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Albany, OR
Students enrolled: 341

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3122 Madison St SE
Albany, OR 97322

(541) 967-4575
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October 05, 2014
Funny that the scores for this school are so low, yet the public ratings are so inflated. Makes a person wonder where the issue is here. You can compare our system to Finland all you want, however this is not Finland which means there can be no comparison. I agree TOO much homework is a bad thing. The direction this school went made it so our child was bored in class (one of the quickest ways to destroy a child's desire to learn). Part of the issue is due to the population. When there are near 30 kids in a classroom, the teacher has to spend 40 minutes trying to keep them calm and then 15-20 minutes actually teaching. This is a failure. Another issue is when they give out candy for every little achievement. This is a terrible method of learning. They even have a focus room for problem children who get awards for not getting in trouble (bags of candy). The award for that should be not being in the focus room, otherwise the child is bound to end up in the focus room again so they can get that bag of candy. Its little things like that that make us feel this school is on the wrong path.

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September 23, 2014
I have two children here, and two more soon, I AM THRILLED THERE IS NO MORE HOMEWORK. Homework is NOT appropriate for elementary school students, it creates rifts at home and is a waste of teacher time and effort. There is no evidence that homework helps students and in fact the vast depth of educational research indicates no homework is appropriate for this age group (see Finland where they play, have recess every 15 minutes, no homework, best school in the world and they are highly diverse ethnically). Lafayette has made a bold stand to follow the leaders in the world and create a challenging environment at school and exercise the kids minds as they should be, with plenty of play as well. For best use of resources and teacher time this has been the best move and all grade schools should consider it. I am glad the administration took action in this positive and active manner to create a real environment for learning for apparently a school were many will be first generation college students. Learning should be fun, a good challenge and kids need to learn how to learn - not be drilled with busy work.

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September 18, 2014
Very unhappy with the current administration. They've decided to cut out homework entirely due to some children unable to cope with work outside of the school (this due to the parents treating the homework like a punishment). Instead they could have made homework extra credit and kept the parents (who were still involved) in the loop about what their kids are learning. If you want your child to be challenged and actually learn something, then you'll have to accomplish that yourself as this school has taken the approach that it's too hard to keep them all involved and interested in education. If you want a free baby sitting service with chance that your child might pick up on something (if they value education), then this school is perfect. Note: I do have to mention that the volunteers and teachers do try hard even if the administration is failing them. The parents and teachers who care do try to make up for these issues.

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August 07, 2008
As a parent of two children on IEP's and as a Special Education teacher myself. I feel that this is one of the best elementary schools in the district. I only feel this way about two elementary schools in the district. I feel sad that we are losing our principal, but she is moving on to a higher position. Hopefully we will get someone who is equally suited. I say all these things, and I have worked in the district.

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August 21, 2007
I love the teachers at this school. My kids have gone to four other Albany schools and this is the only school I love!

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January 21, 2004
My child has gone there for several years and have never had a problem with head lice. I have help twice with the health checks. They follow the rules set out by the health department. The teachers my child has had have been wonderful. I also am one of the few parents who volunteer on a regular basis. I find this a great way to really find out what is going on in the school.

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April 18, 2003
Very disappointed with there policy about head lice..It is a big problem in the school..

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Lafayette Elementary School
3122 Madison St SE, Albany, OR  97322
(541) 967-4575
Last modified Lafayette Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Lafayette Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 8 reviews. Top