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9-12
Public
Lake Dallas, TX
Students enrolled: 1,292

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P O Box 548
Lake Dallas, TX 76205

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(940) 497-4031
(940) 497-3400
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July 22, 2014
I see many mixed reviews about this campus. I can tell that a lot of them are upset parents and disgruntled students. I am a current student in the 2015 school year and I can tell you that this school is what you make it. If you sit back then you're obviously going to get a C- education. I've had to sit back and watch amazing teachers that I look up to be yelled at by parents that can't see that the problem is with their child. I have never drank, smoke, or used any other type of substance and I've been in this school system since kindergarden. If you have a bad child then that is your problem, but don't you dare reprimand this district for it's empathy when your child hasn't actively sought out help that has always been there. The teachers in this school have always offered help when I need it and try to make time for my time schedule. They know a lot of students (that actively participate) on a personal level. I would recommend this district to anyone and maybe more strict parenting to make sure your experience goes as well as mine.

- submitted by a community member
November 25, 2013
Great if you are naturally "gifted" in academics, athletics, band, theater, etc. If you don't naturally have it, good luck. Especially students with special needs...if you don't have a parent that speaks up, they will only do the minimum, if they even identify needs. The teaching quality varies from skilled/caring to "im here for a paycheck". Too many coach-teachers. LDISD needs leadership that doesn't pat itself on the back the year they have suicides/attempted suicides, or for receiving accolades for financial viability when students are suffering from lack of needed programs/services, when there is a school culture that allows for student bullies to continue do their thing with little consequence, and when adult bullies (teachers and the school officer) and sub-par quality teachers are allowed to keep their jobs. They say they want parents involved, but only parents they can control and in activities that district can closely influence....same old thing....not progressive. The state ratings don't mean much in reality. If you have a choice, try somewhere else.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2013
Great school! My son is now a junior and has loved every minute of his experience there. Although the teachers are pretty strict, they have taught him to take responsibility for his own education. His advisor, who I believe is also the head advisor, and a certified counselor, has been incredible providing him with resources for college and career prep and encouraging advanced academics. Everyone from the front office secretary, to the nurse, to coaches have always been pleasant and helpful.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2013
Drug use galore with apathetic teachers and admin. There are a few wonderful teachers, but it enough to make it worthwhile. Student bullying is out of control. The academic advisors are presented as counselors, but do not have counselor training. They fight AGAINST parent involvement. If you can avoid this school do so for the sake of your child.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2012
91% of freshman passed the Biology end of course exam the first time they took it (and the first time it was ever administered). Very impressive.

- submitted by a teacher
January 13, 2012
It is a horrible school. I would never recommend this school to anyone. It starts with administration and works its way down. The administrators are unprofessional and need training .

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2011
What was a GREAT school and district three years ago is quickly dropping due to new admin. A young and ambitious supt. who spent minimal time in the classroom has school principals worrying that she will zero in on them next. Just lost the two best principals in the district last year because they wouldn't put up with her macro-management style. Look for the good teachers to continue to look for lifeboats on this Titanic of a district. Great teachers, students and parents, but administration is poor and school board is weak.

- submitted by a community member
July 22, 2009
Yeah, this school was ok, I guess. They need better teachers, and less emphasis on nitpicking dress code or identification. I gave it a 1 out of 5 because I graduated from there. Make sense?

- submitted by a student
April 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2008
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- submitted by a student
August 21, 2008
From Mr. David Ketcher on down, the students are treated with respect and consideration. The staff encourages involvement and parent interaction. If a student applies their skills and studies, the LDHS faculty will make sure that child is ready to enter the post HS world. For the student not so involved, the LDHS team will do their darndest to reach and help that student meet the challenges ahead.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2007
I have worked in larger school districts with more money to offer teachers and purchase equipment, etc. but I have not worked in one where the teachers and administrators care so much about the students and their success. We all try very hard to be supportive of each other and our decisions are made on what is going to be best for the students in general.

- submitted by a teacher
October 12, 2007
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- submitted by a student
October 04, 2007
The Lake Dallas High School is a great school. It offers a huge variety of classes for a small 4A school district. The teachers in the AP classes are outstanding. Students from this high school have excelled at universities throughout the country and at post graduate institutions. The faculty really know the students and even though there are 1000 students, it feels like a small school.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2007
My Child just graduated (2007) and frankly think the school system is terrible. High teacher turnover. High emphasis (probably the same in most Texas schools) on football and those achievements. I think the primary and elementary programs are terrific and my child got a good start, but starting with middle school, every day was a bigger disappointment. Guidance and teachers did little to assist with college searching and scholarships.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2007
Huge improvement. The new principal and assistant principals are accessible to students, teachers and parents and, as a result, morale and teacher retention are much, much better. Mr. Ketcher is working hard and is succeeding.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2005
There are some excellent teachers in this school, especially in the pre-AP and AP programs. Unfortunately many of them are leaving because of unpleasant working conditions created by the principal. Teacher turn-over has been very high during this principal's time at the high school and the Board doesn't seem concerned or willing to do anything about her.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2005
Great teachers, horrible administration. More great teachers leave every year, and nothing happens.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2005
I have experienced both good and bad with this district, bad at the High School. My child is involved in sports and some teachers do not play favortism towards atheletic students, but most do. They do put more emphasis on sports than education. They would rather have awards from football talent than their genius'. If a teacher is going to freeze grades it should be for all students not just the ones who can afford to pay for AP tests. VERY UNFAIR! Why teach our kids that if you have money you can have whatever you want. Wrong message. Cell phones should NOT be allowed at school. They should be taken up and given back at years end, I bet if parents had to pay for phones to sit at school there would be no problem or the adminstration could get tough.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
I have had 3 children attend LD schools since Kindergarten. Primary schools are great, the problems begin in middle school and just get worse in high school. My youngest just exists with no major problems so far, but my first 2 have had miserable experiences in this district. The apathy of teachers and administration is unbelievable. I know the teachers have been underpaid, but that is just an excuse. Extremely high turnover occurs because of the other problems that exist in this district, not the lower wages. The administration does not support the ones that it should, and turn their heads when they shouldn't. Unfortunately, the kids are the ones that pay with a profound limit on there education and preparation for their future. In a heartbeat I wish I hadn't moved into this district.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2005
The lack of funding, leadership of any kind and any sort of true academics is truly disgusting.

- submitted by a student
January 25, 2005
If I had the choice, I would have gladly attended another high school instead of this one. The district is very poor, therefore anything based on the arts suffers greatly. However sports always seems to be paid for, almost in advance. The principal pretends she knows her students, when in reality she doesn't really know anyone. The three assistant principals find it more important to enforce ID use than do their job of enforcing rules that are more important. At one point, the school flourished with great teachers but more than half of them have left due to being fired or they would have to accept pay cuts. The favoritism with certain teachers to other students is grossly obvious. If you are not a jock or a teacher's pet, you are not exempt to any rule of any type and will most certainly be punished. I do not recommend this school.

- submitted by a student
November 09, 2004
If Lake Dallas is such a terrible place with so many drug and alcohol problems, then how is it still an Exemplary Campus? Lake Dallas High is not getting the good reputation it deserves. Instead, it's getting an undue and untrue rap-sheet because of some people who clearly have not attended the school. I'm setting the recrd strait that Lake Dallas High School is by no means perfect, ---but certainly does not have half as many problems as the competing schools in the area.--- And yes, by the way, LDHS does have an outstanding athletic program and that should not be held against the school by any means. It is a great place to send your children and I encourage you all to do so. Thanks!

- submitted by a former student
September 22, 2004
Whoever wrote the good review about this school must not see between the lines. If you do not belong to the in croud, most of the teachers do not pay attention to you. What does this say to the kids of the future. As far as the comment about the drugs. I know for a fact that drug deals happen on that campus everyday. And no one sees it or they choose not to see it. Wake up. Why do we have so many kids that choose to go to other schools if Lake Dallas has such a good school District?

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2004
Lake Dallas is a great school. Many advanced courses are available, and the teachers are very excellent. If your child is involved in drugs, that is his or her own fault, not the school's. The school encourages students to be drug free, with red-ribbon week and other weeks dedicated to staying away from illegal drug practice. The school offers many extracurricular classes as well. With student IDs and good campus security, the school focuses on student safety 100%. As for only carring about sports, this is false. The Lake Dallas football team isn't very good at all... but the number of students graduating with scholarships and a great education is.

- submitted by a student
June 24, 2004
I agree with the other reviews. Basically, dont attend lake dallas! home schooling is a thought for those who live in the area!

- submitted by a former student
February 20, 2004
Lake Dallas High School has had too many problems to be a great or even good school. There are drug and alcohol problems that people refuse to take note of. The administration, especially the principal, doesn't listen to what the students or parents have to say about any issues regarding the curriculum. These students are the future of our world, their education and well-being are too valuable to mess with. However, they don't seem to notice that or care. They have also had problems with certain teachers that they've hired. And instead of admitting to their mistakes, they sweep it under the rug. They also seem to have a nasty habbit of putting more emphasis on sports than education. They would rather have awards for their football talent than their genius.

- submitted by a student
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Lake Dallas High School
P O Box 548, Lake Dallas, TX  76205
(940) 497-4031
Last modified Lake Dallas High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Lake Dallas High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top