Students enrolled 959
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School leader Mr Burton Batten
Transportation options Yes
District Wake County Schools
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4 stars
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May 09, 2014
My child is finishing second grade at Laurel Park and we have been so happy with his experience there the past three years, The principle puts a real emphasis on teaching the whole student, providing support and opportunities to grow in not just core academics, but also health (fitness and nutrition), music, arts, language, responsibility, etc. The communication with parents has been wonderful and I have felt consistently included and encouraged to be a part of Laurel Park and my child's education. The teachers have been great and my child has been consistently above grade level in all testing. They continue to find ways to challenge him and provide opportunities to grow beyond the basic curriculum. My child loves school and feels safe and excited to go. I would highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2013
I wish I could give LPE a higher review but as the years go on I'm less satisfied. The principal is great, very engaged with the children and wants the best for them. I have always found the office staff helpful. It is a safe school but often to an unnecessary & overly exuberant level. My downgrade has to do with the hit or miss as regards teachers. In several years of my child attending, the school year is dictated by the tone or lack thereof set by the teacher. We are track 2 and two of the previous three years have been a been a huge disappointment as regards the conduct of teachers, their behavior towards the children and their lack of actual teaching. There are overly restrictive rules, not answering legitimate questions from kids and raising their voices to a level that is completely inappropriate for elementary level students ... to name just a few infractions. When you get a good teacher at LPE your child will be happy, engaged & will enjoy the school year. When you get a not so good one, expect a year of tears, stress and bad reports of teacher behavior, reports that are too consistent to be false. Weed out the obvious weak teachers and it's a 5* school.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2013
LOVE IT! We live in the neighborhood next to Laurel Park Elementary School(LPES). There are two teachers in the penguin point every morning to help/assist our kids to safely arrive at school. We really appreciate that. Also, the Track 4 teachers are wonderful, our kids have the opportunity to take part in the gifted program and Single Subject Acceleration, which provide them extra challenge in their daily curriculum. Besides a safe/fun learning environment, we also enjoy the other activities, including running club, Odyssey of the Mind, and Math Olympics. We also appreciate the energetic approach the school principal brings to school activities.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2013
We are in our 2nd year at Laurel Park with children in Kindergarten and First Grade, and we have been so pleased with the administration as well as the teachers and staff at LPE. The school is very good at communication and the recent Curriculum night was amazing! It was very helpful all the way from meeting our new teachers to mini sessions for parents on helping our children with their homework, etc. Mr. Batten, the principal and Ms. Curtis, asst principal are very visible and extremely positive and they really do a great job in making sure things run well at the school. All the teachers and staff also are very friendly and seeing the children succeed academically. The school also loves parents being involved and very much encourages volunteers. We are excited about being at LPE and feel blessed that our children attend there.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2013
I'm a parent of 1, who just started Kindergarten at Laurel Park this year. I have nothing to compare to other than the school I went to as a kid, but I have been nothing less than thrilled with how organized and responsive the teacher and admin staff at LP are.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2013
Teaches in Laurel Park are awesome and my kids love to go to school and they have very good grads in EOG

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2011
Ive been a LP parent for the past 2 years. Im very happy with the school overall. The teachers are excellent. They are friendly an communicate well. The principal is awesome. Its wonderful how involved he is with the students and their families. LP is very family orientated and often offer family friendly activities like picnics, ice cream socials etc. My only gripe is the unpleasant and unfriendly attitude of a front end office staff member. Ive spoken to several other parents who concur.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2011
Our family is grateful to have had a child attending Laurel Park for the past 3 years. It is a warm, welcoming school with passionate teachers who are highly trained in multiple areas that address educating the whole child. Laurel Park is incredibly family-friendly and constantly works to build community by inviting people in to share their knowledge or having students connect with projects, field trips, and experiences that reach out to the greater Apex area and the world. Both students and staff make efforts everyday to do their best to learn in meaningful ways, be kind, maintain safety, and are open to helping others regarding what they've learned with a smile. Our child grows in confidence with this light!

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2011
We have been attending LPES since the beginning and my 2 kids love going there. The current principal is very even-tempered and fair. As a parent and a volunteer, I have always felt that he cares about what I think, and he has always responded to me in a timely manner. We have had 6 different teachers during our time at LPE, and each and every one of them have been a pleasure- cheerful, welcoming and have always communicated well with us along with making learning a positive experience for the kids. The parent base is very active in volunteering, and the PTA is very generous in their support of funding special programs & events at the school. This past year we had authors come visit the school, in-school science field trips, and opportunities to buy extremely discounted ballet tickets as a result of the PTA's efforts. I feel that academics are important at LPE, but that the common view is that life not all about test scores I love that when I go visit the school that i never know if I am going to encounter 120 kids in a drum circle in the gym, or walk by a classroom w/ 25 pairs of sneakers lined up outside and hear a bunch of giggling kids inside in an inflatable planetarium!

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2011
I have two children in LPES, one in AU and one in first grade. I have another child going into kindergarden in August. We have had such an amazing experience here. The teachers are all about the kids and really enjoy teaching them. The kids absolutely LOVE learning because of the teachers. The principal is incredible. He knows every single student and the kids just think the world of him. Just when you think your kids have gone to great schools they do stuff to make it THAT MUCH BETTER!!! 5 STARS FOR LPES!!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2011
i go to laurel park and in 5th grade. The speacialist are great and the teacher are too. When you are in 4th and 5th grade you get to do safty and make sure that all of the kids are doing well. We have AG class for smart people that are gifted like some of my friends. Not to affend anyone to. LPES is awsome in 5th grade you get to go on this long feild trip to new bern and it is awsome. i do aggre that the staff is a little bit not to careing but the teachers are so dont blame the teacheres. I have a sister that works there to. LPES is the best school ever

- submitted by a community member
September 22, 2010
A good school. Our two kids (4th and 1st grade) are doing well. The administration and teachers are doing great job well above neighboring school where we got reassigned from. I have been volunteering last 2 years at this school. The administrative folks have made me feel welcome everytime I sign in at the office. The principle is doing great job. She would be out with other teachers on many hot/cold days at carpool lanes making sure safety is met. The principle is approachable given I have done my part. The school challenges my kids academically but again after hard work and closely working with the teachers, my child is in the school's Academical Gifted program. Speaking of parent teachers meetings and conferences - they are accommodating. Just be careful, once a teacher called me at home without prior notice and asked over the phone parent teacher conference this I found to be true for some other parents; so definitely ask for face-to-face time. The media center is nicely kept but the folks there sure can appreciate help. If each parent can only put in half hour a month, they would really appreciate it. The cafeteria staff is cheerful, well rounded and very helpful.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2010
We love this school. Could not ask for better experience. The teachers are great and my child is thriving. The negative comments on this page come from individuals who dont like rules and are used to getting their way. I have seen and heard them in the front office. They come in thinking that they own the school. I am glad that there is a policy in place that parents just cant go in to a classroom and disrupt. They seem to forget that their child is not the only one there. I want my childs teacher focused on her job and not conferencing with every parent that walks in. Regarding dismissal, the safety of ALL STUDENTS should be a priority of ALL PARENTS. It is not the schools fault you are running late for a doctors appointment.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2010
I have been at Laurel Park since it opened three years ago with two children attending. I have nothing but positive things to say about all of the teachers that my children have had. The school is full of teachers that love teaching and thrive on helping kids prosper. The principal is exactly what I want for my children. Strict in the ways she needs to be strict and completely invested in the children and teachers needs. Society is going into too much of a "give me" or "I deserve" or "it's not my fault" type direction that having a principal that holds parents, teachers and students accountable is refreshing all while helping them flourish. The only negative can be some of the drama happy parents.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2010
We have been at LPES since it opened and have been very happy with the teachers, specialists and administration so far. I have always felt welcome at the school and my daughter is thriving. The media center is a great asset to the school with the abundance of materials and sunlight

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2010
Very surprised to read negative comments by some parents. We have found Laurel Park to be EXCELLENT. Yes, there are rumors of the occasional less than stellar teacher (we have been fortunate not to encounter them yet), but this school is the envy of other public schools in Cary/Apex. As for the principal, we are sorry to see her leave. Whatever her personality might be like, she believes that parents know better what is best for their children, and that sort of insight is rare (and good) to find, in light of the typical arrogance in many public school systems ("WE'RE the professionals").

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2010
I actually FULLY agree with the first two posters. The environment is so negative at this school. Many parents feel very unwelcome, the front office staff is rude and completely unprofessional. The tone set by admin is one of "stay out of our way, we don't care about you (the parents)". The greatest disservice this school offers is this: My child is THREE years BEHIND IN READING as a DIRECT result of the horrific first grade teacher assigned to us. It's abominable. Any/all attempts I make to work w/teachers to better this situation are halted by the school. The last PTA meeting was a complete SHAM! Utter ridiculousness. The sorority of Moms on that PTA that colludes with the principal is shameless. Complete bias on the part of the administration and the special interests of the board members is exercised by the PTA.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2010
Well, I think that last two reviews do not reflect any understanding on the school and its procedures. No teacher will be called or interrupted during dismissal due to maintaining the safety of nearly 1000 students. Safe arrival. Safe dismissal. Students going home by walking, bus, and carpool. Every staff member is utilized and busy making certain that every student makes their way to the appropriate location, car, and person. This is a well organized and orchestrated task. This also takes into account transporstion changes by phone, note, and mistakenly by email. This also includes reassuring siblings when their brother or sister may have gone home sick or they are unaware of changes. No one is interrupted at this time unless it is an absolute emergency. There are many people in the school all trying to do their job and make their way home safely.

- submitted by a teacher
July 21, 2010
I agree with the last post. Office staff does not provide an inviting environment. I have been to other schools and have been welcomed with a smile. The head principal seems to be the negative impact on staff, parents, and children. My child's teacher is very welcoming and friendly but the rest of the school is not. Too much emphasis on penguin spirit day....looks like an accident waiting to happen. Spend more time on academics...please!

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2010
The admin staff was impolite, and regarded parent (me) quite lowly. There is, apparently, a rule where you are not allowed to use your cell phone (even if browsing on email, not talking..) in the waiting area because they (the admin staff) cannot hear and use of a cell phone can bring down the walkie talkie system. I came to the school to have an appointment that was set with a teacher at a certain time. And was told I could not see her until all buses were gone. They didn't even attempt to call the teacher and notify her that her appointment was there. If we had a choice to pick the schools we wished the tables would turn and this behavior would be unacceptable. Great building but shabby service. What a shame.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2010
LPES is a new school and at the end of 2 years we are just now finding our stride. I have a rising 2nd grader & a rising kindergartener. The teachers we have had have been fabulous and the administration is concerned about the children's education & safety. There is one person in the front office who is a bit brusque but once they knew me, I was welcomed and thanked every time I came to volunteer. I feel the parent involvement will be better now that the school board has let the traditional calendar families leave. There was much discontent with the school due to that.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2010
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!

- submitted by a teacher
June 16, 2010
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!

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2010
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.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2010
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!

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2010
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!

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2010
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.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2009
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.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2009
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.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
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.

- submitted by a parent
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Laurel Park Elementary
2450 Laura Duncan Road, Cary, NC  27511
(919) 290-2333
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Laurel Park Elementary Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 30 reviews.