Best years of my life! Great teachers, fantastic school spirit. Best education you can get!
Lamar is a wonderful school with so much to offer it's students. Every student is challenged to do their best as a student and as a person. Great teachers + great parent support = excellent students ready to embrace college and the rest of their lives!
I graduated from Lamar last year and it really is exactly as those before me have described. My freshman year I was in an IB English class and it was really demanding and challenging. I decided to switch it and go into a regular English class for the second semester. We read Romeo and Juliet in the IB class and went into a very deep analysis of it and we also got or paid for new CliffComplete Books with the play and commentaries in it. Our teacher used this and it was really helpful to get us to understand what was going on. Then, when I was switched into regular we read Romeo and Juliet again. But the regular class was filled with unmotivated students and a teacher who played solitare on the computer the whole time and occasionally talked about the play. Go with IB if you choose Lamar!
I went to Lamar a few years ago and can echo most of the sentiments on here. If your child won't be in the IB program for most classes, I would not recommend choosing to send your child here. I had wonderful, amazing instructors at the IB level; some were better than those I had later at my well-regarded, small, private liberal arts college. The 'regular' classes, for the most part, though - are a joke. The teachers are unmotivated and barely able to control the alternating apathy and chaos in the classrooms. I was in one non-IB class for one semester, and I remember the teacher seemed completely unequipped to deal with a student who actually did the work and wanted to learn - sad on all accounts. This is not the students' fault - who would be motivated in such an environment?
When I first moved here, they put me in regular classes even though I took all AP at my old school. When I finally got put in IB, I was shocked at the difference. In the regular classes, neither the teachers nor the students (with the exception of a few) reallycared one way or another. Students would either sleep or just not come to class. Most of the teachers are really uninspired as well. In IB, the teachers are knowledgeable, caring, and patient and you actually learn something not on the TAKS test. Also, it is WAY to hard to leave school early even if you have a totally legitamate reason with a not from your parents, doctor, whoever.When I first moved here, they put me in regular classes even though I took all AP at my old school. When I finally got put in IB, I was shocked at the difference. In the regular classes, neither the teachers nor the students (with the exception of a few) really
This is a very difficult school to rate because it is almost like two schools in one. I graduated from the IB program where I couldn t imagine getting a better preparation for college. The teachers are caring, great to work with, and the classes are extremely intensive. IB students receive and excellent education as well as a number of perks. We had our own office, which was a line of three or four people at most. We could usually see our counselors that day, and if we needed to leave early for a doctor s appointment, it was extremely simple. The receptionist was nice, the offices were gorgeous, and everything was quiet and serene. However, this is not at all the case for regular students. I had a number of friends in regular classes and I took two or three myself. The students tend fall asleep in class or skip class all together. There are a few gems among the regular teachers, but I wouldn t be surprised if in the coming years they become IB teachers. The regular students have another office with terrible lines and great difficulty seeing their counselors. The receptionist is often rude and unhelpful, and the counselors themselves are overloaded and have dingy offices.
Teacher quality for IB programs is very great. General core classes is a case by case or teacher by teacher quality. Check out time will take about 20 minutes should you have a doctor's appointment during school hours. Check in with the main office, go to the house office to have your child pulled from class, then you must go to the attendance office to sign out and then return to the main office to check out of the property.
As a former student and recent college graduate, there are a few things to mention about Lamar High School. First, I did graduate with the IB diploma. My teachers were fabulous and truly cared about my education and my future. Second, I participated on a varsity team and in various clubs, which allowed me to interact with many different members of the student body. However, the guidance counselor did nothing to help me when it came to applying to college. I only saw my counselor one time my senior year, and the meeting was anything but helpful. I felt the administration was out of touch with the students, and spent more time concerned with school politics than their students. I sill keep in touch with a few of my teachers.
The principal has introduced a new grading system with multiple components for each final grade for each assignment. The classes have become project oriented with clever but inappropriate projects dominating the entire curriculum. A week ago they were still processing absence excuses from weeks ago in October. Even the administrators and teachers can't explain the excuse system, which is perilous for kids because they can be denied credit for courses. It's not even controlled chaos there.
We have had 2 students graduate recently from Lamar and both students have succeeded in college. Their professors have commented that they are motivated and follow through. They have adapted to their college experience in a very positive way. What more could a parent want?
The magnet program is rigorous and provides an overall great education. They do a wonderful job in preparing students for college. They offer a variety of electives and extracurricular activities to meet every student's interest.
high quality education. excellent availability of music, art, and sports programs. caring counselors and teachers.
Great faculty and students very organized clubs and student body almost ll the students are getting good grades. If you want your child to get a well rounded education then you should send them to lamar high school
This school can be like any other school. Except for the point that there are about 4000 kids and about 3 different buuildings, so, it's a pretty big school. The level of their academic programs are really good, only if you are in the International Baccalurate program; the regular classes are easier and are kind of worthless. There are hundreds and hundreds of clubs at this school and there are plenty of art, music, and sports clubs, teams, and even classes.
Quality of teachers varies wildly at Lamar. My child was in the IB program. The IB program per se really only starts in gardes 11 and 12. Before that, the 'pre-IB' teachers varied from excellent to total incompetence. There are some excellent programs at Lamar, but I found it necessary to be a very active parent to get the most of opprtunities for my child. The music program is very good, but underfunded. I think this is probably true of other arts programs at Lamar. As for safety, my daughter never felt unsafe at Lamar. However, there were occasional evidences of drug use and fighting on campus that she saw. Lamar is fine for students who are not easily overwhelmed by its size and diversity, not so good for shy kids. It is hard for students to get much personal attention or counseling.
This school is average. I've been to a few schools and the classes are relatively the same, as well as the students.
Not the best school around, not the worst. Communication with faculty and staff will likely be a problem for any parent who's child participates in this school.
This is a great school. I went to High School here. I love the diversity and the selection of extra curricular classes. Everything from jewelry making, drama, and drafting classes are available. Beautiful school with awesome grounds.
Words cannot describe how horrible my experience with the principal and teachers at this school have been. In three years only one person really tried to help my son. The people there lie and don't care. They are there to collect a pay check and that is it. The school is in horrible condition. But, look at the principal's office, you would like you were in the White House. What a waste of money, especially considering the man is a waste as a leader and administrator. How would I rate it? Horrible!
We have found the standard of regular classes (not IB)to be low at Lamar. My child had C's and D's at the previous school. Here it's A's and much less work. So far I have never received a response to any e-mail sent to any teacher ever. I rarely get a response from the guidance counselor. My child plans on a four year college, but it does not appear that the school does any college counseling. The attendance office is staffed by students and very disorganized. Mistakes are made with attendance that can hurt your student's record and take weeks to sort out. IB and Magnet students are treated much differently than all the other students. In many cases the students don't respect the teachers and the teachers don't respect the students. The best part of Lamar is it's diversity. We are a white family.
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