As a 5th grade student I like this school a lot. The teachers are fun and nice and it's not just doing worksheet after worksheet. You learn things, take notes, and work with your group and alone. The academically gifted programs are great too. They challenge you and make you think in new ways. There is a teachers assistant with us most of the time helping when you don't get things. There are extra activities like band, yearbook, safety patrol, etc. open to 5th and some of them open to 4th graders. The few downsides are the music classes which most of the students in my class find boring because of the songs we play and the xylophones or recorders we ALWAYS play them on. The after-school care program seems to be some of the kids getting told to be quiet almost as much as the older kids do homework, all of us go outside, and we eat snack. As someone with food allergies I think they reward you with candy and food for being good way too much. They could give out pencils or cool erasers of things like that but instead they give you candy. They do try to find candy and food items you can eat though.
My seven-year-old, second grade daughter has a wonderful teacher, who differentiates for the students based on their academic needs. The teacher is also very flexible, approachable, and has a good sense of humor. The same can be said for the principal and his support staff. My daughter is being challenged in all academic areas as well as in her special classes, such as physical education, art, and music. She is also expanding her media and technology skills. Her homework load is manageable, and she participates on the school's jump rope team one morning a week before school. Lead Mine Elementary is a great place for my child!
I have two children at Lead Mine. The teachers are caring, so dedicated, and great at providing opportunities for differentiated instruction. One of my kids is gifted and one child struggles a bit. Both have received nurturing, challenging instruction that pushes them to be the best that they can be. Both kids love going to school and adore their teachers. They have continued teacher/student relationships from previous years, too. The school also has several peer tutoring/interaction activities such as visiting high school students, older reading buddies for homework tutoring, and buddies for exceptional children. We're sorry to be relocating away from this wonderful school. We hope to maintain contact with our friends and teachers in this wonderful community.
I have a 9 year old Leadmine. It seems like a great school. Teachers and principle are great and so involved. We have teachers phone number and emails. School is safe and the kids seem happy to be there. Would recommend! The only thing I've been noticing is the over-crowdness. But that's not the schools fault. Over-population.
I have a student in Kindergarten and another in 2nd grade. I have been very pleased with their academic growth in this school year. Both teachers are very kind, able and devoted. We do not participate in the school's extracurricular activities at this point (we already do dance, basketball, swimming, etc). I am a grade parent in both my children's classes and that is my one criticism -- there is little parent involvement and it always seems to be the same few. Otherwise, we've found Leadmine to be a terrific school.
I left Phila. Pa. in search of good public school education. What I found was Lead Mine. It was excellent. I was pleased with all aspects of the school especially the parental involvement. Would recommend to anyone!