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3000 Hillbrook Street
Dallas, TX 75214

(972) 749-7300
(972) 749-7301
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October 01, 2014
Lakewood Elementary is okay. However, the new principal and LEEF's plan for an addition and renovation to the school bring hope that stellar days are ahead. As a former educator, I wish the teachers as a whole were more caring and less like drill sergeants. I am sure overcrowding can contribute to the morale of the teachers, as well as the emphasis on testing. The office staff could be more welcoming and chipper, especially since they are usually the first point of contact for a visitor. The nurse and counselor are very nice, qualities you want in both positions. I do love how the music program introduces the children to great classical works. The P.E. teacher is fantastic as well and very nice. This year they have added another P.E. teacher as well as a second art teacher. I do feel that the school is taking steps to address overcrowding and easing the burden on teachers by adding new positions. Parental involvement is very high. We have two wonderful, kind and happy DISD crossing guards that work the front of our school both morning and afternoon. It would be nice to have something similar for those who use Wendover Rd., but that is obviously a funding issue.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2014
Can you imagine a 5th grade teacher not only bullying a student, but humiliating him in front of his classmates? This is what my grand child endured in a classroom at Lakewood. Beware if your child doesn't fit the mold they are in danger!!!!

- submitted by a community member
September 17, 2014
We had an an abysmal experience at Lakewood. My son was a new student in 2nd grade with no behavior problems at all. We met privately with his teacher to explain that we felt he had a learning disorder and were in the process of having him tested. Despite this, she would berate him loudly in class for missing an instruction or not knowing something that she thought he should know. Then she got in the habit of saying to the class (in a sarcastic tone of voice), "Could somebody please help E---?" I wrote a tactful letter to her respectfully asking her not to say that to the class. So instead, the next time another student tried to help my son (even though he didn't ask for help), she said, "E---'s mom says he doesn't need any help." I tried to talk to her in person before school and she refused to speak to me--literally turned her back to me as I was talking and told me to go to the office. I pulled my son out of that school that day. When we went to collect his things from the classroom, she did not even acknowledge my son or say goodbye! FOR SHAME! Hardly the conduct of a professional educator! The principal wasn't much better. We lasted 4 weeks and they were 4 weeks of misery.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2014
Lakewood is a good school in a great neighborhood. Lkd enjoys an excellent community and parent support visible and effective PTA, Dad s group, fundraisers and volunteering. The teaching could be stronger based on the schools population (in my experience 25% are excellent and 10% are terrible) as an educator myself (with realistic expectations ) that is good. Your child WILL be well socialized at Lakewood (once again this is neighborhood effect) they will learn here. The DISDs nationally recognized TAG schools (without caps) could be filled the top half of each Lakewood grade (that should tell you all you need to know). This school is NOT good at is making parents feel like their child is exceptional (this is not their bread and butter as it is in private schools) or a political expectation (as it is in highland park). If the school was 25% less crowed and had 50% more space it would the one of the best public schools in the country- but all in all good to great school buoyed by great neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2014
Lakewood is overcrowded and disorganized. The administration was incompetent in the way it handled the leveling this year. My sons teacher is nice but has way too many children. I wasn't told about significant things that happened to my son until weeks later at the parent teacher conference. This school is not equipped to identify and help children who are above or below the average. The only reason lakewood scores better than the rest of Dallas is they have a much lower amount of ESL and economically disadvantaged students. The school boundaries have been gerrymandered to keep test scores up so the property values stay up. My son received a much better education at another DISD school last year. The only reason you should send your child to Lakewood is if you want to display their bumper sticker on your Lexus

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2014
We are in our last year at Lakewood, thank heavens. The classes and the school are ridiculously over crowded with kids who live nowhere near the school. Because it is overcrowded, the lunches and recesses are very, very short. Everything at this school is about the test! Terrible arts program. The teachers never seem happy anymore. The new principal is overwhelmed. My children do very well, but they were doing well at their last school too. When we moved to the neighborhood we thought we were getting a warm and friendly school, but they just want your money. It's really nothing special compared to schools in surrounding districts.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2013
I absolutely love this school. The teachers are terrific and caring and responsive. I see some comments about the previous principal Ms Thompson - who I agree was less than delightful to deal with. She has, however, been replaced with Ms Brookshire-Simmons who is lovely and much more interested in individual students' needs. The class sizes are quite large - which is no surprise because the school is great and basically everyone in the neighborhood sends their kids to the school rather than private school. However, funds are currently being raised to build new buildings and double the square footage within the next 2 years. So the crowding problems should be resolved very shortly. It's a great neighborhood and wonderful that so many families in the community support the local schools and believe in them enough to see past the DISD reputation and attend our fantastic public school. I couldn't be happier with our experience.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2013
Lakewood Elementary. #1 school. At Lakewood, they teach you. In California, they treat you like you're already supposed to know.

- submitted by a community member
May 16, 2013
Lakewood Elementary has a caring community and high level of parent involvement . I do think there is a lot of emphasis on testing and grades. There is a lot of homework right from the early years and worksheet based curriculum. I wish the kids had a longer recess (15 mins to eat and 15 mins of play) and I am not happy if any member disrupts the class, this break can be taken away (and has many times) thereby punishing all the children. They need a chance to let off steam at lunch as the environment is very disciplined. Having said all that my child likes going to school for the most part and is proud of her school.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2013
My son lost interest in science and math while at Lakewood. Although we moved to another school because of career, I'm glad we did. He has the spark back about learning and says he LOVES math and science again. I don't think I would've realized it was due to the school until we moved. The school is very regimented and not very creative as far as teaching goes. They do a lot of worksheets at Lakewood and move quickly. When he started at his new school they were a couple of months behind where Lakewood was but the telling part was that he did not remember how to do the lessons that he had already mastered at lakewood. I prefer that they move slower but actually learn and not just memorize the topics. The parental involvement is amazing and I think this makes up for a lot but the curriculum coud be much improved.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2012
Our 2 daughters have received an excellent education at Lakewood Elementary. They both love going to school and score at high grade levels on the testing. The parental involvement is wonderful. I feel like the girls are getting the same education as they would receive in a private school, more importantly they have made great friends and love going to school. Ms. Thompson can be a little harsh, but I think she has to be to maintain control of an at-capacity elementary school.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2011
This school is an awful example of what your elementary years should be like. The teachers are old and tired and seem to care very little about the individual students needs. The principal, Ms. Thompson should have been fired years ago. She has no warmth and talks to the children as if they are her little soldiers. We have pulled out children out of this school and never looked back. Shocking that more people don't complain! Terrible environment, and clueless administration. Their only focus is the TAKS test so the Principal can get her bonus.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2011
Indeed, it is all about the test scores at Lakewood Elementary- read that as, it's all about the money. And, yes, the principal is an autocrat on her way up the career ladder- it's her way or nothing. Kindergarten is BOOT CAMP. There are no warm-fuzzies for your young children here. My kindergartener is an excellent student, both academically and behaviorally, but he is STRESSED OUT. Sure, he can read and write, but I can't say he loves learning in this environment. Too bad, we love the other families, the friends we've made, the parents are great, the community is awesome. But I fear our son will never thrive here. And, don't get me wrong, it's NOT because it's "academically rigorous". This group takes "teaching to the TAKS" to a whole new level. And to think, this is the best that it gets in DISD...

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2011
I have been EXTREMELY disappointed with this school. We moved here because of the wonderful reputation that this school has. The principal at this school is only concerned with her fundraising and test scores. She is unsympathetic to the individual student's needs. The lower grade playground is only supervised by one lunch aid to watch 140 first graders for recess. I do not believe they are safe. This matter has been brought to the principal's attention yet she refuses to make any changes and suggested that more parents should come to the school during the lunch recess. We are incredibly disappointed and dissatisfied. We are already considering a move.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2010
Lakewood is a great school if your child is driven soley by the score. If your child has any type of learning difference, then this is not the place for them. My child is in the lower grades and is expected to complete an average of 15 pages of homework a week, in addition to completing projects and other reports. I think that doing the work is what is required but not of a 5-8 year old child. There is too much emphasis on the score and grade and not enough on the child's love of learning. I have expected so much more from this school, with the reputation it has, and am always dissappointed, but not trully surprised!

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2009
My son started at Lakewood last and year and was a part of Ms. Leal's exceptional Pre-K class and has now moved to their Kindergarten. The school's children seem so much brighter than alot of children of the same age from other schools. They are very academically driven and have so many social educational events, the students couldn't ask for more.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
When my daughter went to Lakewood Elementary, the majority of the teachers were truly interested in helping their students receive the best education possible.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2009
I bought a house in this neighborhood because I wanted my children to attend Lakewood, which is ranked highly in DISD. However, I have been disappointed with the large size of the classes, the regimented atmosphere at the school and the emphasis on testing and homework in the lowest grades. Also, there is inadequate playground time (which is taken away altogether for talking in class, etc.) and I have found the attitude from the principal and some teachers to be unwelcoming to parental concerns and lacking in nurturing for children who are having problems. However, parents whose sole focus is on test scores will like this school, and Lakewood is very orderly and clean. Given the neighborhood and the advantages the children bring to school, it could be much more.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2009
Lakewood has had an amazing year this year. We were chosen as a national Blue Ribbon School for the No Child Left Behind Program and we atttained Exemplary status, the highest ranking, for our TAKS scores. The success of the school can be attributed to strong leadership, teachers that teach, and parents that parent. Lakewood is a very family orientated school so be prepared, if your child attends Lakewood, you as a parent will be expected to be involved.

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October 16, 2008
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no rating October 14, 2008
My son is in the first grade and in his second year at Lakewood and loves the school. Just about everyday he wakes up ready and wanting to go to school. He loves his friends, teachers and all the doting parents. It's not perfect but the teachers, staff and all the parents here are really great and make this a fun and challenging place to be!

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2008
I am Lakewood Alumni & oh how our school has changed. My daughter attends Lakewood 1st-5th grade. The end of this year will be bittersweet. All of the teachers we have had at Lakewood are terrific. And the volunteer parents is what makes this school to be so great. My only complaint is the warden/prinicipal Ms. Thompson. Myself and several other parents have had the same complaints, she is condesending and not a nurturing person. None of the children I know like her either. Lunch time for our students is horrible, they must sit with their class. They are not allowed to socialize at all. If they talk it's lights out. They are pressured to hurry up and eat and get out. If they spent more time encouraging students instead of bossing them I think the kids would like school more. They are only little for a little while.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2008
I made a point to move to the area just so my daughter could attend the Lakewood Elementary Program. There is a tremendous amount of perental involvement, wonderful teachers, a principal who understands and that is easily accessable. The children in my daughter's class are becoming her life long friends and the school is ahead of the others in the area academically. There is a high importance on testing, but it is within reason and understandable

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February 21, 2008
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February 11, 2008
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January 29, 2008
I am a former student and I find that your friends from Lakewood will be your friends for life.

- submitted by a community member
April 27, 2007
I am neither rich nor important, but my child is treated with a great deal of respect and consideration. This has been a wonderful experience for our whole family. My daughter has been at Lakewood since Kindergarden. She feels safe, important and loved at Lakewood.

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August 13, 2006
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May 19, 2006
I cannot think of a better atmosphere for my two daughters (1st and 3rd grade). Lovely school!

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2006
The school is in a good area but unless you are in a position of high society your opinion does not matter nor does your childs. The safety of a child is of the upmost and should always be considered but when at the point of your own child feels unsafe with the staff due to the uncooperative attention needed due to bullying and being ignored by the staff then my rating for this school is a half star if they are counted. Now if you are in high reguard politically and monetarily then your in the right place.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2006
We have three children all have attended Lakewood since Kinder. The quality of academics is outstanding. However, the availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities needs some improvement. Meaning there needs to be more time focused on extracurricular activities instead of bench mark testing. As far as the level of parent involvement goes you could not ask more from Lakewood parents. We have only had problems with one teacher at this school, but the problem was resolved quickly by the administration. All in all Lakewood is a great school.

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March 22, 2006
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February 19, 2006
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February 05, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2006
This was my daughters first experience with public school and we have been thrilled with the level of competence and compassion of the teachers and staff at this school. My only objection has been with the state mandated test based curriculum. Overall a very positive experience.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2006
I could be no happier about this school. Lakewood offers a variety of learning techniques that are effective and in a unique and fun learning atmosphere. My kindergartner can't stop raving about the LOLA program. This is my child's first year and parents are always encourage to visit and participate in different activities. My step son was behind acedemically then when trasfered to Lakewood, he began to understand what was actually being taught. Excellent school for your children to attend. I have to mention my 5 yr old is on the verge of reading with no help.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2006
My son is in Kindergarten this year at Lakewood (2005)and we love it. The teachers are wonderful, there are many involved parents, the Principal is great. I can't say anything negative about the school. It has been a great experience and my son is very happy and learning a lot.

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December 03, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2005
My son is beginning his second year at Lakewood and he loves it! He was reading fluently by the end of the first six weeks of kindergarten and had learned a variety of basic math skills. The curriculum is challenging and is certainly competitive with the private schools in our area. So far, our experience has been outstanding. I highly recommend Lakewood and hope our neighbors continue to discover what a gem it is.

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July 05, 2005
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July 03, 2005
The quality of acadmeics here is average. The teachers spend a large amount of time with 'problem' students. This leaves alot of students unchallenged. I'm not aware of any sports programs that the school itself offers. They do have music, art, and band. Parental involvement is one of the best that I've seen.

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June 28, 2005
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June 24, 2005
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June 24, 2005
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June 23, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2005
The teachers here are phenominal. They are nurturing without being over-bearing. The principal is a bit 'militant' but definitely gets done what needs to be done. Overall, good choice, great teachers, great PTA.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2005
Excellent staff and leadership. The teachers really care, and I've seen that evidenced with my child. I'm proud to call Lakewood my home, and Lakewood Elem. our school.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
We are extraordinarily pleased with Lakewood. Our daughter is excited to go to school every day, has great teachers and is learning more than her private school peers. This school just continues to get better and better!

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2005
The standard DISD curriculum is taught, which can be very challenging to the younger grades. In second grade, for instance, there are several different theories of math thaught. There is a great music program for the upper grades, but music, art & computers are all taught starting in kinder. The only school sponsored sport I know of is basketball. There are sports available with the local YMCA. I'm told there is a high level of parental involvement, compared to the rest of the district, but there is little evidence of help in my childs' class. The YMCA also offers an after school program. The school after school program is always full. Problems: This is not the school or district for children with special needs. We had to wait 1.5 years for the district to test my child and admit there was more than just a 'behavior problem.'

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2005
We have been greatly disappointed in Lakewood. The problem starts at the top. The principal does not support the teachers with discipline issues and the assistant principal acts as though she hates her job - very unsupportive of staff and parents. The discipline issue is of huge concern. The administration wanted the teachers to provide their own copy paper! The TAG program is unfortunately a joke - studying faces?? There are no reading groups in the early grades, all levels are thrown together. Safety is another issue. Anyone can come and go and wander throughout the school with no questions asked. Children in portables (1st graders) are allowed to go outside and to the main building for the restroom on their own. The only redeeming quality about this school is the huge parental involvement and a strong PTA. Wish they could do more!!

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February 04, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2004
We are working hard to make this our neighborhood school! Come join us. We invite you to compare our school to any other around -- public or private. We are proud of our students, our teachers and our curriculum. Our soon to be third grader has been challenged academically and is having a wonderful elementary school experience full of friends of all types. Our teachers are unparalleled in the city and we are lucky to have them. Come and visit our neighborhood school -- we're happy to give you a tour and tell you all about the great things happening at Lakewood Elementary.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2004
My child attended Kindergarten at Lakewood, but we had to relocate to Wisconsin in March 2004. I gave our benchmark tests and sample work to my daughter's new teacher, and she was stunned. Wisconsin is known for good schools, but the work that my child was doing at Lakewood blew her new teacher away. The vocabulary list here is 20 words, at Lakewood it was 60 words by the same time of year. There is no homework or at home work with your child required here as well. I'm actually a little worried that she might not be as challenged here. Bravo Lakewood, and keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2004
We have been at this school for six years and have more than pleased with it. Yes there has been some animosity between the parents and new principal but I believe that things are improving in that area. I have been on the PTA board for five of these six years and seen a lot of changes. Yes, the TAG program is not up to speed in the lower grades, but in 4th -6th it is right on track. There is really not that great a need for an extremely intense TAG program when you have such strong teachers who do a great job in the classroom. Enrollment also has dropped and so has class size this year.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2003
Maybe some relief in sight. I read on dallasisd.org that a new Elementary will open up in 2005 called Vickery Meadows Elementary. This Elementary will help with the Lakewood crowding issue and leave Lakewood with out bussed in students. Having Lakewood Elem back as a neighborhood school should do wonders for the students, teachers, and staff. Until then, watchdog!

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2003
Highly disappointed in this school. The TAG program is a joke and very undeveloped. The children who need advanced studies are put to the side and asked to write in a journal while classmates catch up with them. Even the front office is one of the most unsocial encounters that you can have at the school. Parent involvement is the only positive thing about this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2003
A point that disappointed me was to see that there were alot of children on the playground and only one teacher. I feel that although she is one of the few teachers attent to the children it is still a handful for one teacher with approximately 100 or more children at one time.

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Lakewood Elementary School
3000 Hillbrook Street, Dallas, TX  75214
(972) 749-7300
Last modified Lakewood Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Lakewood Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 58 reviews. Top