Our kids love Lafayette Elementary. The principal is amazing, staff and teachers are very competent. This school has amazing music and art teachers. Diversity is great and important to prepare your kids for the real world. Great environment for your kids to grow.
My kids disliked this school so much we ended up pulling them out halfway through the year to homeschool them. Lots of bullying towards both my third & first graders that was not properly handled.
You have to attend the school to realize what a great school it is. Great PTA, very dynamic team. Great and competent staff and teachers
This is the best elementary your child could possibly go to! The diversity is amazing and everyone is nice to one another. There are astonishingly no cliques that my daughter has said, she tells me everyone will sit with anyone at the lunchroom, "the sports boys sit with the special kids, the smarter ones sit with anyone and there is no funny looks if you choose the wrong table." Just the perfect learning environment. It also encourages kids to be the best they can be with the TAG program. (Talented And Gifted) It shows the kids that they are actually special in their own way and makes them aspire to become better. Take your kid to this school if you want them to be happy.
Love, love, love LES...great teachers and administration. I have sent 4 children through and have yet to be disappointed.
My daughter is in 5th grade now and I have been extremely happy with her experience at LES. My daughter has had lots of opportunities for advanced classes - especially in language arts and math - and I've always been very impressed with how they constantly make sure that students are in the right classroom for these subjects. There are TONS of after school programs and the teachers are fantastic. The energy within the school is really positive and caring, and I will truly miss it next year when we move on to middle school!
My daughter has thrived and grown for five years through the special programs and teachers in this school.
We are enthusiastic explorers and learners with a gifted staff and highly motivated parents! We encourage leadership and strong character in all aspects of learning.
This is a great school with amazing teachers, administration and parent involvement. I feel like they really ensure the kids are where they need to be and provide services for kids who need more help, more challenges. The after school options are terrific. The PTA does a lot to support the school. I couldn't be more thrilled with my choice. It's a great learning environment and community.
They helped our foster daughter shine. After all she'd gone through, we couldn't have dreamed of a more supportive and fun environment for her to flourish. Thank you Lafayette Elementary!
-continued- This school also has a wonderful integration program for children with special needs. There are para educators abound and they are a true asset to the classroom beyond being an aid to their assigned student(s). The extra curricular activities are abundant and so many of the students are excited to be involved in them. There are your traditional groups of newspaper, chess and choir, to Discovery Imagination, Lego Club, Amigos Y Juegos, Garden to Table and Fitness Club to only name a few! I cannot express how thankful I am for this school. Lafayette has taken my children and looked at them as individuals, and from there created a learning plan to fit their needs. This is really how 'No Child Left Behind' should be handled. Because if you base learning off of each individuals' needs, indeed, NO child will be left behind.
It's a community of evolving professionals dedicated to the art of teaching and learning. The relatively new principal has brought in high caliber seasoned and enthusiastic teachers, the Gifted and Talented program is being fine-tuned... parents' input is valued... lots of ties to the community.
This is a gem of a school. My husband and I were considering a nearby private school for our children but are so glad that we visited this school at the urging of our neighbor. Our children have tremendous teachers which strong qualifications. Classrooms are lively, yet well managed. The enrichment programs are extensive. The staff does a great job team teaching and communicating with parents. The visual and performing arts are wonderful. That Talented and Gifted program is strong, balanced, and quite extensive. The principal is a fantastic manager. We are quite pleased with the school and understand that is has a long waiting list now (phew, glad we got in under the wire!)
We've been surprised and pleased by the quality of education. For the past five years the school has been on a rapid trajectory upward in test scores, services offered, and community involvement. Lafayette is unique in that it has a very strong 'Character Matters' program, rigorous anti-bullying programs, frequent school assemblies to build community. It does a fabulous job of integrating special needs students into the classroom and as a result has one of the top special needs programs in the Boulder Valley School District. Some of the other highlights at Lafayette include a very strong visual arts program (multiple awards), a strong basic literacy/reading program 'Everyday Readers', award winning Destination Imagination teams, a unique collaboration with the University of Colorado to offer a pre-engineering program after school. It has
My daughter started going to this school Fall of 2006. The is a school that is nurtured by the community/parents and now looks at every individual student to meet his/her needs academically. The principal, teachers and staff are committed and stay on top of the learning curve in order to give students the best education they can. The values and standards that are set for staff and students are high and I would not want my children to attend any other school. After attending 4 other public elemtary schools I can honestly say this is the best school for my children and this is where they will stay until middle school.
We love this school because of the teachers and staff who want to make a difference in our children's education. They are up to date on the latest teaching techniques. The staff welcomes parent involvement.
Lafayette Elementary is a neighborhood school that is in the process of reinventing itself in order to survive in the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD). With the growth in popularity of Charter Schools in the Lafayette area, combined with the fact that BVSD has an 'open enrollment' policy Lafayette Elementary is now exclusively a Core Knowledge school. In previous years the Core Knowledge program was available but was not the only option available. While I believe that moving to this curriculum will benefit the school and its students in the long term, what it has meant for my child is that Core Knowledge is no longer a 'higher tier' curriculum. His classroom now has students who are not yet ready the challenge of the program and overall the education quality of my son's education is lower than it was before. I am hopeful that this situation will right itself eventually.
It is a decent school. There are many different types of kids and I feel it has the potential to be one of the great Elementary Schools in the Denver area. It is a good school academically with average teachers but a good learning environment. There is a decent amount of extracurricular activities and the parent involvement is supurb.
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