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  • Lexington High School10

    Lexington, MA | Middlesex County

    December 1, 2014

    I am an current student at lhs. It is extremely stressful and the pressure is on. Kids easily fall into stress, anxiety, and depression. Some teachers barely know how to teach properly and effectively. However, the student body is extremely welcoming, friendly, and sometimes has the typical high school cliques. The health department and guidance department are both home to some of the best people in the school. The student needs to have to confidence and willingness to talk and reach out, not to fall down softly(or hard). It's a big school. Just need to get used to it. Though lhs is tough, there are wonderful teachers and some that aren't so great. You just have to get lucky.

    May 3, 2013

    It's funny that most of the negative reviews are also ungrammatical. This suggests, unsurprisingly, that the parents' education level will have some bearing on their perception of this school.

    February 21, 2013

    We moved to historic and expensive Lexington, MA for the famous school system. The middle schools are great. However, the high school is a major disappointment. Half of the honors/AP teachers can not or would not teach. Our AP Bio and Honor's Algebra 2 teachers are so bad that everyone complains but the department heads defend them and berate the parents and kids. LHS is great ONLY because of the great parent and student body. If you have an average kid and not the money to hire a tutor, your child may sink and nobody would notice.

    Submitted by a parent

    December 3, 2012

    Terrible school. doesn't know how to take care of its students. the worst school ever. nightmare.

    Submitted by a parent

    November 3, 2011

    LHS offers great competition in classes that encourage students to work harder. Most classes are challenging and interesting, and most teachers are great. There is very little bullying. I love LHS

    Submitted by a student

    January 22, 2011

    This is a great atmosphere for learning and advancing in my child's studies. I am greatly impressed by the friendly staff and their willingness to help any student in need. It is a great school!

    Submitted by a parent

    December 17, 2010

    LHS is a great school and success depends on how much work the student wants to take on. There should be more support for high performers who are serious about their education and future. Even if a kid gets all A's, there is little direction given to ensure that he/she is taking all of the steps necessary in a timely way to prepare for college. I have been told by Guidance to just go to the college board web site for college planning. With so many smart kids, the school needs to help them stand out so that they are competitive with kids falling in the top 10% of lower ranking public schools in the area. Although necessary, Guidance seems to focus on the bad behavior in the schools, and not enough attention is given to the kids at the top.

    Submitted by a parent

    June 4, 2010

    I am a junior in Lexington High School and I take all honors and AP courses except for one level one course. Lexington High School is made up of kids in three categories: the achievers, the average students, and the slackers. Most of my classmates would be classified as achievers because they understand that LHS is a highly competitive school and one must be in the top 10-20% to get into a top college. The average students also understand that good grades are necessary to get into a good college, but they just don't try as hard. Like every school, there will be slackers (as well as drug users and smokers). Many of the kids in my level one class would fall under the slacker category. As for the teachers, most of the honors and AP teachers are pretty good. Many of the level 1 teachers are below par though.

    Submitted by a student

    March 31, 2010

    LHS in little way lives up to its reputation. As an average student with above average IQ- my son fell through the cracks. Repeated requests for testing/support for his learning difficulties fell on deaf ears. Fruitless communication with teacher to improve in a failing a courses he was proficient in at his previous schools- met with smug reply that Lexington holds to a higher standard. In fact the teacher was novice, his classmates were rambunctious and entitled creating a chaotic environment for learning- and there was no follow up or mediation to resolve and actually HELP my son. l Later I learned my son was being harassed and intimidated by classmates and this went unaddressed. LHS has a serious, and acknowledged problem with drug use- further alienating kids who choose not to partake. Only reason for 2 stars is great guidance. Terrible progress notes through out year, so no partnership with

    Submitted by a parent

    March 5, 2010

    LHS has been a disappointment for me and my kid. It's too big and unwelcoming; it seems unaccepting of kids who don't fit into particular categories; it's an academic grind that most often than not, teaches to the tests; and there has been huge teacher turnover so there are many inexperienced teachers afoot. It is hard to know what my kid's experience would have been elsewhere, but it has been a very inhospitable experience for my child. I regret subjecting my kid to such an unpleasant experience.

    Submitted by a parent

    March 4, 2010

    This has been the perfect school for my child!

    Submitted by a parent

    January 18, 2010

    As far as public schools go, LHS is and will continue to be one of the best. It rigorously prepares you for college, but at the cost of extreme stress and frustration during high school itself. I agree with the others that the administration and faculty are cold, and the kids 'in the middle' slip through the cracks. For all the funding that goes into the school, you certainly do not see it. Teachers are mediocre at best, with very few exceptional ones. Competition is fierce, but not cutthroat. You feel lost and confused. LHS is a school for the exceptional. If you're mediocre, just go to a private or easier school.

    Submitted by a student

    October 16, 2009

    This school is exceptional in terms of caliber. Courses are notoriously challenging at the AP/Honors level. There, the emphasis is on the learning rather than the homework. As a result, many of the courses have grading systems such as a grades being 90% tests or 75% tests + 25% labs. However, the school system is cold on the surface. There is no hand-holding, and students are expected to seek help independently. Teachers are warm when you do seek help, however, but most will act indifferent otherwise. I agree, there is a huge step-down between Honors and Level 1. I am a straight AP/Honors student, with one level 1 class only after my counselor informed me that I was taking too many credits. Level 1 is crowd control on many fronts, and work rarely is finished. There is no organization and many kids on the Level 1 track are undisciplined.

    Submitted by a student

    April 22, 2009

    Way overrated and inflated. Average kids will suffer here. Drugs and bullying ... is pervasive.

    Submitted by a parent

    February 13, 2009

    As an all AP/Hon student at LHS, I do feel the pressure to excel in schoolwork often from mainly peer-to-peer competition. The teachers understand us and encourage us; oftentimes a wonderful role model themselves. Generally the school is great to be in because if you choose to be competitive or not and if you choose the latter, well, it's okay. Honest, the responsible adults there barely judge you... it's you judging yourself.

    Submitted by a student

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