School Details

Lakewood Ranch High School

5500 Lakewood Ranch Boulevard, Bradenton, FL 34211
(941) 727-6100
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 2103 students 21 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

68%
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53%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
  • This school in 2014
  • Manatee County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

66%
53%
55%
64%
58%
64%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
88%
81%
84%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)

In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.
  • This school in 2014
  • Manatee County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

63%
65%
66%
79%
68%
68%
75%
63%
64%
78%
68%
65%

Florida End-of-Course Assessments (EOC)

In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
  • This school in 2014
  • Manatee County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Lakewood Ranch High School is a public high school in Bradenton. The principal of Lakewood Ranch High School is MS. LINDA NESSELHAUF and can be contacted at nesselhl@manateeschools.net. 2,103 children attend Lakewood Ranch High School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 22% of the Lakewood Ranch High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 79% of the 2,103 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Lakewood Ranch High School is 21:1. Braden River High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 79% 50%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 14%
Multiracial 3% 3%
Hispanic 12% 31%
Asian 1% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.9% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0.06%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 79% 58%
Limited English proficiency 22% 4%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Lakewood ranch high school is an amazing school. They have a lot to get involved in and most of the kids their are nice. The teachers are great too they help you reach your goals they are really encouraging to all of their students. Lakewood ranch high school has the most school spirit that I've ever seen in a high school they are also an A school. It's one of the best schools that I've been to and I'm not leaving any time soon.

  • (2 years ago)

    . We were undecided on public school when coming to Manatee County from Clay County outside Jacksonville FL and a private school but with A-rated schools here in Lakewood Ranch we gave them a try. All have been very good if not better. He was given the opportunity to earn high school credit in middle school to bring to LRHS in order to take a more rigorous course load once in high school. This advancement has made a strong impact in his striving for higher levels of learning with AP. My oldest son is currently in 10th grade at LRHS. He has had the opportunity to challenge himself academically as much as he wants. He brought over 5 classes from middle school and has now taken 4 AP classes and 1 dual enrollment class (college.) He is able to choose the classes that suit his individual needs and the AP classes and dual-enrollment have been quite rigorous but he is getting a wonderful education and will get college credit upon successful passing of the AP Exams at YE. He is socially and academically happy at LRHS. We struggled with the decision on choosing an IB Program but our son is happy SOCIALLY and the AP Program is GREAT! This was the best choice for HIM.

  • (3 years ago)

    I believe that overall Lakewood Ranch High School is a fairly good school and I have enjoyed my time here at LRHS. Based on personal experiences Highlights of LRHS They have a fantastic TV Production program and have a morning news show Lakewood Live thanks to Mr. Stedman. They have a great sports program. If you are in Band or orchestra this is the school for you. They have all kinds of clubs to choose from as well as many opportunities to earn your volunteer hours. Their are some truly amazing teachers some of my favorites are Mrs. Austerman Coach Thomas and Coach Sponsel. Some parts of the school are very nice the upstairs classrooms the auditorium the gym and the football feild. Some of my least favorite things about LRHS The bathrooms are aweful and everytime I go in it reeks of cigarette smoke. The school lunches are not the best so bring your own lunch. Some of the teachers really should not be teaching. In all my time being here I have not once seen or heard the principle and don't even know who she is. Teachers give ridiculous amounts of homework. The campus is a bit dirty and some of the classes are in portables.

  • (5 years ago)

    New principal has re-energized the staff and students to achieve maxium potential

  • (5 years ago)

    I love this school. It is a little small for the population of students attending but isn't as bad as everyone said it was. New schools in the area have helped with the class size. If you are into drama or band their programs are superior. The campus is relatively clean the cell phone policy is extremely strict and the dress code is strict too. The teachers are pretty good overall well rounded some hard some 'easy A'. Watch out for Mrs. Thomas Mr. Thomas though is one of the best. Overall an excellent school. Oh yeah... Pack your own lunch.

  • (5 years ago)

    I liked LWR and went there this year as a freshman. They have some great clubs and programs there. I am very much involved in the performing arts and I did showchoir there with the chorus teacher Ms. Bond and loved it. (who is amazing!!!) On the other hand I ran into some problems with some other freshaman girls. I wish the school was a bit more.... serious. But other than that I cant complain. Had a great time! Wont be returning due to having my heart set on another school but it was a great experience.

  • (6 years ago)

    I loved LWR High School. Great learning experience for both my girls. No problems at all.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have 3 children and I am aware of 'school choice.' We are districted for Lakewood Ranch High School and are happy we did. My daughter loves the school the teachers are great and the curriculum is challenging. She is learning a great deal and is involved with many great clubs the school has to offer!

  • (6 years ago)

    Lakewood ranch is awful for your child unless you want your children educated in violence and unsatisfactory and savy staff

  • (6 years ago)

    ive been going to lrhs for my freshman and sophmore year then for the begginning of my junior year i went to 2 different SMALL schools yet for the last semester i came back to lakewood. i love this school and even though it is huge you still know the majority of the people at the school. it has a huge variety of fun classes to take and the teachers are fun and interesting. the school alwyas has functions going on and stuff to do. i love this school

  • (7 years ago)

    Perfect school my 14 year old son said it was great as well do I and I am truely glad we chose this school!

  • (7 years ago)

    A great school and I am glad we chose it as a family!

  • (8 years ago)

    I'm a Senour this year at LRHS and I've been there for all four years of high school. For the most part it would say it's a decent school. It's true there are some clueless teachers but the bulk of the staff is tuned in. There is alot of community involvement here as well. LRHS hosts many family and teen aimed events included the Fall Funtacular and a Battle of the Bands which takes place in a controlled environment. This year though they have dramatically cracked down on discipline. This is a fairly young school and is still growing. The campus is extremely large covering almost 100 acres of land 20 of which is the physical campus while the rest consists of sports complexes training fields parking lots and a large ag department. ~Bert

  • (8 years ago)

    This school has some very poor teachers. So that my child did not adversely suffer the consequences of poor luck getting one of them... I had to hire a tutor so that she has a chance of passing.(Not tax deductible!) there are a few teachers that she can honestly say; she did not learn anything from! how sad is that? The principal is not very helpful and school rules are ridiculous when a child has a complaint about not being able to comprehend a teacher and feels she needs a new teacher.. Schedule changes are not allowed! so what is a parent to do? Pay the price for poor luck!

  • (9 years ago)

    I am a university professor and I believe this school is doing an excellent job preparing kids for college. My kids have been in a number of good schools throughout the country and LR has been the best. They seem to be very well funded. For example each student has two books for each class--one for home and one for school. The TV production labs are amazing and the instructor is excellent and very knowledgeable. They also have an OUTSTANDING band program. This is BY FAR the best school around if your teen is musically inclined. The golf program is one of the best in the state but you will have to be a scratch (zero handicap) golfer to make the team. One downside Since the school focuses on academics the football team typically goes 1-10. Serious football players might want to look elsewhere. The other sports programs--including track--are good.

  • (9 years ago)

    Lakewood Ranch High School is developing and implementing small learning communities within the school. This is a great enhancement for a school with over 2 500 students. The administrators and teachers are committed to the success of each student. Parental involvement is good for high school level. The biggest challenge is communication which is being addressed through quarterly newsletters and continuous improvement of the school's website. There are endless opportunities for students to participate in sports clubs music programs and more. Students have the opportunity to have an excellent high school experience here both socially and academically.

  • (9 years ago)

    Great School in our area offerss good academic programs good sports activties friendly staff and lot of parent involvement

  • (9 years ago)

    I have been a student at Lakewood for one year now and am going into my jr. year. I think that overall it is a good school. The academic quality depends upon the teacher because some teachers are not as in depth in their material as others and it is hard to learn as much. Some classes are overcrowded and the school in general is very large with over 2000 students but if you are enrolled in honors classes it is not as bad. The sports programs are very competetive with such a large group to draw players from. There are many clubs and extracurricular activities to participate in. Lakewood is a great school and i couldnt be happier. If i could change anything i would make the school smaller and more personable.

  • (9 years ago)

    With only 43% of the school passing the reading FCAT this school was horrible in academics. Much improvement is needed in all categories. Kids like the staff however they need to be more disciplined.

  • (9 years ago)

    Lakewood ranch high school is overall a great school they have a wonderful administration. their teachers are some of the best and there extracurricular activeities not only focus on the sports but also the learning of leadership. I would reccomend any parent/student to lakewood ranch. The lakewood ranch community is very peaceful and safe. L.R.H.S. is a great learning enviorment!

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