All 3 of my children have attended LP and have enjoyed it there. The principal (Dr. Gorman) is very caring and approachable. The teachers we have had are all great. The only problem I have had is that the PTA needs to become a little stronger.
My oldest went to this school for two years. He felt very comfortable, the teachers were always interested in what was going on in his personal life. He adored his fourth grade teacher, Mr. Scheg. When there were occassions were problems occurred, the teacher as well as the principal were always quick to intervene and get all parties together.
Parent involvement is the biggest problem these days with Laurelton-Pardee Schools. It's feast or famine (mostly the latter.) It's amazing what the PTA has managed to achieve despite the fact that less than 10% of the parents are actively involved. The school environment tends be non-osmosal (teacher:students= unit). No integration between class units or mingling between the student populous except for lunches, recreation, field trips, assemblies. This is great for concentrated studies but can close the social windows if students within the class don't get along well and make friendships. The ELAs can be a bit over emphasized. Only with the unintentional affect that it can have to place undo pressure on students to perform. ELAs are about the teachers but the students tend to think it's about them. The principal is open-minded, supportive, and demonstrates wonderful capacity for discipline and compassion. He truly cares and knows his students.