Libertyville High School10

Libertyville, IL | Lake County


June 11, 2014

LHS is the least accommodating school around. The faculty believe that there is one way to do something - their way - and that is it. All of the students are names on papers and I can honestly say none of them have had a positive life-long impact on me. All they care about are the letters that show up on the students' report card. If you do not have a lot of money like most of the student body, you are easily left out of a lot of in-class activities because you lack a smartphone. If you're not in all AP classes you're a misfit and are to be frowned upon. Not only are the teachers unhelpful, but the students too. It seems as if the only thing motivating them to get through the day is to put others down. There is extreme judgement and exclusive cliques that make me feel uncomfortable to go to school every day. You are excluded if you don't wear name brand items or don't have a car. There is no sense of community at LHS, and overall it's absolutely terrible. I previously attended a different high school that was much better than this with many aspects. I've seen what a good functioning high school is, and LHS isn't one of them.

Submitted by a student

September 16, 2013

I'm currently a junior at this school and out of all the teachers that I have had so far maybe 2 (being generous) so far have made any impact on me than besides just being a name next to the grade on a transcript. The math department is determined of never letting go of their math book and not showing students new ways of learning/helping themselves in this department (Kahn Acadamy). Science there is good for facts and learning the basics, again not expanding into what actually gets kids excited about science (Neil Degrasse Tyson). The Lit department is an absolute trainwreck, the worst department by far at the school. Do not teach anything new from year to year, my teacher last year was probably the worst teacher I'V ever had in my entire life. The SS their is good mostly depends on the teacher you have. The life lessons that every talks about them helping us out with I don't see them. The principle is the least involved person with the students in the world. Very little contact with students, only shows up when we do something good to be the face of it. Takes no advice from student council/students in general. School is good if you only care about getting into a good college

Submitted by a student

September 14, 2013

I have one child who has taken advantage of what LHS has offered and now in premed at slu. Currently I have a child in 11 th grade and I find the teachers to be demanding and strict. That is a good thing. Your students are in the process of becoming adults and life is full of demands on jobs and personal responsibility. The lessons they learn now will help them deal with life in the future and be better people in the end. So when your child complains ask them if they done enough give them the responsibility to fix it. You will not be there forever! From a parent with children in the low end middle and high end of ability. Life gives you what you put into it.

Submitted by a parent

August 27, 2013

My second child is now at LHS and I have to say the school failed my first and is well on the way to failing my second. The school is fine if you have kids that fall within the 80% ability level, but if your children are on either end of the extreme, the school basically tries to shove the square peg in the round hole. There is one way of doing everything from sports to counseling and if you disagree you are on your own. I was also very disheartened to hear my daughter tell me that two teachers and one coach this year asked "so you all have iPhones, right?" She does not - we are apparently one of the last families in this town who cannot afford them for our children. She cannot get group messages related to homework and practices as a result. That seems like an awfully high hurdle to expect for all residents of Libertyville! Yes, the teaching is mostly good. Yes, the school says all the right things. But there's something missing at the heart of it all - concern for the individual child. I know all high schools are like this to a degree but I hoped for more, given the extraordinary ratings this school always gets.

Submitted by a parent

April 5, 2013

LHS has really gone downhill during Principal Scott's tenure. She is asleep at the wheel, and many of the teachers and facility there do not meet with the academic qualifications of those from other area high schools. It's really sad to see, because LHS used to be a truly great school.

Submitted by a parent

April 20, 2012

Both of my children are in Libertyville High School. They have a very strong enrichment program with multiple AP classes in a wide array of fields. They also have an excellent music program.

Submitted by a parent

May 10, 2011

My son graduated last year from LHS and now he's finished first year of college. The school is great, academically and socially. Fine Arts program is one of the best. Math and Science department is great. Math team has been placed 1st regionally several years in a row. Excellent school.

Submitted by a parent

June 6, 2010

Both my children went to Libertyville High School and got a great education. As any high school, the student must get involved. My son was ADD and got great followup. My daughter received great interaction with the teachers.

Submitted by a parent

February 24, 2010

Administration fails to address the excessive drug and alcohol problems that every grade level has. Terrible support system, and mentally scarring on my child.

Submitted by a parent

October 20, 2009

The teachers are fantastic and everyone looks out for eachother! If someone is being mean to another student in the hall, people are like 'Hey! That's not cool, man!'

Submitted by a student

August 20, 2009

Excellence is the only way to describe the academics of this school. The school spirit is uplifting for all students. It is believed this gives them the motivation to study and to be proud of their school.

Submitted by a parent

February 10, 2009

Most of the teachers at this school are high quality and care very much about the progress of the students. The fine arts and science program is top notch. In contrast, the quality of the administration and counseling is very poor (and the quality is deteriorating every year). The administration and counseling staff lacks the necessary skills that are required in today's environment. If I was assigning them a grade, I would give them an F. School Board...please take the necessary action that will improve this situation.

Submitted by a parent

December 10, 2008

great school for a curious mind eager to learn.

Submitted by a parent

November 9, 2008

teachers are awsome and fun as ever!!!

Submitted by a teacher

August 28, 2008

A great school, INCREDIBLY competitive academically, and filled with amazing resources to help the student succeed.

Submitted by a student

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