I have been a volunteer at this school for many years in my childrens' classrooms and have been disappointed by what I've seen.
Very large class sizes at this school combined with small spaces hinder a quality learning environment. There are many great teachers at this school. However, some teachers seem frustrated by students. I have seen several teachers yelling at students and entire classes. I have seen some teachers discouraging students by embarrassing them in front of the class for asking questions!
Lack of resources for students who struggle with reading is somewhat offset by parent trained volunteers (which is better than nothing, I guess).
Children who excel are bored (there is no GT program), but the overall philosophy is "they'll only be bored for a few years, because they all even out by 3rd grade". My child learned nothing new last year. Literally, nothing.
The new Principal (Mr. Berg) and VP (Ms. Gates) have implemented new "no running" rules at recess. No running anywhere except the grass, but have also removed soccer and tag as appropriate activities. Children are allowed to run, but no child I've ever met likes to just run for the sake of running. Children are getting less exercise and then returning to class with excess energy. Kids are allowed to shoot hoops, but not "play basketball" for fear of someone being injured. These new rules were never written or sent home to parents. Mr. Berg doesn't even seem to really like kids and is rude to parents.
The yard duties are generally good, but Peter seems to have a lot more physical contact with the kids than the other yard duties. I have frequently seen him rubbing kids' shoulders, running his fingers through their hair and having K-1 girls hugging him and sitting on his lap. He gives out "good for you" coupons for apparently no reason other than being around him (these coupons are supposed to be for picking up trash or being a good citizen). Concerns brought to the attention of administrators over the years about him have been ignored.
Recent studies have shown that homework for K-3rd makes little to no difference in learning or test scores. These grades could have children focus on reading and math facts in lieu of homework. For grades 4-5, the homework seems just right.
I love Lydiksen School.Great teachers, AND GREAT Principal. My son is in third grade and he has a nice teacher also gets to hatch chicks. I am glad that he is happy.Great people in the front office.They also have a fun club that is called BBC you get an awsome breakfast!!!!! Student,Parent
I have two sons who just finished 2nd grade and the teachers they had are by far the most ideal teachers in their field. The personal attention and encouragement each student gets at this school is very empowering and boosts confidence.