Laurel Park is an outstanding academic community. Our students have very strong administrative, teacher, and parental support. The atmosphere is focused on meeting curriculum goals while encouraging positive character traits such as kindness, respect, and responsibility. Specialists and grade level teams often collaborate to bring students the best educational opportunities possible. I am proud to work with such amazing students and staff!
Laurel Park is an excellent school. My child has been a student at LPES for two years and likes it much better than her former school. She enjoys the diversity...morning exercise, Penguin Pride Day, etc. I think the teachers are wonderful and give the children a very good, solid education. Yes there are rules, but they aren't excessive and no more than I'd expect. I've volunteered at LPES, and so has my husband. We've always been welcomed warmly and felt appreciated. This is a GREAT SCHOOL!
I definitely get the vibe this school is run more like a prison than an elementary school. I think the hyper safety conscious attitude of the administration has done more harm than good in terms of relationships with parents. From being accosted upon entry to the school to hardly ever being asked to volunteer or help at the school, the vibe of this school differs from others in the county. Usually schools love to have enthusiastic, college-education, free labor, so I'm not sure what the problem really is - trust ? On a positive note, I think there are some good quality, very professional teachers at this school. The school is well organized and, well, I guess it's safe.
Laurel Park has an excellent faculty and staff that promotes a positive, nurturing, and SAFE learning environment that promotes the children to take responsibility for themselves. The person who made the earlier post needs to realize that there are almost 1000 children ages 5-12 to keep safe daily and rules allow everyone to know what is expected. My children have attended the school since it opened and have had an extremely positive learning experience and my children are thriving! I'm proud of our school!
Laurel Park has the feel of a new school that is a work in progress. This is only it's second year of operation and I think the principal is still trying to determine how best to run the school. Discipline is definitely something that is constantly being addressed, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. I do wish that I was allowed to volunteer in my child's class this year. The teacher has made it extremely difficult to come and is not willing to work with me to find ways to help in the classroom. Overall, I would say this year is going more smoothly than last, however, I think is definitely room to improve especially in the support of academically gifted students!
I have 3 children attending Laurel Park. This school has problems. The main problem is the principal is runs the school more like a prison than an elementary school. The principal has set the tone for a very un-family friendly school. She is obsessed with rules. Every newsletter that come home is just another scolding to parents that the rules and being followed. No positive news. I agree with other posts that the school does not encourage volunteers or want parents in the building. I also agree that there is too much focus on Penguin Pride Days and mandatory morning exercises and not enough on academic achievement.
Teachers and Administration do not want parental involvement. They don't want volunteers, they don't want you in the classroom, they don't want you in the building. The principal is very protective of weak teachers. The teachers/admin spend more time planning and talking about Penguin Pride Day and having the kids do their morning dancing than they do general academics, socializing, etc. This is not an environment in which children can grow. Mediocrity is the goal.
All teachers go above and beyond what is expected of them. Teachers work well together and seem to be very organized and well planned. My child has needed much improvement in the past. I feel that his teacher and all of the extra staff go above and beyond to help him improve.
There seem to be a lot of inconsistencies at this school from class to class. I get the feeling that the teachers do not plan well across the grade level for consistent learning activities. Also, it seems like there is not an equal distribution of kids with learning difficulties or academic abilties in each class. Discipline seems to be a serious issue in some of the classes. I am not satisfied with the direction of this school so far, but I only have one child and not much to compare to. On the plus side, the school is very well organized. The PTA seem to be getting up an running with good activities. The school has great facilities and has pleasant ambiance, especially the media center. Since this is just the first year. I hope things will get better as the school becomes more cohesive.
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