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Forest Lake Senior High School

Public | 10-12 | 1547 students

 
 

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Posted June 12, 2013

Be cautious ! This school recently decided to let go one one of their best teachers during a secret board session that was held without our parents consent. (Dont we pay tuition ? Dont we have a say ?). This teacher was one of the few that presented critical thinking to our students to prepare them for college. I am so disappointed with the poor judgement this administration has used in this case and to do so without feedback from the parents that pay tuition is scary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2013

There is a lot of room for improvement. Teachers are not required to update web-pages or School View in a timely fashion. The pricipal said they are working on that. That will help future students if it happens but will be too late for my Son. Some of the teachers don't even have a web-page for parents to look at and if they do, the class you are looking for may not be on there. If you have a student that struggles they will probably not pass. The teachers don't call the parents if the student is not doing well, they only update School view periodically ,by the time the grades are on there, they can only get 1/2 credit. The teachers that do update web-pages usually don't put anything on there that will help the parent. It usually takes days before you can get a reply from a teacher if you do have a question on an assignment and then its too late for full credit. I have even scheduled meetings with the Dean, Teachers and Principal and still don't get the communication from them that would help my child succeed. I personally am taking my Son out of this school and enrolling him in the on-line high school. 2 years of fighting to get my son some help and not getting it is enough!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2012

Forest Lake was a great school to attend. They do (or did, I graduated several years ago) a very good job of attending the needs of a diverse student body. Classes like auto tech, woods, metals, etc., allow those would like to go into the trades the basic skills to do so. There is also a wide array of AP classes for those looking to challenge themselves academically. Forest Lake also offers (or did at one point) a great music program, diverse arts classes (photography, ceramics, etc.), even cooking and sewing classes. I found that during my time there I was able to learn a lot about myself through the diverse array of classes offered, while also being challenged academically and participating in the athletic and music programs. I am currently pursuing a degree at one of the "Top 100 Universities" according to a report by the Academic Ranking of World Universities.


Posted December 26, 2010

Forest Lake is a typical high school found in Minnesota. Overall is pretty solid. There are kids who try and those who don't. There are kids who care about their future and those who get involved in the wrong sort of things. Teachers are similar. There are some good ones, some okay ones, and some bad ones. In the end, your child's success depends on how much they try and if they challenge themselves by taking college prep courses (which are taught by the better teachers). As a graduate of Forest Lake, I am one of my many friends who have a Master's or Doctorate degree. There still are some attendees who dropped out and don't have a GED. In recent years, the administration of the school has come under public scrutiny for lack of leadership and over priced salaries (which can be common at any school district). In short, like most Minnesota high schools, FLHS isn't perfect but shouldn't be discredited as a quality high school.


Posted January 10, 2009

I think Forest Lake Senior High School is an excellent school. They offer many AP and college level courses for students who want to be challenged. The school itself needs some updating but overall we are very satisfied with the education our child has received.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2008

i think Forest lake is a pretty horribal shool. They to me are not spending there money on things Forest Lake needs around the high school and pluse they had just built a new new school a couple years a go why didn't they build a new track or why didn't the rebuild the senior high. An other reason why i dont like Forest Lake schools is becouse my kid will be driveing to school next year and i dont want to be paying out $128.00 for a parking pass that is alot of money. so i think that Forest Lake schools is the worst school there can be, there is always drug deals, there is always things geting stolen, and the teachers dont even look at what the students are doing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2008

I am very pleased with the forest lake school system. All my children have excellant grades and are in AP classes which challenge them.If children are scoring low on placements they have extended day programs to work with the children on their skills.My children have attended private schools that had more of these issues than here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2006

we recently moved to the forest lake area and this is both of my kids first year in the schools ones in 7 th and the other in 10th ,I gotta tell you the school system here is horrible ,the teachers are abusive ,the halls are infested with drugs ,both of my kids have made alot of freinds but for the most part the kids in the school are a bunch of little creeps ,I made a huge mistake putting my kids in this rat infested school and would not recomend it to anyone. And when ever you call the school all they wanna do is tell ya how great they are ,but my kids are both failing , GREAT SCHOOL!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2004

I think that the way you are handeling the money situation is not right! you are charging these kids $128.00 to park, when the teachers dont have to pay anything.everyone should have a equal right and equal paying rules.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2012.

448 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
86%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

420 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
51%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2011.

445 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
55%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

448 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
88%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

420 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
65%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 62% in 2013.

459 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

399 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
59%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students65%
Female65%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asian39%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities67%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English65%
Not migrant65%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Science

All Students50%
Female47%
Male52%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Native Americann/a
White51%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities14%
Students without disabilities53%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English50%
Not migrant50%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students60%
Female57%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities16%
Students without disabilities62%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English60%
Not migrant60%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students77%
Female77%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities21%
Students without disabilities80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%
Not migrant77%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 93% 73%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
Hispanic 2% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Black 1% 9%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 17%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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6101 Scandia Trail North
Forest Lake, MN 55025
Phone: (651) 982-8400

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