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Lancaster High School

Public | 9-12 | 1748 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2013:
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2012:
Based on 5 ratings
2011:
Based on 13 ratings

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Posted March 15, 2008

this school is very strict but its for the best. because some parents dont teach there kinds how to act. some teaches just want a check and could care less about the kids and our problems.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 14, 2008

This school should be avoided in any way possible. Do not work there nor send your child there. The management of the school is inconsistent, confusing, and reactive instead of proactive. Good teachers refuse to work there, so the only teachers Lancaster can get are beginning teachers who find jobs elsewhere as quickly as possible and justifiably so. Lancaster is nothing but an inner city school that just happens to not be in an inner city. Assistant principals are so overwhelmed by discipline problems that they have no time to do anything else that could help the school to get better. The school clientele (students and parents) come from a culture of poverty. They don't think they should follow rules, even something as simple as a dress code. This place is just unreal and should be avoided. It has to be one of the worst high schools in the state.


Posted September 23, 2007

I really feel that the district is much more worried about breaking rules like wearing a clear belt instead of a black or brown one. The administrators and teachers stick together and there is no disputing anything any one of them says you are wasting your breath. Your child is wrong all of the time no matter any of the circumstances leading up to the suspension. The staff from office to administration is unprofessional and child like. They bring themselves down to the children's level rather than handling issues as adults and leaders should. This year already 3 weeks into the school year I have filed two complaints on the unfair treatment of my child. There are a few teachers who care but they are outnumbered!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2007

Lancaster High school needs a lot of improvement especially the teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2007

The Lancaster ISD needs complete overhauling, staff and teachers. They teach with no direction, no vision. This is apparent in the performance of the students. The teachers don't remember the students unless they have been in trouble, what a unique way of labeling. The communication between the school and parents is almost non-existence. When something is happening usually the parents find out when it's over or past. When the teachers should be available for the parent/teacher conference they aren't. Many of the teachers don't know the average grade in their class, so they can't possibly know how effective their teaching is. Bottom line Lancaster ISD needs teachers who want to be there and want to teach, not teachers who chose this as an alternative job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2007

I think the school is coming along fine. I feel that the school could use more seasoned teachers and reduced size of class per teacher in order to create a better learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2006

Lancaster isn't the most amazing school in Texas but if you are actually interested in learning then the teachers will go out of their way to make sure you learn something.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 21, 2006

The Teachers are very didicated to helping the students to pass tests. My brother had some obstacles prior to graduation and the staff worked with my parents to make sure he graduated on time.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 10, 2006

My son attended Lancaster High school, it a pretty good school if your child is in the AP or gift and talented program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2006

My children have attended Lancaster High for two and three years and it is the best of five schools they have ever been to. the teaching is very good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2006

My son has attended Lancaster ISD for two years now. Now that he is in high school he has been subjected to demanding peer pressure. Students are rude, inconsiderate and have no respect for teachers, parents or themselves. The first two six weeks of school my son was without a World Geography teacher. We need teachers to teach and not try to be friends with the students. I am astonished to the fact that he hardly ever has homework in any of his classes. Where is the reinforcement for the students? Also, I know Dr. Lewis is trying to change Lancaster but if we do not get the parents involved and demand involvement the school environment will never change.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2006

I have 4 students at Lancaster High. Im very unhappy with the teachers. No communication you send emails. The teachers act as though your bothering them when you speak with them about your student. I wish I would have done more research on the school before we purchased a home in the Lancaster area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2006

I have been disappointed in the level of education my children have received. The focus is on sports and many parents transfer their children to Lancaster just for that, but be certain they will have trouble passing the SAT. Quality education is more important to me and is the reason why I will not send any more of my children to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

I think that LancasterISD is Trash,we spend several days on the Science Project when my son/daughter turned the information in they only wanted the poster board and not the actual experiment,what's the purpose of completing the Science Projects? They will suspend students who did not turn in the information. Every break students have assignments,which I don't mind the summer break assignments but Thanksgiving,Christmas, Spring Break that's not good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2005

In Lancaster High School there are numerous extracurricular activities. They have sports that everyone can play, and they offer a great band program. When it come to academics the school can be lacking. The school board expects every student to be at least one AP class, yet they do not have the proper instructors or the material that a students needs to succeed in these classes. The school boards takes no notice of various complaints from students and paretns. There are few faculty members that have a degree required in order to insure the students understand the broader concepts of AP learning.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 28, 2005

The way the school is set up with the freshman seperate than the upper-classmen is fine to me.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 20, 2005

Lancaster school district is in the middle of a population explosion. We have passed a $110 million dollar bond package that must be used for new construction or renovation of existing structures ONLY! We will finally have much needed room for student education. New Teacher Academy,International Baccalaureate Program, high teacher retention,highly qualified certifed teachers,as well as, administrators are just a few of the many reasons why Lancaster I.S.D. is on it's way to becoming an exemplary school district. Parental involvement needs to improve dramatically for educational success to be realized. Less complaining, more committment!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2005

This school is one of the worst high schools tha t my children have been to in the dallas area. it is poorly organized and they have a bad reputation for suspending students for even the smallest infraction of rules. Teachers don't teach, and a lot of them have very bad attitudes. It is like a jail.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2005

It's not much worse than other schools, but lacks money. If you want resources, be prepared to find them yourself.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 28, 2004

In this age where kids cannot give change for a happy meal without a calculator, it seems about right that the teachers are continously frustrated with the lack of parental involvement at home. My kids attend there because it's the only game in town I can afford. The problem here is the lack of discipline, that is extremely apparent, on the part of the kids. The aggressive attitude that comes with the lack of respect for all involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 89% in 2011.

461 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

465 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
43%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2011.

368 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

361 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
51%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

360 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
48%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 93% in 2011.

358 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
84%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 95% in 2013.

378 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

373 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

372 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
80%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 98% in 2013.

375 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
95%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students88%
Female94%
Male82%
Black or African American89%
Asiann/a
Hispanic84%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged88%
Special education53%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Math

All Students81%
Female85%
Male77%
Black or African American82%
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged80%
Special education39%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students91%
Female94%
Male88%
Black or African American92%
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged90%
Special education46%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Social Studies

All Students97%
Female98%
Male95%
Black or African American96%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged96%
Special education70%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

  • In 2010-2011, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".

About the tests


Texas uses Accountability Ratings to indicate the overall performance of each school and district. The ratings are based on TAKS test results, dropout rates for grades 7 and 8 and school completion rates for grades 9 through 12. Schools and districts rated under standard accountability procedures are designated as Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable or Academically Unacceptable. Schools and districts rated under alternative education accountability (AEA) procedures are designated as either AEA: Academically Acceptable or AEA: Academically Unacceptable.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 78% in 2013.

381 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
62%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 97% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 85% in 2013.

418 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
79%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

349 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
28%
English I Reading

The state average for English I Reading was 65% in 2013.

413 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
54%
English I Writing

The state average for English I Writing was 48% in 2013.

406 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
32%
English II Reading

The state average for English II Reading was 78% in 2013.

360 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

The state average for English II Writing was 52% in 2013.

360 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Reading

The state average for English III Reading was 63% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Writing

The state average for English III Writing was 42% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

366 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
100%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
45%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 75% in 2013.

411 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
75%
World History

The state average for World History was 70% in 2013.

359 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
n/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

All Students58%
Female59%
Male58%
Black or African American59%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Native33%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Special education17%
Not special education62%
Limited English proficient (LEP)0%
Proficient in English59%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant58%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted57%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant100%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted100%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students84%
Female85%
Male84%
Black or African American84%
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Native83%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special education44%
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)43%
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant84%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted83%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students78%
Female83%
Male73%
Black or African American77%
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Special education22%
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)60%
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant78%
Gifted/talented93%
Not Gifted76%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students51%
Female59%
Male44%
Black or African American49%
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Native50%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged47%
Special education11%
Not special education55%
Limited English proficient (LEP)10%
Proficient in English52%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant51%
Gifted/talented85%
Not Gifted49%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students29%
Female33%
Male25%
Black or African American26%
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Native38%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White43%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged24%
Special education3%
Not special education31%
Limited English proficient (LEP)0%
Proficient in English30%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant29%
Gifted/talented88%
Not Gifted25%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students68%
Female76%
Male61%
Black or African American68%
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Special education13%
Not special education74%
Limited English proficient (LEP)20%
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant68%
Gifted/talented93%
Not Gifted65%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students31%
Female36%
Male27%
Black or African American29%
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Special education3%
Not special education34%
Limited English proficient (LEP)0%
Proficient in English32%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant31%
Gifted/talented68%
Not Gifted27%
Bilingualn/a

English III Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a

English III Writing

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a

Geometry

All Students68%
Female71%
Male66%
Black or African American66%
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Special education21%
Not special education72%
Limited English proficient (LEP)60%
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant68%
Gifted/talented93%
Not Gifted65%
Bilingualn/a

Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a

World Geography

All Students66%
Female63%
Male68%
Black or African American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Native57%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Special education26%
Not special education69%
Limited English proficient (LEP)29%
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant66%
Gifted/talented92%
Not Gifted64%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students53%
Female55%
Male51%
Black or African American53%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Special education7%
Not special education57%
Limited English proficient (LEP)40%
Proficient in English54%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant53%
Gifted/talented78%
Not Gifted50%
Bilingualn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 81% 13%
Hispanic 16% 52%
White 2% 29%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander N/A 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Two or more races N/A 2%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 1%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 9%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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Lancaster, TX 75134
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