The teachers show no mercy nor help towards the STUDENTS who stand in need of HELP with their education. Doing the school year if a student stand in need of help the teachers tells the students to FIGURE it out. Leaving a child in a state of Confusion. When you as a parent bring this up to the Principle he to feel the need for no help.
The staff at this school are crazy. The staff would not allow me to pick up my five year old son early from school, for a scheduled MRI, because it was against the school policy for students to leave early. My son's MRI was scheduled for 3:15 and the staff would not release him 15 minutes early so he could make it to his appointment on time. That is totally unaccecptable for a parent to be denied access to their child. I spoke to one of the staff via phone and explained the situation and she told me that she could not let him leave early because she would have 800 parents lined up trying to pick up their kids early from school. At the same time that i was on the phone several parents were in the office withdrawing their children from the school. I too will be removing my kids from this school first thing tomorrow morning. If you want to be treated like this than you go ahead and take your kids to Life School the Oak Cliff Campus. This is school is definately not for me!
This term I found that the teacher and Dean of Discipline didn't have a handle on serious discipline issues. For instance, my daughter was being bullied by three girls. I made the teacher aware. It occurred again, and this time my daughter was slapped in the face! The teacher told the girl to apologize and that was the end of it! No parents were called no one asked my daughter how she felt, no punishment, nothing. I went to the Dean of Discipline who assured me that she'd take care of it. There was no suspension and the bullying started up again a couple of months later. On another occasion, I spoke to an Assistant Principle about one of my daughter's teachers being unresponsive to my notes in her planner, over a period of several weeks. The Assistant Principle took notes and my contact information reassuring me that she'd look into the matter and follow up with me. She never contacted me, and I heard nothing else about the matter. I'm am doubtful that my five year old son will be safe there, and I'm currently searching for another school.
When my kids first inrolled in Life School 13 years ago, I was very impressed with the school. However, over the years, it has fallen into disgrace. They have allowed previously fired teachers and principles to return in academic positions. They have dismissed teachers that cared about the well being of the children just because they did not "fit" into the strict discipline that they try to enforce. They is a line between discipline and destruction of a child's well being. I am very sad that this school that started out with a great idea has fallen so far.
Life School has an excessive tally system. The teachers are not consistent with homework or newsletters. Also, the school's technology and library is outdated. The front desk person is generally rude and the teaching staff lacks diversity.
Life School isnt a good choice for your children. I've been attending Life School for 3 years now. The first year was great, but i started to realize Life School cared about the Tally/Dresscode system more then the students education. Its not that the students are rude and disrepectful, we just think that we are to old to be getting tallies/dresscodes in highschool, and majority of our teachers now are substitutes. The only thing that is keeping me at Life School is the sports, cause Life School is all about sports! -Student of Life School-
My children have attended Life School Oak Cliff for three years now, they are all well mannered and very respectful children. I find that the tally system to be very silly! My youngest child has recieved several tallies for normal childhood behaviors such as skipping! We have to pay for our children to participate in sports, $75 per child! And we do not see where the money is going! Every sporting event we have to drive over an hour to get there while Life School Red Oak plays on their football field! Life School is a school operated by WHITE people getting rich off of our children! The children have to walk outside in the rain and cold to get to class, they even have to walk off campus to the lubias murry building unattended for classes! This school is by far a joke!
My child is enrolled in Kindergarten. I like his teachers and enjoy the bilingual program that this campus offers. The tallie system is insane and a bit excessive, especially for 5 year olds. I think the school is structured to "weed out" students that don't fit their pre-determined mold. I was NOT impressed with the principle. She has cold, uncaring and very rude! I won't say don't send you're child to LSOC but I will say be prepared for the rigidness.
The parents who posted Aug 7 & May 8 are ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. The tallies Life gives out will drive you & your child crazy--& for the most ridiculous things! If your child blinks or breathes too hard in PE, he'll get a tally. Plus this place has set times that they wont release YOUR CHILD to YOU! This school promotes misery & stress--not joy, encouragement & progress. On his last day there my son complained that recess & lunch are the worst times of his day. They have some idiotic red light system & the children cannot talk at all while the red light is on. I went to eat lunch with him. Why was the red light on 90% of the time?? These ppl are lunatics. They want children to be seen and not heard AT ALL at this school. TERRIBLE CHOICE!
RUN WHILE YOU CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!The Life School Oak Cliff campus is a horrible choice of schools. This campus did not meet its standards academically. Most teachers parent concerned with the students education. More focus is put on behavior. Most behavioral issues are petty ones and should not even be addressed. In the event that your child doesn't bring lunch, they will let the child go hungry and call to tell you later. NOT A GOOD CHOICE!
If you want your child to be encouraged & continue to be happy ---> this is not the school..The Tally System controls this school and the teachers. Please go and observe your child in class every chance you get its very important...My child is no longer there after being in Kindergarten for the Fall Semester , he is much happier and so are we....
My daughter has gone to Life for two years now and I am very please. I like the discipline structire, encouraged parent involvement and what the kids doing and learning.
If you are going to consider the school please look at every area very closely. I was disappointed that my child that is now an 8th grader was behind in his reading and writing. Therefore, for the parents that is maybe in denial please check look into for yourself you may see it different. I will say that if you are going to consider Life School look at Red Oak.......
When reading these reviews please take into account what type of child you have and compare that to the type of child the parent that is writing the review has. I have a child at the school who is VERY well behaved and I LOVE the tally system. That is because I taught my child appropriate behavior at home. The parents that complain about the tally system (nine times out of ten) have horribly behaved children. I personally know a lot of the teachers at the school and the students EARN the tallies they receive they are not GIVEN. The only thing I do not like about the school is that they don't have any extra curricular activities for the lower grades. Other than that my child is doing wonderfully. To sum it all up in layman's terms...if you child is bad this is not the school for you.
Like school Oak Cliff has dropped significantly since opening their Red Oak Campus. I do not feel that the children are receiving the quality of teaching that they once had. Life School can be a great charter school if they would focus more on the academic level heavy, rather than how many tallies a child gets. It was a time when the teachers at Life were wonderful and interested in the children now I feel that they are no different than a teacher in the public school system. Charter schools were creted to allow different methods of learning out side of the municipal ran public school districts and I feel that Life has gotten out of that focus.
Life School teaches to the TAKS test, all of my child's homework were from TAKS practice sheets. Life School teach for the test instead of helping the parents to provide the foundation of all the courses needed for the child to be successful in school. Furthermore, Life School is more concerned with giving tallies then with teaching children life skills. The size of the class is the same size as public schools. We will be looking to attend another school for 2009-2010.
Life is a great school to attend and has grown throughout the years I attended. Those who left because the school was still developing missed out on what was gained by students who stayed as well as later students. It's not the best school ever but it is one of the better schools in Dallas and most students leave with more than a great education. The teachers and students are always fun to come back to and the investment in the students' futures grows every year.
Life School can be a great charter school if they would focus more on the academic level heavy, rather than how many tallies a child gets. I'm not sure they know it or not, but these tallies hurt our children for a life time because they leave at the end of the day from school scared to come home thinking they will be in trouble. There tallie system has scared by child. I believe that some issues can be handled by the teacher and not sent home for every time. The school needs to realize that the K-2 are young, give them time to grow. A Psyclogoist said that they are typical young children learning and growing. This is how much damage the their tallie system has done.
If you care about you children please choose another school. The teachers focus more on the tallie system than the child. A good Education is so much more important.
if you really care about the well being of your child in lower grades please reconsider. some teachers can destroy their confidence. How can you say parent involvement is stressed when the parent is a phone call or email away and the parent isnt informed of what is happening or what is perceived to be happening... Took my child out and place him in DISD and he is behind. I thought that Life would offer a better opportunity for him. Who would have ever thought that he stood a better chance in public school.
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