I stand by the parent from Minnesota, having both lived in and taught in Minnesota and Wisconsin. There is a different attitude towards education there, and expectations are higher for students, parents, and teachers alike. NM has a long way to go, and so does LLHS, but both are making slow but steady progress in raising the bar for education. As a former teacher, I can say confidently that leadership is paramount in the success or failure of a school.
To the parent from Minnesota you should go back if your child isn't getting that good of education then the problem starts at home. The basic fundamentals to an education starts at home. I was born and raised in Ohio and lived here for 20 yrs and have seen a lot of awesome students accomplish many great things in Los lunas. I can't stand it when someone moves to a new place and start crying about everything . Solution move back to where you came from and stop crying
I am ashamed to have let my child go to such a terrible school. Growing up in Minnesota, the communities cared about the school and so did the teachers. Now, the school district as a whole as fell to shame. A warning to all, please choose a better school for your children. Los Lunas Schools, you've disappointed me
Would I send my children to the LLHS that existed during the 2004-2005 academic year? Yes, I would do so (and did) gladly. However, after seven years of budget cuts, the forcing of a number of good teachers into early retirement, the wholesale dismantling of the gifted and talented program, the elimination of honors courses in favor of AP (whether or not the intelligent child is emotionally or developmentally ready for AP level pressure), plummeting faculty, staff, and student morale, an increasingly punitive and desperate administrative culture that seems unable to rectify the systemic, fundamental problems affecting LLHS, the school that I sent my children to no longer exists and hasn't for a number of years. I pulled my remaining child out during the 2010-2011 academic year and have consistently heard from those left behind that we got out at the right time. My child is happier, is still learning (but enjoying it more) and still scoring well on those all-important standardized tests at her new, much smaller school which, while it may still have its problems, has an atmosphere more conducive to learning.
I believe that LLHS needs to improve a lot, and that they need to either expand the school or build another highschool along with the two already in Los Lunas because they are about four thousand students over capasity.
I graduated in 2005. I graduated in the top 20% of my class. I did not put forth as much effort as I could have which is why I did not graduate in a higher percentile. I did not even appreciate the education that I was receiving. But just being in a working environment now, I can tell that I received a lot more than other students from around the state.
In the last two years there has been 2 new principals, and the turn over this year of vice principals is alarming. Although I would say not many people could handle working for the current principle. So the turn over is understanding. With approximately a 50% graduation rate, the school is a mess. There is one or two gems amoung the teachers, but they don't surface often. The class selection is very small. I understand the drop out rate for students that do not have a parents constantly checking on the school for correct record keeping of grades, absences, etc. There have been so many mistakes made, and kids are not trusted at the school to speak for themselves. Parents need to be active in every grade and record that is kept. There is about 60% acurracy rate in the system at LLHS. I believe that would give them an F.