I love this school. I learn more each day. thanks to all of the great teachers. this is just a great school!!!!
I have three children who attend this school. We are always very proud to say 'West Lauderdale' when people ask which school our children attend.
Have you ever stopped to think that one of the reasons that West doesn't have all of these extra-curricular activities and Fine Arts, and after school classes is because there is absolutely no funding available! You can't blame the school for that. It does what it can with what it has...and doen't even think that they give all the money to the sports. The new football field house is being financed by the community and the Touchdown Club. I'll agree that TAG isn't challenging but that doesn't make West a bad school.
I totally agree that athletics are the school's priority (not that I think that is a bad thing - I'm sure it keeps a lot of curious teenagers out of trouble). My children previously attended school in Ridgeland, MS - and there is a major difference - regardless of the level 5 status. Tag is not challenging to the students; no extra classes are offered after school (we were afforded the opportunity to take art, spanish, etc. after school if we chose.) They learned spelling words in the 2nd grade in Ridgeland that are being taught in the 6th grade at WLMS. WLMS is a good school - but it is not challenging.
If athletics is what you think of as extra-curricular activities, then this school will suit you very well. If you are looking for a school that offers extra-curricular activities in the arts, then this would not be a good choice as there are no activities in the visual or performing arts other than a band program.
I graduated from West Lauderdale last year and I was more than prepared for college this year. West is by far one of the best schools in the state...LEVEL 5 in academics, excels in athletics, and very involved in extracurricular activities. I do understand that all schools have problems...yes...there are cliques but what school doesn't have cliques...cliques are a part of youth and teens and growing up. And as far as the administration goes...you couldn't ask for a better administration. They will help in any way possible, whether it's helping a student with a problem, helping a concerned parent, or helping a teacher. 30% of the teachers at West have Master's degrees in the their subject area and 15% of the teachers are National Board Certified. People pay much more to live in the West district and I can see why...I would recommend West to anyone!!!
This school is sub-par at best. Cliques are prevalent but that is generally expected. However, as a warning for parents who have kids who are a bit shy--either counsel your kids on social effectiveness or send them to another school. If not, expect their academic lives to be stifled and painful. I concur that those who have a problem learning (I do not mean a mental problem, I mean a motivational problem) will fall through the cracks at this school. The teachers here have their favorites and generally do not care to help poor students, whether or not the students have potential. Besides all of that West Lauderdale may be an above average school for Mississippi, but if you compare it with schools from across the country (not to mention schools in Europe) it is low in quality on every level.
I am an alumni of West Lauderdale , currently my oldest daughter graduated this year and I have 2 still in school. I would not have my children at any other school!
West Lauderdale is an incredible school. We moved to the county from the city limits and I can't begin to tell you how pleased I am. My daughter is exceeding academically as well as athletically. WL is definitely the place to be.
I am a parent of two children who attend WL. I see a great division in class among the students. All students are not treated equal. My question is why have students tryout for extra activities if you already know who will make the teams. This is a waste of our time. Even if a child that is not in the 'click' out performs a child who is in the 'click',the child who is in the 'click' will make the team. I see WL as great place to learn, if you don't have a problem learning. If you do have a learning problem then there is little extra help. I think maybe the adminstration should pay more attention to the needs of all students and not just the students with more money. Let's see how equal we become with uniforms. Oh did you get yours at American Eagle or Wal-Mart?
This school did wonders for my children. Its a great place to learn and achieve.
I have one child who has graduated from West Lauderdale and is attending college and one child who is still at West Lauderdale. I believe that my children have been and are receiving a high quality education at WL. My oldest child has been very successful in college so far, and my younger child is experiencing success in high school. I find the teachers to be caring and very interested in providing a high quality of education for their students. The academic and extracurricular programs are above average in my opinion. I have always felt free to be involved in my children's educations. The school has been a level 5 for the past two years, which shows a high qualify of academic programs. Overall I would give the school an 'A'.
I am comparing West Lauderdale Middle and High School, having lived in other areas of Mississippi and Washington state with our son in school in these places, due to issues with learning disabilities, the teachers and administration need to be better trained and have closer supervision of a student's individual needs and comunication with the parents. We have been highly displeased with the quality of education of our son thus far and will pursue other alternatives for the next school year.
I believe that this school has serious class division problems. And not just among the students, either. I've noticed that 'certain students' (aka: preps, rich kids, whatever you wanna call them) seem to get the better end of the deal when it comes to certain things. If a rich kid is wronged, it's taken care of immediately, but if a person of the lower class is wronged by another student, they will be lucky if they ever hear anything out of the office. I know some schools have divisions, but give me a break! This is rediculous!!
I recently graduated from West Lauderdale High School. Besides having fun with friends and the few good teachers, this school has been a let down. The administration at the school is a complete joke. She or the principals at this school were never helpful. Don't get me wrong, there are some wonderful teachers at this school, but in terms of good administration West Lauderdale high school is NOT the way to go.
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