DASD is one of the best school districts in Pennsylvania. We considered moving into a larger house but did not want to leave the district. Would NEVER consider sending my children to Collegium Charter School when they can receive a superior education in Downingtown Area School District. DASD has a wide variety of offerings for all kids. Sports are incredibly competitive. Music program is top-notch. Academics are rigorous and challenging. How many schools in the area offer IB programs? Not many.
We absolutely LOVE LMS! The teachers, principals & students all feel like one big family. The academic program is top notch and challenging to kids at all levels. There are so many extra-curricular activites for kids of all interest levels. When there are problems, the staff responds quickly to help solve them. We hear so many horror stories about middle school from friends in other districts it makes us realize how lucky we are to send kids to LMS.
Most of the teachers in this school are excellent - they care both about the kids as individuals and about high standards. The school is well-managed. My child has received a quality education for the past 3 years.
We moved here at the begining of the 2013/2014 school year, my daughter is in 7the grade at LMS. . It took us 2 years to find a house in the district and it was worth the wait. My daughter has a GIEP, and they bend over backwards for her. They have an amazing music and theater arts program. They have zero tolerance for bullying, and take immediate action. My daughter is happy, and we're happy with the education she is receiving. Worth every penny of the tax rates and housing rates rates.
Lionville Middle is a terrific school. The team system allows for close instruction and integration with select teachers. My son loves and respects his teachers. The have been responsive and attentive to any parent needs and concerns. My son learned that school and good grades are important. He is motivated to excel.
This is a great school all around. The teachers get involved, and care about the kids. The administration doesn't allow anything to get in the way of having a great experience, both academically and socially. Behavior issues are immediately addressed, and students are encouraged to get involved. If a student is interested in a club that LMS doesn't currently have, they are given an opportunity to generate interest and start their own. If your child plays sports or enjoys chorus or band, LMS excels in athletics and music programs as well.
An outstanding school in one of the best districts in PA. We are lucky to have our kids learn from these great teachers. They offer everything for kids of all interest levels and backgrounds.
This school is only great if your child excels academically and is low maintenance. If your child is average or needs special assistance forget it. They try to avoid 504 and IEP and will actively try to take your child off them to avoid issues with Adequate Yearly Progress associated with state testing (historically there are AYP issues in these groups for the district). Would not recommend this district or school.
The school does a great job and the teachers are excellent. Kids work really hard and learn a great deal.
iam a student at lionville middle school and i moved there recently , i started out being an awesome school when i started towards the end of 7th grade but now im in 8th grade it driving me crazy. The teachers really have to work together and some of them have to actually teach a little more. The school is very crowded but is in a fine condition. The people there are a bit scary sometimes and it can get intense and picky being a new student, its hard to find a spot, a spot that you really fit into but i hope high school will be a new start for me. Overall as a student i think the school is all right, and definitly needs to be organized a bit more school wide
Downingtown is a great school district. The kids are expected to WORK. In my opinion school is not meant to be publicly subsidized babysitting. Downingtown kids are expected to work at being students. They get homework daily, my 7th grader gets it on the weekend too. When he needs help from me or my wife he gets it but we don't DO IT for him. How can you expect your child to learn to apply themselves and achieve results if they are never challenged? Does the district do its' job. Look at the test scores...
The teachers don't provide the extra help to students in need. Their homework assignements too long and involved. My daughter just completed an assignment which discouraged parental involvement and she failed the project. If your child is having any difficulties, good luck hearing from the teacher.
My son just finished at LMS this past year and unfortunately we've found out the hard way that kids who need a little additional help are not given what they need. In our case homework issues were turned around and said to be disiplanary issues instead of looking or testing for the underlying issuesof homework difficulties. He is now at Huntington Learning Center to bring him back up to his grade level.
This school and district seem to be going from bad to worse. Students who are drowning academically are not given help, parents are discouraged from being involved. Several students in my daughters class, 8th grade brought alcohol to school. It is very overcrowded and is going to get worse because they are not building a new Middle School. This district does not have the best interest of the students in mind.
im an 8th grader at lms, and i have to say that i have had an amazing 3 years here. i do not want to leave and go to high school next year, because it will be too hard to leave my school and all my teachers. :)
As an eighth grader, I am pleased to say that I have had a wonderful three years at LMS. The teachers are wonderful (for the most part), the administrative staff are always around to help you with any problems you have, and each student is given careful attention.
My child is finishing 6th grade this year and is happy with the school. She has fit in this year very well socially and especially academically.
Happily, our experience at this school has been completely opposite of recent posts. 7th grader has had a terrific experience academically & socially. 6th grade team-building efforts were comprehensive. She is quiet but involved. Solid music program, several clubs available if you take initiative to join. Strong sports programs. class size usually around 22-26, responsive movement among math class levels (up & down depending on student need). New district MS opening in 3 yrs will relieve overcrowded halls. like anywhere, there's pressure to fit in but seems relatively mild (uggs, not drugs!); she made transition from local parochial school w/ no problem
Very disappointed in the school district in general. If you are an average student you will be overlooked. The classes are to big, teachers are overwhelmed and parents are discouraged from getting involved.
My daughter has been completley overwhelmed entering 6th grade at LMS. I have spoken to teachers, guidance and principal. Recommendation homework club. I feel as though she is a number. She does enjoy the music program. To many kids for her to even have a chance to be involved in anything else.
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