I couldn't agree more with the prior comments about the experience for boys at the MS. If you are the parent of an active, curious, independent young male who doesn't fit the traditional (aka outdated, intolerant, "sit in your seat" and "never question authority") academic model, then this is NOT the school for you! For students like this, LNC is oppressive and punitive. Despite their oft repeated slogans, they seem to want followers NOT leaders. Many of the teachers are "lifers" and too much a part of the toxic environment for there to be any hope for real change. The school might look good on paper, but a discerning mind knows that test scores have limited prognostic utility, statistics are easily manipulated, and public accolades are fluff. The daily reality for many students, especially males, is totally unacceptable. I'm just waiting for the media to expose the inadequacies at LNC and force it to live up to its full charter for all types of students.
School has a diversity issue. Most students lack sensitivity of all their fellow classmates. Some of them do not seem to be aware that there is a world of diversity and tolerance outside of Huntersville, NC. Academically your child can be pushed, however this is bubble environment with bubble mentality so if you want your student to spend their formative years in such an environment , this is the place for you. Also a lot of underage drinking and smoking.
This school is good if you have a "perfect academic child." It is NOT the place to be if you have a gifted child with a learning disability. Lacks empathy for those children and too inflexible with different learning styles. Huge self-esteem deflater for our child.
What an amazing school! We have a graduate and a high school student, and we could not be more pleased with the school. It is very challenging, and the rules are enforced more here than at many other schools, and those are two reasons we chose this school. Our college sophomore had a great first year, due in large part to her experience at LNC. When her friends from CMS schools struggled to manage their coursework and the heavy reading and writing load in their classes, she breezed through her freshman year! The teachers here challenge their students every day--and the hard work pays off in many ways! The curriculum more than prepares students for life after high school, and the stricter rules help them learn to behave appropriately even after they have graduated. It is unfortunate that so many parents seem to want a "safe" school with good rules and strong academics---- until the rules and classroom expectations are applied to their students--then the school is inflexible or there is too much work. We have really appreciated the blessing of having our girls attend a great school where they can flourish!
An absolutely great school! One of the best in the state for test scores and college placement and I wouldnt want to send my kids anywhere else. To all those complaining below, consider the fact that your kid is still at the school because you know it is better than any other school around
This school has been good until recently. My son, an honor role student, was placed in a study hall against our wishes. When we contacted the principal, Terri Costa, we were basically called liars and told there would be no change...too ANY other class. I have never been treated as rudely. Hopefully, this principal will not be here long.
How fortunate we are to have our children be a part of this school community! LNC has caring, well-qualified staff and provide innovative, personalized instruction that has helped each of the kids find success. We are excited that in this upcoming school year that 1:1 technology will be provided to better help students to be organized and be ready and adaptable for the expectations of college and future careers. One thing that I really like is that my husband and I can get actively involved in partnering with the school in providing the best opportunity possible for all the students. Whether it is attending a coffee chat, volunteering at the school/school events or participating in focus groups...it is clear that our input matters.
This school does not keep the best interest of students in mind. Homework is overwhelming in both middle and high school. Many group projects. Electives in high school are very limited. Parents are bullied by administration. Communication is POOR! A college prep school doesn't mean slam students with meaningless work. Words that come to my mind to describe our years at LNC - rigid, bullied, arrogant, lifeless, rude, dull, dreaded.
Lake Norman is a Great school, there is lot of parent involvement and plenty of volunteer opportunities if you want to stay involved with the school. This is my son's second year at school I am very happy about the school overall. Teachers are dedicated and caring about the kids.