Many factors come into play in selecting the closest thing to a perfect school for your child. Lafayette Elementary should be on everyone s list to visit during pre-enrollment. Just to highlight one of the many accolades of the school, in one year alone, SIX of our Lafayette teachers received the Prudential Realty teacher awards in Spring 2005. Those recognitions speak a thousand words regarding the dedication of our Lafayette staff. Also, our principal won this distinguished honor many years ago when she was teaching at Lafayette. We welcome you to join our school community.
My son is now in the first grade at Lafayette. He has had two great teachers, first his kindergarten teacher - we couldn't have asked for a better start to his education and now his first grade teacher is giving him all of the tools he needs to succeed.
This is my son, Eric's fourth year at Lafayette. He was a shy child and had his break out year in Ms. Lee's class in second grade. He now speaks up in class and it's a joy to see. All the hard work his past teachers did with Eric has finally paid off. Now he is in third grade with Ms. Wong. He is doing 4th grade math and is reading above level. The school has a computer class and Eric is learning to type. The school also has Mr. T, our PE teacher. The children love him. He is on campus 5 days a week. I hope this helps parents. It's so hard to find the right school for your child. I'm so very happy with my selection of Lafayette.
I have been a parent at Lafayette for 5 years now and am more than pleased with this school. Our teachers are always doing whatever it takes to see that No Child Is Left Behind at Lafayette. At Lafayette there are 2 active afterschool programs (YMCA & RDASC), afterschool music - piano (K-2), 3rd - guitar(teacher taught / grant from little kids rock), 4/5 orchestra, chess club and science club. The parent involvement at Lafayette is astronomical. Wherever their is a need at this school, parents are always willing to do whatever it takes to assure the students at Lafayette never have to do without. I advise anyone to give Lafayette a chance and allow our dedicated teachers and staff to inspire your young ones to become their dream. Many blessings. Penny Lopes
A number of excellent teachers, several not so great. Parent involvement is increasing. Principal not responsive to parent concerns.
Several great teachers, but the pricipal is very rules-oriented and not parent friendly. Great old building.
A 'hidden gem,' with rising test scores, terrific, well-behaved students, great PTA, excellent staff, and immaculate school. Faculty and staff: very stable, with turn-over occurring primarily when teachers/staff retire. Approach to the curriculum: traditional, but innovative, inspires student achievement. Academic programs: developmentally appropriate, with balance of book-learning and opportunities for hands-on exploration/activities. Extracurricular activities: instrumental music, chorus, Glee Club, piano, Academic Chess, afterschool science program, drama club, intramural kickball team, and artists-in-residence. We have a staffed PC computer lab, computers in every classroom, library technician, and PE specialist. We have an emergency response team and a cargo container stocked with enough equipment/supplies to accomodate 500+ people for three days. We have two on-site afterschool programs. Wonderfully active PTA, parent volunteers and SSC log-in hundreds of hours/month school-wide and in individual classrooms . Recognized by 'Bay Area Parents Magazine' and Parents for Public Schools as 'hidden gem.' Please come see for yourself!
A superior physical plant (no classrooms in bungalows!), solid leadership by principal Ruby Brown, happy children and families, and extraordinary attention to and understanding of each child's learning and developmental needs by teachers are the distinguishing features of Lafayette in the Richmond District. Having visited 15 public schools last year, we were thrilled that our child was offered enrollment into our #1 choice English language general studies kindergarten program. Perhaps more than any other school in SF, all subjects receive full coverage by teachers. Strong GATE and special education programs are offered. YMCA, science, chess, music, and other afterschool programs are available. An active PTA offers Math Night, Multicultural Night, a school-wide Spelling Bee, an annual musical, useful monthly newsletters, and much more. Named a 'hidden gem' school by Bay Area Parent magazine, families should consider ranking Lafayette #1 when completing enrollment forms. School tour reservations set record levels this fall for good reason.
What a wonderful neighborhood school! We have two children at Lafayette and it has been a wonderful experience from kindergarten to 5th grade. The teachers are excellent, the students are smart and hard-working and the active PTA provides the extras that the district cannot. An even higher level of parent involvement is all it would take to make Lafayette into one of the prized schools. Don't make any decisions about schools until visiting Lafayette.
I picked Lafayette as the school for my children for a few reasons. I am a parent with two children, as many are, but I am also a parent that has one child who is severely impaired (special ed) and one child who is completely normal. So my interests are in both Special Education and General Education. Lafayette is one of the few schools that offer a full K-5 (SDC) special education department along with inclusion and mainstreaming for children who are able. This enables both of my children to not only go to our neighborhood school but also to be able to go together. This was a very important issue for me. The teaching staff at Lafayette are exceptional. Our parent involvement group at the school is a cut above and we are always working towards a better tomorrow - today. Come in and see what we are up to. Don't let our school pass you by.
I have two children at Lafayette who have very different needs and goals. Both are receiving a superior education based on their own strengths and opportunities. Lafayette kids are diverse, motivated and happy. The teachers create a supportive environment to foster all kids' academic and social skills. It has been a pleasure to be involved with Lafayette these last five years.
We have two children at Lafayette and they have thrived in every grade! The teachers, individually and as a group are truly exceptional. Their dedication, the school's committment to arts enrichment, and a core of supportive parents has made it a privelege and a pleasure to be part of our neighborhood school.
Lafayette is a wonderful elementary school with ethnic and economic diversity in the student body. We are primarily a neighborhood school; so the sense of community and belonging is very strong. Our faculty are exceptional, balancing the academic expectations of the standards with the true development of the whole child. We have outstanding in school arts including poetry, an annual play, visual arts, dance, and instrumental instruction. We have several after school clubs; including academic chess and science club. Come visit us and feel the wonderful spririt at Lafayette!
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