I went to ELBS for 5th and 6th grade. I really enjoyed it. The teachers were really nice, and I made a lot of friends. They had great food, and the library and art program were awesome. They also involved the parents frequently for conferences and helping out with field trips, the talent show, the science fair, and athletic events. The transportation was good and timely. Possibly my favorite school I ever attended.
East Lansdowne has the most dedicated staff from the custodian to principal who are willing to do their job and the job of others to make the school the best for every child. Teachers care about children and are willing to make changes in their practice to support every child's learning potential. Parents support the school by making sure their child comes to school everyday with a willingness to learn. The children are typical kids, not too worldly just in need of caring academic and social guidance. The facility is older, but safe and well kept.
This school may be the worst in the district. The problems are numerous. The facilities are depressing- the windows are plastered over, the library floods, and there are classes meeting in the basement storage rooms. The principal is more interested in appearing to be well run than actually running the school well. She has a negative demeanor to her staff and parents, and is always looking to shift blame. The teachers are excellent, but their classes all have nearly 30 students and the rooms are crowded. In the worn down building, it is difficult to get the students to respect the school. Because the principal is not keen on identifying students who need additional interventions, each class has 2-3 students who would be better served in a more intensive learning enviroment, and the attention they need in a typical classroom distracts the teacher and other students from what needs to be happening. Please, insist that your child be moved to another school in the district. Several have classes sizes at or below 20, and updated facilities to help the children feel cared for.
I have two children attending this school and I am afraid everytime my oldest goes to school. She has been in trouble a few times because it's hard being a new student. With the help of teachers and some staff she's adjusted well and learned that self defense is not always the answer. An discipline rule backed fired on her and was suspended. When I was in school we told the principle if we were being bother and didn't get in trouble for being a victim.
I have lived in East Lansdowne for the past 26 yrs and my 2 older kids have gone thru here when this school used to be magnet school. I have been frustrated and disappointed when school district took magnet status away. I have a little one going thru this school now. Teachers are still good and have been blessed with excellent teachers. School ratings have dropped to 3 now and East Lansdowne township living have become dangerous and dirty now like west and south west Philly streets. Every morning I have to pick up rubbish and trash bottles etc from yard. I wish state and local authorities did something since East Lansdowne is good small town to live in.
This school has been a disappointment from the beginning of the year to the end. The quality of education is disappointing as well as the discipline policy within the school. If at all possible place your child elsewhere. This school is a total mess!
My second grader son, new student wasn t on his bus after school. Received message from the principal explaining that he wasn t ready on time and the bus left without him. Although she apologized because he wasn t on the bus, the message also said that my son needs to be ready on time so that this won t happen again. I picked him up, and asked him if he was told what bus to get on, he said no, he just walked around scared not knowing what to do. I was upset and told the principal how I felt. I also felt blame was placed on my son who is not responsible for the school s clear lack of organization. An adult at the school should have seen to it that my son and all children riding on the bus were ready and made it to their bus on time! Adults take care of adult responsibilities not children!
East Lansdowne Basics is in my opinion the best school in the District. I'm glad that my youngest daughter got in after being on the waiting list for three years. Her test scores show that she is learning. She has been blessed with excellent teahers. Parent involvement is higher than in any of the schools. Parents support the school by attending Friday morning assemblies, volunteering in the classroom and by lending their support financially (Family Donations) and helping with fundraisers and school activites. I feel that the parents are respected and included in the education process.
My children have both been at ELBS since Kindergarten and they are now going into 4th and 6th grade.I love it and so do they.The teacher's are great and so is the principle they're all very fair and go beyond what is expected.
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