This school district is not the 'destination district' for families of students with disabilities, and it is not a secret among disability advocates and attorneys in the Austin area. Texas is very low rated by OSEP, but this district is another couple of rungs down the ladder.
I have been going to Lake Travis High School since freshman year, and I am currently in my junior year. Although there are tons of sports and a love for football everywhere, most of the teachers care a lot about their students and want to help us. Yes, some teachers who are coaches may not be there in the morning or evening to help us with homework or questions we may have, but there are after school tutorials after school every tuesday and thursday and you can go and talk to another teacher if you want to. There are plenty of ways to get help if you need to. The AP classes are very challenging, and sometimes are impossible (AP Physics 1 &2) but the teachers are very well chosen for the AP curriculum. I personally am taking 4 AP classes this year and I feel like my teachers are very accomodating and helpful. The school is hospitable to every type of person, like music and fine arts and sports. Yes there are people who do drugs and drink, but that is not the majority of the population. Most kids are smart and work hard.
This school needs a serious leadership overhaul. The student code of conduct is not enforced campus wide and this affects the learning environment negatively. As with many high schools, this one's academic reputation is driven mostly by the area's high-income parent expectation, not the quality of instruction. Even so, it has dropped in national rank compared to some neighboring school districts. If your child needs help and qualifies for special education, they may not receive it.
I can't believe I did not read these other reviews before moving here. Wow, how accurate. "if you're not rich or very very very very social" you will not like it here. My child has never had issues with teachers until starting at this school. 2 of the teachers do not respond to their own email. And like another review all the teachers say the same thing: "just go to my website". My child goes in at "8am" to get help from the teacher and the teacher 50% plus of the time is not there. We have begged for help and are told, our child just needs to grow up. After we sell our home that we paid too much for, we will be moving. If there is a bright spot, it would be watching the football teams clobber their opponents.
While the school is not perfect, and has its flaws, these flaws are present at all high schools, not EXCLUSIVELY Lake Travis. Of course, the school has a certain crowd that goes out and parties, but not every single student does so. The drugs/parties are not as big of an issue as people make them out to be, so if you don't want to get involved in any of that, you'll be fine. Classes are challenging without being completely impossible, and, yes, there are other activities besides football.
I have just been awed by the bad remarks related to the school system. My kids have grown up in this system since Kinder. I don't have super smart kids and if they are having troubles the teachers are on it right away. I am not sure what other parents are asking for. I know first hand, I couldn't ask for anything else from them. I have three kids and that's a lot of teachers to get used to dealing with. I love all their attention to my children. And drugs?? I am glad my kids don't deal with any of that. I have never heard them mention anything about drugs being dealt around. I guess you have to be in that crowd to know about those things. My children know to let an adult know if they see something inappropriate immediately. Yes, it is a challenge for children of lower means. We don't have lots of money to toss around for all these sports things. But the education these kids are getting is out of this world. Getting into sports will be a challenge if you don't have any experience from early years. There's lots of competition. But it's all good for the kids to stay busy with sports and education and not be into things they shouldn't be into like roaming the streets.
This school is so over rated and received itt' high marks from its' past history with the past administration. The school is so large and the teachers teach via "look on the webstie" teach yourself approach. Of course there are those few excpetions, but overall the school is all about athletics and not about the student. If you are the 4.5 student and can survive by teaching yourself, then you will do fine. If you are a good student, and need a teacher to teach and care, then this is a terrible fit for your child. There are DRUGS everywhere, and they all turn a blind eye to this. They care about bullying, not drugs, not do they educate the child to the dangers of all the internet. in their forums....just bullying. I think this school is a huge dissapointment from the middle school of Hudson Bend, which has a great prinicpal who is on top of things, cares about his students and the teachers are good as well. I would suggest getting your child out of the public system in LTISD by high school. Somebody needs to wake up to the real deal at Lake Travis. High School..aftter all isn't education at least equal to sports????? Not at this school.
As a freshman at Lake Travis High School, I love my school! Everyone is nice to you unless you are rude to them. There are many advanced courses that text your capabilities and broaden your horizons. Contrary to what someone else said we do not talk about drugs and alcohol often and we are not stuck up. Only one of my teachers receives criticism from the students, so considering the quality of teachers I have had before I would say the teachers here are pretty great!
This school is going downhill fast...I plan on moving out of this district to get my daughter into a better school. Some parents I have spoken to are resorting to homeschooling. Coaches that teach need to be held accountable. They have more passion for coaching and put in less time on making the classroom lessons interesting...mostly students are given "busy work". I'm just so disappointed. I pay high taxes for my kids to go to these schools!