Before I sent my son to this school I read all of the reviews and spoke to other parents. I had high hopes for a positivite experience. Unfortunately, my developmentally disabled child failed to fit into their ridged program named the "studio." They failed to provide reasonable accommodations for him (such as sound proofing headphones, extra breaks, or positive reinforcement which has worked for him in other schools in the past) Every day I had to literally drag him into that school while he fought with me and cried. It broke my heart, but I believed that it was in his best interest. The staff said that he just had difficulty separating from me, and that he was fine after I left. His behavior started to decline at home, and he continued to resist going to school at all costs. The staff always blamed the behaviors on the child or his parenting. They failed to see how his disability contributed to problem behaviors (such as emotional break downs.) Despite two doctor diagnoses and a previous school evaluation, his teacher told me that she did not believe he was "really autistic". Throughout the time of his enrollment the staff was completely unwilling to work with our family. I finally found out the truth by piecing together information from a records request, other children in the class, and staff. I am so devastated that my child experienced such callousness and lack of understanding. When he should have received accomidations and empathy, he received punishments. My son had a right to an education, and instead he endured emotional abuse. To this day I feel horrible that I did not listen to my instincts and pull him out right away.
The communication at Lewis Palmer elementary school is wonderful. They always make sure you know what is going on and you are able to talk to the teachers face to face and they take the time to see you. Everyone at the school is wonderful.
This was my son's elementary school and I could not have asked for a better place for him. The teachers were great--they knew him and they got him. They kept him in line and pushed him on. The Gifted and Talented program was the best thing--I really miss our GT teacher and have kept in contact ever since. We still run into LPES teachers who remember him and remark on his growth. At least one teacher is destined for acknowledgement in his first novel and/or seating at his inauguration, whichever comes first. Truly love this school and its teachers and administrators.
Amazing teachers, wonderful staff, committed administration, and lots of quality parent involvement. I cannot say enough good things about this school! They have great programs for any level of learning ability. I had to move away from the area and after two years I still get choked up because I can't send my kids to this school any more. It really is that amazing. In the 6 years my oldest son was attended I only remember two very small bullying problems that happened when kids moved in from out of state who felt like that had something to prove. The incidents were dealt with quickly, professionally, and in a way that benefited everyone. It seemed like 99% of the time all of the kids, every age and grade, were all friends and all very respectful to each other. If you have the opportunity to send your children here, do it!!
Lewis-Palmer Elementary School is truly a neighborhood school, even for those families who "choice in". The moment you walk through the front doors, it feels like you are home. The front office staff is always warm & welcoming to parents & children alike. The teaching staff is bar none...the best of the best! They are patient & professional yet bond deeply with the students because of their high expectations. The principal is a large part of this equation because she is a parent & manages the school with a mother's love...firm when needed, tender when necessary and always incredibly balanced. Parents are welcome & highly involved! I love our home, neighborhood & friends but the true reason we will never move from Woodmoor is because of LPES!!
I have noticed that all the staff are very involved in the students and they make the parents feel welcome too. The curriculum is challenging for my 2nd grader and kindergartener and I am seeing them both rise to the challenge. I am very happy to have choice enrolled my kids to Lewis Palmer and look forward to the coming years there.
We have now been to 3 different elementary schools with moving. LPES has by far been the best of those schools. The teachers are wonderful, the parents and after school enrichments have been a great asset. I would highly recommend LPES over any of the schools in Colorado Springs.
I have 2 kids, boy in 6th Grade and girl in 3rd Grade. LPES offers the best GT program. We moved from NC to CO in 2008 and we are so pleased with the education our kids are receiving here. My son received highest honors May 2011 in the Explore Test offered through CBK. Ms Johnson, his GT Facilitator recommended this talent search. She is an amazing teacher among a staff of other great teachers! My daughter's teacher is Mrs Kaler, the best reading and writing teacher ever!! I am quite pleased with LPES!!
I have 3 kids one just finished College Always got straight A's in LPES and LPHS he says he will Never forget the Great Teachers! and two of my kids are still at LPES, I know all the Teachers and they are all Great!! they give so much to the kids of their own time and funds because they love what they do! wouldnt go anywhere else!!!!