I moved my son to this school half-way through kindergarten last year because I was not happy with the environment he was in. Someone said to me, "They grow them up too fast in public school.", and I couldn't agree more. At the time, I had an innocent 5 year old and I wanted to keep him that way for as long as possible. I have since been very pleased with the environment at Lakes. Education is very important, but so are the development of morals and character. There is a family atmosphere here and I am so glad I made the switch. If you are like me, and want to keep your child a child for as long as you can, I highly recommend Our Lady of the Lakes. They will provide quality education and assist in the development of young men and women with high standards of moral conduct and character.
Our daughter has been attending OLL for 4 years. She originally attended another private Christian school and she didn't want to go back after kindergarten, which to me is crazy because all kids love kindergarten. When we walked into OLL for our tour she looked at me and said "this is where I want to go, everyone is so nice here". Our home church is Lutheran and with that being said, I wasn't sure if there would be an issue of acceptance of our daughter coming from a different church while attending a school with the majority of the children being members of OLL. This was surely not the case and she has been accepted with open arms by the staff and her peers. I am sure this has been accomplished by the amazing efforts of the teachers, principals, and the overall good nature of the families. Academically our daughter has excelled in reading, writing and math and the teachers at OLL recognize all of their students accomplishments and help them in many ways to harness their abilities to learn. It has been an amazing 4 years and I wouldn't change a thing. Our Lady of the Lakes is an amazing school.
I transferred to OLL mid-year in 11th grade, which is not an ideal time to change schools, but I had gone through a horrible 1st semester at Clarkston H.S. (after moving from Ohio in August of that school year). How I wish I could have started at Lakes! The semester at Clarkston was awful; I had never been around such mean classmates in my life, and as a result, my grades dropped, and for the very 1st time, I hated going to school. My parents and I visited OLL to see what it was like, and felt it would be the perfect place for me to transfer. When I started school there, it truly was a perfect fit. The students noticed I was new and were very welcoming and nice to me. I remember a senior saying I had a nice smile and asking why I always walked with my binder hiding my face. Imagine that; a compliment! I hadn't realized it, but in that one semester at Clarkston, I was so used to kids telling me how ugly I was and making fun of my acne, that I tried to hide my face as much as possible and it had become routine. I am so grateful that my parents let me transfer to OLL, especially since they weren't making much money. I found that If you help your parish, they will help you!
I have been a part of this community for over 25 years - with 3 kids that went to Lakes K-12 -graduating and moving on to college, often times I could not scrape two dimes together and the comment about being kicked out or tuition being raised by the priest is crazy - If anything the community goes above and beyond to help families stay at Lakes. I have also been involved not as a teacher but a parent and can tell you after being involved for 20 years while my children attended Lakes- teachers are toughest on their own children - I challenge you to find a private school (or a public for that matter) that does not have teacher's children in the school and in their class from time to time- I can tell you those teachers are some of the most vested and loyal educators. Our Lady of the Lakes helped me develop 3 great kids that are growing to be assets to society and our community.
This school provides a positive Christian environment, the teachers as well as the administration care deeply for the kids. The curriculum, while in line with Christian values, is well rounded and each child's skills are accounted for. The school community is so warm and wonderful, I have seen children thrive who may have not done so else where. I am not a teacher, but a parent who spent much time researching this school. I am also on campus 3 to 4 days a week. There are two kindergarten teachers, by the way, and they do a fabulous job, as well as every other teacher I have encountered in this school. Come take a tour of our school, don't believe a few bad reviews, contact our administration and bring your child to shadow our school for a day, see what they say about it instead. May God go with you...
Last review was corrrect, teachers have thier own kids in their classroom. Not fair to the other students. My kids were there for three years until we felt bled dry by the school and church. The priest will kick you out of the parrish or charge you a hefty increase in tuition if you do not contribute enough money. The kindergarten class has 29 kids in it. Who would pay for this?
I have to make a comment after reading these reviews... the ones that are signed by parents, also happen to be teachers at the school! When my child was there almost all of her teachers had their own child in the same classroom. That is nuts
I have a 'gifted' IQ and I currently attend this school. Overall, the school's current academics are exceedingly well against the public schools in the area. Compared to local private schools, though, Lakes tends to fall to average level. However, keep in mind when choosing a school that Lakes has a much lower tuition than local private schools. If you're looking for a great education with plenty of social and extracurricular opportunities that won't break you, this is a good choice for you. Also note that starting with the class of 2011 there are stricter science and math requirements.
Just two years ago, when our children came to visit Our Lady of the Lakes, we remember the reasons we decided to have them attend OLL Catholic School. OLL is providing a warm, nurturing and inviting learning environment for all children OLL provides an affordable Catholic education all the way through 12th grade The OLL high school students were performing above their peers academically and they were genuinely nice people from nice families. OLL tuition schedule allows us to meet our family goals of adopting two boys Each of our five individual unique children are doing very well at OLL. In fact our three children with the most challenging educational issues are doing much better than we would have expected. All our children have transitioned well.
Our Lady of the Lakes is providing my children an excellent education! This is our third year there. I have a child in the high school and one in middle school. The tuition is so much more affordable than the other area parochial schools!! It's also one of the few parish schools left in the archdiocese. It is such a warm and welcoming Chrisitian atmosphere, which made it a very easy transition for my children. Administration and the teachers are very approachable. The teacher to student ratio is much better than any of the other area schools I looked at. The academics are very strong and competitive. 100% of 2008 graduating class attended college. Everyone can play sports if they want to. There is a variety offered. The football program is rated #14 in the state of Michigan (out of 621). Best investment I ever made.
I am extremely pleased with the education my children are getting at Lakes. This is our third year here. We have a child in the grade school, one in middle school and two in the high school. The connections that all three schools have is terrific. The teachers are outstanding and help each student learn in the environment that is right for them. Although it is known for its sports programs, their Robotics teams, Drama department and Liturgical Choirs offer something for everyone. Every student who joins these clubs gets to participate fully. There is no exclussionism at this school.
I am a product of an OLL education. I am a civil engineer and a State Certified Professional Engineer. OLL definitely prepared me for college course work however the math and science programs were lacking in classes and difficulty. I agree that there is an emphasis on athletics. But overall the teachers and course work were above average. Even though there arent as many extracirricular activities and class options as my public school counterparts, I would say OLL students were 'ahead' of them by quite a bit. But as I stated before, Math and Science classes need more funding, or at least it did when I was there.
All of the teachers at the elementary level are 'Highly Qualified Teachers' and are certified teachers. I have three children that attened the school currently, the school is not 'like a public school with a bit of religion tossed in', it's just the opposite. The disipline and respect for life is carried across the curriculum. My children are reciveving a quality education in a faith-filled atmosphere. We love what Lakes has to offer our children.
Our Lady of the Lakes is one of the best schools in the State because of the Family feeling the great sports program and the total Care given to all the students. With the failure rate at all the other schools OLL has a 99% Graduation rate. That is fantastic
We pulled our child after only a few years at the school. The teachers were so so and class sizes over 30 were not uncommon. If you are looking for a public school education with a religous slant then OLL's the perfect choice. However, if you're truely looking for a private school education, then we would recommend several other alternaitives in the area. Overall C+
Elementary school is excellent but school really falls down at the middle school level. The school is underfunded in general and this has the impact of substandard teachers at the higher grade levels. We removed our child from the middle school after a teacher posted her grade as an 'F' for 'asking too many questions' and then changed the grade back to a 'B' within a 2 week period after we asked for a review of the actual coursework and test scores. When we questioned this punitive approach and asked for a parent conference we were told by the teacher 'I have bent over backwards for you by even talking to you and I will not have a conference'. The school principal was not open to hearing the complaints.
Our daughter attended public schools till this year.She has a IQ in the gifted range but also has ADD so she makes life very interesting. The Public schools wanted to put her in a special ed class for emotionally impaired because of socailization problems. She has thrived both academically and socially at OLL. The teachers have been wonderful, the students are so much more friendly. Bullying (which my daughter was unmercifully in public schools) is not tolerated and is address immediately and decisively.I can't say enough about how they have let my daugter shine and grow in confidence. Great school!
Lakes is an exceptional school that provides your child with a really great religious foundation. My son really has a sense of compassion and enjoys the religious aspect. The pace is quick and superior to the Clarkston public school that he went to last year. Highly recommended. We're glad that we have him there. Strong academic program, caring teachers!
First of all, the comment about being underprepared for college makes me wonder if the other reviewer meant to review the high school. I have found the teachers at OLL elementary to be very well qualified -- many of them have master's degrees or are working toward them. The principal and secretary know most of the students by first name -- and there are more than 300! There are a lot of athletics certainly, but many other activities as well -- Scouts, drama, etc. I have found OLL to be a great environment for my son.
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