My child attended a private school from pre-k through kindergarten. We decided to buy a house in the Buck Lake district because we'd heard wonderful things. So far, I am not impressed. I don't want to put the entire blame on Buck Lake as it's mostly just how public schools are now but the standardized testing is ridiculous. I feel like children just go to school to learn to take tests. Her former school was all about teaching the children how to love learning and they did many hands-on activities. Now she just seems to do worksheets and take tests, and I can see this eventually causing unnecessary stress on such a small child. There doesn't seem to be any passion from the teachers.
When me and my family first relocated to the Buck Lake community I thaught they would be attending an excellent school. But I was wrong. I had a 1, 3 and 5th grader there and was not impressed with any grade level. The school is mainly made up by upper and middle class families and thats all. The school is what you would call "snobby". Me and my family were a middle class family as well but I was not impressed. I am actually an educator myself and have never experienced a school like Buck Lake. Since that year my oldest went on to middle school and my two other children we removed and placed at Chaires Elementary which they still two years later attend. And I have never made a better decision for my childrens education than getting tham away from Buck Lake.
Buck Lake is a wonderful school,this is really great school. Teachers and the staff are responsive, and above all demonstrate daily their love of children and learning.Thank you all for teaching the children. I
My child is in 3rd grade there and has been a student since Kindergarten. I lke the school alot and feel the teachers genuinely care about the students. The after school enrichment program is also a great asset to the school.
We have had a generally good experience with Buck Lake. Our children's teachers have been very good at what they do - some even exceptional. I agree to some extent that there seems to be a bias towards those with hyper-involved parents, yet we do not have a full-time parent at home and have still been able to have good relationships with our teachers. I am worried about the future of gifted education there (and all over Leon County) because I do not believe administrators all understand or care how important it is teach those kids differently. And the FCAT seems to be more and more emphasized every year.There used to be more of a sense that the FCAT would be taken care of by good teaching instead of by making little kids stress out over it. But overall it has been a good place for our children.
Buck Lake Elementary--a big disappointment. The 3 years my 3 children attended there, we were also struggling in a battle against cancer and depression, with very little support from teachers and administration. Buck Lake's flaws begin with the fact that Leon County school districts are inequitably divided. Buck Lake has no low-income housing; it is fed by middle and upper-class white/international neighborhoods, without working class blacks and latinos. Its school projects favor the privileged full-time parent at home. My 2nd grader was assigned projects that only a parent could complete, like building a native american dwelling and a geneology chart. The Buck Lake principal has the compassion of a criminologist, not an educator concerned about the well-being of a child suffering from depression. The F-Cat snuffs-out a child's love of learning. I removed my children from Buck Lake Elementary, and the Leon County public school system.
My two oldest children go to BLE and I have always been please with the teachers and the staff. They are always in good spirits, helpful and so wonferful with their students.
The teachers and staff are always looking for ways to improve learning, they make it fun and they are very committed to our children.
Each morning I drop my children off to smiling teachers in the car loop. There are a minimum of 6 adults greeting each parent and child as they are dropped off. A child greeted by a smiling teacher has already started their day off on a positive note. The rest of the day is no different. Well educated teachers, caring for children, developing talents, identifying strengths and weaknesses, and guiding them to achieve their individual best. Buck Lake teachers and staff are committed to creating life long learners in our children. Why? Because they are also life long learners...wonderful!
My son is an ESE student and buck lake has the most amazing program for them. They dont treat them as if they are different from the others. They let be the amazong kids they are. Thank you buck lake!!!
This has been an awesome school for my two children. A new principal came in the 2006-07 school year, and though I haven't seen a lot personality-wise from her, there are enhanced safety measures and increased notification when there is bad weather or other info parents should know. Teachers and staff are responsive, and above all, demonstrate daily their love of children and learning.
My son and I moved here 2 years ago, and from the day we got here, everyone was most helpful and happy to assist us. We moved to the Buck Lake Elementary jurisdiction specifically so my son could attend there, since the school choice program was overloaded. We were lucky to find a great neighborhood on top of being in a terrific school! The programs at this school are wonderful, as are the teachers and all the support staff. I would be lost without the after school program since I'm a working-full-time single mom, and the folks who work in that program treat my son as if he was their own! Thanks Buck Lake!
BLE is, without a doubt, the best school in Leon County Florida. The diversity of academic programs available to students and parents is unmatched. BLE provides multi-aged classrooms as well as traditional classroom settings; Project Child for 3rd - 5th grade; a gifted program, reading buddies, the DARE program, a Spring Festival, a great after-school program, music and art programs and teachers that encourage students to learn through the arts; a caring and dedicated staff who have only the best interest of the student in mind. I could go on and on and continue to list the many other programs availabe but I only have a 150 word limit! My daughter has already expressed her sadness about leaving BLE next year. She feels comfortable and safe at her school. As a parent, I would not trade the past 6 years at Buck Lake Elementary for any private school education around.
We made it! Kindergarten down, grades 1 - 5 to go. We are thrilled with Buck Lake Elementary School! We actually chose to move into the school district based on comments from parents and other teachers in the district. 100% satified! The teachers meet each child at his/her level and make learning educationally fun! I loved volunteering each Tuesday!
This is a really great school. The academic program is wonderful and my children have learned alot from all of their teachers. The music and PE program have really improved in the past year and I am really thrilled about it. We have some of the best parent volunteers at this school and the parents are really involved and concerned about what goes on here.
Buck Lake is an excellent school. Great leadership, excellent teachers, and dedicated community and family members. I've had two sons go thru BL so far, and my third will start there next fall. I wouldn't send my kids anywhere else.
Best kept secret in LCSD. Great teachers, the principal, Hal Pitts, is loved by his students and becoming a legend among parents.
As a grandparent I worried about my grandson starting a new school in a different city and county. Coming from miami-dade, I know he and my daughter were apprehensive. The faculty and staff were wonderful in making the transition a wonderful experience. His grades were great; his fcat score was high and he found a 'family' at buck lake. My hat is off to mr.hal pitts and especially mrs.vicks. george cooper
When you walk on to the campus at BLES, you immediately realize what an amazing place to learn it is. The teachers are excited to be there, the administration greets you with a smile, there are many happy parents volunteering, and most of all children are learning in a safe, caring environment. Teachers set high standards for their students, and the children strive to meet them. Any family would be lucky to have their child attend BLES.
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