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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Lakewood Elementary. #1 school. At Lakewood, they teach you. In California, they treat you like you're already supposed to know.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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!
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.
When my daughter went to Lakewood Elementary, the majority of the teachers were truly interested in helping their students receive the best education possible.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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