If Lawnside Public School's performance could be placed on a graph its curve would show a definite upswing. Under the leadership of Dr. Ronn Johnson, the school has made a number of physical improvements, including smart boards in the classrooms and after school programs which will serve its students well going forward. Discipline has been an issue, but not an overwhelming one. There are certain benefits with having such a small student body and the faculty and administration at this school give each of its students the individual attention they need. If they don't let up this school can achieve a great deal for its students and the community.
Excellent Parents! Excellent Students! Excellent Staff! Wonderful Community! I really believe that this school is one of the best kept secrets in South Jersey. My child receives a high quality education.
For all you naysayers of LPS, read on: Accomplishments of the Lawnside School District 2008 - 2009 Academic: 75% of Grade 3 students met state proficiencies in mathematics, exceeding the state benchmark by 6%. 73% of Grade 4 students met state proficiencies in mathematics, exceeding the state benchmark by 4%. Significantly improved test scores on the state assessments in science for grades 4 and 8. Lawnside School District made AYP through Safe Harbor in 2008. The district implemented FOSS, a new hands-on, inquiry-based science program approved by the National Science Foundation. The district completed the Arts in Education grant program with a state-of-the-art showcase of student work. After-school care services provided by REAL and Stay-on-Top vendors.
There are many negative issues about the school but to be fair I will list + and -. Lawnside is a one-school district. Many of the staff are friends, relatives or in some way affiliated with the Borough/political officials; There is no after school program although we fought to get one initiated (with no support from the school administration); The Principal & Superintendent are one in the same. The school has failed the state testing for 6 years straight.if they failed this year that will be year 7! Taxes rise each year and there is no music nor sports programs to facilitate the Pre K through 8th grade students. There are excuses made for every issue with the kids foster kids, lack of parent participation, special ed students, etc. but none are founded to meet the bottom line. There was parent particip til no results/changes Federal Gov't should take over asap!
Lawnside elementary school has potential but seems to be having difficulties. The teachers are nice but are often over-consumed with discipline issues. Expectations are low for student achievement and behavior. Parent involment is low. Bickering is evident. Excuses are often made for why students are not at the same level as other schools in the state. The role of principle and superintendent is filled by one person. This makes it difficult to achieve resolution of issues. Extra curriculum activities are almost non-existent and school participation in local enrichment competitions is not encouraged. More focus on quality should be given in this district.