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1900 Laurel Road East
Nokomis, FL 34275

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December 02, 2014
We have a great school. We work hard with all students, those with IEP's and those without. We usually get excellent results, sometimes in spite of the parents and more often with parent cooperation. We know the REAL stories behind most of these negative postings. There are always two sides. We refer this writer to the previous post on November 11th, as it seems to apply.

- submitted by a teacher
November 14, 2014
Be very, very, wary of this school if your child has an IEP. The principal and at least one teacher I ve had to experience have a cavalier attitude towards IEPs. My child s teacher didn t even bother to read his before the start of the school year. This particular teacher was ill prepared to cope with his disabilities. I agree with the assertion I read earlier this school should be investigated - preferably by the county's director of the Exceptional Student Education Department!

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2014
The thing about anonymous reviews is that people can describe these horrible, negative experiences as though they are completely true. The last posting doesn't even make sense. Not giving a child a chair? Laurel Nokomis School has caring teachers, administrators and office staff who do their best to help students learn. Sometimes when people don't get the answers they want they become angry and write these negative things. No school is perfect, including this school. But the bottom line is that this is a highly rated, "A" school with some of the best test scores in the district and state. The PTO is very involved and raises funds to provide students with extras like special field trips and technology. They hold many family events like the Fall Festival and the Daddy Daughter Dance, to name two. The school is a gifted magnet and also has a autism cluster. We are great with meeting the needs of a full range of student abilities. For the most part, the teachers are very flexible in working with students. If you choose to work WITH the staff, instead of against them and you are willing to disicpline your child when needed, this school can be a great school for your family.

- submitted by a teacher
August 27, 2014
We moved here during the 2nd semester of the 2012-2013 school year. I enrolled FOUR children in different age ranges/grade levels at LNS. Two who were struggling and 2 were trying to understand what was expected of them. First of all, when I asked them how their first day went, they all said that they were NOT introduced to their class. Each of them was ORDERED to find a seat. One of my older children could not find an empty seat so the teacher said, "well, I guess you'll have to stand all day since you can't seem to find a seat!!" My 2nd grader came home on her first day of school with a spelling test that had a big fat red circled F with the word "Study." Really? It was her FIRST DAY! The other 2 didn't say much at all. We had numerous conferences with the stoic principal who seemed distant and 'untouchable,' the vice-principal who was really a sweetheart, the counselor who seemed removed from everything, and the teachers who could have cared less about our students. Nothing changed as to how things were handled. The funniest thing is, they kept repeating their motto at LNS: "To be kind and caring" ....um, HA!!! Needless to say, we pulled them out. I DO NOT recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2014
As a parent of a child with an IEP, this school is amazing! The teachers have been so great in achieving emotional and academic growth in my child. The school goes the extra mile to make sure my child gets a proper education that also fits my child's needs. Love this school! Can't wait for next year!

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2013
Please do not believe the postive reviews they are lying. The principal is one of the worst I habe ever seen. The teacher are not equipped or educated enough to be able to help education the iep children. Please research this school before you send your child there.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
It is too early in the school year to write a comprehensive review, so with said this is my general feeling. How many schools provide gifted education full-time? Laurel Nokomis! How many public schools have certified gifted teachers? Laurel Nokomis! I think it is awesome that the kids stay with the same group till 8th grade. A tight community is a result. I think the teachers, administrative staff and parents all work together for the kids. Yes, things there can and will improve because people there care!

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2013
Laurel nokomis school is a great place for kids to be. It's an outdoor school. It has great teachers and the grades are from pre-school all the way to eith grade! So the younger kids can look up to the bigger kids and you woudnt have to worry about going to a whole new school after elementary school. This will be my last year at LNS. It may need some improvements but it is a great place to go to school at.

- submitted by a community member
May 26, 2013
Someone here went on a positive posting spree.. one after another to improve this schools ratings. I had my son in there... and I can tell you he was a little boy in 3rd and 4th grade who was HATING school. It's no wonder after I heard how much his teacher screamed at him and others, humiliating them in public. We removed him in the middle of 4th grade, and he now LOVES school and is doing excellant.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2012
Great Schools. org should investigate false statements written concerning Laurel Nokomis School. This educational institution employs highly qualified principals, teachers and staff who understand and care about the entire students' academic and emotional needs. This school earns a "10" rating when it comes to serving all students; from gifted to special needs.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2012
I see a lot of new reviews, day after day in attempt to approve this school rating. Parents, do your homework in investigating this school. So many bad reviews are a red flag, alerting parents that something is not right with this school. I couldn't get our child out fast enough, I have nothing good to say about this school. The principle.. Hard to believe she is still there!,,

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2012
I am the parent of a "graduate" of LNS and feel compelled to weigh in on the negative comments. I had the opportunity to chose any city in the state of Florida when my son and I relocated here from Colorado. I specifically chose Sarasota because of the impressive quality of schools in the district. I then decided to live in Nokomis to ensure my son would attend Laurel Nokomis School when the school year started. I was impressed before he started at the school (reports, rankings, scores, and a tour of the school before arriving) and continued to be very pleased during his three years in middle school there. It is a great school and I feel very fortunate to have had him be part of the 2011 "graduating class." LNS is a wonderful school!!

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2012
I have worked for the administrators at Laurel Nokomis School for more than 7 years. I can tell you that they have the highest regard for their students and that they want only the best for them academically and socially. They constantly work with the staff to provide the best for the students. I have always felt their support and felt that all they do is for the advancement of each individual student and for the success of all the students. I have also felt that in these times of concern for the safety of students, that the administrators have been didligent. They have taken measures to make the campus one where students and faculty feel safe and secure. The decidcation of the administration and staff is the highest I have ever seen. If your child is a student at Laurel Nokomis you are most fortunate.

- submitted by a teacher
September 22, 2012
Great school, great teachers, great administration, great kids and supportive pto! Top in the district and state for academic achievement!

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2012
Couldn't disagree more. My experience with the schools especially Laurel has been just great. Teachers and principals couldn't be more caring and they try to help everyone. Maybe people should stop watching so much negative TV about the education system and think for themselves. Here it's excellent.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2012
I must say, we just moved here and could not be happier. We came from a school that had a wonderful gifted program and wanted to have the same here and we have found it at LNS. My son could not be happier and I feel the same way. Everyone we have come in contact with is more then happy to assist us or answer any questions we have. I highly recommend this school to anyone that is looking for a great learning, involved atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2012
I am the mother of 4 children whom all have attended LNS. Our family has experienced the full spectrum of programs offered at this school. It is because of LNS that I am such a huge advocate for public education! As a full time working mother, I find the time to volunteer a minimum of 8 hours a week at the school. I am willing to give my time to fundraising for our school because I see first hand the dedication of the staff. It truly is like a big family. The students are all encouraged to strive for the absolute top potential that they personally have in them. There is more support services available than at many schools, also. Being a kindergarten-8th grade school, the middle school students appear to have an easier transition than going to a much larger school. Our experience has been 100% positive and I am very grateful for ALL the staff at Laurel-Nokomis School!

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2012
I have worked at LNS for many years and wouldn't work to work for any other principal. When you do your "job" (student, teacher, parent), your reward is a successful child. Someone mentioned constant awards: it's nice to recognize success - and we do, but why should a child be constantly rewarded for doing what is expected? Life doesn't work that way. Folks: if you don't like LNS, you have the freedom to choose another school during the school choice period. As for discrimination against children with disabilities, sometimes the needs of some children can only be met by the staffs at a school like Oak Park. Daily, we work to make the best of what you send to us. Some parents are not involved enough; others are helicopter parents. Many people compare Dubin to Katz; I have worked for both and I feel that we are a stronger school now than we were before when the focus was always on a certain class of students. We are an A+ school for a good reason: our leadership and teachers.

- submitted by a teacher
September 20, 2012
It is sad to see that a few disgruntled parents can cause such a negative view of a school. This is one of the best schools in the area and has an excellent reputation.

- submitted by a teacher
September 20, 2012
I'm rather shocked by the negative reviews being written - I've been involved with this school as a parent, a volunteer, and an employee. I view this school as excellent. My children were rewarded with an excellent education, they did not expect "rewards" for expected behavior. The students are taught to be responsible for their actions and fairly dealt with when they make the wrong choices. Sometimes parents are not aware of their children's true behavior at school. I can't believe a child was going to be expelled when he'd never had ANY history of disciplinary problems. That is usually the result of a long list or sometimes the action is one that demands expulsion. In any case, we have few serious discipline problems, we don't put up with student harrassment or bullying, and if a child is found guilty of this, they should, in my opinion, be expelled.

- submitted by a teacher
July 20, 2012
I disagree with the comments that have been posted regarding LNS. My son has attended this school since Kindergarten and has had nothing but a positive experience. It was the school that placed him in the gifted program after 1st grade not me. He has maintained this status due to his performance.Of the 67 school Districts in FL Sarasota was 1 of only 5 schools that advanced after the 2012 FCAT in ranking and contiues to be in the top 5-8 placement for districts every year. I have found the admisistrave staff and teachers to always respond professionaly and promptly if i have any concern with my sons school performance or any personal issues. Communication is key. As for events and such, the PTO does a wonderful job of raising money for our students and teachers to help costs. If you are not involved shame on you. You might have a better understanding of the budget cuts for our kids and how successful the PTO has been in raising extra money. My son will be entering Middle School this year. LNS Middle school is one of the top school choice schools in Sarasota. LNS is a wonderful school do not let the other reviews sway you from sending your child.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2012
My child will not be returning to this school, for ALL the reasons already mentioned.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2011
I don't feel that the education is any more sub par than most schools in Florida, let's face it the educational standards in this state are pitiful despite all efforts- however this school is distressingly apathetic about parental involvement- it actually seems that they just don't want to see parents there. They rarely have any ceremony or shows and when they do it often seems as if they didn't even know you were coming, though they invited you- few chairs, disorganized, poorly planned and executed all the way around- we left in the middle of our child's "graduation" because it was a complete and utter mess, and not showing any signs of improvement 2 hours in. The teachers are clearly distressed, and apparently lacking motivation as much as the students. This school has great potential and some truly wonderful teachers- sadly it seems it is not being guided or directed properly- and I have many years of primary education still ahead of me unfortunately. I make the best of the good aspects and hope for the best.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2010
My daughter Loves Laurel Nokomis! It is a great school, love the curriculam and I or my daughter have never had a problem.

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April 30, 2009
Their teacher/child ratio is completely understated. The communication between parents and teachers is below average. Little genuine concern.

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no rating February 18, 2009
I am not very fond of this school. My daughter did much better in a Private School. My daughter is learning stuff she learned in 6th grade. Im not a big fan of public schools anyways. She has been in Private School her whole life and had gotten such good grades now her grades are dropping because the work is boring because she already learned it.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2008
I moved from the northeast to find an exceptional school. I am very fortunate that my 3 children receive the attention and care at Laurel. The teachers are caring, fun and very helpful. I am not dissapointed. Oh, yes the resource officers are there to protect and serve. It is wonderful to be in a safe and well protected environment. Afterall, Laurel is a big campus.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2008
My children have attended LNS for the last 6 years. During this time I have seen a school who's children were motivated to learn and eager to please their teachers. The teachers genuinely cared about their students and gave 120% to education, and promoting self esteem. Also gone are the stretch and enrichment programs.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2007
My son has attended 2 yrs at LNS. The Teachers, Nurse, Counselers, and Principal have always gone above and beyond in accomadating my special needs child. I'm greatful to have met the staff at LNS.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2007
In general... we, my husband and I, as well as our 1st and 4th grader love LNS. I an starting to have concerns about the larger class sizes. My sonn has 27 students. He is a straight A student, but is starting to voice concern that the teacher 'didn't have time' to help him with some math concerns, needing to help kids who didn't understand at all.That disturbs us... Hire more teachers, lower the class size! Sarasota Co. SHOULD have the monies. The security there, with all the troubles in the world, isn't very good. Kids run amuck after school. WE think LNS is awesome , but there are things that need looked at.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2006
I have 2 sons at LNS, the oldest is in the 3rd grade and has been in their gifted program since kindergarten (in my experience they do not only 'cater to middle of the road students')and the youngest is in 1st grade and they are both doing wonderfully. I have been exceptionally happy there, and so have my children. I noticed all the comments on this page were placed when the 'new principle' came and made some changes. Let's face it, we are all resistant to change but change isn't always bad. Their staff/ teachers are exceptional and have responded to all of my requests/ worries/ and questions with timeliness and compassion. Most importantly, my children are blossoming. They are happy, they enjoy going to school and they are learning. Isn't that what it's all about?

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January 08, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2005
The staff is very friendly and helpful, the kids help the adults who visit find the rooms we need to find! Large but welcoming.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2005
My son went to Laurel Nokomis for two years in the late 90's. It was at that time that they decided to used the alternative teaching and I found that not to be very helpful for my son. Laurel Nokomis has it's good and not so good points... the teachers really do care about their students and the way they do learn

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- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2005
Laurel Nokomis School has become a hostile environment for ESE students and educators. The current administration has proven itself willing to do whatever necessary to decrease or eliminate entirely it's ESE program for children with learning or behavioral difficulties. Both children and staff have been leaving (or forced to leave) this school at a rapid rate since the new principal has taken over the administration of this school. The welcoming environment that was provided by the previous principal, Wendy Katz, is no longer there. I would highly recommend that parents of ESE students closely monitor the actions of the LNS administration and become very educated in the concepts of IDEA in order to protect their child from a staff that no longer has the child's best interests in the forefront of their actions.

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August 21, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2004
Laurel Nokomis School has gone down hill since the new principal has taken over. There is no more magnet status. There is no more separate technology class, the teachers have to do this. The lack of communication is ridiculous. The PTO does not let anyone know what is going on. They do only the fundraising and we don't have a vote on that either. We were lucky to find out who my child's teacher is and the classroom. There is no organization and no communication. The parent pick up and drop off is awful. Anyone can come and pick up any child. There is no accountability. It's scary that so much has gone wrong under one person who says is trying so hard. It's just not right to short change the children. It's just not right...

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2004
One of the best schools in the area. A combination of dedicated teachers and a strong administration staff make this school a wonderful experience for both parents and students. The program for gifted students is an added bonus.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2004
LNS is a large school that caters to the middle of the road student. It is a school that has enjoyed a good reputation that is now in jeopardy due to a new principal.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
The only Police Officers that I have seen on campus are the DARE Officers and to be honest I never noticed whether they were armed or not. However, I did notice that they were extremely helpful and cordial. The teachers, especially Mrs. Blasczcyk, could not be nicer and more concerned about their students. She has spent much of her own time helping my son and letting me know about his progress. The Social Worker, Jim Camelo, is wonderful and tries to help in any and every way possible, as do the guidance counselors and office staff. This is a really good school which demands high academic achievement. I would recommend it to anyone and so would a lot of other people whose children attend or have attended Laurel Nokomis school.

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August 25, 2003
They have cops with guns roaming the campus . .

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Laurel Nokomis School
1900 Laurel Road East, Nokomis, FL  34275
(941) 486-2171
Last modified Laurel Nokomis School is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Laurel Nokomis School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 50 reviews. Top