I am a former student at LECS and I know what a dictatorship is like. Students and parents didn t have any say, only what Ms. Denoia allowed (read other comments). It was all academics and no social time at all. I was told they didn t have any sports because they were afraid of being sued and could not afford the insurance. Since the school is in downtown Orlando, LECS has big iron gates for a reason. I had a few friends, but they lived far from us and I couldn t relate to the kids in my neighborhood. My parents finally realized what was going on and I escaped. Parents, for your kid s sake, don t be fooled by the FCAT; it hides a lot of flaws. When I left, it was like a life changing experience. Conway Middle School ROCKS!
Two of my children have graduated from Lake Eola, one is still there and will be until she graduates. This is a school of choice. If a parent is unhappy they should go elsewhere. Is this school perfect? No, but I wouldn't have my kids anywhere else. My two who are now in high school could not have been better prepared especially in Langauge Arts and Science. I thank Ms. DeNoia for her leadership and vision for this school!
Actually, I think some of these people have some sour grapes to deal with. In my opinion, the principal is probably responsible for the school's success. The teachers are terrific, and if they're not, she's not afraid to send them on to a 'better fit.' She runs a tight ship but both teachers and s tudents seem happy there. The curriculum is good--hasn't yet caved to the FCAT mind-numbing paperwork. And the teachers let the kids be kids and seem to actually like it. There's good energy at LECS. And my kids have been in both public and private schools. This is my favorite to date. Cheers. Yay for DeNoia and Stucker and Urtz and Freedman and Demyan and the other excellent LECS teachers!
LECS is the best! The teachers and staff are wonderful. To the person that complained about communication, the teachers are very accessible through email, answering any questions or referring you to the right person that can answer your question.
Sounds like some LECS parents have their heads buried in the sand unfortunately. The common denominator you will hear from most parents at Lake Eola is that there is a major communication problem, particularly with the director (just look at the past annual surveys). There is no doubt some of the teachers at Lake Eola are second to none but unfortunately the negatives outweigh those positives. It's a shame because it is a great concept but your children deserve better than just a great concept.
i am currently going to LECS and i love it. The teachers are great and so is the atmosphere. our bulding is not the best but that is our only flaw, if you have the chance...come here!
As a parent of three children who attended Lake Eola Charter School, don't be lured by the academics and the high test scores. Take time to really read the comments. According to the June 29th review, the Director, there is no Principal, 'who keeps the teachers,students and parents in line'. Also, find out about the how to be a board member. When I left, the only way to be on the board is to be nominated and voted by the same board. If you have a problem with the Director, your only recourse was to address the Board, where the Director is a member. If I had to do it all over again, I would never send my kids to this mess.
Do not send your children here if you care about their education predominantly because of the director. She is very negative and condescending and has a complete inability to distinguish between fact and fiction. The academics are not what is represented. It is average, at best, and does not stand up to the rigorous academics of a lot of other schools in Orange County. There is no communication between the office/teachers and the parents. You do not get any papers or tests back so you have no idea how your child is doing. Your child, likewise, does not get feedback; they are not told what they did wrong so they can improve the next time. Parents send their children there because it is a cheaper alternative than their unacceptable school assignment.
this school owes its success to the dynamic leadership of its principal who keeps the teachers,students and parents in line.her discipline and hard work and her ability to involve parents in its success is just amazing.
We have been here only a short time, and already notice remarkable changes in our kids. I am very happy with the academic program, parents are very involved, really just a big family.
I found the level of academic instruction to be the bind that held more than anything else LECS. The class rooms were messy, cluttered, poorly lit and varied in tempture. Staff memebers really loved the children but clearly struggled with lack of funds to make the atmosepher engaging. As far as 'music, sports, art & other extracurricular activities'... I hope one day they have that to offer because what little they did was incondusive to working parents and expensive. There is simply no space to have such ammenities just like any after school programs/transperation, parking, committee meetings and class room space. In a diferent setting and better management, this school would be the best in Orlando.
Pros - Parent involvement is required, and has a great effect on the school. Academics are very valued. Cons - The facility is horrible. Needs to be moved to a new building.
My child went to Kindergarten for the 05-06 school year.There were some major issues that need to be addressed.There was a total lack of instruction in regards to homework. Inconstant daily behavior notes. Student favoritism. Just to name a few. Not being able to be at the school everyday, it was very hard to get information of what was going on with the classroom, events and programs. This was the first year for the teacher. Hopefully next year will have better communication between the teacher and parents.The school as a whole, seems to be very dedicated. With lots of parent involvment. Love that they go to the main public library every week. Wish they could have more recess/recreation time. Oh and a lunch room!! I would recommend this school with hopes of more work on communication. Academically the school rates very well.In the top 10 in the county.
My son went to Kindergarten in 2005-2006 school year. The teacher is new to the school. From talking to her, she loved teaching there. Having volunteered in her class numerous time, I think she has tremendous energy and love for the children. My son always surprise me with what he learned at school. For example, he was telling me about spider anatomy (cephalothorax and spinneret). The building is not pretty. I hope they can find a new building for this excellent school.
This school is amazing. If you want to send your child to an educational facility that truly provides experiential learning activities for the student then this is place for your son or daughter. Parent support is huge and they play a big role in the schoool. Including being on the hiring committee for new teachers. Administrators and facility alike are committed to excellence and believe that since childern are individual there should be different ways of teaching them as well. There is no one size fits all at this school. Therefore their A is well earned and well deserved. A gem of a school.
Our daughter has attended LECS since 2nd grade and is now an eighth grader moving on to high school. She has had a very positive experience and a strong basic education to build from. LECS strong points are there teachers and there strong adhereance to guideline set out up front. Homework, uniforms and behavior are stressed but so are fun, hands on education and a development of a community spirit. This sense of community is built through the fact that parents are required to volunteer a minimum of 25 hours yearly so there are always parents around doing something and we are always doing something to better our community, be it a coats for kids drive or visiting the elderly in a nursing home. Week points. No cafateria, the school building leaves a lot to be desired and the princple can be a bit gruff but overall it's terrific.
This school is a great school, small community, so the kids get a ton of one on one attention. The standards at this school are higher than a regular public school in Orange County so if you have a child coming in to, say, grades 3 or higher, it might take them a little while to adjust as the kids here are taught to take the initiative and be organized,etc, on their own, whereas in my past experiences in public schools in Orange County, the teachers make sure the kids are on top of things - at Lake Eola Charter the kids really need to learn to be independant and take the initiative on their own.
My son has had the most amazing educational and social experience at Lake Eola Charter School. He's been there for eight years, since the school first received its charter. He previously attended a private school and I rate his education at LECS in step with what you receive at a private school. I feel priviledged to be a part of this school. I only wish there was a LECS high school! Director and staff are all A+.
The teacher's show concern and have great communication with parents. The office is not as great in giving information/updates/etc.
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