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Hendersonville, TN
Students enrolled: 542

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505 Indian Lake Road
Hendersonville, TN 37075

(615) 824-6810
(615) 264-6064
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May 15, 2015
Moving in order to have my children zoned for Indian Lake Elementary has been one of the worst decisions I have ever made. The only positive I can see is Principal Mitchell. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same about the teachers we have been assigned or some of the other staff members. I hope that we have just been unlucky enough to have the least involved, worst communicators for teachers and that this is not a schoolwide phenomenon. A few bad apples can definitely spoil the bunch. Our neighbors have decided to pull their children to be home schooled and we have been discussing selling our home to move out of the ILE zone. Or, maybe I jus miss the "good old days" when teachers were there because they truly wanted to be teachers and not because they wanted Christmas and summers off of work which is quite obviously the case with one of the teachers in question.

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August 15, 2014
LOVE the parental involvement at this school, and the interest of the principal, assistant principal, & most teachers.

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March 25, 2014
My grandson has attended Indian Lake Elementary school from kindergarten, this here is in 5th grade. The teachers are the best trained, equipped and caring professionals. My grandson calls them his teacher mothers. The principal is so devoted to the success of each child. We moved from Nashville looking for the best elementary school in middle TN. We have not been disappointed. We love Indian Lake Elementary School in Hendersonville..

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August 27, 2013
I could not agree more in regards to the lack of diversity at this school. We had one of the worst teachers (educators) I have ever had the displeasure of dealing with. We "fit" the mold at ILE but just found the teachers to be mediocre at best. I know from many others that they are poorly prepared and unwilling to help any child with special needs. We have moved to a different public school in Sumner County and the difference is night and day. Honestly, I have never been more disappointed with any institution public or private in my entire life. If this was a private business it would have been gone many years ago. We still live in the area and love both the area and our many friends in it but would not return to ILE unless forced and then would probably look to move if that were the case. I hope others have a better experience and usually don't take the time to post a negative review but felt compelled to express my opinion to help save someone else the experience.

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February 05, 2013
We also moved to the area because of the great reputation of Indian Lake Elementary and have been there three years. We have had two amazing teachers, one good teacher who had a bad year, one okay teacher and one mediocre (at best) teacher. The principal seems to be very dedicated to her job and genuinely love the kids. That's why they get 3 stars. Their special education program is really sub-par and students who struggle may be refused help without a formal education plan requiring a medical diagnosis (!). The kids who can't keep up are punished by missing recess to complete work. Most of the teachers rely heavily on worksheets and assign yet more worksheets to be completed as homework. Children who "don't fit the mold" and their parents will not be made to feel particularly welcome at this school by either the teachers or he other parents. This school is mediocre and getting worse because of budget cuts and state mandated curricula. Their test scores are not due to great teaching, but having children of wealthy, educated parents who can pour money and time into the school. Now we have paid more to live in this district and will have to pay for private school, too.

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February 04, 2013
We, like others who have posted, moved here so that our child may attend this very well rated and highly recommended school. At first glance, the schools seems all this and more. However, after our 2nd year here, we now know that the truth is, this school is all hype and pompous hot air. My child has also been slighted by teachers and the experience has turned my once happy go lucky kid into a surly one who detests going to school. There is no diversity. If you are of a different race, color, creed, or even if originate from anywhere north of Mason-Dixon Line, you're in for some rude looks and cold stand-offs. If you raise your concerns to the teachers, they either downplay the issues or they just ignore it altogether. The only reason I even give this school two stars is because of the new principal, Mrs. Mitchell, who actually does seem to love her job and all the children in her charge. Unfortunately, its not enough to make this school worth putting my child through torture. We are now going to home-school our child until we can make our move out of this area next year. This place simply isn't worth the hassle.

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July 28, 2011
This is truly a great school. I'm sorry one person is having an issue with ILE. I guess everyone has the right to view as they see. Myself, I am also of color and I do rent and I have been treated with nothing less than respect as have my children. Thank you ILE for being a school we should all be proud of and help to grow.

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May 05, 2010
Indian Lake is an exceptional school! I have been impressed from our first day on the campus. When we moved to this area a few years ago, we chose a house specifically for the wonderful reviews, test scores, and word-of-mouth praise given to Indian Lake Elementary. The school has lived up to our expectations and exceeded them in many areas. The principal is a great leader. She expects a lot from her teachers, but gives a lot in return. The teachers we have been blessed with have been amazing. The parent involvement is tremendous and the PTO goes above and beyond to give Indian Lake many advantages not available to other schools in this county. Indian Lake is comparable to any private school in this area.

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April 28, 2010
No returned smiles in the hallway from teachers OR parent's, some of the moms deliberately speaking within my earshot about the price of their homes and how it's a 'shame that some of the property in the area has become rental',( Assuming that because I was African-American, I rented) my child/myself not being informed about talent day and being overlooked for the grade specific school presentation when she was perhaps one of the most talented, well-behaved and THE most advanced reader in her class and likely her entire grade. A caricature with exagerrated features of Aretha Franklin as the ONLY acknowledgement of our newly elected president ,being asked in a very suspicious, what are you doing here tone by the principal, 'May I help you?' while sitting in front of the school in my car...An environment that is psychologically crushing for black children, and setting their kids up for social falure.

- submitted by a parent

February 22, 2010
I noticed that the parent who posted immediately after the May 2nd post stated that Indian Lake 'has a great reputation and aims to keep it that way', which suggests to me that they were referring to and confirming what I believe to be intentional practices, namely by the principal Mrs. McGhee,that discourage families/children of color from attending/thriving at the school. What my niece experienced at this school was reminicent of the early days of intergration. She came to the school with numerous records of previous testing from a different County and multiple top private schools that all unanimously confirmed her giftedness-wasn't placed in the gifted program until the school year was nearly over-and only due to our frequent inquiry about them dragging their feet. It was clear through the downplaying of her talents/awards,the mishandling of records, blatant mistreatment in the classroom, and the collective cold shoulder-that something bigger was occuring

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September 22, 2009
We bought a house zoned for this school just because of the reputation of the school. However, we have been severely disappointed. I am considering private school as an alternative. The atmosphere is not nurturing at all. Most of the parents with glowing reports are just trying to impress everyone else. Mrs. McGhee is one of the most unyielding people I have ever met. Do not fall for the hype of this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
August 13, 2009
This is an excellent school that challenges students and also welcomes parent involvement. It has a great reputation and it seems they aim to keep it that way. I have never seen teachers more well taken care of nor such great success with fundraising in a school. This community is active and supportive of this school.

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July 20, 2008
I am extremely impressed with all aspects of ILE. The PTO gave the library $6,000--and the county gave another several thousand-- to update and expland all selections. More than 1,100 books have been purchased the past 2 years, and the librarian is continuing to update all selections. The SMART boards are an incredible asset in the classrooms, allowing the teachers to pull information (and incredible visuals) from the internet to complement and enhance learning. And I don't think there are teachers anywhere in the state that are as well-cared for as the ones at ILE. They receive monthly luncheons, special treats, funds from the PTO for purchasing supplies and well-deserved recognition. Both of my children have had great experiences since moving here two years ago.

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May 24, 2007
My two children just completed one school year at ILE, and I cannot give as glowing a report as the other reviewers. The more diverse 'city' school they attended in another state had more appropriate priorities regarding money and fundraisers. $67,000 for smart boards (?) but $4k for a library that cannot accomodate the needs of a first grader reading at an advanced level. The father/daughter and mother/son breakasts were cute, but teacher appreciation week passed with minimal fanfare. Just one mom's opinion.

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May 16, 2007
I can echo the other comments here. The school is really good. The principal has been there 13+ years, and runs a very good program, and the teachers are first rate. Parents are very involved - PTO meetings are usually standing room only. The school has 28 classrooms with more scheduled to be built. Currently around 500 students in K-5. There are before and after school programs administered by the YMCA Fun Company. The students consistently test very well in standardized tests, with scores in the 98th percentile or better nationally. There are computers in every classroom and a large computer lab. They recently purchased smartboards for some classrooms with more scheduled to be installed. There are programs for music and foreign language. The school is in the middle of a quiet and safe residential neighborhood, right across the street from a fire station.

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September 18, 2006
I have 4 children, my oldest went 1st-5th there and my son just started kindergarten there.His teacher is new but even so I'm very impressed. My daughter's experiences there were memorable and very pleasant.She was/is an honor roll student and she never complained about her teachers or going to school. The parent involvement is superior! When my daughter was there I worked FT in Nashville so for me it was a bit difficult to be as involved and volunteer as I would have liked. I did feel a bit of stress due to this because as a parent you never want to be the one who didn't show...especially when so many there do show up, mostly moms but even dads too.I am fortunate enough to stay home now and have 3 to still attend there and I wouldn't want them to be anywhere else.Academically great-much like a private school!

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December 02, 2005
I have two children at ILE and have been extremely happy with the school. The teachers are amazing and the level of involvement from the parents is unsurpassed. I would recommend this school to anyone!

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August 07, 2005
we have had 3 children attend ILE, and could not be happier. The academic standards are very challenging, yet it is a nurturing, conservative environment for the children. Lots of parental involvement encouraged.

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February 24, 2005
This is an excellent school. They are a Blue ribbion shcool which is the top 1/10 of 1% for the nation. I would recomend this district and this particular school to anyone.

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September 13, 2004
This is a wonderful school with a very educational focus with great parental involvement. The principal is a very hands on leader and they say it is public 'private school'.

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Indian Lake Elementary School
505 Indian Lake Road, Hendersonville, TN  37075
(615) 824-6810
Last modified Indian Lake Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Indian Lake Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 22 reviews. Top