LAKEWOOD HIGH SCHOOL

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9700 W 8TH AVE
DENVER, CO 80215
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Phone: 303-982-7085
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 7
  • Educational Climate: Average
  • Technology Measure: Low
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • District: Jefferson County School District No. R-1
  • Students/Teacher: 18:1
  • Students/Grade: 550
  • Number Students: 2200
  • Number Teachers: 100
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 5162
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Lisa Ritchey
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (50 ratings)
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    School Reviews (40 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-05-20
    "The teachers don't seem to be very motivated to help struggling kids. From the inflexibility in the curriculum and assignments for those that are having a hard time, to the lack of care from the counselor office.You may try to reach out and try to get some help from the teacher or the office, but it is a lost cause. You are on your own and your child is shuffled along or made an example of. 13 years of struggling to try to help my child with learning disabilities... all down the drain. 13 years of schooling and trying to help my child work through the problems he deals with on a daily basis.. all down the drain. 13 years all culminating to one big F. My child didn't graduate because of ONE class. 13 years waiting for this day to come, and it is not going to happen. No graduation day. Cancel the party, cancel the grandparents traveling out to see this big day, cancel all celebration plans. LHS, feel free to hang my child's Cap and Gown in your office. If he doesn't get to walk, then we don't need it. The way I see it tho, you had one job. ONE JOB, and YOU are the one that failed. You didn't give my kid an F, you gave yourself an F. The anger I feel is all encompassing."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-04-26
    "Pre-IB Lakewood teachers do not encourage high quality work, but they do encourage cheating, if unintentionally. Teachers generally do a cursory job grading assignments, if they grade them at all. This is likely because the volume of busy work given each day is huge (3 hrs + per night) & would be difficult to grade (unless teachers spend 3 hrs + per night grading). Instead, they just glance at the student's work to make sure the quantity is there. As a result of the volume and lack of accountability, cheating on assignments is rampant. When students don't cheat, they often do a very cursory job just to get it turned in. I see no interest on the part of administration in acknowledging the issue, much less addressing the student behavior or the teaching policies (e.g., lots of busy work rarely graded) that lead to the need to cheat and do low quality work. I am sure many parents are not aware of this situation, and are very pleased with the school. But, for a school with such a good reputation & so full of smart kids, I find the low ethical and academic standards very disappointing."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-02-18
    "Best school in Colorado! This school is amazing. They have great classes, they help your children learn clearly. The sports are great. The tutors are amazing. The school has great support and school spirit. I would definitely reccomend this school!"
    Student Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-04-09
    "I loved my LHS experience!! I am a recent Lakewood graduate and I can honestly say that I had the best experience here. I entered in the IB program but decided to just take AP classes my junior and senior years. I felt incredibly prepared for college and like I received the best public education I could have. Not only does Lakewood have great academic programs but they also have an incredible arts department, including music and theater, and a great sense of community. Principal Castagna was a fantastic principal and he has run Lakewood with extreme success for years. I am still so proud to be a Lakewood Tiger!!!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-04-02
    "My student transferred to LHS their sophmore year.. I have never meet the Principal in the two years he has been there. This principal is very removed from the parents and student body except for his class interuptions over the loud speaker for annoucements or e-mails to parents asking for donations for the school. Supposedly he has earned some award for a being a top principal. The school administrative staff is very aloof. Teachers are a mixed bag. Some are good , some do not want to be bothered and feel because the student is in HS a parent should have no involvement. Special Education , IEP and 504 services are sketchy and hard to enforce as is the case in most Jeffco schools. The school has a large student population and has it share of clicks"
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