Leadership tends to have a casual relationship with truthfulness. This school isn't concern about educating your children with the best education, they are concerned about your money.
This school advertise small classroom size - my children has never had less than 27 students in their classroom. Only after the 2016-2017 exodus by 5 of the 8 elementary teachers and over 40/50 students the class size went down. This has nothing to do with the leaderships commitment to better class size it has all to do with poor leadership and the lack to provide better education for the children & better treatment of the teachers.
The leadershîp hasn't invested in the curriculum. This school does NOT have state of the art technology as advertised. This school doesn't use current curriculum, doesn't have chrome books, doesn't have computers in classroom, electronic learning tools, etc., nothing that looks toward the future for our children.
There are no programs available for students with learning challenges NOR are there any programs for children who excel exceptionally well in certain topics / leaving the parents to obtain outside assistance e.g., tutors, testing and higher learning centers to challenge their children in areas where they are excelling.
The encouragement to behave well e.g., respect others, live truthfully, be kind, demonstrate love, etc. is fostered throughout the school. Unfortunately this is taught to the children but not demonstrated by the staff. There a disparities, unfair treatment, unequal consequences and favoritism towards certain students AND teachers which makes for an horrible witness before the children.
With the exception of a couple of teachers who abruptly left before the 2016-2017 school year, the teachers lack the educational background and training needed for higher learning. Teachers are not credentialed teachers and are paid at or below low-income bracket. Teachers are recruited based upon long family relationships not qualifications. There were specifically 2 teachers, that were considered powerhouse teachers, left this school 2016-2017 school year that were very effective in reaching & teaching the children. These teachers taught outside the "prehistoric curriculum" provided by the school and children learned well.
Homework for elementary children is a homework packet: spelling words, word search, crossword puzzle, fill in the blank for vocabulary words. Grammar handout and a math worksheet is given when the "teacher" runs out of time in class or it wasn't completed in class. Homework in most cases is busy work and of no effect.
The curriculum here is very old and it sets children up for failure. The "nice" sheltered environment is nice for young children but if you want your children to learn according to California standards this is not the school to attend. Children leave this school & test below average on standardized tests. Academically this is not a wise decision. Children transfer out only to find they are behind academically.
Lakeside Christian School is great. I am the mother of two and They love it. The teacher's and staff are very supportive. The kids are academically challenged and are taught high values in a caring environment. Love this school!
I am a parent of 3 children at Lakeside (for the past 6 years) and have been very impressed by the school! They offer a well rounded program- superior academics that challenge my children. I am so thankful they are able to benefit from so many different opportunities - Athletics, Music, Art, Chapel on and on... i have been most pleased by the way the teachers and administrators love my children. They uphold very high standards for character and behavior- they are fair and loving, consistent and nurturing!!! The teachers are gifted at teaching to meet the needs of each and EVERY child, pushing them to excel. The atmosphere is always warm and welcoming. The office staff is very helpful and supportive. I would never have my children anywhere else! Top notch
As a parent of children who once attended this school, my feelings are mixed. The foundation provided by the lower elementary faculty was first rate, and when Diane Harper was principal of LCE and LC K-8 the atmosphere was inviting and friendly, the teachers knowledgeable and caring, and the students happy, challenged and mostly well adjusted. The inadequecies in the system became apparent when the administration underwent abrupt changes. An outstanding principal and educator with years of experience and expertise was replaced by the owner's son. His inability to lead soon became obvious as young, untried, unskilled, and unprofessional young women assumed active roles in the administration. Children expelled from public school soon found a home here. The quality of education declined, the faculty turn-over rate became staggering, and enviroment no longer seemed conducive to Christian learning. Here's hoping this once great school has found its way again, or will soon.