Luella is a definite improvement compared to where my second grader was in clayton and dekalb county. His teacher seems very caring and helpful. I love the car rider pick up process because it moves along very organized and swiftly. I also love the diversity and smaller class size. My son's homework actually challenges him to think and i like how they implement positive reinforcement for their discipline policies rather than punishment. I am so relieved and happy that i transferred my son here!
Our experience with Luella has been good. We have had great supportive teachers who have always been willing to take the time to listen to our concerns. I have also enjoyed the different community activities they have sponsored thus far and look forward to a few more years of a great expereience. In order for a school to be great, it must have supportive families who are willing to help make a difference.
The present principal is retiring. This will be a positive step toward rebuilding trust and morale among faculty, staff and parents. With severe budget cuts, pay cuts, and unrealistic expectations demanded of teachers, a principal that inspires trust and shows genuine appreciation is a necessity.
I found that my daughter had an ok teacher she seemed nice and i helped out as much as I could. Principal (Mrs. Wolfe) does not help out much and does not care much about students well being, in my personal experience. Staff in office is ok (moody) and now my daughter is attending a different school in the county that is a title 1 school and she came in behind at this school, teachers at new school have been more then helpful in helping her catch up since school year is almost over. never seen this much progress in her schooling at luella
Luella Elementary is one of 18 schools in the county that did not meet the No Child Left Behind Annual Yearly Progress.
Too many of the good teachers are leaving, as well as the award-winning librarian. That must indicate problems with administration. The building is attactive and the classroooms are inviting.
My child attended Luella Elementary School during the 2008/2009 school year. The teachers are great and really care about the children's overall education and intelligence. This school should be commended for having excellent educators. They know how to inspire and motivate.
I hope the 09-10 school year is better as far as the riders line. The teachers should pay close attention to getting the kids to the right cars and not Conversing so much!
Overcrowded, overcrowded, overcrowded. We have 23-25 students per teacher. And more trailers than I can count. I am guessing 30 trailers. Every ounce of extra grass room is filled with a trailer. Teachers are fantastic, but they should not have to deal with 25 kids per class. They do the best they can but some of the classrooms are out of control because of the amount of kids per adult. I have been appalled at the behavior of some of the classes. The school scores well on standardized testing, because the teachers put forth such a great effort. Think twice about moving to the Luella community. It is way over crowded.
My son began LES during his 1st grade yr. I was nervous as he was in priv school for Pre-K & K, & as he is diagnosed with Autism. He's made many gains in this school. Even I was amazed! The teachers have all cared about him like he was their own. Our plan was to leave him in for 1 yr so that he was eligable for GSNS, but he did so well & we fell in love with the teachers & staff that we actually let him attend for another yr. He's in 2nd grade now, & still doing well in the typical classroom. He has issues but the teachers have accepted him & gone the extra mile to ensure he gets the edu that he deserves. I'm impressed as I, until now, had very little faith in the public schools. Highly recommend!
What is the saying? You get out of something what you put into it? Personally I am in and out of the school often. Yes the school is overcrowded but that was something no one could predict. As it happened it was dealt with. ANY parent is welcome at any time. I personally have witnessed the tears shed over accomplishments of 5th graders as they entered the bus lane or car lane with confidence that they could be anything. Everything is not posted in a newsletter but if you want to see real accomplishments from real students, staff giving free time to tutor or encourage, feeding the hungry and clothing the needy then drop by LES. It is a place with heart that goes beyond the test and the textbook. It is a place where everyone belongs and credit is givevn to the entire staff.
All three of my children have attended Luella Elementary. I have been more than pleased with their education. It is hard for me to read some of the reviews on this website and believe they are speaking of the same school that all three of my children have attended. My second child is in fourth grade and my third child is in Kindergarten. The teachers are very caring. They are searching for ways to help the children. The administration is constantly looking for ways to help the children. I am touched by Dr. Wolfe's love for the children. She uses her personal time to reach out to the children such as attending extracurricular activities (Nutcracker performance, games, etc.). Thank you for caring for the children!
The teachers that my child had were great. However, administrative staff was less than what I had expected from LES. There are some issues with diversity at this school. I do feel that the administrative staff is in needed of immediate diversity training. Dr. Wolfe is doing an okay job with what she has. But make sure you do not discuss with her issues of diversity not unless you want to hear her promote her book. Oh well we can only pray for change.
My son entered kindergarten this year and they send a folder home daily with progress reports. His teachers were very motherly.
Luella is overcrowded and poorly ran. The staff doesn't communicate well with each other or with parents. The staff has double standards even regardarding serious matters such as the safety of the children. Some of the staff are completely rude and unprofessional. We are very disappointed with this school.
I did a one hour internship at LES last year for 2 semesters, and I was completely amazed at how much investment they put into the kids. I went to Oakland Elementary School in McDonough as a child, and it was nothing in comparision to LES. I am doing a 2 hour internship at LES this semester, and I am still becoming more and more amazed by all that they do for these kids. LES is a wonderful elementary school; I would go as far to say that it is one of the few good ones in the county.
I have had a son attending Luella since kindergarten. He has an awesome teacher this year in second grade (Lynn Whitworth) and his teachers in kindergarten and first grade were very good as well. He has felt comfortable and secure at this school. Since much of the school population was rerouted to Bethlehem Elementary, it has made a difference with the pick up and drop off times. It is much better. Classroom ratios of students:teacher seems less than what it was two years ago. It is growing so rapidly around here, though. It does worry me that the school ratings go down considerably at Middle and High school levels here in this zone. All of that aside, Dr. Wolfe has done a great job with the high numbers of students before the new school opened. It has to be very challenging to try and meet all of the families needs.
My daughter entered the school during its first year of inception. It has diclined and the leadership has changed numerous times. It is not culturally diverse at all. Staff and management is out of touch.
Luella is a great school. My son transferred from Locust Grove Elementary in First grade, which is the first year the school opened. I have to agree with others that the main problem with the school is overpopulation. I think that the administration and staff do the best they can under the circumstances and should be commended on their dedication to the students at Luella Elementary. I agree that Henry County is not controlling its growth very well and it is hurting our students. Busing to the school is also a concern. Overall I am confident that my child is receiving a high quality education and will continue to do well in middle and high school because he is well prepared at Luella.
I moved here in 2005 and felt very welcomed by my daughter's teacher. She began 3rd grade at Luella. My main concern is the overcrowding. There is not enough individualized care due to the overcrowding, and I find my child rushes to keep up with the other kids. We will be going to private school next year where there is a cap on the amount of students, although I wish I could take her current teacher with her. Ms Echols is the best!! She is a true TEACHER and caregiver. Thank you. Henry county needs to slow down and let the schools catch up.
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