoking coursework and stimulating extracurriculars; it goes beyond to who students are as people. My former classmates who have gone on to college with me and other Universities all agree that Ladywood did not provide us with that life education. Despite the political leaning, the reputation, or the location of the Universities that Ladywood Alumni have attended, most are in consensus with me that the disrespect we encountered as former Ladywood students have profoundly impacted us in college and subsequently the lives we live today. I am referring to the myriad of unreasonable rules that were imposed upon students. Ladywood parents send their daughters to attain an outstanding education in all facets of life, not merely academic in nature, and to retain at least an understanding and respect for the Catholic faith. Ladywood parents also, more importantly, want their children to grow in their critical thinking skills in order to become responsible adults in a changing culture and society outside of Livonia. Don't send your kids here.


Posted December 31, 2010

My daughter transfered from public school to Ladywood and so far I have been very pleased with the quality of education she has been receiving.The school has excellent teachers and offers great sports program for young ladies to participate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Ladywood is an excellent school for young women. I have been very pleased with my daughters education. She has made wonderful friends. Please understand when considering Ladywood that it is a Catholic school. The administration does not need to cater to parents demands. Their focus is our daughters education. Not holding a parents hand. I am a parent and I'm very pleased with Ladywood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2009

My daughter has had a wonderful experience at Ladywood and has enjoyed the the camaraderie and the friendships that she has made, and we both are grateful for the well-rounded academics and supportive teachers here. However, the administration is VERY UNCOOPERATIVE. As one parent put it, they like to see the green (cash) come in, but not the parents. It is like they are on lock down and parents are not welcomed in, with exception of scheduled events by the school. So no surprise visits allowed. Just taking your daughter out for an unavoidable doctor or dentist visit is an ordeal! Also, if you are transfering out of Ladywood to another school...as was our case due to an out of state move...be prepared to jump through a lot of hoops and go through a lot of bureaucratic red tape. A seemingly easy process was turned into something a bit more 'laborious'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2008

Having graduated from Ladywood in 2006, I can futher support the previous critiques of the administration. Some care and support come from the principal and vice principal, but the majority of it comes as a show (at graduation, when guests are in the school, etc.) I enjoyed every second I was there in spite of them. I had countless teachers that really connected with me as a student and gave me all the means necessary to succeed. Take a class with Mr. Coleman or Mrs. Schwalm, you won't be sorry. The athletic department hasn't gotten near enough praise. Mr. Malek, the AD, was like a family member to many of us. He bends over backwards to give his girls the best of everything and I often go back just to visit him. He's often seen at weddings and college graduations of alum because he's that much a part of our lives.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 2, 2007

Ladywood is excellent and I've been enjoying myself here for the past three years. I've met many great friends and have been honored to have been tought by wonderful teachers, but I'm personally not a huge fan of our principal. Luckily many of us have managed to stay away from her, and haven't let her interrupt our school days. Overall, I'm really enjoying being a student at this school and am happy with the choice I made to go here. Go Blazers!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 2, 2007

This school is beautiful; what's not to love for it has a with a beautiful philosophy, outlook on learning, and is located in a lovely setting. Although the academics seemed a bit tough at first, the teachers and staff really helped me out during my freshman year to become acquainted with attending a college prep high school. Everyone here has been really awesome and welcoming from the first day of my first year to now. The environment is quite supportive, and the all-girls school setting is certainly less distracting and has helped me focus much more on school than in my coed middle school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 27, 2006

As a mom of one daughter who's graduated from here and a current Ladywood parent of a freshman, I must say, this school is truely wonderful and has motivated my two girls to follow their aspirations and achieve their goals. My older daughter is now a successful senior at the University of Arizona, and tells me all the time how much she's thankful for the great college preparation Ladywood has provided. As for the younger one, she's found the transition to high school to be one which has gone quite smoothly and is involved in many of the extracurriculars including Spanish Club, Volleyball, and the Junior Thespians Society. I've found the teachers and staff to also be excellent and very supportive. Overall, I'm very pleased with Ladywood High School and would definitely recommend sending your girls here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2006

This is one of the best schools I have ever been involved in. I am a parent and I try to get involved as much as possible. My daughter loves the teachers and the staff but feels the principal and vice principal make the students feel like they are worthless and that we (the parents) are failures. They have made statements like 'your parents must be incapable of following simple instructions' and this just applies to dropping off students. I would recommend this school to everybody but as a parent make sure you do all you can to get rid of the administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2006

Personally I agree with every comment that has been left on this website. Ladywood High has such a beautiful potential. The campus is beautiful, both outside and inside, the sports are plentiful, and the education is great. Most of the teachers are amazing, and the sports coaches and Athletic director are amazing. The only big complaint about Ladywood is that the administration, especially the felicians, cause many problems. It is unfortunate, but saying this first hand because I attend there, is the truth. It is sad that when a student or teacher gets called down to the administrations office, everyone goes 'uh ohh what did you do now?' or 'don't let em get to the best of you.' As long as you attempt to stay away from the principal and vice principal as much as possible, your Ladywood experience will truly be amazing. I have made very good friends here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 11, 2005

My daughter graduated from this high school several years ago. While the education she received overall was good, and most teachers seemed interested in the students, the references to the principal and assistant principal are right on. The principal, in my humble opinion, is not a good leader or supportive. The best thing is to avoid interaction with her and the administration. The math department needs revamping as they use text books that are generally at honors level for all classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2005

This is a great school however the administration works against the potential of the school. As a former student I will say that I recieved a great education and was well prepared for college, in fact I finished a full year early. I can also attest the administration's constant bizzare attempts to demoralize the faculty and students. overall the faculty was great, however the math department could improve. The better faculty members were constantly leaving because of the administration. I would say that this school has the potential to be the greatest, if only the administration would stop working against it.
—Submitted by a former student


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Math

The state average for Math was 29% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 53% in 2013.

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The state average for Science was 26% in 2013.

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The state average for Social Studies was 38% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Writing was 50% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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In 2012-2013 Michigan used the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) to assess students in grade 11 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. The MME is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MME test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 89% 69%
Multiracial 4% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
African-American 2% 19%
Hispanic 2% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
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  • Ms. Tracey Mocon
Gender
  • All girls
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
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  • (734) 591-4214

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14680 Newburgh Road
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