I really think this school is too small. It is difficult to discuss a concern without everyone knowing your business.
I don't understand the October 28 post. How can someone read a review and assume it is contrived? You recognize the writing style? Was it Poe or Shakespeare? What part of the post did you not agree with? Have the test scores not gone up? Has the greatschool.org rating not gone up? Is there not a new CSA? We have had a temp CSA the previous two years, so is it not safe to say that this permanent CSA has not been anticipated? Are there not smart boards and Ipads in every class? I love dropping my kids off in the morning, seeing the crossing guards and teachers wave hello. My kids stop and talk to the teachers that greet them outside. Can you say this is a common occurrence in elementary schools? I agree with both of the reviews that you somehow find "dishonest". I have been a parent of a Lebanon student for 5 years now and love it. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Unless you can read minds, I don't see how you can claim a review to be dishonest. All the points mentioned are a fact: higher ratings, permanent CSA, smartboards, Ipads, morning greetings, all true.
Our ratings continue to rise thanks to a dedicated teaching staff. The addition of our new principal (CSA) has been met with great anticipation. Our children continue to flourish and look forward to each day of class. The full time kindergarten is a real accomplishment. There is a real sense of community, easily seen as parents drop their kids off, greeted with smiles by the crossing guards and teachers. I consider myself and my children lucky to be a part of the school.
Classes to small, causes limited social interaction. apparently I am required to use more characters...
Progress, progress, progress! The school has definitely been on the right track since the removal of the superintendent. The whole atmosphere is better and our children are reaping the benefits. Smart boards in every room...IPADS for every first grader because of a teacher initiated grant. more to come....with excited teachers. Have heard from many the transition to Clinton twshp. is as expected...our children do fine. They may just be "children" a little longer compared to others because of our small nurturing environment, ensuring the success for all I see nothing wrong with that. It takes a village and we definitely have that here in this great town. Of course with a few exceptions, but no where is perfect. We are as good as what we surround ourselves with...that is what we need to teach our kids. We are very SATISFIED parents.
This school continues to impress. Our chld is in the 1st grade and his teacher is wonderful. The staff knows everyone by name, or so it seems. The kids line up by class before first bell, giving parents an opportunity to chat and set up play dates. This is a great school in a great town.
I completely agree with the post dated May 8 in regards to girlish culture. Lebanon Borough is a very small & tight community. Children are recognized moreso by the contribution of their parents or lack therof. Just about everyday there is a classroom party, teacher, janitors recognition celebration, something to donate your time and/or financial contribution. Academically my child is learning a great deal, personal attention is afforded all the students because the classes are small (maybe 12 students in the larger classes) with a teacher and aide. Teachers are available to discuss the childrens progress in detail.
Primary focus on building up girls. Being a boy with solid marks means little here. Tough for the boys, but putting up with that the bias will make them better citizens. Also official accolades, awards, honors almost always go to the children whose parents are members of the school board or who have the time to volunteer. That I feel is completely unfair. One would expect better for the tax dollars spent. Teaching for the most part is very good. Three of the teachers are excellent!
The classes are much smaller than that. It's a K-6 school. Largest class has 15, smallest has 6-7.
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