I'm surprised by the recent positive reviews. Although some teachers are fantastic, test scores are going down dramatically and consistently, and class size has increased significantly over the past two years. I'm basically home-schooling my children after school lets out every day. The recent downturn of this school is a tragedy for our neighborhood and for our children.
Laurel wasn't my first choice in schools, but it was the one GOD chose when I prayed about it. It thus far has been a great school for my child. The teachers she has had have gone the extra mile to ensure, with her LD, that she understands lessons. The Principal interacts with the students on the playground, in the classroom and responds to parent concerns quickly. The school also has a strong PTA, which enables us to still have extra curricluar programs being cut by most schools in the district.
Laurel Elementary is a very warm,friendly and learning environmental school. I'm glad my son attends Laurel Elementary. He is now entering in the First grade with a new teacher. Her name is Mrs. Leewright,but she goes by Mrs. L. I pray she has a good connections with my son.
Very well disciplined students who do not use abusive words. Neat environment and great teachers including the after school program. Excellent place to send a child who needs Focus! The school involves parents in almost everything and I believe this is key to the success of our own children. Also, parents are well informed and updated on issues or changes made at the school or OUSD.
Laurel teachers have high expectations. I have two children attending and they are both thriving. The diversity of students reflects Oakland and is one of the reasons I really like the school. Another key factor is that parents get involved in how the school is run. The principal and staff care about all students learning and excelling.
Laurel is an AWESOME school! This is our second year being part of the Laurel family and we wouldn't want our child to attend any other school. The academics are challenging, the teachers are creative and engaging and the school leadership is alwaysdeveloping new opportunities to provide our students with more resources. We have a new library and computer lab, school crossing guards, music and computer class to mention a few of the invaluable resources available to our students and families. And if your child is a male students, you can't find a better experience for him because there is a large percentage of male teachers, in addition to our male principal. The student body is very diverse and the students enjoy getting to know each other and building friendships. The atmosphere at the school is very family oriented and we support our school with a tremendous amount of pride!
laurel is best school in oakland.my daughter came back from lauer the other day and said laurel is the best school in oakland.
This elementary school is a wonderful place to be in. All the facility members there are all nice and hard-working. All the teachers there really cares about their students. What I like most about this school is, it's very diverse. All races are together playing with each other, no one is left alone. They also focus on disciplining the kids and lead them to the right path to their future. The library is filled with books; The librarian does a very great job updating the books once in a while, and teaching the kids how to behave and use the library system. I really recommend this school, because I was also once a student there and when I graduated I was happy and proud of myself.
My son came home from kindergarten the other day and said, "I want to go to Laurel for 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, all the grades 'til college!" He has had a wonderful year. He has made many friends, feels cared for by all staff. Every family we have met is sweet and supportive of their children's success in school. The PTA is not large, but it is a positive and committed group. My son's teacher has been warm and always has her door open for parents to check in, observe, volunteer. She uses her bilingual skills to help Cantonese speaking families understand the curriculum and stay informed about school events. Though many of his classmates are bilingual, my son, who is a native English speaker has still been challenged and inspired this year. I am amazed at his reading, writing and math skills. We love our neighborhood school!
My grandson goes to Laurel, and he loves it and so do I. The principal is outstanding and very supportive to the kids, my grandson has excelled very well in the 1st grade, and he has learned so much from his teacher. My grand daughter will be attending the Kindergarten in the fall and she is looking forward to it, I hope she have a great year also. From: the grandparent from the heart
Laurel has some hard working teachers. The support staff is very helpful. The principal is outstanding. Keep up the good work.
My son went to Laurel and have moved on to Junior High, but for the most part, at the time that he attended in 2004-2006, it was an OK school. Now, my daughter attends Laurel and loves her teachers and school and I have seen the positive change this school has acquired. The teachers and the Principal, Mr. Smith really care about the kids and their success. I think that the reputation of this school has made such a huge turnaround within the last 3 years!
It's a great school. A diverse population with great teachers. I have volunteered there.
The teachers have a commitment to seeing their students achieve and to personally growing as professionals. The Principal is an educational leader and works hard to create a caring community within the school and to keep connected with the community at large. The office staff is warm and welcoming. The school environment is appealing to the eye and clean. There are multiple enrichment opportunities during the school day and afterschool to acknowledge and support the 'whole child'.
A wonderful school with great teachers and kids that is very connected to the community.
Our oldest child will enter first grade at Laurel for the 09-10 academic year. We loved loved our kindergarten experience: incredible ethnic diversity and community; caring teachers and staff; increasing parental involvement. Best of all, Mr. Smith, our principal, is a high-energy, intelligent and thoughtful principal who supports his families and understands his students. Our biggest concern is that so many neighborhood families do not invest in this local school--the academics may be uninspired, but the community and work being done here are truly inspiring. Nonetheless, we look forward to many happy years at Laurel Elementary.
100% Parent participation - Sponsored music, dance and gardening programs - Family and community activities on a regular basis - committed teachers - well mixed student body You can't find a better public school than this one. Again, 100% parent participation
Our daughter loves laurel. We are really happy with the new sport and art program. Parent involvement could be better.
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