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801 East Kenyon Ave
Des Moines, IA 50315

(515) 242-8419
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May 12, 2013
The current principal, Bill Szakacs, is one of the most incompetent administrators you'll ever meet. When I first emailed him regarding a bullying issue with my son, he did not respond. Only when I threatened to take the issue to the school board did he finally follow the DMPS anti-bullying policy by investigating the incident. In the end, yes, the bullying was founded. Another time, when middle schoolers were pushing kids down in the After School program, he refused to come outside to address the issue because he said it was "not his job." He left it to the Metro Kids workers to deal with the issue on their own. The Dean of Students, Nicole Banegas, on the other hand, is incredibly helpful, hard-working, and effective. Students love her. Additionally, there are many other kind, dedicated educators in that building, who try their hardest, despite a student population with numerous behavior and social problems and despite an appalling lack of leadership. The building was recently remodeled, which greatly improved the appearance and atmosphere of the school. It has the potential to be something better, but DMPS needs to invest in stronger leadership and better resources.

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May 04, 2012
i hate this school , even the teachers take part in tearing down the kids.....my child has become really depressed after attending this school ,if your child is black lovejoy is not the place for child,

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no rating December 07, 2007
This is a wonderful school. Great teachers, a great building layout, great staff ... and great students! I have never seen a group of children who care more about each other than these students.

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August 06, 2007
I have found that all the Teachers, Principal and all the supporting staff to be very helpful and Polite.

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Lovejoy Elementary School
801 East Kenyon Ave, Des Moines, IA  50315
(515) 242-8419
Last modified Lovejoy Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 1 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Lovejoy Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 4 reviews. Top