Principal Mindy Persichina makes this school. I love the principal. Some of the teachers are simply amazing, but that does depend on the personality matches with parent, child and teacher. My son is in first grade and has Mrs. Arro and she has been wonderful to work with. My son is not the easiest child to work with, but she has been great to partner with to find solutions for him. He is thriving and progressing with his learning much faster than he ever did in Kindergarten. Kindergarten was a bad personality match between his teach and myself. I have had a night and day difference between Kindergarten and 1st grade. The one constant, positive influence that brought me back for first grade for my son is the principal. I can't speak more highly of her and her administrative front office. She really has a heart for kids and their progress. I can't say Lone Tree Elementry (LTE) is a perfect fit for everyone. The community surrounding LTE does have an impact on the school for better or worse. There are a lot of cliques. Money and influence do have an effect on the kids. Some of the positive affects are the smaller class size, great technology in class room and technology lab are top notch. There are a lot of parent volunteers. Fewer fundraiser most years than other schools. PTA is great to work with. Perfection is for the gods. LTE is excellent, however.
The teachers and staff at LTE really seem to be committed to developing our kids. We were in Ireland for a few years and when we came back, they made a special effort to make sure the kids fit back into the groove at LTE. In fact, the kids fell behind while in Ireland, but are quickly getting back on track. Great principal and an office staff that really cares.
The students are recommended to study math facts each night, read for a certain amount of time, math online with Pearson/frontrow/tenmarks, istation (interactive reading that is evaluated by the teacher) along with any other project that they might be doing. There's enough for them to do.
Our son attended this school for 3 years and the experience was awful - both academically and socially. He was bullied from day-one, and our multiple pleas for help from his teachers and the principal were ignored, denied or met with half-hearted attempts to help. After a first year of incessant bullying and exclusion from the "clique", our son simply receeded into the background and got lost. When he was designated as a Gifted learner (through test scores and an outside assessment), there was ZERO done to teach him at a different level. There was no "personalized learning" despite the LTE PR campaign. No ILP, no support from the teacher, nothing. (Which triggered me to remember that I was told during enrollment by LTE staff that if our son had any learning challenges, LTE would not support him/was not the school for him.) This school looks great from the outside and many people strive to get their kids into it because of the rich demographics surrounding it. For us, this school was all veneer and no true substance: Poor academics, overwhelmed teachers (some who yell at the kids) and a primary focus on maintaining an "elite" school status.
It is a great little school with a private school vibe. There's limited enrollment and only 3 classrooms/75 kids per grade level. Think small and cozy. The principal, Ms. Persichina, is energetic and dynamic. My child started here in K last year and has thrived. Before you apply for admission, know that this school requires a commitment. There is no bus service. There's a $200 fee to cover some of the technology costs. It feels like a very exclusive clique once your child is accepted. Yes, the school is a little bit snobbish. Yes, there are a lot of moms who pick up their children in Escalades while wearing Lululemon. Yes, it is true. Several Broncos coaches and Denver media personalities have children in this school. Yes, the gala fundraiser raised over $100,000. Yes, girls wear Uggs to school. But the staff stresses an environment of kindness. Because of the small size, they become a close-knit group. You will also find racial/socioeconomic diversity here. Sure, some kids live next door in Heritage Hills, but some come from Aurora and Denver to attend. The registration process is very competitive but it is worth it. I would not trade schools!
We opened-enrolled our oldest to Lone Tree Magnet Elementary and have been so happy with the strong educational foundation she has been given at this school. The leadership from the principal is top-notch and has trickled down throughout every member of the school's teaching and staff team members -- this group invests so much in this school to make it excellent for students. Our daughter is learning critical thinking and academic skills that are beyond what her peers at other area elementary schools are learning, and all in a fun environment with 3 recess opportunities (a.m., lunch & p.m.), which is such a rare combination in today's schools. And despite the issues at the Douglas County Schools district level, you feel very removed from that at this school. We love LTE!
Best thing that could have happened to my daughters. Their kindergarten staff is the best. Overall atmosphere is very good. Surprisingly the school is not affected by the snobbish atmosphere of surrounding parents.
We have been at this AMAZING school for 5 years. This school teaches children to be critical thinkers. They have excellent teachers and a strong principal. Who cares that this is our 3rd principal, if they all have strong leadership that is all that matters. Both of my children are academically strong, have excellent problem solving skills and and critical thinkers. We take Pride in LTE
We recently moved to this school and have been very disappointed. Everyone is very nice and friendly; however, there does not seem to be a priority given to academics. The school is very behind compared to other elementary schools in the district. When teachers are asked about spelling programs, etc. their response is "we're still working on that." Since I am coming from an education background, they shouldn't still be figuring out programs and curriculum halfway through the school year. All the curriculum should be worked out in the summer. When students enter the classroom the first day of school, the teachers should have their curriculum and lessons in place for the entire school year. This could be why the tests scores for this school are low compared to other schools in the area. This school could be great if they got a strong leader to run the school. Three different principals in 5 years does not help. Hopefully, someone at the district level will read this and make some necessary changes at the school.