I was a student of Laramie Junior High. It was like being stuck in a prison. It was even designed like a prison with a square shape and a cement courtyard that was not fixed up and we never entered it. (This was the old school). The teachers were HORRIBLE, but then so were the students so you can't blame them. An absolutely miserable experience.
LJHS has been incredible for our son. We moved from the Southeast where the schools were not good at all. He could turn junk in and get As which taught him to be lazy. Here, he is learning what hard work means and the rigor is MUCH higher. The principal is very involved and has instituted positive behavior support programs school-wide. My son is making friends quickly and has a HUGE array of activities and sports to choose from. The parents overall are involved in their kids' education which is good for everyone. The teachers are very caring and there are many internal programs for students who need that little extra support. LJHS has been wonderful for our son. The previous reviews were written prior to the new principal.
LJHS has been a good school for my daughter, not a great school, but certainly better than average. Basics such as English and Math have been taught by teachers who seemed to care and be interested in what the kids they were teaching would be leaving with. There are a handful of teachers I would not recommend after my daughter being there two years. While some revieweers seemed to think things there were really strict, I did not see enough discipline. The dress code was not enforced and some kids just seemed as though they were drifting through. This is not something I would blame the school for; I think parents should take more responsibility for the education their child receives, and this school has very little parent involvement. While a small amount of children seem supported by their parents, there was always limited attendance at academic or artistic performances, though sports in general seemed well-attended by adults. Ii have known the principal there for years, and I think he does an adequate job, considering all the restaraints placed on educators today. Any school can be a great school if parents are willing to work for that extra achievement.
Our student has received almost straight A s through school, yet every year the standardized test scores are just above avg. Due to the std d test scores LJHS would not recommend our student for advanced math despite the A+ received as a final grade. It is disappointing as a parent to learn that an A+ student is only avg on std d tests. The teachers are very caring in Laramie, but the curriculum is not preparing the students well enough for college. In the 7/22/10 Laramie newspaper it was stated WY schools received a D & F ranking nationally for English & Math. This is very believable based on my observations with my student. We now seek outside tutoring assistance for our student to fill the curriculum gaps. Professional tutoring with traditional curriculum has put our student back on track in math.
This school is great. I went there myself last year and the school is nothing like how the two or one star reviews say. If it was like that back then, it is not like that now. The school system got me ahead of the school I go to now in Texas. This school is way better than my current school.