We are heading into our sixth year at LaSalle and have had a chance to experience both principals and while I had no issues with the previous one. I love the new one. We felt our highly motivated child was welcomed for a good test score and then forgotten. Not so anymore with a principal always finding out about new programs for us. We couldn't be happier.
My child has been at LaSalle for 3 year now and loves it. It is a diverse, inner city, PUBLIC school, and let's not forget that! LaSalle does not have a selective entrance exam like the gifted centers and the pre-IB program. This makes it all the more amazing that it gets such a wonderful placement record into the top city high schools. It is not perfect, but given the 30-34 children per class, and the non-selective entrance, it does a great job. The students who work hard seem to do pretty well, the test scores are great. The language trips sound fabulous. Sometimes I wish that the complaining parents would just pull their children and go to their local neighborhood schools, as the negativity can be infectious. I would like to say thank you.
I am a parent of a recent graduate of Lasalle, the school has prepared my daughter extremely well, she has placed in all honor classes for her freshamn year and straight to Spanish 3 thanks to her extensive language learning. I thank all of the Lasalle staff for this.
LaSalle is an excellent school, even if your child isn't a fast learner. you can request parent teacher conferences, and extra help is always given to those who need it. Complaints are always taken to mind
I am a student at LaSalle LAnguage Academy. I really love the school, and would recommend this school to anyone interested. My teachers are fantastic, I have great friends, and our school is one of the best all around, especially in culture and academics. The best part is that you choose a language to take in Kindergarden, and then get to go to a country that speaks that language for an exchange program in 7th or 8th grade. Its very culturally enriching and fun experience. I really love my school.
My daughter is currently in 4th grade and I love how well the kids get along with each other, especially since most of them have been together since kindergarten. I can appreciate the strong involvement of the parents. My advice to any new comers is to overlook the cliques and just be your own person, keep in mind this good education is for your child/children. I would also like to comment about the communication between parents and teachers. So far the communication is there, just as long as you ask plenty of questions even if you don't think it matters. Some of my favorites are: Mrs. Knapp(kdg), Mrs. Waller(2nd grade), Mrs. ford/Mrs. Driscoll(3rd grade) and Mrs. Pinal(4th grade). Overall, my daughter and I love Lasalle Language Academy.
I agree with the reputation being lofty. The addition of more specific fine arts classes will make the school nore attractive. Although Dr. Narea has held it all together, most of her staff, teachers included, don't communicate well with parents. The quality of education at LaSalle is just good: There is not much of a challenge for the overachievers. For the most part, students are taught how to test well.
This school is fine if your child is self motivated and learns easily. The class sizes are too large for children with learning differences or other challenges to thrive. This issue becomes much more significant in the upper grades. There are also discipline issues that the school is quick to blame the students for when in reality many of the teachers lack classroom management skills and discipline policies are inconsistent and ineffective. The high teacher turnover rate in recent years is also a concern. This is an average school, there is much that needs improvement. The strengths are in the primary grade teachers and the high level of parental involvement.
Both of my children attended LaSalle and are now at a college prep high school. LaSalle prepared them well for high school. We feel very lucky that we were able to attend LaSalle. It is a public school where there are too many students per class and teachers are challenged from all sides but the school provides a beautiful balance of diversity, community, and education.
My daughter goes to this school and I agree with alot of the parents. Lasalle is just a reputation. The principal does not know how to interact with the parents and is very rude to the students.
LaSalle's greatest strengths are its diversity, its principal and its faculty. Parental involvement is welcomed and encouraged. Class sizes are large but don't appear to affect the quality of instruction. I would like to see a bit more emphasis on art and music, but you can't have everything--especially in the Chicago Public Schools.
LaSalle has high level of parent involvement and a challenging academic curriculum. Students are challenged and are well prepared for High School.
Terrific test scores but class sizes (especially at the elementary grade levels were a bit worrying.
My daughter is now in the fourth grade at LaSalle and in the last two years things have been better especially second grade. It seems that as the children get older the teachers seem to have better communication skills as well as more patience. I still stand by my first posting on this site (March 2004) in regards to the principal because no matter what grade your child is in she still seems to lack communication skills and understanding of certain ethnic groups. Overall I would still recommend LaSalle to any parent because of the curriculum and a few choice teachers, Ms. Miller being at the TOP of the list.
Our son is entering 1st grade this fall. We were thrilled by the quality of education and warmth of the teachers during our 1st year at LaSalle.
LaSalle is an extraordinary school and the detracting comments within this website indicate a misunderstanding of so much. The comment that things go down hill after kindergarten is refuted by the fact that our 8th grade classes are often recognized for achieving the top ten highest school wide test scores in the State of Illinois. That accomplishment requires a continuum of quality from kindergarten through eighth grade. There's no doubt that LaSalle is a school where everyone is expected to work hard. That includes students, teachers, administrators, and parents. LaSalle achieves excellence through hard work. Every teacher I meet at LaSalle shows true, genuine, and real concern for my children. They also show remarkable insight to my children, their needs, and their abilities. If they seem a little 'busy' and rushed, so be it, because I know they are accomplishing great things. I've seen it firsthand at all grade levels.
I agree with the parent that stated 'Lasalle's good school is just that 'a reputation'. The teachers and that's including the principal need to learn to to interact with parents and solve whatever conflicts that occur. 90% of the time they act like you are bothering them when you are inquring about anything. The best thing about LaSalle is the kindergarden teachers. They are wondeful and caring. After that it all goes down the tubes.
We feel so very lucky to have our daughter at La Salle. Not only is she receiving the best public school education, she is learning, respect, dedication and oh-so much more. The lower grade teachers, have been outstanding. They are loving, caring and outstanding educators. We are getting a privite school education at a Chicago public school. How lucky we are!!
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