Students enrolled 54
Hours no info
School leader Wallace Wilson
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District Vernon Parish School District
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116 Lebleu Road
Leesville, LA 71446

(337) 537-3394
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4 stars
Based on 34 ratings

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April 28, 2014
We are a military family who just moved here. So far our 3rd Grader loves the school and comes home always talking about the staff & teachers talking to her, engaging in conversation. But after many reviews of other schools, we were very pleased with Pickering Elementary School. We like that everyone at the school is talkative and very nice.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2013
Pickering is a good school but my child didn't like his last teacher Mrs.sanders p.s. she's mean I mean if she was more polite she would be liked my child liked her a little more like 0.000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000003% shes very mean but I like her cause thats stone cold discipline to think she's a very good role model

- submitted by a community member
January 08, 2013
This is an ok school. I have two children in this school (grades 3 and 5). I think with a little work this could be a very good school, but there is no way I'm letting my kids go to high school here.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2011
The staff have been wonderful, the administration personnel are fantastic. The discipline in the school is top notch. The people there are great, but they have some pretty tough working conditions. The school is in a horrible location, right next to busy railroad tracks which is distracting and causes concerns for safety. The building is old and dilapidated, the technology is mediocre. Large amount of children in small classrooms. Average 26 kids per class in the lower grades with one teacher. I really wish the students and staff of PES had a facility they could be proud of. The bus system is a NIGHTMARE. They are overcrowded, older and younger kids all ride together and there is little to no discipline. Due to my work schedule my children have no choice but to ride the bus. They get off the bus, wet with sweat after an hour long ride with no AC, then they tell me horror stories about kids fighting, making out, stealing from others, swearing. They have been dropped off at the wrong house before. Mr. Ducote was sincerely apologetic for the bus issues, but they are out of his control. I almost quit my job last year to be able to take them to school myself, it got that bad.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2011
My kids have gone to this school for the 2yrs we've been stationed here at Polk & while there have always been issues,yesterday was my breaking point.My child was paddled even tho we have a signed no paddle in our file! The teacher admitted she did not even check in our file to see if it was "allowed" or not,nor did she apologize. We pulled all 3 of our kids from that school immediately & they will NOT be going back! I think it is horrible that CP is still used & that a place we send our kids the majority of their childhood,they cannot feel safe. I am beyond sickened & saddened and we will take appropriate action to ensure this ends! You are better off homeschooling your kids if you have to be stationed here. Do not put them in the schools here,the education is severly lacking & obviously the care is just as bad!

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2010
I have been trying to find out what happened to this school! Well I figured it out - New principal. Then, I found out Mrs. Atkins left. I thought that our family would give the new principals time to adjust. Then, I discovered that this man (the principal) has been there for like 20 years and used to make Mrs. Atkins do everything so she left. HORRIBLE! They should have left Mr. Ducote at the school with Mrs. Atkins. Even though the teachers are great, we hope things change soon or else we'll be going to a different school.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2009
If you're a military family looking for a good school near Fort Polk, this is the one! We moved our kids from on post to Pickering and we just love it here! Test scores are good, teachers are great, staff is good and very supportive of military.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 03, 2009
Hello, First of all PES is a wonderful school. There have been so many impovements since last year. The first place it starts is with our principal Mr. Ducote. He is a wonderful man. Mr Ducote is so involved with the students and staff. Mr. Ducote will always try to help with any problem you have. The teachers are also wonderful with the students.Overall this is a GREAT school.

- submitted by a community member
September 09, 2009
My family loves PES! It really is a great school. It starts at the top: Mr. Decote and Mrs. Atkins are very kind people who are really there for the kids. The teachers seem to enjoy what they are doing as well. The secretaries are friendly to everyone. It just seems like everyone really cares. I highly recommend you check out PES if you are moving to Vernon Parish.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2009
This school is awesome. I have heard some people say negative things about PES, but I have never had any problems with any of the staff. I want to say that the secretaries that work there are the ones that face every complain head on and they are always willing to help no matter what the problem is. HOORAY for the Secretaries.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2009
I love PES. Everyone their is awesome. My kids have been their for 3 years now. I have known the principal for about 25 years. He is really great with kids and is very helpfull with the parents also. The staff is terrific. They are very family oriented. They try to keep you informed about everything that is going on in the school. They work very hard with every child to make sure that they succeed.I highly reccomend this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2009
Wow! What a great school. My children have been going to this school since January. The staff really cares. I feel safe every morning when I drop off my children. There are always smiling, friendly faces there to greet them, to include the principal and assistant principal. At many schools it is rare to see children greeted by the administrators with a smile and/or hug. There is wonderful parent contact as well. I can't believe this school on has 3 stars. The academics are great, admin is great, teachers are fantastic, I don't get it. Go visit Pickering Elementary before you put your child in any othe school.

- submitted by a parent
December 26, 2008
This is a fantastic school. We moved here a few months ago. The principals and counselors met with us to get help we needed for our childs' educational needs. Very friendly staff. It's rare that we've been able to talk to the principal, assistant principal, and counselor at one time. All were friendly, knowledgeable, and caring. My child likes the school and she has wonderful teachers! Please do your homework about this school. It is marvelous!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2008
While my student was attending PES I thought that the school was lacking in several areas, but it was not till I left that I realized how bad it really is. It starts at the top. The Principal is so far removed from what is going on in the school it is scary. The Vice Principal is on a mission to rise to the top no matter the cost. There is no concern over anything that does not help reach that goal. This includes the education of the students. The school is very clicky, and if you are not in the right click it does not matter what you or your student does. Some of the teachers try, but most are like the school leadership and more worried about self preservation then education. They would rather a student not have a school uniform violation then be able to read at grade level. They teach to pass the Leap rather then to educate the student. The best money I ever spent and the best decision I ever made was moving out of Vernon Parish and Pickering schools. If you have the means to send your child elsewhere by all means do so.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2008
Love the school! Love the staff--teachers, counselor, and principals! Love the warm, caring environment! Great test data too! I wouldn't have my children go to any other school. We are military and drive our children to Pickering, regardless of Colonel Sage's recommendations. He seems to 'push' the Leesville schools on military families because his daughter goes to Leesville High. Check out Pickering Elementary! It's a great school!

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2008
Great School! Check it out for yourself. The negative comments posted here are isolated experiences. I have three children attending Pickering Elementary and I have not had ANY negative experiences. I will say that the school does have policies which are strictly enforced. However, I like that as a parent. It makes the school fair and consistent. The school is very safe; yes, visitors, including parents, must sign in the front office. PES is not an open-campus for safety reasons. But, parents are encouraged to volunteer. Fantastic school with caring administration, teachers, and staff. Check out the school for yourself.

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June 24, 2008
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June 24, 2008
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February 25, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2007
We loved Pickering Elementary. The principal and assistant principal are caring people who have a genuine interest in the children who attend P.E.S. The counselor is also very helpful with students who have parents that are deployed. The teachers are phenomenal! I loved the PBS program they have, too. We hate leaving P.E.S., such nice people with children 1st.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2007
This is an excellent school. We live in south Fort Polk and when we moved here, I wasn't sure about sending my children to Pickering Elementary (my son is in Pre-K and my daughter is in 1st grade). I heard positive and negative things about it. Most of the negative comments pertained to the 'ugly' condition of the school building, which isn't as awful as some make it out to be. It has been a pleasure to have my children attend this school. They have done so well academically, it's amazing how much they learn every day! They treat each child as an individual and are very encouraging. My children love going to school. We are moving again next month and I only hope to find another school that has such a positive environment, unbiased teachers and a great academic program. I highly recommend Pickering Elementary.

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December 01, 2007
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- submitted by a student
September 26, 2007
The principal is a great man who works hard to ensure that the needs of all students are met. As for the teachers, you could not have a better group of teachers! They have recently begun a positive behavior system that would almost eliminate any negative behavior from the teacher and it seems to be working great! Take another look and see what else there is to this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2007
This is not a very friendly school. The principal does not wave or smile to the parents in the car rider line when they drop off their child. It doesn't seem like kids are giving a chance to correct from mistakes and some teachers talk down to the kids. This is a school that you will either love it or hate it.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2007
After reading all of the negative comments, I was not too sure about putting my children at Pickering. After visiting the school, I was very pleased with it. The staff is very friendly, the buildings and classrooms are nice! This school has the highest test scores! I think it is great that you cannot walk your child to class because it disrupts the class and the traffic! Yes, you can eat lunch with your child and having to check in at the office...well that is for the safety of all children at the school, which is a good thing. Great School and my children love it! I only wish they had smaller classroom sizes. My children were used to 16 kids per class and at PES it is anywhere from 25-30. That is the only downfall.

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July 27, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2007
Pickering Elementary is a great place to be. The safety is phenomenal. Some parents complain about the entry/exit doors being locked and having to check in at the front office because people aren't allowed to walk freely around campus. However, there is a great Title I Parent Volunteer program. There are many activities planned to encourage family participation within the educational program at PES. This is a great school with great teachers, leaders, and curriculum....look at those national test scores. Go visit the school and meet the people...super nice!

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2007
Being a military family and coming from Germany PEC is a disaster. Old building, dirty bath rooms, ugly and uncomfortable class rooms. It broke my heart, to see my child going to this school. Principal is not interested in my solutions or comments. I am so glad the school year is over, this year my child is changing schools. Please go and walk through the school and see it for your self. If you like clean, nice environment, this school is not for you.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2007
Like so many military families I thought I had done my home work about Pickering. The school is not a very friendly school with the exceptions of a hand full of teachers. I was not impressed with how they talk down to the children. If a child makes a mistake he/she is not given the opportunity to take responsabilities for the mistakes and learn from it. All this makes for a bad atmosphere to learn in. My children hung in there for the year but we will not be returning to the school. Too much stress!

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2006
I was so disgusted with this school. There is no parent/teacher organization, I was followed when I was in the school to eat lunch, and was thoroughly discouraged from visiting the classroom. I felt as though they acted like they had something to hide. I also feel that the quality of academic programs is much lower than what my children were accustomed to having.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2006
PES seems more defined by their morals than their education system, parents beware. They still do not allow parents to walk beyond the office and you now have to call to have lunch with your child first. So if you are moving into the area, you may also want to put your children somewhere other than here. They also will fail your child for interrupting the class as low as kindergarten, so you may want to consider a different school. This is no offense to vernon parish school district they are doing the best they can.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2005
Not very happy with Pickering. The building is run down, the school lunches are less than desirable and there is very enrichment at lower grade levels(i.e. art, drama). Parents aren't allowed in the classroom, can't even walk child to class in the morning.

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2004
I came to PES after being at a different school in the area. I could not have been more happy after the move! PES is a large school but they have a good set of rules and do a good job of being consistent most of the time. The principal makes it a place where students can learn and teachers can teach without hassle. The grade levels do an excellent job of working together and helping out new teachers. Test scores are going up each year. Training opportunities for teachers is awesome. They could do a better job of meeting needs of 'special' students.

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November 22, 2003
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Pickering Elementary School
116 Lebleu Road, Leesville, LA  71446
(337) 537-3394
Last modified Pickering Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Pickering Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews.