Northlake started out as a good school, but the longer you attend the school becomes less caring. If you ask someone in the office something, no-one ever knows. You go a step further and try to ask one of the principals. First they'll lie like they're in a meeting, once you inform the staff you'll wait the principals come "out the meeting" and are able to talk. The situation still isn't handled until you talk to a teacher. Once the discussion happens, you discover the teacher has basically lied to you as well. The teacher lying has happened because s/he is trying to fix the situation into his/her favor. So you are left with an office full of never-knowing staff members, principals that lie and teachers that's hard to get in contact with to also discover the teacher has lied to you.
The teachers are amazing! They constantly share ideas with each other and do things to better themselves. They truly want every kid to succeed and feel good about themselves. This is one of the things that makes our sweet school so wonderful!
We bought our home in 2008 when we were pregnant and it has been so amazing seeing the neighborhood and families get behind our neighborhood school. Currently my daughter is a kindergartner at NLE and she loves it. The teachers are amazing, the kids are well behaved and the PTA is getting stronger every year. The teachers have perfected differentiated learning and take the RISD rule of "every child deserves to advance one grade level from where they started the year". Love it, send your kids there...you will not be disappointed.
Review update...one year later. Daughter is now in first grade and she LOVES learning! They are constantly challenging her and using the differentiated learning techniques to make sure she is never bored. She has made some very special friendships and has such a sweet passion for her school. Such a special place!
We bought our home last summer and knew we wanted to send our son to Northlake- it's exciting to see Lake Highlands get behind this sweet neighborhood school! Our son just started kindergarten here and we are SO impressed with the school, principal and staff. His teacher is INCREDIBLE and he loves going to school each day. The principal has really turned this school around and we feel lucky to be here!
A new principal who is amazing and assistant principal who is very involved with the pta. Great teachers! This school has turned around and the 3 rating is out of date. If any doubt schedule a tour! You won't be disappointed
This school is all I hoped when I moved to Texas. Being from a place where Spanish is our first language my daughter just knew the basic English. The teachers, the librarian and staff are great they helped her so much. Now she can have a conversation with anybody and she loves to read in English. She is staying at this school until 6th grade.
Northlake is so much more than we could have hoped for-the differentiated learning has really helped my son (kindergarten) not to be bored and to be challenged, academically! The faculty and staff are incredible and will absolutely do anything for "their kids". We are kept so in the loop on what's happening and really feel that we are part of a team.
We love this school! The teachers, principal and librarian are wonderful. The facility is awesome and the location is ideal - right across from a library and just down the street from the high school, the center of the community.
We have a new principal (she began 2013-2014 school year) who has completely transformed the culture of this amazing school, we have a new Assistant Principal for this school year (2014-2015) who is absolutely engaged and committed to the students, faculty and PTA. The PTA has made leaps and bounds, fully participating at the district level and pioneering many events and opportunities for community involvement. I am so proud to have a kindergartner at this incredible school that is benefiting so much from dedicated faculty and most of all leadership from the Principal and assistant principal-the students are loved as if they were their own, and in so many ways they are! WILD ABOUT NORTHLAKE!!!