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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.'
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!!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Not enough attention is paid to the large number of academically advanced children in this school. More emphasis is needed in the TAG program. Parents, while involved, are not doing a good job working with the Principal to acheive desired goals. The PTA Board took a position of harsh animosity with the Principal from her first day on the job. This has not been helpful. This conflict has made us the problem step-child of the district.
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