This is the last year my children will be at Lacy, and I am very happy. Yes, Lacy has clicks, but overall, it's a great school. Dr Grant is an excellent principal and there are plenty of parents who volunteer for everything. The Lacy foundation pays for teachers assistants, special classes like Spanish and technology in the classroom. Not perfect - no school is - but pretty close!
Beautiful school with an army of involved parents. Our first grade teacher and assistant teacher were AMAZING. I tear up each time I think about how I will never be able to thank them enough for being so wonderful. Very nice kids. The atmosphere is welcoming. Everyone makes eye contact, smiles and cares.
Parents beware....Communicaton between teacher and parent is horrible. Diversity training should be essential for some of the school staff. We had issues from the teacher disclosing personal student medical information to other classmates, underreporting of injuries on school grounds, not taking appropriate medical care/action of injured children. Parent input and concerns are totally ignored when it comes to your child. We've had reports from my kid about the teacher getting so angry that she would turn red (from a child's mouth). They used to love school, but by midyear, never wanted to go. Phone calls are not returned and/or ignored. The principal didn't seem to care. Should be reported for inappropriate behavior all the way around. We were told that this school was fabulous, but it is not true from our experience.We got a really bad teacher & unfortunately she left a lasting impression.
I take my son to Pre school there, amazing teachers in his classroom; My interaction with other school staff just as positive, my son who normally does not like change and and unfamiliar settings... Loves going to school. Its a very safe and clean enviroment for kids!
Every staff member (- from the principal to the custodians -) is outstanding. Each child is treated with respect and encouraged to do thier best academically and socially. Any social pressures felt by parents, as mentioned in a previous review, are created by the parent., not the school or the outstanding educational environment.
Lacy is a great school as of now; time will tell if the BoE's determination to strip long-time nodes out of it harms it or not. I tend to think not, as the remaining families are extremely committed to being involved constantly. The high points have been named by those before me, even if it's ben 2 years since anyone reviewed it. Test scores continue to rise. My child has been there 1.5 years now, and she loves Lacy and we love how well she interacts with the variety of students racially, socio-economically, English-proficiency, and just general aptitude. And she does not receive any favors or extraordinary attention (compared to others). Her report card, with mostly 3*'s (4 is the highest) spends more time on the person she is than how she's doing with the 3 R's. That is the testament to the school's value and parental involvement
Lacy Elementary is a wonderful school. The principal knows every kid by name and is very warm and welcoming, regardless of socio-economic status. Thanks to the fabulous, caring teachers, my son went from not being able to read at all at the beginning of 1st grade, to being a book worm now! Fall Festival, Lacy family picnic, the book fair and the math/science night are all great fun. My children love Lacy, and they are receiving a quality education.
I don't have a large income, though our family is comfortable, and I do not feel marginalized. Many of us are working mothers. My children's friends come from a variety of backgrounds and socioeconomic levels. There certainly are wealthy parents at this school, but they put their money into the school making it an exemplary environment for everyone. Parents and staff take great care to tend to the needs of every child, particularly those with a language barrier or financial needs. I particularly appreciate the principal's emphasis on moving ahead and not resting on any accomplishment laurels - she often introduces new and better curriculum and standards. Health, well-being, and good character traits are promoted alongside reading, writing and math. AG classes, Special Education assistance, hearing-impaired aids, and speech instruction are wonderful bonuses. The staff are happy and motivated, and that rubs off on the students.
My son was blessed by spending four years at Lacy. I strongly believe that every school is a reflection of its principal, and Lacy's principal, and administration altogether, is the best one could desire for the school. Lacy has very strong academics, and Lacy had the best AG and science programs, and best field trips. It is a true magnet, although formally it does not have this status. Excellent extracurricular activities, and strong parents' involvement. Discipline was great, and every single teacher my son worked with was wonderful and committed. We had great experience with Lacy chorus led by enthusiastic music teacher. My son and his friends who also graduated from Lacy attended 2005 Lacy's Fall Festival (well, it's Halloween), and are going to go there agian this fall.