My child attended Kindergarten and first grade here. She had fantastic, experienced teachers both years. Any issues we have had, the teachers call me directly the same day to discuss. The school facility is bright and clean and the kids seem to love being there. The early years focus intently on reading, but the kids also get to do lots of hands on art and learning projects.
The parent participation is incredible. The administration and teachers encourage parents to be involved so there are always parents in the building helping out. Parents care so much about this place that you have to wait in line to volunteer. The PTA does a great job of raising money to make improvements to the school building and curriculum.
Elizabeth Lane is a wonderful school. The teachers and staff are very friendly and welcoming. The curriculum is tough, the exceptions are high and the teachers care a great deal about the success of each student.
I have three kids at ELE. I was horrified when reading the other ratings by parents. Our experience has been overall great at this school. As with any public school there are things I wish could be changed, but for the most part things are run very smoothly and the children are encouraged to their fullest potential. I would recommend this school to anyone looking for scholastic opportunities within CMS.
Communication is a major problem at this school. From the principal to the teachers, there is a complete lack of information sharing. I've found the staff to be extremely judgmental of single parents and parents of children with any type of learning obstacle. Behind the principal's fa ade is an attitude that the parents aren't very smart, which makes problem resolution very trying. The office staff commonly behave as if you are annoying them when you ask questions or ask something of them... On the positive side, this is a challenging school academically. Great parent involvement, and wonderful kids!
The problem with CMS in general is its "culture". Teachers and adimistrators don't care about the kids. They only care about statistics and rankings because that is how they get their money from the government. They could care less about the kids emotional, social or learning needs. These kind of needs are "irrelevant" to CMS and it's what makes CMS a failure.
Elizabeth Lane is a wonderful school. The teachers, are very involved and care a great deal for the children and their success. Academic expectaions are very high; but, why shouldn't they be? Teaching children to work hard and expect hard work is okay.