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.
The IB program is the only reason a student should attend Lamar. The IB program draws the best teachers and the motivated students. There are lots of involved parents at Lamar, particularly parents from kids in the IB program and kids involved in sports and the other extracurricular activities. There are lots of opportunities for sports, music, art, dance and theater at Lamar but like anything else, a student needs to want to be involved and seek out the activity.
Lamar High is the best school a parent could send their child to learn. Lamar has about a hundred activities students could join so they could keep their mind off violence and drugs.Lamar High School has been around for 69 years now, and it never had a bad reputation!Also, Lamar is a big campus so the bigger the better!!
Mirabeau Lamar High School is not the place for educating young minds. I will take my chances else where. And as far as the Principle goes, he was totally useless in rectifying our situation.
This school is great. There offer MANY different classes and the teaching staff is wonderful.
My son is a sophomore. With some effort, I have gotten to know his counselor and most of his teachers. Lamar is a HUGE school when compared with other high schools in Texas. I have found all of the teachers to be conscientious and more than willing to help students who WANT to learn. Those students who don't care to learn can get lost in the system. Parental involvement is necessary to assure your child gets the best education possible. This is the case no matter where they attend. For those students who don't care or don't want to learn, Lamar is not the place for them. With each teacher being assigned over 250 students, it is impossible for them to see them as individuals.
I have a daughter that attends this school. The principal and teachers are responsive. They are good about returning email questions that are sent to them on a timely basis. The IB program has been very academically challenging. Many children seem to participate in the IB program on a partial level taking IB in the subjects they do well in and regular classes in others. Getting an IB diploma at graduation does not seem to be the norm and only a small number of students actually make it all the way. The regular classes are very different and are not nearly as challenging. The school is not attractive and the gym is not air conditioned. Don't count on getting on an athletics team or unless you are a super star.
I sent my child here for one semester. The school is unacceptably overcrowded. Teachers ignore requests for conferences. Report cards get screwed up and it takes forever to get remedied. Kids seems to be in the hallways all hours of the day, shrieking and roughhousing. The cafeteria can only handle about one fourth of the kids needed per lunch period. The education is mediocre, and the IB program is inconsistent. Some teachers seem only to find oppressive busywork of questionable merit. Despite all this, the kids seem to love the place, but then, they find it to be one big party, not really an educational environment. Lots of drugs, alcohol, sex, etc. among the students away from school.
i am a student at lamar and i am thinking about transferring because if you are not in the ib program then you are rated in the lower level of your class. lamar has done nothing for me. it is way to big, and focuses on the rich.
I am experiencing a real lack of interest in my daughters special needs. Registering her was truly frustrating and forget about direction as to how to get acquainted with the school. Almost every time I walk into that school when the students are out of class, I get shoved, bumped or some kind of rude remark. It is a zoo. The only advantage is for the rich, smart or athletic. Special education is there 'if she needs to cool off' and..... Most of her teachers didn't even know she had modifications and some still obviously don't. Her English or grammar teacher is very intelligent but has a strong accent that makes it really hard to follow. I don't want to offend anyone by that, my husband is the same nationality. We purposely moved to be in the Lamar district to be closer to our jobs, big mistake.
The only reason a teacher would compliment this school is because she works there. I have known 16 students that have attended this high school, including my own child. The school is entirely too big and students with disabilities and less money are treated the worst by the teachers. Nobody in administration ever knows anything and just trying to pick your child up early from school is a hassle. Something really needs to be done!
The respect and assistance given to parents is horrible. If your child is not rich, in IB, and worse, has a learniing disabillity, they don't care and they don't mind letting you know that they don't care. The curriculum is very poor unless you are in IB. You will often hear that the school has so many students that they can't possibly attend to them all. They actually think this is a reasonable thing to say to a parent, over and over and over. The principal is more of a hinderance than anything. One conversation with the administrators and you want to sue the place.
From a teacher stand point, Lamar's standards and training for their teachers are demanding if not one of the best in the state. As in any large public school system, not everyone's needs might be met to their liking, but at Lamar, you can bet every effort is being made to provide the best education affordable.
Guidance counselors and teachers only return phone calls after several weeks of frustrating attempts made by parents. If your child is not in the IB program they get the worst teachers imaginable. Communication to parents from teachers is a terrible problem.
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