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2520 Vesson Avenue
Durham, NC 27707

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(919) 560-3939
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January 09, 2015
This school is FULL of teachers passionate about working with all kinds of students. As someone that works in K-12 education state-wide, the positive energy you will feel when you tour really, really matters to me. I'm enrolling my daughter next year. Also, despite the low "proficiency scores" on state tests, the school's GROWTH progress is quite good (meaning that wherever kids come in, they do a good job of growing them). The school has strong partnerships with Duke, supports low-income families with pre-K and significant Title 1-funded resources/events, and offers Advanced and Intellectually Gifted (AIG) acceleration. Spanish speaking families are supported, but despite the high hispanic population, visitors see students working hard in an english medium.

- submitted by a community member

February 07, 2014
Lakewood Elementary School is the best school. The staff is super supportive and the principal is always assessable. The school has a strong emphasis on reading. For the past two years I can see a lot of writing in the halls. I love this school.

- submitted by a parent

January 30, 2014
This school is definitely one of the worse in the DPS school system. The administration at Lakewood needs to be replaced immediately. The principal should not have been placed at this school to govern our children. Most of the teachers that I have encountered are decent, but the lack of real leadership hurts Lakewood tremendously. There is such a new for a do-over!

- submitted by a parent

December 19, 2013
I have had 4 kids to go through this school. I have loved this school and my kids have loved this school, but the last year and a half have been insufferable. The teachers, assistants and most of the staff have the same wonderful qualities that they have possessed throughout the years. The Administration is a very different story. The principle does not care about her staff or her students. I am at the school regularly and I have never seen her smile or attempt to make me feel welcome, she walks around with her head held high and a frown on her face like she is superior to all. Parental involvement and student involvement is at a low like I've never seen before ( maybe because they invite you to have dinner and run out of food after 40 people). Lakewood has lost so much of it's character since this administration has been put in place. My child is a 5th grader and I am sad to say that I am relieved that I will not have to walk through those doors again after June.

- submitted by a parent

August 08, 2013
This school is a struggling school, trying to find their way. The teachers are some of the most caring and hard working teachers I've seen and yet very defeated and struggling. You can't find a better student population with a great group of students as well. Lakewood just need a little positive encouragement and support to be the best they can.

- submitted by a parent

June 05, 2013
This school has gone so far down hill in the past two years. The only thing that makes this school acceptable are the teachers and staff. The administration is completely resistant to any parental concerns and 100% disconnected from the students whom she governs. You can tell from the staff that they are not supported and just waiting until the principal continues on her planned path outside of the school. It is clear that she is only serving her required time in the school setting to move on up the ladder. She does not have a true passion for her students or staff, and it is incredibly sad to see, not to mention a gross disservice to the students.

- submitted by a parent

May 10, 2013
In MY Opinion, this school was def not for my child, as a matter of fact, it was the worst school that my child has attended. She's a honor roll student, that's at a school that does NOT help her at all & they're holding her back. There's always a problem with the bus & they have a terrible time communicating...even with the child being involved. I can't wait for the end of the year so I can switch my daughter's school & hopefully I can make it these last 1-2 months. Well, I suggest that they get it together & fast!

- submitted by a parent

September 02, 2010
If you judge a school by its teachers, then you won't find a better elementary school. I have 2 children in this school, and both of them feel loved, encouraged, and motivated by their teachers. Since the current principal came aboard, I've noticed a significant improvement in the general organization of activities and a great emphasis on reading. We love this school! Every year my children look forward to the first day of school, and I don't hear complaints about hating school. It is truly a joy for them to be a part of this school family.

- submitted by a parent
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September 18, 2009
They have a great garden teaching kids about the environment.

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Lakewood Elementary
2520 Vesson Avenue, Durham, NC  27707
(919) 560-3939
Last modified Lakewood Elementary is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Lakewood Elementary Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 10 reviews. Top