Lakota Middle School
Federal Way, WA 98023
About This School
In 2011, Lakota Middle School had 18 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Washington average is 19 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Lakota Middle School Reviews
This school is OK by a student but its very bad on health issues
I don't mean to disrespectful because I know a lot of people, parents and students alike, enjoy(ed) this school, but I have to dissagree. I went to Lakota as an 8th grader did not have a great experience there. Although some teachers are fantastic, other teachers I found to be very disrespectful, impatient, and discriminating by whether the student was academically advanced or not. It was clear to me that they did not want to connect with us students and were very reluctant in trying to help some of us. I found the strict dress code very unneccesary. My previous middle school had no dress code, and there was very little bullying or discrimination based off of what a person wears. I found the same results for Lakota, but I don't believe it was because of the dress code. People tend to forget that the "clique" trend is fading out in modern days, and that young people are becoming more open-minded to a person's attire.
As far as FW district concerns, I do not approve of the system and requirements on passing middle school. I did not pass all sections of the math DCA and therefore I was nearly held back, despite the fact that I maintined passing grades in all classes. I now attend Thomas Jefferson as a freshman, and although I have only been at this school for a few days, I am enjoying my experience so far. My teachers seem to be much nicer than they were at Lakota and I don't sense any lack of respect from them. Although I think individuality and creativity in students is somewhat repressed in the Federal Way Public School District compared to the school districts surrounding it, I have learned to adapt to their school enviorment and am making my best attempts to learn as much as possible.
So my advice is that if your student is a great test-taker and/or a great leader, and they can tolerate an occasional hostile staff member, then this school is for them. But if they are a follower and/or tend to struggle with academics more, then I would recommend another school.
I did a lot of research before transferring my child into Lakota school. I transferred him from another school district into Lakota because of the Cambridge Program and the rigorous academic standards. My child has loved the program and the academic content. I think the program is helping my child be better prepared academically. The school uniform is not as bad as people make it seem. Although my child would enjoy perhaps not wearing the uniform, I don’t think it infringes upon his freedom. The school also offers other opportunities for children that are not inclined to participate in sports. My child has enjoyed the music program tremendously and learned to play the violin in less than one year. I think Lakota offers a comprehensive academic program for students and the programming is not available at other schools. I transferred him into Lakota because of the breath of opportunities available to my child, not only academically, but also to help build other skills in other areas of youth development, like music. The teachers have been great! My child has thoroughly enjoyed the teachers at Lakota.
Lakota is a fantastic school. All of the staff, rules, and dress code are perfectly fair. I have learned more during my tiime at Lakota than I have at any other school. The cambridge program is awesome. Kids in the cambridge program move through materials much faster, so it never gets boring. All of the teachers are nice. If your child has any interest in a good future, put them in the cambridge program. If they just want to squeak by, Put them in cambridge program anyway, because their regular classes are pretty good too. If you're not in the lakota area, choice enroll, it is so worth it.
Lakota MS is a fantastic Middle school. The principle is amazing and has the highest standards for her teachers and staff. My kids, nieces and nephews and kids of close friends have attended Lakota and all have come away with a top notch education. Lakota has one of thie highest academic ratings in the district. My kids have had great experiences at Lakota and have enjoyed thier time there. Lakota is a great school.
I belive Lakota middle school to not meet the requirements any school should make. There are problems with the dress code because it impinges on students freedom of speech. The general schooling is not very good. I belive students would be better off going to Illahee or FWPA. I would not reccoment the advanced program Cambridge either. The class dicipline I have seen is very poor. The dress code should definitly be reconsidered. all and all not a wonderfull school.
Lakota has oppresive administration and a strict dress code which is vauge and impingis on students rights. Overall I would not reccomend this school at all. The teachers for the Cambrige "Rigorous" Prgram are horrible. The classes that are offered are not intresting. Athletics are usualy terrible. The wrestliig team took second for the first time this year and everything else failed. To top It all off the mascot is a smelly falcon suit and the school has basiccly no spirit whatsoever. If you are In lakotas service area choice enroll to another school. Your child will come out knowing less than when they came in.