We are fairly new to the area, and one of children has attended Lake this past year. To be honest, it doesn't look so hot from the outside - old facilities, overcrowded, low security, inadequate parking. But the school is actually very good and we had a fabulous teacher. My son's class had 35 kids in it , which is wayyyy too many, and he was in an old modular classroom. Somehow they make it all work. Parking is awful awful but this is due to the larger problem of no school buses and overcrowded schools, so that is not a fault of Lake's per se. Overall, a very good school with the challenges that most CA public schools have.
We transferred from a small private school, and we were concerned about the size. Our children, both a bit shy, adapted extremely well. The teachers have been superb and the PTA is extremely involved. (A good thing) We love the neighborhood, the community, and the school. We were taken back by the grounds, a bit rough, but the learning and the social skills that my children are absorbing is impressive. It is well represented by many different ethnicities, so our children learn how to deal with all different sub-cultures. It has made our children stronger and more confident by exposing them to different ethnic groups. Every school has challenges, but the staff at Lake have risen to the challenges and have impressed my us.
Great school! But I believe its understaffed.This school needs more noon duties to see everything that happens with the children during their breaks.Besides that my kid loves this school and so do I.
My son has started kindergarten this year and His teacher is Ms. Aguirre. She is so nice and my son has had no adaptation problem at all. So far so good.
Excellent teachers with diverse teaching styles, offer students the opportunity to learn how to adapt to their environment (just like we do as adults with different bosses). We are current parents of students who have attended Lake, Kinder to 5th grade. We ve had a range of teachers from the strict to the easy going, funny loving ones. All teachers have responded to emails & phone calls when we had concerns, and addressed them to our satisfaction. Staff have been consistent with discipline and safety and open to parent envolvement, working well with the PTA. Families are involved at Lake volunteering, freeing teachers from tedious tasks, to focus on students. PTA offered/supplemented educational assemblies, classroom & playground supplies, and family activities like the annual Father/Daughter & Mother/Son events. Our kids have for the most part, scored as Advanced on the CST without any outside tutoring. Lake has offered: leveled reading groups; Universal Access, Renaissance - Accelerated Reader, online library catalog; Destiny, online math lessons for review/practice at home; Pearson Success Net, Garden Club, after school Kids College (additional cost) programs.
Test scores are not everything. I am disappointed only that it took us 2 years to figure that out. Transferred to BreezeHill. Lower test scores, but my child is learning more & actually finally excited to go to school. A world of difference.
I am loving the communication from our teacher this year. Our second grader is really excelling in class and is enjoying his experience. The administration is caring and willing to find a way to make things hapen. I'm proud to say my kid goes to Lake Elementary. I'm just sorry they have to work within the rules of VUSD.
I find most the teachers at this school to be very caring and dedicated. The PTA is amazing. Parent involvement is high. I would definitely recommend this school! Don't believe all the negative posts...it's just not accurate.
I also agree that the school academically does well but the needs improvement . They need a bulling program to help the students to stop the teasing, help their confidence and self-esteem. They also need to extend the parking structure to help decrease the car accidents that occur during the school year. It is not safe for the kids.
No breaks during after school programs such as Biz Town. They raise money for the school but where does the money really go to?? Not for Biz Town. Not to the students field trips or educational field trips. Because of the low budget cuts, teachers lack helping students academically. I hope they keep the teachers that work because teaching is their passion.
My child was new at Lake and had a negative experience. We moved to Oceanside and from a low income area in SD. My child was treated unfairly and feel I also been treated unfairly because of the area I moved from and because I had to speak to the district about a situation that I had no choice but to speak out. Hope the school staff approves and treat every individual fair.
My child has has a positive experience while at Lake and has had quality, experienced teachers. He even comments about how fair 1 teacher was to all of the kids in his class. Good Job Teachers! The main drawbacks; do not use the am/pm care. The Noon Duties are on a power trip. They have been rude to me personally. They are aggressive to both parents and children. They need more oversight. Parking is also a problem.
All of the teachers and staff at Lake are committed to giving all the students a quality education and it is obvious they have suceeded when you notice that Lake has the highest test scores in the district!
We moved to this area of town in order to attend Lake Elementary. Both of my daughters attend the school and have enjoyed excellent teachers every year. Lots of opportunities for parents to be involved and volunteer. We wouldn't go anywhere else!
I am currently researching High schools in this school district. I found the comments on this elementary to really vary. I only weeks ago decided to leave Lake and try homeschooling. I felt some of the same frustrations that the of the others parents feel.But the good news is that VUSD has alot of choices. I do not agree that parents should not 'prepare the path 'for their kids. My kids work hard and are very bright, I just wanted a different learning enviroment for them. If your not happy look to some of the other schools.There are some great options in VUSD. Don't feel that your hands are tied. Your unhappiness will affect your kids education. Also be willing to ask for different teachers, there are some really good ones at Lake. I agree with the others about the principal. If she were friendly, it would change the school enviroment.
We LOVE Lake and feel so blessed to have our children attending there. We have two kids at Lake an our son is now in 5th grade and our youngest is in 3rd. I stumbled across this website while looking for something else and found interesting to read the most recently posted review because it appears this is from one of the very few parents who is dissatisfied with Lake. I believe that is a case of the type of parent who tries to 'prepare the path for the child' instead of the other way around as it ought to be. If the kids won't do the work and don't follow playground rules, there are appropriate consequences. The kids work hard, but the teacher's our children have had have been fantastic at each level--especially Mrs. Parker in 3rd grade. Wow!
I have three children that have attended Lake. The experience that my eldest child had years ago is a very different experience then my children who are now attending Lake. For starters, the principal is cold and distant. The children fear her, and the Noon Nazis,'Get a life ladies!' So many families are unhappy at this school. My eldest child had some of the same teachers that my younger children presently have. These teachers are like night and day. They are short on patience and they zoom through their lesson plans. I do not feel that the teachers enjoy their jobs, or that our children are getting a solid learning experience. I know that much of this is attributed to reaching their bench marks. 'There is more to life (and school) other then test scores.' (Lake prides itself on its test scores) Lake Elementary is not a nurturing enviroment. Look elsewhere
Lake is an excellent school. The teachers are caring and there is a tremendous amount of parent volunteers. My 2 daughters have had great teachers. I only wish class sizes were 20 for all grades.
teachers are great Mr.Beers is so far the best teacher he teaches kids a great lesson and he makes learning fun but some teachers dont let the kids talk to them which my children dont like at all the pricabal can crack a smile every oncne a while like the princabal
My daughter's teacher is awesome!! caring & understanding!! The principle could crack a smile once in a while. she is too serous and not at all friendly. The school focuses too much on testing and not enough on teaching kids what they really need to learn.
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