My oldest child is in Kindergarten at WLES. She loves her teacher and the learning environment. We find her teacher to be responsive, very well trained, organized, and passionate about teaching children! We absolutely love Dr. Poole, the principal. I find the school's leadership to be knowledgeable, organized, communicative, responsive and 'ahead of the ball' in terms of educating today's youth. The PTA and WLES parents/families are a very active and nurturing bunch. Spirit Nights, book fairs and other school events are well attended and lots of fun. The curriculum is rigorous, too. While we find the standard curriculum to be a bit less challenging than we (personally) would like, we are very impressed with the school's ability to challenge kids of all levels of learning with various curriculum in the classroom. WLES beats the local private schools any day!
Waters Landing has a warm feel where the staff supports each child so that child can really be all that they can be. The children are given a chance to vol in the school to support others and learn what it is like to give to other.
We have lived all over the United States. My kids have gone to several different public and private schools across the country. Waters Landing is by far the worst school we have ever encountered. We pulled our son out and are homeschooling until we move away from Germantown this summer. I'm not sure why there are positive parent reviews. The great school rating is more accurate. Low test scores, bad learning environment, unmotivated teachers, and lack of leadership all contribute to the poor quality of education at Waters Landing.
My daughter will going into the 5th grade and she has loved going to this school. She as been going here since Kindergarden and has loved ever teacher she has had. As her Parents we have been very pleased with all of this schools staff. Every member of the staff at this school has been such a blessing to our child and to us. We would recommend this school to everyone.
My daughter attended WLES from grade 2 - 5 and we had a positive experience. She is now in MLK and my son started K here. He is very fond of his teachers and his classmates. We try to be involved any time there is a chance to, and find a lot of parents do the same. I do wish there were less kids per classroom (about 22-25). The teacher usually responds to us that day or the next depending. All in all WLES is a good school to build an educational foundation and I would recommend to others.
I love this school! My daughter went from K-5 (just started middle school) and her teachers were fabulous the whole time. She took advantage of everything the school offers from academics to pep squad.
We are currently in the middle of a principal change, so I don't know how the new principal will be. The school is rock solid however. The staff is fantastic, with a couple of exceptions. My kids are in drama, an african drum playing club, they do cross country, and the older ones take instrumental band. There is a lot offered for those who want to take advantage of it. The PTA is very active in the school. Our parent participation could be better, but it is still good compared to many of the schools my friends kids go to. If I had it to do over, I would still have my children go to school at Waters Landing.
My daughter went this school for first grade, and we had a horrible experience. We started off the year by having the school lose my child at dismissal. It only went down hill from there. The amount of pressure to excel they put on a first grader was horrible. Her self esteem plummeted and her grades followed. Then, the school insinuated that she may have learning disabilities. Amazingly, we changed schools/school districts and she flourished at her new school and was asked to apply to the gifted and talented program!
My daughter attends K and loves this school....It is friendly and well managed.
I too have been very involved in my childs success with WL. But I am not happy with the administration there. It is very hard to get a response back with them. I had two children who attended ther. One has moved on to middle shcool and the other child is still there, but trying to understand more of there learning curriculm has been very confusing.
For the last two years, my husband and I have been responsive, involved parents, and for the last two years have felt unhappy with the teachers that our son has had...this year is the worst in regards to the expectations of a First Grader!! Responsiveness is awful, correspondence and getting back to us in non-existent and now I am fed up and preparing to a.) move to another school district; or b.) put my child in private school...this is a shame as this school is supposed to be a Great School, yet all of the experiences that we have had have not been Great. Good luck.
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