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Los Alamos High School

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Posted February 5, 2014

Los Alamos High School did not give my dyslexic son what he needed. They kept him in a class with very low-functioning students even though he has normal intelligence. They gave him the alternate SBA, inappropriately. He will be graduating from college soon, no thanks to anything they did. I hope things have improved. No real support was given, no accessible materials or classroom accommodations. A terrible experience really.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2012

I am going into my senior year at Los Alamos Highschool. In my opinion over all, I am impressed with the school systems. I have learned a great deal and I feel that I am more prepared for college then I would have been in another school of lesser quality. I would warn though, it is a tough school and a lot of the teachers expect you to try hard in their classes. As a junior I received about 2-5 hours of homework a night.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 12, 2011

Right now I'm a student at Los Alamos High School, and it's challenged me a lot. Success here completely depends on your motivation although I have to agree that there is less focus on non-overachieving students. For high-achieving students this is a challenging school that prepares you well. For less-achieving students, this school is tougher than other schools in the state, so as long as you stay motivated, then you'll be really prepared as well. The teachers for most classes are really hit-or-miss, especially the regular classes. Half of the teachers are very outgoing, independent, motivated, really awesome teachers while the other half are just in it because they need something to do. The bureacracy here is the most common complaint, especially by the teachers and parents. Most of my teachers have negative opinions about administration. If you look for them there are actually plenty of opportunities to do whatever activities you like, and most of the extracurriculars are the best in the state. Overall, if you're motivated, LAHS has everything you need to succeed.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 28, 2011

LAHS and Los Alamos have its share of problems. Defenatly not the best at dealing with ADD/ADHD students, but then who is? Expect to be pushed very hard to over medicate your child if this is the case. This town and school will ignore the average student if they can not conform to "Future PhD Scientist" mold that is held a little to tightly. The town of Los Alamos also has no issue with trying to run off anyone who can not conform to this mold as well. If your child gets singled out by either; their life will be very rough as neither the schools nor the town are going to be very forgiving. Student/teacher interactions are hit or miss here. I feel this is more about personalities than about the quality of teachers. Being the BEST public school in the State allows LAHS to be rather selective with their teachers. So nothing to really worry about here. The homework load here is heavy. As are all the books your student will carry. Expect a minium of 1hr of homework a night for EVERY class. Many schools say this, LAHS does it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 29, 2010

There are pitfalls to Los Alamos High School: certain electives and departments are neglected (the theatre department and writing electives among them), general ed. classes are taught by the worst teachers on staff, and the entire high school is set up to poop out college students, ignoring kids who want to find jobs directly after high school. However, the emphasis placed on learning is one that simply can't be beat. I am about to graduate this year and I am so thankful for the teachers I have had. I feel more than ready for college. I have loved my experience here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 9, 2010

I graduated last year and have very mixed feelings about the school. But everyone has the right to know the TRUTH about schools their children are attending. If your child is an over achiever and plays many sports this is defiantly the school for them. Teachers there only care about the extremely smart kids that play over two sports. Students that have a learning disability or need an extra push with school i highly encourage you to take them some where else. The school system could care less about the kids that struggle. The principal staff is seriously a joke and every parent and student and staff members realize that. The councilors are amazing. They truly cared about the students. Last year there were a lot of kids that were dropping out because the ciriculum was to difficult and required to much from the students. Also security is horrible.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 30, 2010

We moved to Los Alamos NM from California to get a quality education for our two daughters. Each one has a very different learning style. The oldest was an average student with a 3.0 grade point average in high school. She just completed getting her masters. The youngest was a 3.6 student and has excel in college plus spent 3 summers in interning in D.C. That is proof enough that the Los Alamos Schools did their job. Thank you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2009

Public high schools do not get any better. With the limiting education policies in the state, LAHS is doing the best it can. To get a better education, one would need to spend a lot of money on a place like Alb. Academy, and even then I do not think that the education is 16,000 dollars a year better. Plus, LAHS is not only science oriented. We have a great music department, and though I do not know much about the theater department, I do know many people who have been accepted to acting programs from LAHS, so I can say that the school can prepare students for more than just a career in science or engineering.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 21, 2008

As a former student and now a parent I have to agree that the major pitfall of all Los Alamos schools is their apparent lack of caring for any student who does not carry an above average GPA. My 3.0 was not nearly enough to warrant any counselors attention during my senior year when it was needed most. I was told to simply apply to UNM because apparently that was the best I could do (not to say that UNM is the worst out there- it's not), but a 3.0 in many others schools in nearby areas would be more worthy of attention. I could have tried harder, but why- it didn't seem to matter to anyone there. It does provide the workings of a top quality education, but it needs to be focused on bringing up those that need the help instead of focusing solely on those that excel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2007

There is a new Administrator at LAHS now. I moved back to Los Alamos, NM just so my daughter could go to high school here. The curriculum is challenging, as well as flexible for students with learning disabilities. Great school!


Posted March 25, 2007

I have just graduated from Los Alamos and I didn't believe it then, but now in my first year in college, I feel that the school prepared me for it, even with my learning disability, I have earned a spot in National Honor Society at my college! If you want your students to have a good education, Los Alamos is a great school, but if your student is into sports (other than football and basketball) Los Alamos is not the school for your student
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 28, 2006

Los Alamos High School is, without question the finest school I've been involved with as a student, as a parent, and as an educator. The quality of the school is thanks to a visionary principal, involved parents, and bright students. The culture of the school is one that places the student and students learning first, and provides a wide range of extracurricular activities so that any student can find a niche if he or she chooses. The school has a program for students at risk, a good advisement program, an excellent career center, and high quality teachers. While the school community certainly has its naysayers, my experience is that they are individuals who take joy in complaining because it's easier than contributing, who need to find someone to blame because they haven't managed to parent as well as they would like, or because of a general mean-spiritedness. Outstanding school all around!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2006

This school does have high quality teachers. There is no incentive or help for the average or below average students in this environment. If your child is gifted, there are numerous programs and clubs available to keep them involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2006

I have had two children graduate from Los Alamos High School and they are both in College now. Are all of the teachers great? - Absolutely not. Are most of the teachers great - Yes! It is a difficult school that certainly focuses on over-achievers. The sports are great, the music department is wonderful, the foreign language department could use some help, the administration is awful, but the teachers, parents and students are all wonderful. Do you children and stay involved in their lives. Pay attention to them and listen to them. Know what they are doing in school. If you are involved then it won t matter what school they attend. In my opinion this is a fine school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2005

I am a current student at LAHS. People make this school seem like such a bad school, when in reality you learn so much and are prepared as well as you can be for college and even life. As long as you work hard and make an effort you can have good grades. The teachers care and will help you if you go in and ask for help. All of the rules they give you are very easy to follow. You have many electives to choose from and a lot of clubs, sports, and theatrical activities that your child can join. If you are doubting the quality of this school, trust me its a great school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 1, 2005

I graduated from Los ALamos High School in May, 2003. I struggled at Los Alamos High School, and in fact, it took me five years to graduate. However, the whole time I was enrolled I was encouraged by every teacher and staff member (Principal excluded) to continue on and get my diploma. I did get my diploma , and thanks to the incredible teaching that I received from the English department, I will soon be attending an institute of higher learning to attain my bachelors degree in education. Is this a tough school? alsolutely YES. Is the effort worth the outcome? Without a doubt!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 15, 2005

I'm a student at Los Alamos and I really think that we are privledge and we get a top quality of education. Except the requirements are some times overwelming and we are expected to do too much. The teaches din't want the responsibilty of giving out and taking in the books, so they made a book depository where the already overly stressed out student have to go to get there books and to make matters worse you can only do it at certain times, they only have two people running it, and ifyou have one novel out you can't get another one which causes you to fall behind. The teachers aren't usually very sympathetic to the fact that the system doesn't work very well. The school as a whole doesn't seem to take the students advice into consideration. The staff should take student oppinions into closer consederation.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 23, 2005

Being a current student of LAHS and about to graduate, I have current insight over the quality of LAHS right now. LAHS is a overly difficult school requring all of us to take physics as freshman which in most schools is either strictly for seniors or an optional class. When you fall behind in LAHS nobody is there to help you and dropping out is encouraged based on the fact that the school wants to obtain a certain overall GPA and the students who are strugling would only bring down this GPA. If you are looking for a good school to send your children to-this is not the school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 19, 2004

I think that Los Alamos High School is just like any other school; if you apply yourself, you will succeed. The school gives you as many opportunities as possible and the teachers are always there for extra help. This is a very good school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 17, 2004

High School is very quick to allow student to drop out. My son was encouraged to drop out of Los Alamos High School because according to the Principal and Counselor, 'High School isn't for everyone'! Isn't a Public School education the right of every American child! High School refuses to work with parents either individually or with a group of concerned parents. Something is very wrong at Los Alamos Schools and the schools along with the local paper refuse to acknowledge the problems. I am both a parent and a former student of Los Alamos Public School.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

251 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 41% in 2013.

251 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
65%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2013.

252 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

253 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 40% in 2013.

252 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students66%
Female62%
Male70%
African Americann/a
Asian74%
Hispanic52%
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities18%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students72%
Female77%
Male67%
African Americann/a
Asian83%
Hispanic61%
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities12%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students74%
Female80%
Male67%
African Americann/a
Asian90%
Hispanic62%
Native Americann/a
White79%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities26%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female88%
Male76%
African Americann/a
Asian90%
Hispanic66%
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities34%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Science

All Students82%
Female81%
Male84%
African Americann/a
Asian90%
Hispanic65%
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities43%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2011.

272 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2011.

271 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2011.

269 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
77%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 47% in 2011.

270 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
78%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2010-2011 New Mexico used the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test students in grade 11 in Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies. As of 2012, New Mexico will use only the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in reading and math. The NMHSSA is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students74%
Female74%
Male74%
African Americann/a
Asian93%
Hispanic60%
Native Americann/a
White78%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities32%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female85%
Male74%
African Americann/a
Asian86%
Hispanic73%
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities27%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students80%
Female79%
Male82%
African Americann/a
Asian86%
Hispanic70%
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities33%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students82%
Female81%
Male84%
African Americann/a
Asian86%
Hispanic73%
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities34%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2010-2011 New Mexico used the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test students in grade 11 in Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies. As of 2012, New Mexico will use only the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in reading and math. The NMHSSA is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 69% 26%
Hispanic 23% 59%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 10%
Black 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 0%N/A68%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1300 Diamond Dr
Los Alamos, NM 87544
Phone: (505) 663-2230

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