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Mountain Lakes High School is a public high school in Mountain Lakes. The principal of Mountain Lakes High School is Mr Jeremy Davies, whose e-mail is jdavies@mtlakes.org. 698 students attend Mountain Lakes High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Asian. 0.7% of the 698 students here get reduced lunch prices. Class size at Mountain Lakes High School is 23, and the student to teacher ratio is 12:1. The Craig School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

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

    • French
    • Latin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Crew
    • Cross country
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Lacrosse
    • P.E. classes
    • Rock climbing
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 88% 87%
Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 8%
Asian 7% %
Hispanic 3% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 2%
Multiracial 0.6% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 0.7% 4%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Mtn. Lakes H.S. deserves the high marks it receives in the rankings. We moved from Dallas to Mtn. Lakes when my daughter was going into her Jr. year. She is a rather shy sensitive person who is very creative and artsy...not at all sporty. She found a great group of friends in Mtn. Lakes and an equally great set of teachers who inspired her to learn and prepared her well for college. The school is known for its lacrosse team but there are plenty of excellent opportunities for kids who are interested in the arts and of course those who desire an academic challenge.

  • (2 years ago)

    This is a public school with a private school feel. I have two kids in school an over-achiever and an under-achiever and both have gotten a lot of attention from the faculty and administration. I couldn't have asked for more. When you consider that you get to live in Mountain Lakes and your kids get to go to great school system what more could you want? Honestly your money can buy a bigger house somewhere else but then what? 1/2 hour drive to anything and everyything? Mediocre schools? Traffic? I wouldn't have left the city if not for finding Mountain Lakes.

  • (3 years ago)

    First class school system where academic achievement is revered by both students and teachers. Attend a back to school night and see 22 desks and 44 parents. This is a town full of parents who care about the education and development of the children. Sports keep kids out of trouble and force tem to learn to budget their time. Both my wife and I graduated from MLHS and were well prepared for Competitive colleges and subsequent success. Now we are raising 3 kids here.

  • (3 years ago)

    Mountain Lakes gave me a very thorough and wonderful educational experience. Also Mr. Bernotas works there and is the best music teacher in the world.

  • (4 years ago)

    Mountain Lakes HS is rated as one of the best high schools for many reasons. It offers an excellent education with small class sizes benefiting everyone from the faculty to the students. The extracurriculars are impeccable with sports drama and more continually recognized as high achievements. The students here work hard and their lowest goal would be anyone's greatest achievement. As a student myself I love this school. It offers so many great things besides a good education. MLHS is filled with hard working students and teachers that are -always- trying to raise the bar. I'm proud to be a 'laker' now and always.

  • (4 years ago)

    Even we have a new principal at this school nothing has changed. They will not eagerly help students who are needy and struggling academically . Rather they lavish it on atheletes and ivy league bound students. The staff needs to pay attention to at risk students and be fair. That would benefit all of us as acommunity and not just the few.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have 2 students in MLHS and find it academically and athletically strong. Its small size enables staff to provide excellent student direction/support and also gives the kids the security of a 'home away from home'. I agree with the comment that MLHS is more like a private school than a public one yet the staff and leadership must be careful not to become haughty lest their (high) academic rankings continue to slide.

  • (4 years ago)

    MLHS is more like a private school than a public high school. The school is small (> 700 kids) but the resources (teachers coaches facilities) are all first rate. The academic curriculum is very challenging and the teachers are well prepared and accessible. There are a many talented kids at MLHS so its very competitive both academically and athletically. That being said the school spirit and pride is like nothing I have seen at a high school before. There is a very high level of parent involvement which is good. I really don't understand some of the poor reviews In terms of diversity the town (Mtn Lakes and Boonton Twsp) is what it is - has nothing to do with the school. In terms of athletics they are not emphasized any more than other extracurriculars (arts music academic clubs). The success in athletics is due to a great group of coaches.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have graduated 2 children from MLHS between 2005 and 2008. I am not nor are my children waving any flags about this school. They tout that the small class size means they can give better focus on the children. They did not practice this ethic with me. Needs of the children are not met. The natural talents and abilities are ignored for high test scores to keep the school 'looking good'. I have a third and anticipated moving to a more reasonably priced town with a school system that is less focused on sports and status symbols.

  • (7 years ago)

    MT Lakes Schools have deteriorated over the past 10 years. Little diversity and an over emphasis on sports. Many get into great schools but how many are still there after the 1st year ....

  • (7 years ago)

    Love this school! not only do they have a great athletics program but the learning in this school is unbelievable.

  • (7 years ago)

    When my three children went to college many years ago after graduating from the ML school system they were well prepared. However too much emphasis is now placed on sports programs and not enough on academic programs. There is also room for improvement in the area of teacher quality.

  • (8 years ago)

    Plenty of courses to choose from. Lots of sports but lacrosse is king. There is a high level of parental involvement

  • (9 years ago)

    An excellent school with hardworking teachers a fairly talented populace excellent sports and arts. Unfortunately recently an attitude of apathy has permeated the school. One can only hope that the crud doesn't bring down the cream.

  • (9 years ago)

    If your idea of a good public school is one in which diversity is non-existent and the town is too cheap to expand for an oversized student body despite being one of the richest towns in the country then MLHS is for you. For those who went there it is obvious that this school is highly overrated the quality of many teachers is questionable at best and the security of the student body is non-existent with students coming and going as they please.

  • (11 years ago)

    There are no better private schools in the state only its a public school. The student has the opportunity to participate in all areas of development including sports music community as well as the top accademic school in the state.

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