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9-12
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Lakewood, WA
Students enrolled: 1,437

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10320 Farwest Dr SW
Lakewood, WA 98498

(253) 583-5500
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December 01, 2014
The administration at this school is awful. Some teachers are allowed to call students inappropriate names and in their eyes it's justified. Some teachers bully students in a manner of renaming it. Administration can care less about the students feelings. I'm not saying all teachers are bad. Some teachers are doing a great job, but some teachers at this school are bullies.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2014
My school is great! Can't wait to graduate and move on to the University! We are ready to make a difference in the world.

- submitted by a student
October 25, 2014
Great programs, wonderful communication, teachers go the extra mile with after school tutoring, mentoring program, AP courses, running start, award winning Business and Marketing, strong athletics program, I could go on forever.

- submitted by a community member
October 20, 2014
I was a student at Lakes and the teachers or administration don't care about the students. I felt I couldn't speak to the teachers because they will dismiss your questions or treat you like you are not smart. They should update their staff and bring more diversity to the school. This school is not diverse at all....they need staff that is educated about other cultures and what other cultures need, not just the main stream culture who doesn't represent all the students at lakes.

- submitted by a student
August 22, 2014
I found that there are many cracks that student can exploit in this school. As a former student, I am guilty of this and really struggled academically during college. While I feel the school failed to hold standards of rigor, the interpersonal skills this diverse environment fostered has served me tremendously. My advise is encourage yourself (students) or your children (parents) to take AP classes. Push yourself to remedy the lack of high expectations. But, speaking as an alumni and current college professor, you certainly can find many enriching opportunities to build your mind and character at the school that has a bad reputation.

- submitted by a community member
August 17, 2014
The staff at lakes are not competent. Teachers share their personal life with students(very unprofessional). I made numerous meetings with teachers and vice-principals and nothing gets resolved. The staff profiles minorities and are very racist. No one pays attention to kids who are failing. They set some students to fail and not pass classes. The counselors are very incompetent. They don't know their students and the students needs. They just place students in classes that the student don't need. The quality of education is poor and the staff caters to those who they want to see succeed and do not cater to the whole student population.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2014
I was a student at Lakes as a Freshman and sophomore for '10-'12. This school is fairly average when it comes to academics. The programs offered aren't outstanding, but they're pretty good. And as some have said on here, if you try, you will succeed. And if someone wants to go the extra mile here, they are fully capable of it. The athletics are good too; I participated in the swim team, water polo, and volleyball. They all had good programs, and were very friendly. The art programs are great, well funded, and generally successful in the case of the choir and band. Culturally, the school is pretty diverse. There does tend to be some drug problems, but it isn't in the way of most students and doesn't cause a problem for most either. All in all, it's a pretty good school, and I would recommend going there.

- submitted by a student
January 07, 2014
i love this school as being a student because its laid back and you can get good grades easily and the teachers are nice if you don't cause trouble. but if you are a parent you might not like this school for your child because they can do whatever they want and probably not get caught for it . education is "okay" I've seen better education at other schools and there are a lot of suicides here& weed .. probably because of the Washington weather. but other than that i love Lakes High School i had a great time. GO TO LAKES!

- submitted by a student
October 25, 2013
Worst school ever!!' I have had 3 children at Lakes & Their "counselor" dropped the ball on every one of them. She didn't change their schedules when my children & I came in to talk to her about it. My 1st daughter ended up graduating late & my other two were moved to CPTC to pursue their high school diplomas & get a degree that would help them find a good job. I am completely & utterly disgusted with this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2013
I think this school is very satisfactory and will continue to stay here. I hope to see a bit more improvement with scheduling though.

- submitted by a community member
May 14, 2013
To the staff member who wrote about the focus being on athletics only. Your gripe is old, outdated and pathetic. You didn't get more money for your BRAND NEW facility- you still went over your budget, and you ended up costing the school $ because you tried to change things yourself. You tried to take over areas that were not under your jurisdiction and you got reprimanded for it. Leave and let somebody competent in modern technology take over- they would be thrilled. Lakes was rated one of the top 5% of Washington Schools last year. Test scores consistently go up. Leadership and service programs are outstanding. Full WASC accreditation. Non-athletics programs like music, choir, drama, AP testing, ROTC, leadership, etc are celebrated daily. Lakes had a student with a perfect score on the SAT. Every year students go to military academies, Ivy League Schools and other top universities. Yes- they have a great athletic program too, but anyone who takes time to look into the school sees that it is about so much more than that.

- submitted by a community member
July 15, 2012
Lakes High School has a very firm focus on the athletic side of schooling, while ignoring the more important intellectual side. The anti-intellectualism movement that has been plaguing our nation for centuries is very prominent here--students who are not involved in the sports programs are often shunned. Not only do the students' peers hold prejudice against the intellectuals, but the staff at Lakes also participate strongly in favouring brawn over brains.

- submitted by a community member
March 05, 2011
Attending Lakes High School as a Freshman, I can definitely say it is one of the best schools in WA. From academics to sports, Lakes continues to astound me as well as the community. Lancer pride all the way.

- submitted by a student
March 23, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
December 30, 2009
Lakes High School is an amazing and vibrant place. However, you get what you give. If you try, you will succeed, no matter what. There is tons of after school help and the majority of teachers are willing to go the extra mile for you, but only as long as YOU take THEIR time seriously! Communication is constant, teachers attend their students' games, and treat us like adults (not just when it serves us; always). Don't we all want to be treated like adults? Some will be your friend, some will be there just to teach you, many wish to be both. It's up to how YOU approach the situation. They give you respect until you take it for granted. If you need to be babied, attend a private school or be home schooled! The education Lakes provides is great as long as you are willing to be taught!

- submitted by a student
October 09, 2009
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- submitted by a student
October 02, 2009
Lakes High School serves a diverse student population at a very high level. The Life Skills program gives students with extreme needs hope and a place of belonging. The Advanced Placement Program continues to grow. Graduates are accepted into prestigious universities and military academies every year. The choral program is one of the best in the nation receiving numerous awards. Nearly half of the student population comes from military families which brings a vibrant cultural mix to the school community. More positive attributes about Lakes can be said but I'll leave that to the next reviewer.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating August 29, 2009
Folks that say that communication is poor, have their heads in the sand. I have a senior and a junior at Lakes. I receive newletters, e-mails, and recorded phone calls, with everything we've ever needed to know. Short of a knock on the door and a face to face invitation, the school does more than it's part in keeping parents informed. Let's not forget the students part when it comes to smaller events like a sports banquet. Some people would rather blame the school than hold their child accountable. As far as the relaxed rules about food and drinks, cell phones, etc., true some kids don't do well with 'distractions,' but others do very well with them and appreciate the drink of water. So they get to use their cell phone to take a picture of the assignment instead of writing it down. Sounds smart to me.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2009
I am a student at Lakes and I personally love it! The experience you take away reflects directly how you choose to experience Lakes. We have an amazing choir, superb athletics, great JROTC program (full ride scholarships) and every year we add 2-3 clubs. Most teachers here truly love to work at Lakes and commute long distances just for the opportunity to teach at such a diverse school! As for the cell phones, other electronics, food and drinks- that helps many students. Cell phones are allowed in passing periods or free time that is earned as are other electronics. Some teachers even allow us to listen to our iPods and mp3s as we do our work so it is easier to concentrate. Food and drinks also help students concentrate until lunch. Communication between the school and home is also excellent. The majority of graduates leave with at least one scholarship.

- submitted by a student
May 27, 2009
This school, the administration, and the district it is in are all very unsatisfactory. There is little to no communication between staff and parents, completely disrespectful students (the vast majority anyhow), and the teachers do not know hoe to maintain discipline and an environment of learning in their classrooms. I would not send my kids there if my life depended on it.

- submitted by a student
May 27, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 10, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2009
i love lakes, regardless of what others say. overall, we are a great high school and empower others with our commitment to having a safe, educational enviroment(:

- submitted by a student
April 25, 2009
Having left this nightmare of a school district three years ago, my opinion is a bit dated. While I was there, I was a highly involved parent (volunteering weekly, serving on committees), so I had ample opportunity to see the day-to-day happenings of the school and its administration. About the best thing I can say about this school is that at least it is head and shoulders above Clover Park High School. Oh, and if your child is into chorus (outstanding group) or football, they will be happy. The AP and honors options are pathetic compared to other schools we have experienced. The real problem, though, lies in the office of the Superintendant of the the Clover Park School District.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2009
I am a parent with 2 children at Lakes. I find the principal and the administration, in general to be lacking. There is not much communication from admin to parents. Opportunities are presented only to those kids that have parents that are involved and/or stay on top of things. They had SAT prep classes however, it was not put out to the entire junior/senior student body. They had college fairs but juniors were not informed until the day of. The principal is was not present at during either of my kids orientation and one was a freshman. I tend to see him only at sports events. If I had to do it over (and could afford it) I would have place my kids in private school or moved off post. RUN....

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2009
Lakes High School, is a good school, but it requires students and parents to hold the administration accountable. If you are willing to get involved in your education Lakes High School is as good as any other school. I would say that its biggest drawback is the school district it's in. The district tends to cite the diversity and the military base as an excuse for the lack of higher standards of learning. Overall, the faculty at the high school cares about students which is the most valuable asses of Lakes High School, just remember to take responsibility for your education.

- submitted by a student
March 24, 2009
This school is easily the best school that my children have ever gone to. I had two students graduate from this school and both of them recieve full academic scholarships to 4 four universities. There is no better school in the area because of the diversity, academics, sports, extracirriculars, staff and students. What is even more intriguing is the fact that Lakes will have a new school soon.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2009
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- submitted by a student
January 03, 2009
This school is not a top notch school. The leadership of the principle is very poor. The students are allowed to do many things that are unacceptable in many schools around the country. These students are allowed to bring and use devices (cell phone, PS3, Ipods, etc) in school and class. They are allowed to eat and drink in the classes, which are all forms of distractions for learning. But shockingly, they are allowed to cuss like truckers. They have no respect for a lot of elder figures. My daughter now attends a school in South Carolina and is an Honor Roll student oppose to failing almost all her classes in Washington. She said the difference between the two schools was that in WA they never cared or helped or respected you like they do in SC. Having these 3 things obviously makes a difference in our children. It's quite sad.

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2008
Lakes High School is not exactly 'top-notched' as some reviewers have stated. I mean its average. One AP US History Class, 2 students in the AP Biology Course and I can list more. As you can tell Lakes is not quite the magnet school, but there is no relative gang activity [at school atleast ]from what I see or blatant selling of drugs. However with the exception of a few, Lakes lacks teachers with high expectations from the students, concurrent with the highly UNmotivated students. One advantage I would say about Lakes is that it is sports oriented and those who are motivated enough will find opportunities and plus you can steal all the scholarships because we have like less than 50 who ever have a 4year 3.0 and above. Another good thing about Lakes is that it is diverse. But the best in the area..bc the lack of available schools..

- submitted by a student
no rating November 05, 2008
I love this school we have lots of school spirit and we're awesome at so many sports, especially football and basketball!

- submitted by a student
August 17, 2008
This school is like any other schools in the nation. They all have their probelms. The biggest problem has to do with the age of the facility. But that problem is being remedied with the opening of a brand new Lakes scheduled to open in the fall of 2010. The extra-curricular activities offered are phenomenal and the JROTC program is exceptional. I would recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a student
May 28, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2007
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- submitted by a student
November 27, 2007
I graduated from Lakes five years ago and have no complaints about the education I received. My teachers were great, my AP classes offered the right amount of challenge and my experience in athletics was superb. I never felt unsafe a single day at Lakes. I loved my experience there and wish I could go back to the days I was a Lancer.

- submitted by a student
November 08, 2007
Lakes High School isn't fantastic school but I think that it is one of the best in the area. Although there may not be the variety of class choices most kids want, there are a myriad amount of after school activities. Our athletics are the best and we take the MOST pride in our football team. Every sport we have has many participants. The not so good things about this school are: 1. it is so old! There are holes by the gym lockers and ants constantly crawl in. 2. so many other students aren't motivated to do their work. Its quite sad actually. 3. funding for books and other basic things are low. Our science and math books are ripping and I've even seen mold in one. But, don't get me wrong. We are remodeling the school starting later this school year. Hopefully. And overall, I am proud to say I am a Lake's Lancer.

- submitted by a student
September 13, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
September 07, 2007
I have Been involved with Lakes for four years now and more. I think every school always have some problem and we need more parents to be involved with the school we are a military and when we arrived here we heard so many things that was wrong with the school but now that I have been involved with the school it has changed some and I feel like until your child graduate you need to know what is going on in or out of school. I am a proud parent and have enjoyed Lakes and we have four more years To go with Lakes if we stay in Washington I will still support the school.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2007
This school has been a great disappointment. My student has been in accelerated classes since 5th grade and we were completely frustrated to find that this high school doesn't offer accelerated programs to students younger than 11th grade! The classrooms are overcrowded, and I don't feel they are providing for the basic needs to the students. On the first day of school, they ran out of food for lunch! I would NOT recommend this school at all.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2007
My family has all gone through Lakes and we have graduated on time and been fine! Lakes does have its problems, buts its like every other school in the world. Lakes would be the second best school in the lakewood/tacoma area. It has a great extracurriculers. and alot of things for students to get involved in.

- submitted by a former student
September 06, 2007
I have a student entering 10th grade. The communication to the parents is awful. We never know what is going on at the school. Some of the teachers are great but some are rude and sarcastic to the students. The dress codes are not enforced and even some faculty uses bad lanquage. I feel my child is in a negative enviroment that scares both of us everyday. We are military and cannot wait to leave here!!!

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2007
I am a parent who has had one child already graduate from this school who is doing great in college So, this tells you that the students can be successful here at Lakes when given the correct opportunities. On the other hand, I have another child who has been at Lakes for 3 years now and has met many obstacles- which are to include Lancer Link. With all the budget cuts, the students are the ones that are going to be hurt. The students need to have better access to their counselors in a timely manner.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2007
This school can be a lot of fun for students, especially in the lack of discipline area. Unfortunately this school can only offer good quality in extracurricular activities and art programs like the yearly anticipated 'Artasia: Celebration of the Arts', where any senior can participate in competing with a booth open to the public. If you're shooting for academically preparing your kid for College, unless they can do AP without failing, this school isn't your choice. They do have good teachers, but most have been quiting ( tell you anything?)

- submitted by a former student
January 18, 2007
As a student attending Lakes I feel extremely discouraged to come to school everyday. Some of the teachers and counselors will gladly tell you that they are doing everything they can for you to get you off their backs. The principal(S) are horrible. Things are stolen all of the time because students have yet to learn maturity and the teachers look like idiots when you ask them to help you. Most of them can't understand why they have to repeat anything more than once and are shocked that the student isn't suddenly an Einstein. The requirements are ridiculous and half of the students can't reach them because the counselors are too slow to fix their students schedules. I am a friendly person, and I get along with everybody, but I just want to graduate.

- submitted by a student
October 02, 2006
Lakes High School overall standard quality is very low. The leadership is unprofessional, thoughtless and lack of respect. The communication between parents, counselor and principal is a nightmare. The music department is great. The parent involvement attendance is very high on open nights and conferences. Your child best interest isn t with this school. If you don t continue to fight and push in seeing your child get a great quality education, they ll fall thru the crack at this school. ~ Shelia Lancaster

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2006
extracurricular activites are not up to my standards. Poor academic standards. Parents are forced to come to meetings every semester and they are pointless. Students for every teacher are very horible. too many students for every tacher.

- submitted by a student
May 01, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
March 22, 2006
Good school; poor academic program. JROTC program is not very organized and leadership is irresposible.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2005
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- submitted by a student
August 08, 2005
This is a wonderful school with an outstanding academic program and a variety of courses to choose from. We are also quite pleased with the athletic department!!

- submitted by a former student
July 20, 2005
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July 05, 2005
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July 05, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2005
I think that it is a really good school. It has great teachers and its after school activities are so good because it gives the children some thing to do after school in stead of geatting in trouble.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2005
The biggest problem I have with this school is the lack of respect from the principal down to the teachers as far as answering e-mails and voice mails left concerning my daughter. I waited 5 days to hear back from the principal regarding a concern I had for my child & have yet to get a response from a voice mail I left for the vice-principal!

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
November 21, 2004
Lakes High School is a great school and the teachers there love teaching. They have an excellent football team and their other sports have good profiles too. The Army JROTC program is a great way to allow students to get involved with their school and community while it also allows them to learn the way of the military in which they take to competitions with activities such as PT, Armed Drill, Unarmed Drill, Marksmenship and Color Guard.

- submitted by a student
July 14, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2004
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- submitted by a student
October 19, 2003
I feel if there was more parent involvement at Lake's there would be a better student outlook. The JROTC program is the greatest! The kids really learn how to grow and be leaders! If we could just get the whole school to be like JROTC then I personally feel there would be a much better student outlook. I know our children are young adults and that is how the school wants to treat them but if you got the parents involved there would be a huge difference! I just don't see that ever happening and that really concerns me!

- submitted by a parent
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Lakes High School
10320 Farwest Dr SW, Lakewood, WA  98498
(253) 583-5500
Last modified Lakes 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.
Lakes High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 61 reviews. Top