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9320 Westland Dr
Knoxville, TN 37922

(865) 539-8611
(865) 539-8632
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April 25, 2014
I have had three kids go to A.L.Lotts and have been a parent there for 8 years. I am involved with the school and teachers on a weekly bases. This is a great school. I love the teachers!! We have great parent support, a great PTA, nice staff and a great group of kids. I look forward to spending another 4 years at Lotts. We have had a lot of principal turn over (thus the 3 stars in leadership), but hopefully that will stop.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2014
Such a great school. The teachers really care about the students and try to create the best learning environment possible.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
My school is A. L. Lotts Elementary, Westland Drive Knoxville,, Tn. a wonderful school with caring Teachers and Staff and students who are encouraged daily to always," I will do my personal best". This is not just a motto but a way of life at A. L. Lotts.

- submitted by a community member
August 23, 2011
I have three children currently at A.L. Lotts. This is a wonderful school with dedicated teachers, administrators and parents. The standardized test scores that the state used to evaluate the school systems are always much higher at this school than most others in the county. I am very fortunate to live between Bluegrass Elementary and A.L. Lotts. Either school is excellent and it just happened that my kids are zoned for A.L. Lotts. The quality of the schools in this area was the driving force when we bought a home in this area.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2011
This school is great! The teachers are great. The PTA is great. Even the homework is great. I love this school. I recommend this school.

- submitted by a community member
October 23, 2010
This is an excellent school. The teachers and staff really care about the kids and the PTA is awsome.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2010
Our school has the best most caring teachers and parents. We truly exemplify the best in a community school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2010
Lotts operates like a family. The teachers, staff, and parents are such a cohesive unit, that you know your kids are well taken care of. The kids love learning and getting up for school, and that says more than any words!

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2010
Most are great teachers who really care!

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2010
My child just started kindergarden here this year. From what I've seen so far, I am definitely NOT impressed. I don't know about the other K teachers there, but my child's is not very attentive. She does not relate to the children very well at all. She seems more all about rules. VERY VERY strict, and that is NOT what our 5 year olds need at this time in their lives. I could understand for older children, but this is KINDERGARDEN for goodness sakes!!! My message for my childs teacher...lighten up!!! Make my child and everyone else's feel more at ease and more at home here, so they can have a positive first year of learning experience! You are not treating these kids very nicely. You are NOT explaining things to them very well. I am EXTREMELY disappointed with this teacher.

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May 15, 2009
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April 06, 2009
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February 24, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
December 16, 2008
We moved to Knoxville 3 1/2 years ago from a small town. Our previous school had 120 kids from pre-k to 12th grade and moving to A.L. Lotts with 1100+ kids was scary for us. My children started Kind. and 1st gr. here and we could not be more happy. I thought they might get lost in the shuffle of such a big school, but quite the opposite has happened and they have both thrived here. My child had some behavior issues in 1st grade and when I began to worry about 2nd grade, I requested a meeting with Mrs. Lenn, the principal. She sat down with me for 45 minutes that day and truly listened to my concerns and I began to understand how very seriously she considers placement of children within the school. We love this school and staff and will be very sad to move on.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2008
We have had a great time at Lotts. Last year my son had Mr. Whiley and he was amazing. He went above and beyond. My son had come from a private school in town and was behind. He worked with him once a week for half of the school year to get him caught up. He is a wonderful man and the best teacher we have ever had. We are having another great year. There are so many ways to get involved at the school. If you feel like you do not know what is going on with your child. Do somthing about it - Volunteer!

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2008
I moved recently to Knoxville and am very happy to say that my daughter, a first grade student, is having a very positive experience. Her class teacher, Mrs. Arning, is a wonderful, caring and enthusiastic teacher. She is very approachable and gives very practical suggestions for helping your child. Overall..., it has been a great experience for all of us. Thank you Lotts.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2008
I have just relocated here and new to the school system. So far I love Mrs. Beckner and she not only cares but will show attention to me and my child's needs. My other daughter is in the 3rd grade and I have no opinion yet. I have asked for a meeting and the teacher who responded quite quickly. I wish the schools here had the resources that they have in NY. However, that is just a lack of funding not the lack of care. So far I am OK with the school. I will revisit the 'rate & review' when I have had more experience with AL Lotts.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 07, 2008
Give me a break. This school has a great reputation based on it's former principle. We have been at Lotts now for 3 years and this is our last unless things have changed drastically! There are such huge gaps in my son's education it's sad. Not to mention the focus on scores, ratings, etc. Last year, SO much attention was focused on getting applications for a STAR rating, that the children were unable to get near the attention and supplemental programs they should have.

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May 22, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2008
I agree with the last review. My son has been at AL Lotts for 4 years now and we have yet to have one decent teacher. There is no communication whatsoever no matter how hard you try as a parent. I have sent several notes to his teacher and have had zero response. It is very frustrating to a parent that tries to stay involved in their child's education. I believe because of the area that the school is zoned in that if you are not up to their financial standards then you are ignored. I am sure Ms. Lenn does not cancel meetings with the parents who invest alot in the school. I cannot wait for my son to be finished with this school. We are just holding out for West Valley.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2008
I have had 3 children at this school for the past 5 years. In that time, I would say that only 1 of my children has experienced a decent teacher. It is a trickle down effect and direct reflection of the leadership (or lack thereof) of the administration at this school. Mrs. Lenn does nothing to promote cohesion between parents, teachers and the kids and she is nonexistant as far as visiblity is concerned. She is completely unapproachable for parents and actually does not even show up to meetings that have been scheduled with her; she sends an assistant instead. There is a consistant effort to 'hide' the unsatisfactory teachers by moving them from grade to grade. We consistantly have experienced teachers that don't communicate with parents and in fact, seem to view them as a problem. It's really pathetic; we feel as if we are on a sinking ship.

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April 10, 2008
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March 26, 2008
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February 06, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2008
My daughter graduated from Lotts very well prepared for middle school. Her 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Alexander, and 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Jordan, were really tough and had very high expectations for their students. Because of this, my child has been a confident leader in middle school. I also commend Mrs. Lenn for her outstanding leadership at Lotts!

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2007
My son went to AL Lotts. AL Lotts is the reason my son can read now. He has dyslexia and AL Lotts spent the time to work with him. Now he is in the 7th grade. He is a stright A student and is in the Duke University TIP program. He will be taking the ACT this winter. To end this....... Thanks AL Lotts !

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August 08, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2007
It's the night before school starts and my kids are asleep. My 3rd grader is so excited, he went to bed at 7:30 pm hoping the morning would come faster. My 5th grader is excited about her new teacher, but got misty eyed over missing her previous teacher. My kids wanted to stay the entire 3 hours at open house this evening to visit with all of their past teachers as well as the new ones. I believe my kids actions sum it up nicely on how they feel about A L Lotts. It has been a delightful experience so far. All involved are very involved! I believe that the child's best interest is in every mind of A L Lotts Staff members. Thanks for that!

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2007
My daughter attended A.L. Lotts from Kindergarten through 5th grade, and I now have a son there. Everything went well until her last year when the new principal, Ms. Lenn, came into the picture. She treats the older kids like they are in kindergarten.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2007
My son just finished his first year at A.L. Lotts. Mrs. Ginn is a fantastic and gifted Kindergarten teacher. She enabled our son to learn to fit in socially, he also would cry when it was time to read, but now he is an above average reader after only one year. It truly is amazing what they learn in a year. Parents need to also remember that a part of the child's learning comes from home as well, not only the schools, but we had a teacher who really gave me great advice on how to work with our son at home regarding his reading. Without her professional knowledge our son would have been left in the dust. So far, so good, lets see how 1st grade goes! Our son loves school and is sad that it ended, that is a compliment to Mrs. Ginn and Lotts for making this

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2007
Before our daughter went to A.L. Lotts, she had confidence issues and reading difficulties. Since being in R. Tipton's 2nd grade class, she has made a 360 degree turn around. I owe that to Mrs. Tipton and the other staff at A.L. Lotts. They have all just been great. I cannot say enough good things. I know it will just get better. We are truly blessed to have such great teachers who love our children as their own.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2007
My daughter went to lotts from k-5 and she had a wonderful experience and wonderful teachers. Mrs. Alexander in fourth grade helped her learn to study, which I think really prepared her for middle school and I feel she is a great asset to the school.I have two other daughter's now at the school and I have no complaints. Thanks for a wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2006
AL Lotts is a good school in the West Knoxville area. It consistently ranks near the top for the county. Compared to schools in the state of CT, however, it is mediocre at best. Our second child has done only average at Lotts. We've gotten little feedback from teachers during marking periods and only small notes from them at report-card time. Our first child is now out of Lotts. With him, Lotts failed. In the words of one of the administrators, 'Lotts is good for getting round-peg kids in round holes, but for a square-peg kid, they don't do well.' His teachers consistently failed to work well with him even though he had a 504 plan (We finally gave up on the 504 plan since we saw no real help). He got good grades, but failed socially, and did not fit their 'mold' of what an ideal student should be.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2006
I have a child who has attended A.L. Lotts for 5 years. I have consistantly been disappointed with the quality of teaching. She has had 2 wonderful teachers who made learning fun and interesting. The others were more concerned with teaching to the test. There is very little enrichment available for above average students. Infact, one teacher told me my child brought books from home for her own enrichment when she finished her work. There are VERY LITTLE hands-on activities. For a school that 'tests' wonderfully, I think it is ashame that they are producing test takers. I would rather see engaging, hands-on, interesting learning which would produce well rounded children with a love of learning.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 12, 2006
This is my son's 1st year at Lotts - 2nd gr. We came from WestHills Elem. It is April and sadly I must say, I barely know his teacher. My son really likes her which soothes any concerns. I guess I was just hoping for a parent/teacher meeting or an Open House. There was one meeting at the beginning of the school yr and that is it. At WestHills, there were meetings all throughout the year so I always knew where my son was excelling or struggling. For Lotts academics program, I feel that it has been an outstanding year! I can really tell a difference in my son's interest in learning. I am especially impressed with his Science class - the teacher makes learning fun! He attends Lotts' afterschool/summer program - KidTime. It is a well-thought-out program! The Director & counselors do a fantastic job and I highly recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2006
I am the mother of two children who have attended this school. A.L. Lotts is one of the better elementary schools in the Knox County School District. However, even this school is a 'mixed bag' in regard to teacher quality. As an educator (University professor), I have been very discouraged to encounter teachers at Lotts who do not use correct grammer in the classroom and on tests they've prepared for their students, and have marginal content knowledge in science and math. This is a pervasive problem in schools in East Tennessee. Until the general public in Tennessee recognizes that children are their greatest resource and education has value, and the State establishes a stable tax base, Tennessee will continue to rank at the bottom in education.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2006
My children have attended A. L. Lotts for the past 4 years. It is a wonderful school with caring teachers, administration, parents and school support staff. The children are well prepared for the future both academically and socially. I could not have asked for a better begining for my child's educational experience.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2006
I am blessed that my children attend such a wonderful, caring, and academically challenging school. Being present as a teacher at this school I can see first hand what a superlative effort each member of the staff puts forth on a daily basis. Meeting the needs of students from diverse backgrounds presents certain challenges and limitations, all of which are reviewed on a continual basis by the teachers and administrators in an effort that each child reaches their personal best. If there is any question in anyone s mind about the quality of instruction taking place at our school, they can review the results from standardized testing on the Tennessee Department of Education website. You will find A.L. Lotts ranked among the top schools in the state.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
February 08, 2006
Our experience at Lotts was great! Our daughter had excellent teachers and the principal and other staff actually knew her name. This is definitely not what one would expect in a school so large. The teachers went above and beyond what was 'in their job description' to teach and inspire their students to do their best. We have since moved to Illinois for work related reasons. The school we now attend has 400 students in grades K-8, yet none of the teachers (other than her own) even take the time to get to know other students. The academic standards do not even come close to those of Lotts! Parental involvement is non-existent at our new school.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2006
My son's kindergarten experience has been horrible. His teacher tries to run her class through fear and intimidation rather than enlightenment and encouragement (and these are 5 year olds). The other parents in this class have the same issues. There is one asst. Principal who's been helpful, but the principal is non existent. Several attempts to meet with her have failed. Planned meetings have been cancelled. No doubt there are great teachers here. But do your homework on what teacher your child gets. It could be a disaster.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2005
We moved from Collierville, TN with a good public school system. We were very apprehensive about joining our children going to a new school, however this school has been GREAT! The office administration are always professional and courteous; the teacher's are OUTSTANDING! They are concientious and prepared and truly care about their students progress. I am thoroughly pleased that we made this choice. Emily Lenn, you're doing a great job! Keep up the great work!

- submitted by a administrator
no rating July 31, 2004
My grandaughter had a wonderful first grade experience! Her teachers were the best. We are looking forward to the second grade.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2004
A.L. Lotts is the best school my child has attended. We have lived north of Nashville, Florida, and have been to one other school here in west Knoxville, and this school and it's teachers out shine all the rest. It is like one big family! We love A.L. Lotts!

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2004
We left a private school to go to this public school. The children are better disciplined and the curriculum is challenging for advanced students. The staff is excellent. Teachers across Knoxville want this school because of parent involvement and concern about their children. This school exceeded our expectations after our switch. In 2004, 62 5th graders received the President's recognition as advanced students. The national average is 10% of the population, which meant we should have only had 12 students get this honor. It is verification of the quality education and excellent staff at A.L. Lotts. Teachers give a lot, parents give a lot, students learn a lot. The principal is very hands on and knows each 1015 student by name. The principal at our former private school did not know my child's name, and he was 1 of 200.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2004
Even with a student population of 1000+, the Principal greets each child by name. He is an excellent administrator and leader. The teaching staff is very professional while caring for each student. Two of my children have been fortunate to have had the 'Lotts' experience. This is the one of Knoxville's best schools for its overall academic achievments and nuturing atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
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A L Lotts Elementary School
9320 Westland Dr, Knoxville, TN  37922
(865) 539-8611
Last modified A L Lotts Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
A L Lotts Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top