The fact that not a single student or parent was capable of writing a review absent of spelling and grammar errors speaks volumes about this school. So happy that 5k/yr in property taxes somehow isn't enough to prevent one of Lakewood's biggest arteries from being obstructed ten times a day by stalled school renovations.
Lakewood High is outstanding with great teachers! Because of its larger size they can offer a much greater variety of classes than other schools in the area...even the private ones. If your student is bright this is the school for him or her. They offered so many AP classes that my oldest was able to get through college in 3 years. They offer accelerated math courses covering a full year of college calculus. Their pre-engineering program (Project Lead The Way) follows a nationally recognized set of standards that colleges want. Their art program is outstanding and many students have gone on to win national awards. In tough times when other districts are cutting back on "extras" like band and orchestra Lakewood is growing its music program. They have four orchestras and just many bands.In addition they have after school jazz bands and the best high school rock orchestra in the country (possibly the only of its type with a great mix of acoustic and electric instruments). The only downside of Lakewood High would be for those whose kids are special needs or those who are not self motivated as they can get lost in this environment so they may be better off in a smaller district.
Like any other school, Lakewood High School is not perfect, nor is every single teacher there going to change your child's life, but let's keep it real: if you have your proverbial "stuff" together as a parent, your child will likely do well. That being said, my wife and I are both teachers, and elected to stay in Lakewood because we wanted our children to attend the Lakewood Schools . The music and arts programs at LHS are fantastic, there are many opportunities for students to get involved, and most of the teachers are genuinely concerned for the well-being and future of their students. Another key variable that the Lakewood Schools seem to handle well is the community's ever changing demographics and rising poverty. We like that Lakewood is representative of the diversity our children will likely encounter in the "real world", and are grateful that our children are being educated in ways consistent with our values.
did not enjoy my senior year, 1968. was not encouraged to follow a college schedule. wanted to become a teacher but was told i was not smart enough but was encouraged to take typing. i do wonder what the senior class song was at graduation.
I'm also a 2012 Graduating Senior Student at LHS. However, my freshman year was horrible, and not to discount 10th, 11th, and now my senior year which is worse than my freshman year which was bad enough. I've heard from many peers that students get sent home for unnecessary reasons, not to discount myself just this year TWICE. I was completely misled by the school. However, the Principal is very educated, but i don't believe that he notices the moment-by-moment functions of the classrooms and the students well-being. They only address problems to resolve them, not always to prevent them from recurring. I feel if LHS REALLY deserves the title "Excellent" then i simply suggest that staff be more tolerant, patient, and understanding, instead of not taking action upon acts of harrassment and mistreatment to and from school, particularly in my case this year. There are several good things, but not so good things simultaneously, and the bad outweighs the good, and i'm honestly suprised to see that not many others see this. As i partially agree, but mostly disagree with the September 11th, 2011 post. But i believe they can improve, but i see things from a very realistic perspective.
Just going to school there does not give you absolutes that its good. In comparison to what? The school is too large. The staff cannot handle the amount of kids & then layer in budget cuts and you get mass problems. There are some wonderful teachers there, but by & large your child can get lost. You must do due diligence and be extra on top of your kids there. They won't be calling you until it's a huge problem. Yes there are plenty of terrible parents who allow their children to slip through the cracks,but mots of us don't. Someone referenced Lakewood as a "desirable" location. I would agree 100% if you have no kids. If you have kids, there are MUCH better school systems (North Royalton, Brecksville-Broadview Heights) a simple peruse of State Achievement Scores will show how bad the rank is. Spend the extra money move somewhere better....
I am a student and i am a senior at Lakewood. This is school does everything they are supposed to do. The staff handle every situation very well. I have seen alot of incidents and the wayt he staff handle them, they dont play around. I dont agree with what some people said about this school is bad and the teachers and staff are not good at how they go about there job. That is not true. This school is FARRRR from bad. If your child isnt doing so well did you ever think it had to do witht the friends they have? I can tell you because i have been there. It has nothing to do with the staff and the security guards, its not wanting to go to class when you know you arent doin anything in that class. Uh some people dont know what they are talkin about.
Lakewood is not a bad place i went their. im a senior now it's as bad as everyone makes it seem
My husband and I have sent our 3 children to Lakewood City Schools since 1989 and our youngest will graduate from LHS in 2010. That's 21 years of PTA, concerts, plays, homework, open houses & conferences! It 's been a marvelous experience. Our kids all have had different needs; ranging from gifted to a learning disablity--and LCS educators and administrators have met every challange with a professionalism that exceeded even our high expectations! We could have sent our kids to our church's parochial school--but we didn't because of the excellence of Lakewood public schools and because we want our children to have a world view by interacting with a wide range of students. And so they learned the some important lessons early on--namely: work hard, find a sport, club or activity you enjoy, and choose your friends wisely!
My Daughter is attending Lakewood High and i would not recommended this school to anyone.The staff there are very unorganized,impolitle and the hardly focus on students education. They dont take the time to help the kids that need help with there studies,they care about discipline with the students.there discipline is very wrong,they do not give each student a fair chance.my daughter has went to a school in galloway.ohio and she loved it there we did not miss lakewood and all. this is the worst school i have seen. the bullying,teachers,adminatration,everything.but i do have to say one good thing about this school the activities for this school are very good, the groups a child can sign up for are manyy...there is alot to choose from. i would give this school a 20/100 and the 20 is for the activities. if you are planning to move here,Lakewood High isnt the best bet.
I raised three daughters in the Lakewood school system. Due to a move to Georgia my third child will not graduate from LHS. After a year in the Georgia school system we miss Lakewood High School. Teachers and staff at LHS were very parent friendly. My husband and I got support when we needed it. (Our second child was not the easiest to controll). I would highly recommend LHS.
I agree with the parents that posted on April 11, 2008 and December 24, 2007. I have had mostly negative interaction with the high school and their staff. My daughter has been a student for almost 3 years and she has continued to go downhill academically and behaviorally. She has been given so many out of school suspensions which are an antiquated means of discipline . These add to the unexused absences along with no credit given for any work completed. The atmosphere feels more like a prison with an air of repression rather than a school where kids want to be. I can only imagine the attiudes of the security guards patroling the hallways. I only hope she does not give up.
This school is in a city with a very diverse population. The city has gone from a solid middle class to a solid lower middle class to upper lower class suburb. The change in the type of people living in the city has stressed the school system and its resources. Therefore, if your a gifted student you will not have a problem. If you're an average student to below average student, then you will struggle for growth and improvement with this school. Violence is increasing in the school along with other crimes. The head principal seems more concerned about the No Child Left Behind Act -therefore cutting corners when it comes time to the discipline of students. The gifted program is very good, music program is very good , anything that has the gifted as a target students is very good. Sports is second rate for such a large school.
Lakewood High School is a fantastic high school. It is situated in one of the most desirable suburbs of Cleveland. The academics are like no other and the selection of activities is large. Lakewood teachers help keep students engaged and help them be successful. Lakewood High School has a diverse student body with Middle Class, Upper-Middle Class, and Upper-Class Families calling this their community school. Lakewood High School is among the best schools in the western suburbs if not all of Ohio.
This school is too large for it's own good. We moved here two years ago, this year my daughter started skipping. When we asked for help from the school they bascially told us they were way to large to worry about a handful of students. They are great for kids who already doing well but if your child struggles you may as we ll forget it My daughter has gone way down hill since we moved here. It's sad.
Dr. Wagner, the other house principals, our superb Board of Education members,and the majority of the LHS staff are enthusiasic, energetic, professionals dedicated to the education of Lakewood's teen--all of them--from every socioeconomic, educational, and ethnic background. (If only the students' parents were as committed to the success of their kids! It's sad to see dwindling numbers of parents at cirriculum night,school concerts, fundraisers & PTA events.) LHS offers professional-class music ensembles, art & theatre productions, student publications, culinary program, multiple sports opportunities & an ever-growing number of clubs --in other words, myriad opportunities for students to succeed! While there are scholarships & work programs for students who can't afford pay-to-play to participate, too many are not availing themselves of these marvelous opportunities! LHS gives students of varying abilities the tools to succeed. Lakewood is very fortunate!
Ve good security in this school, including a mobile patrol to catch cutters and a very interactive teacher populaion. I rate this school at 80/100
My children has graduated from this high school and they enjoyed the education very much. This is a great school to attend. Students get help on what their education when needed, and the teachers prepare their students for their future.
WE have had 3 generations of our family pass through LHS. I have nothing but praise for my Alma Mater. My daughter graduated last year and my son will be there in a year. I stay in Lakewood so they will reap the benefits of this wonderful high school and my mom, my daughter and I did. The academics, the teachers and the music program are all first class and always have been. If it wasnt for LHS and their wonderful curriculum and professional staff, my daughter wouldnt be in a great university as she is today.
The academics are average. The music program is top notch. My son is a musician so he is thriving in this area. There are many opportunities for him with above average music teachers.
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