The teachers overall are great. The community is nice enough, the kids like the school, parents care, the academics are strong - it's a good school overall. But all schools have their challenges. Let's be honest - no school is perfect. Parking is pathetic. The PTA is like a sorority with lots of politics involved. Security after school is a joke (what security?) We cannot seem to get a decent nursing or library staff. There are a few teachers that have gone totally rogue (e.g. - one third grade teacher has been there so long and has a terribly bizarre grading system and says "I don't believe in giving 4's" without any justification at all...even though some children very much deserve 4's. This puts my child at a total disadvantage when applying to private middle schools against other children in other classes who got 4's. Nobody has questioned this behavior- even the principal will not stand up to the parental concerns around his unfair grading. Which begs the question - what else is the principal letting slide? This all said - all these things aside, for a public school - Lanai feels more like a private school. It's pretty awesome for many many reasons. I'll take all the bad to all of the good anyday.
The is an important part of a child's learning. I know the teachers at this school build these attributes into their core curriculum. They encourage independent thinking as well group morality and ethics among clasmates.
This is an amazing school. The teachers really care. The parent support is unmatched. The principal and his staff are what makes this school so great. My student loves school because of the people she is surrounded with daily.
The Seeds program is awesome. Professional, fun and enrichment. She never want to go home when we come to pick her up after school. Between the enrichment classes and the daycare portion it's the best of both worlds. The administrators are approachable and open to new ideas to make the program great for everyone.
Lanai has everything a parent could want in one place. A great learning environment, people who care and a safe place where your kid can be a kid. 2 thumbs up...
The new principal, Mr. Hansen is simply amazing! I cannot say enough great things about him as a parent. He fits the school perfectly. The teachers are all dedicated and outstanding with great passion for their field and the children. This school has a lot of fundraising, but it is all worth it because through the booster we are able to have so many things no other public school has. I will pay my 700$ to the LOVE fund every year, anything to make my child have the best education possible. This is the best elementary school in the valley because of the new principal and dedicated parents and staff.
This is an amazing school! The leadership is outstanding and really cares about the students. Office staff is very friendly even with the sometimes overbearing parents. SEEDS is the after school program that really offers a diverse and enriching after school program that meets the needs of every child. It's a shame that someone with a grudge would take the time to post a negative review... most people can read between the lines.
Lanai is an amazing school. My children child loves to learn and the faculty is the reason. The teachers care the new principal is an amazing encourager and has brought life back to this wonderful gem. The afterscool program is great. Seeds offers homework assistance, enrichment activities and supervise my child daily. The enrichment classes are top notch. My children child has participated in almost all the classes and registered by request to be in the basketball programy 3 times in a row. No school is perfect but Lanai does a great job at reaching for perfection. API scores are through the roof at 900. How many public charter or private schools can say that. Lanai has great family and alumni support. I am proud to be apart of the Lanai heritage.
My kids have been at this school for one year now and I think it is outstanding. The wonderful, dedicated parents give so much of themselves to the kids that for a public school, this school has far more than some private schools in terms of additional class time programs. The office staff are very nice and I have never had an issue receiving information. What needs work is the Afterschool,or Seeds program, which is very patchy. Some are great (science, cooking). Some are not good (basketball, general homework seeds). The parking,AND as a result, the fact that they do not do any pickup is incomprehensible to me. The parking is so bad that its hard even to describe. From the few parent PTA meetings I have attended, the PTA seems very defensive about some things amongst which are security and afternoon pick-up suggestions. It would be nice to feel safe to discuss these things again, even if this has been done in past years. Thanks again to the dedicated staff and amazing parents who make this school so outstanding!