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701 Lee St
Manhattan, KS 66502

(785) 587-2050
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August 16, 2015
Our experience with Lee for the multiple years we were varied from year to year. There are some excellent teachers there and there are some horrible teachers there. We got our taste of both. One teacher seemed more focused on medicating our child than teaching our child and also favored one parent over the other - that was the horrible one. Other teachers were excellent and focused on encouraging our child and propelling our child to excel. As far as the staff goes - it is hit and miss. Some are fantastic and some leave you wondering how they managed to be qualified for their job. If you are a blended family, I would avoid this school at all costs. They are not prepared or equipped to provide a non-biased interest for your kids. We experienced staff members telling us they were "on our side" and staff members making it clear they were not. I suppose if you do not have any drama with any exes this school would be an okay school. My take from it is that they don't quite have their stuff together to handle any dynamic other than your ideal American family.

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Teacher effectiveness: Effective
August 16, 2015
Most of them are effective at teaching and taking the time to make sure the students understand what they are being taught.

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Amount of homework: Too much
August 16, 2015
Homework every day in grade school is unnecessary. What happened to kids being kids? Instead ours had at least 30min-1hour of homework every single day, except Fridays.

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Develops grit: Disagree
August 16, 2015
This school could barely develop a plan to stick to without being held accountable on a consistent basis to do so.

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Develops respect: Agree
August 16, 2015
Their reward system for seeing good behavior in students were effective for my children. It encouraged them to respect others and they were excited to tell us about it.

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Develops empathy: Neutral
August 16, 2015
It depends on the classroom your child is in. We experienced extremes on both ends of the spectrum.

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Develops honesty: Neutral
August 16, 2015
For the most part they do. However, when you are the parent of a "problem child" be prepared for every problem in the classroom to be your child's fault, even when it is not due to assumption and not asking students what really happened.

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January 23, 2014
My son is in kindergarten this year at Lee Elementary and so far I am very satisfied with this school. His teacher, Ms. Gibson, is a wonderful lady who has spent a lot of time working with my son. He has been through a lot and has some ADHD issues that make it hard for him to concentrate but she does her best when it comes to fighting through that. She helps him stay on task and fully understand what he is supposed to be learning. As far as communication that is also something that this school is wonderful at. She sends home notes everyday about his behavior praising him on good days and letting me know about the not so good ones as well. She has offered help and suggestions and has been available whenever I have needed her. She is a sweet teacher and is very enthusiastic with the children. My son also goes to the boys and girls program after school until I get off work and they have been just as wonderful. This school has been a wonderful kindergarten experience for myself and my son and I only hope when it comes time to move that we are able to find somewhere as wonderful as Lee. Thank you Ms. Gibson, the boys and girls club and Lee for everything that you have done!!! Great Job

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December 18, 2013
This school is absolutely ridiculous. There is no communication from the school or the teachers regarding your childs education. Do not expect any contact from the principal or your childs teachers unless they want money for a trip or some other material item. There is no want to help your child learn there. Just look at the schools test scores they are embarrassing to say the least.

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May 31, 2010
Lee School offers many avenues for communication between parents and teachers. My child's classroom teacher sent home a weekly newsletter as well as frequent emails through the Intouch system USD 383 has in place for mass communication. In addition, the school newsletter is sent home bi-weekly with a one-page update from the principal. My experience as a Lee School parent has been nothing but positive for the last four years. Lee School is also an ACADEMICALLY sound school which continues to strive to meet the challenges of our unique population. Lee School continues to meet the needs of my child and I feel very fortunate that she attends such a well respected school in the Manhattan community.

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May 29, 2010
The year at Lee Elementary was really not good. If you as a parent want to know what is being covered and be an involved parent this is not the school for you. The communication between teachers and parents is nearly nonexistent, even when you request the information and meet with the principal. Acedemically lets just say it is far from a powerhouse.

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December 01, 2009
Ever hear how looks can be deceiving? Well that is exactly what will happen here! Education....Low! Programs that require your money and time...High! The school supply list...Ridiculous! The chances of finding teacher on the year here.... 0 TO NONE!!! Never will send anyone in this direction! Wish I would have never had the displeasure of this experience or my poor family! Just a heads up...Mind your P's & Q's & Watch Your Back!!!

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October 01, 2009
We spent one year at Lee, during that year I was a kindergarten mom and also PTO president. We loved it and wish we could go back but thats what being in the military is like. They are getting plans started for the renovations that will be starting next year. We never had problems at Lee, Dr. Kole is the principal and she is very good with the kids and the office staff is friendly and helpful and the teachers are great, anyone would be fortunate to attend Lee and associate with the great people there.

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July 28, 2008
We move here from the east coast, not knowing anything about the public schools in Manhattan, KS. We enrolled our child in a private school, come to find out the USD 383 school system were excellent schools. So we enroll our child at Lee Elementary, he is doing very well in all his classes. It don't matter private or public schools, there will always be bullies in the schools. We don't live in a prefect world, but at least Lee Elemantary do their best to help their students that enroll there. Lee Elemantary is an excellent public school compared to some of the schools, we've seen in the U.S.

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February 08, 2008
Lee school has been a good school for my kids. My son had some issues with bullying but his teacher and the principal were very involved with my concerns and we never had problems since. I specifically like the diversity in cultures Lee represents in their students, my kids have the opportunity to meet classmates from different countries and come home telling me about it. The teachers my kids have seem to enjoy teaching and really care about my kids' progress. I gave Lee a four-star only because the facilities seem a bit out-dated but this in no way reflects badly nor does it compromise learning. Keep up the good work LEE Elementary!

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June 16, 2006
Lee School has great teachers, wonderfully small class sizes, good test scores, and a nice socioeconomic mix. We've had no complaints!

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February 15, 2006
My two sons have been going to Lee school. I used to contact Lee through e-mail about one of my concerns. Principal Kole personally called me and worked things out for my children. Lee has wonderful music, art, sports classes and fun extracurricular activities. One of my sons learned to read early. His teacher set up little groups for students who are advanced to read extra materials and learn extra vocabularies. The whole school works together to help my children succeed is what I see. I know not all teachers are as devoted or proactive as I would like to see. But it is also my job as a parent to make sure my kids are making the progress I hope they are making by communicating with their teachers.

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January 26, 2006
I agree with the first comment. Lee is a wonderful school. It's unfortunate that the second comment person has had trouble, but based on the spelling errors in the comment, perhaps her child is not as academically advanced as she would like to think. Don't judge the school on either comment; meet the principal, the teachers, and the students, and judge for yourself.

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October 29, 2005
We have had children at Lee since 1994 and have nothing but good things to say. The principal is completely involved in the students' success, knowing each child individually, by name. We have been involved in the PTO and have found Lee to have wonderful parent volunteers. The socioeconomic background at Lee varies from upper middle class familes to international students' children from many countries. Currently (2005) there are students from America, Japan, China, Korea, Russia, France, Germany, Mexico, and probably many others at Lee. Nearly all of the classroom teachers are ESL certified as well, and the ESL students are quickly integrated into the classrooms. The students are incredibly open an accepting of each other--it's an ideal place to send your child to learn about the world! Academically, Lee is always one of the top performing elementary schools in Manhattan, exceeding the state test scores every year. No complaints!

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June 08, 2005
We moved her last year, when our daughter was in 1st grade. The school is way behind other states academically. Our daughter is very advanced for 1st grade and no consideration was given to her. Attention is given to students who are having 'trouble' in school. There is ALOT of bullying at this school as well, and again, nothing is done until it comes to the point of the parent going to the school numerous times during the week. I would not recommend this school to anyone who's child is excelling academicaly, it will definetly put them behind. Anyone know a good school in Manhattan?

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Lee Elementary School
701 Lee St, Manhattan, KS  66502
(785) 587-2050
Last modified Lee Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Lee Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 21 reviews. Top