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Southfield, MI
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24590 Lahser Road
Southfield, MI 48033

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(248) 799-8401
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January 29, 2014
My children have attended Laurus since kindergarten. After much analysis and review of available schools, we selected Laurus and have been very pleased. I have found the administration to be very supportive and positive. The school work is very challenging - and there is support in place for children who need extra help. No school is perfect, but I find that parents who invest time in getting to know teachers and working with the adminstration have the best growth. It's very important that children, not only learn, but are supported and protected. I feel that Laurus environment is positive and the moral focus component is critical. I am pleased that we chose this school for our children and look forward to seeing them graduate.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2014
This by far has been the worse elementary school our daughter has attended. Her second grade teacher has been so preoccupied with a sick parent she is rarely in the class, or responds to emails. When this was brought to the principals attention this was passed to the assistant principals whom NEVER returned my phone call for follow-up. And lastly, on January 9 th 2014 I went to pick my daughter up. Upon arrival she was not in her normal dismissal area nor was she in her classroom. All three teachers advised me "she just left". She is an eight year old special needs, how do you allow her to just leave? Where did she go? No one could answer this. After 15 minutes of frantically searching the school I finally located my daughter outside with another teacher preparing to put her on a bus she should not have been on. This was totally unacceptable. I will never recommend this school to another parent nor will my children attend subsequent school years.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2014
I'm in fifth grade and I've been here since kindergarten.Some of the teachers that I've been with were good , but others weren't. Laurus academy is a great place if you want your child to excel in all of the subjects.Some of the work is not super challenging if your child is advanced.The lunches they serve are horrible. I wouldn't recommend this school for you.

- submitted by a community member
June 02, 2013
It's a lot students who have no self control, disrespectful to other classmates , parents and there teachers, no actions taken. Student say and do what they want to in class. Student take other classmates papers and turn it in as there own homework.Its a lot of concerns at this school . And nothing being done about it. My child will not be returning to this school in the fall.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2013
I attended this school from K-12 and left this school.Then I came back in 4th grade and been here every since.it is way different, we have a new music teacher, Ms.Lyttle, she is a horrible teacher.The new gym teacher, Ms.Nazoyn, I don't like her either.The lunches are inedible.In these past two weeks, 3 students have threw up.Many students and parents have complained about it and the school has not done anyting about it.This school is so not reccomended...

- submitted by a community member
March 23, 2013
My kids have been at this school since the 2nd grade they are now in the 6 and 7th respectively, I have seen this school slowly go down, in the past I have recommended this school to other's but I cannot do this today, the quality of student being let into the school have changed significantly, the kids appear to be alot rougher around the edges, along with their parents, I have noticed the 2012 Meap scores dropped unbelievably low, but I can see why with the type of students they are letting in, I believe they are more about numbers (money) now, I am aggressively looking to take my kids to new schools, unfortunately, I can no longer recommend this school for any parent that is serious about there kids education, with that being said, the teachers and administration is wonderful, but I want my child around kids whom come from families that respect education and it's importance, not kids with behavior problems and parents with behavior problems, most of the serious parents are pulling there kids out or are currently looking for new schools, it is very sad to see a great school nose dive into a school that is mediocre at best now

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2012
the school has stepped it up thank you laurus the music dept is excellent the deans are excellent

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2012
I m not quite sure about this school. My daughter needs a challenge and I pulled her out of Southfield Public Schools in the fall of 2011 to attend Laurus Academy. Currently, she is in the most advanced class, but is bored. She has homework, but it only takes her a short time to complete. I did contact the dean and talked to her teachers, who agreed to give her more challenging work. She is still bored. Moreover, the math book that the other 7th graders (not the advanced class) are using is the same book that my daughter had last year (in 6th grade). I was assured that she was not being taught out of that book and that she is using a 7/8th grade book this year. That was a major concern at the beginning of the school year. I do, however, like the atmosphere. The teachers and administrative staff are all pleasant and know my child by name (she is not a number). And they all seem to care about my daughter s success (in and out of the classroom). My only problem is the curriculum. I think it could be beefed up a bit to compete with the SPS students. Teacher, principal & parent = 5 stars, Curriculum = 3 stars.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2011
My 9th grader attended this school from 5-8th grade and I am more than pleased with this school...so much so, that I had to purchase at least two bookbags for her during the school year considering this school nurtures reading...unlike the current school she attends! My son started kindergarten at Laurus Academy and he has homework assignments and reading assignments weekly...admittedly...I have a hard time keeping up! Anyway, I have never had any issues with the teachers or the office staff, everyone seem friendly and professional...I would highly recommend this school...I only wish they offered a high school in the area!!!

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2010
I was excited about my daughters' enrollment in this school when then 2010 school year started.Now (less than 4 months ago)I can't wait for this year to end.My daughter loves this school but myself as a parent find the dean as well as the principal very unproffesion.The teachers are ok,but nothing to brag about ,and do get me started about the crazy parking lot.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2010
My daughter has been at Laurus for 3 years now and we love it! She was an only child a very quiet, they found the perfect program and teacher for her. Now as a Second Grader my daughter is a social butterfly, very well spoken and a great student. She is reading chapter books and spelling words I learned to spell when I was in the 4th grade. All of my children will be students at Laurus Academy

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2010
I will be enrolling my daughter in Kindergarten at Laurus Academy in 2010. I was very impressed with my tour, the professional administrative faculty and teachers I was introduced to during my visit. From the overview, the curriculm is outstanding. The environment is inviting, clean and organized. The school is diversed and you can tell that the teachers and the entire faculty care and will nuture your child to be the best that they can be...letting their light shine academically and socially. I look forward to my daughter years at Laurus Academy.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 26, 2010
It's really good school. The principal, both deans are very good along with teachers. I love that school. My daughter got very good scores. But, since the school is very far from our house, I have to take my daughter away. The school it's best to make your child shine in academics. Kavitha

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2009
i love my shcool laurus and my techer MS.Deborde

- submitted by a student
September 29, 2009
Laurus is a prime example of how test scores don't tell the whole picture. The scores are low, but I've found that the greatest gift with this school is qualitative, rather than quantitative. The child's experience in this environment is priceless and this is coming from a parent that previously judged all schools based on MEAP scores. This school has the right environment, staff, and parental involvement to greatly improve those scores, without sacrificing the other things that make it a unique and nurturing environment for the child. I have a hard time reconciling my experience with the school and those scores. It's like there's some simple missing piece that will translate what the kids are learning and it showing up on their test scores. If you like structure and organization, you'll love this place.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2009
My daughter came to Laurus in the 2nd grade from a private school along with few other students who came because of the catholic school closings at that time. The transiton went very well. I did prefer when the classes were set up based on test performance, however I didn't rush to change schools like some parents. Our daughter is performing exceptionally well academically and personally. The teachers really challenge the students to do their best. My daughter is now in the 7th grade. I have recommended this school to friends and family all have been very satisfied. Thank you Laurus Acadmey.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2009
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- submitted by a student
February 13, 2009
My son attends school at Laurus. When he tested in he tested at a pre-K level. within the first month of kindergarten he was up to speed and passing his class mates. The teacher and administrative staff really know what they are doin and they love doing it. They gave him the attention he needed to get up to speed. My son has been excelling at this school ever since. I love it!

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2008
From the moment I entered the Laurus environment I new it was special. Physically the building was well-maintained, clean, and the bathrooms were stocked & clean. I was impressed with the professionalism of the office staff. They were welcoming without being common and I appreciated that. My next encounter was with administration who listened empathetically to my present concerns with my son's current school and entertained my expectations toward Laurus. The instructors too didn't disappoint. They've been knowledgeable, professional, and approachable.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2008
Our experience at Laurus Academy has been very positive. We came to Laurus 3 years ago from a private school environment with apprehension of trying a new school. It has not only been a positive and rewarding experience for our 7th grader, we also decided to bring our Kindergartener this year. Both are doing exceptionally well and it has been a positive experience all around. We have also recommended this school to friends who are pleased.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2008
My son in 3rd grade and this is his first semester attending Laurus and so far I am impressed overall. Great staff and very involved principal. School is clean and orangnized which organization is very important! My son's 3rd grade teacher seems to be very nice also and he hasn't mentioned any uncomfortable situations so I am pleased with that! We decided to switch from a DPS school to Laurus and we are very happy with our decsion.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 06, 2008
My child has been here for a few years and has had two wonderful teachers. I think that they should have kept the classes separated into three different groups as far as their needs instead of mixing all the children together because I believe it slowed down the progress of the more advance student down because the teacher has to adjust their teaching to accommodate the different needs. Other than that the school is okay. This school needs to get better organized with the parking and have a better system when it is raining outside for the parents to get their children and fix the parking.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2008
My daughter is entering third grade this fall and has attended Laurus since kindegarten. I am happy with the education she has received there. The students in all grades seem to get along pretty well because she tells me the upper classmates will help them out. I am happy to mention that my son, whose entering kindegarten this fall will be attending Laurus.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 08, 2008
My daughter has been going to Laurus Academy since Kindergarten. She will be entering 3rd grade this fall. My son will be starting Kindergarten this fall. I have been there since the change in princials and been through the issues of drop-off/pick-up; I think they have worked out the kinks and it is more structured and organized. My daughter has done great each year academically. I agree with the school, parental involvment with their studies is very essential to helping them learn. She has homework and reading assignments weekly. She has grown very much; Each teacher she has had encouraged and challenged my daughter. I am happy with the school and would recommend it;

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2008
My daughter is in the 3rd grade and has been there since kindergarden, and I couldn't be more happier! It's as though my child is recving an expensive private-school education for free! I am pleased!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 18, 2008
I put my son in this school in the 6th grade. The school is a decent school. I think that the entire teaching method today is not designed to give students the elements that allow them to truly understand principles. With that being said, the school is ok. In defense of the school, my son loves the community and sense of belonging. But I was disappointed in his academic performance. Also, the school is improving, as this is the first 8th grade class they have matriculated, and they are working to make improvements. They had a bit of a setback when the principal and Director of Student Affairs left the school abruptly last year. Start your child here early for best results.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2008
My daughter currently attends Kindergarten at Laurus. I have been very pleased thus far with this school. The ATSCHOOL program which allows me to monitor my child's test and achievements via the web is fantastic. I love the fact that I can communicate with the teachers and the administration via e-mail when I need to. And, the phone system in place which calls whenever there is a school closing is great! My husband and I provided 3 phone numbers and all of them are called automatically when the system is activated. That ensures that we get the message no matter where we are. My daughter's teacher - Ms. T. White is great and I can see that she really cares about the children in her class. Keep up the good work, Laurus!

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2007
My son has been a student for 2 years, starting in Kindergarten. The educational experience afforded him by Laurus teachers is exceptionally great. I am very pleased with the emphasis on moral focus behavioral skills. This is an educational tool that many of our children are missing today. The only draw back of this school is the inadequate parking which makes for a horrible drop-off / pick-up experience. I certainly won't let that stop me from allowing my child to have the best education possible, at no cost to me.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2007
This school is great my son has learned so much since coming to lauras he loves to learn now and he has a great teacher mrs.Monette that takes time out for him.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2006
I enjoy everything about Laurus, we have one special a day(music, gym, art, technology) and I Like my teachers, but it is not very challenging. I have the better grades of my class yet I hardly pay attention in class. This is a better school for someone who doesn't learn as easily as I do because if you do not understand teachers will really help you out.

- submitted by a student

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Laurus Academy
24590 Lahser Road, Southfield, MI  48033
(248) 799-8401
Last modified Laurus Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Laurus Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 32 reviews. Top