I wonder about the fidelity of some postings and comments in regards to Pine Lane. This school has made a tremendous amount of positive progress in the last several years and anyone who is involved in the school knows, and has been part of, decisions that have enhanced the educational program for students (STEM, World Language, Educator Residency). I encourage anyone to visit the school and learn more about what is really happening. Ask for the most recent parent/community survey results and you will find overwhelmingly positive support for Pine Lane and the collective efforts to enhance academic programming, safety and community involvement. In this day in age of competition between local schools for enrollment, I wonder if some comments posted about local schools actually come from school community members or others trying to gain an advantage by making some schools look bad. Pine Lane has attracted students through Open Enrollment and transfers from Charter schools. Please be a smart consumer of information and find out more before you come to a quick judgment. Pine Lane is definitely a school worth considering as a wonderful educational experience for your child(ren).
I was really excited when we moved into the Parker area because Douglas County had such a good reputation, that is no longer the case as they are financially broke and mismanaged. Pine Lane its self is terrible. The front desk staff is rude and unorganized. A good amount of the teachers have lost their passion for teaching leaving student to suffer in academics. If you don't believe me please look at the school rating in the last year, they have gone from a "B" to a "C" rating. I have had several other parents agree that Pine Lane is dysfunctional and that the list of on going problems is overwhelming. Most of us have looked into others schools in the area to send our children. If you have to send your child there, please make sure that you keep a close eye to make sure that your child is treated fair and that your teacher isn't just counting the days until retirement!
I was told this is a STEM school. I really don't understand WHY it is a STEM school? My child went to a science class 2 days every 3rd week. I think the teachers were nice enough, but everyone is too busy assessing and testing. My child's academic levels seem so far behind what my in-laws kids are learning and doing in Denver. Why?
There are better schools in the area with newer facilities. Too many nasty people there and it starts at the top.
Pine Lane is not a great school. Very low average and a leadership team that is not in touch with its kids. Poor discipline and follow through, teach to the test mentality, and only trying to impress the district leadership. Before and after school is crowded and unorganized. Grading system has no bearing on progress, and unnecessary fundraisers for kids.
PLE is not a school that looks at a child as an individual. They teach to the minimum state standards and that's it. They do not look at a child as an individual to see what their needs are but as just a body. It was a horrible experience dealing with teachers and the administration at this school. Minimal extra curricular activities to speak of and please check out the website, says a lot about the school compared to other schools in the district. A bare minimum effort is put forth at this school and it shows from the top down. No initiatives have been taken to make this a great school. If you're OK with subpar average at best and this is your feeder school, then there you go. Since we do have a choice, choose wisely and do your homework first. That's where I made my mistake. The leadership of this school sets the tone for the entire school. Meet and ask questions first to see what you're getting into. That should be enough to steer you clear. Absolutely not pushing kids to do their best. Wished I would have done my homework first and saved a lot of wasted time. So glad to be gone!
Thank you for taking the time to research and review schools on behalf of your child. Please understand that the data that is used to rate Pine Lane Elementary School, by Great Schools, is restricted to state testing data and does not account for other quality school indicators. Pine Lane is a high performing school and continues to exceed state testing averages and targets. The data from our annual community and parent survey indicates overwhelmingly positive feedback and support in all of our critical school focus areas including: academic programming, safety, communication, involvement, leadership and accountability. Our school community is diverse, dynamic and comprehensive which makes it very unique in comparison to other neighborhood and charter schools in Douglas County. Diversity, dedication and diligence are core values of our school community and we continue to progress with our instructional practices and approaches that benefit our 21st century students. I encourage you to visit our school website for more specific information about our instructional programs and learning opportunities. Please contact me if you have any questions. Thank you. -Danelle Hiatt, Principal
We moved from Pine Lane after four years and had no idea how poor the education was at Pine Lane until moving. If your child is gifted and talented or special needs it is fine but otherwise you are shuffled along with no individualized learning. It has taken my son a long time to catch up and I attribute this disservice to Pine Lane.
This review is for the Discovery Program (G&T) at Pine Lane. My daughter started in the 2nd/3rd grade class this year and looks forward to going to school each day. There is always something there to challenge her. This is a dramatic change from Frontier Valley where the teachers could not keep her interested or challenged. Mrs Littrell has done an excellent job at engaging her students.
Our middle child (the only shy one) was terrified that she was going to move to a new school (from MountainView) after doing really well on the COGAT's. She has started her 2nd year in the G&T program in Mrs. Littrell's class. My daughter actually wakes up early because she can't wait to see her friends and teacher. She absolutely loves going to school at Pine Lane. Can't say enough about the caring staff...
I am a former student at PLI and I loved it there were many great teachers,students,and everything! This school is amazing
My son has been attending the Gifted and Talented Program at Pine Lane Intermediate for two years. He has loved his teachers and has really enjoyed the challenges there. The extra-cirricular activities, some of which have included student council and science clubs, are activities that he may not have been able to enjoy at his previous school due to a great deal of favoritism and cliques. The office staff is the nicest I have ever met, and Ms. Ashworth is an outstanding teacher! We have found PLI to be a wonderful school.
I enjoy going to this wonderful school. They have so many friendly teachers who encourage us in so many ways. I just want to say, thanks!
Very child focused school. Because it is a 4,5,6 building, it has a reputation for being a little 'tougher' than a K-6 building, but I think that it really means that kids are held accountable for their actions more, rather than being given lots of get out jail free cards. Teachers & administration are smart & caring, & I really love the amazing depth of their specials department (art, music, etc.)
I love Pine Lane! What a great school for your children. We were truly blessed to have gone to this school all the years form the primary to the intermediate schoool. Top teachers that provide all the kids need. Mrs. Shea 5th grade is wonderful!
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