My daughter transferred into Silver Lake when we moved to the area from Arlington last year, and I could not be happier! The principal, Dr. Gonzales, greets the kids in the car line every morning, rain or shine. Not only does he tell them good morning, but he greets them BY NAME. The teachers and staff are all friendly and supportive. There are SO many activities for the kids to participate in and constant encouragement for the kids to be good citizens - not only in school, but in the community as well. You can tell everyone at Silver Lake really has a passion for making sure that our kids receive the best education possible. I'm so glad that our family gets to be a part of the Silver Lake family!
The Assistant Principal and dyslexic advisor for the district took the time to thoroughly test and come up with a modified plan for my son. They went over and beyond what Dove Elementary was willing to do which spoke volumes to me. The teachers are very in-tune with their students (in fact his teacher was the one to approach Mrs. Clayton with his learning disabilities). I'm truly grateful that the teachers and staff here are more concerned with the students learning than statics & state scores. The parent involvement is superb as well as getting information to the parents of any issues or events. Silver Lake truly is THE PLACE TO BE!
Is it just me or do the receptionist at the front desk seem rude? Everytime I call or go up there they act like they are being bothered or speak very rudely. I have also had experiences with the principal who had the same attitude. What ever happened to common decency or treating people with kindness. This is my child's last year here and he has expressed on several occasions that some of the teachers speak to the kids very rudely or sarcastic . Teachers are supposed to be an example to our children in the way they speak and act. I'm so tired of hearing about teachers mentally bullying children . I have an older child who is in middle school as well and I hear about the same thing. Something needs to change.
We transferred in 3rd grade, and we loved it. 4th grade came along, and my child's spirit was broken by one of the 4th grade teachers. Mrs. Dunn responded, and we got moved to a new group of teachers. Fifth grade was amazing, and my resilient child bounced back. Our family loved Silver Lake, and we love GCISD. On a personal note, I refuse to let one rotten apple spoil the bunch. On a larger scale, however, I would hate to see how that one teacher could effect a child who is not as resilient as mine.
We have been at Silver Lake for 6 years and have loved every minute!! Two of my daughters' teachers have been district Teachers of the Year in the last few years. We've never had a single negative experience. Such a warm, nurturing environment. And the academic and extra curricular activities are top notch! The Dual Language program is fantastic and was worth camping out for! Couldn't ask for a better school!
School and teachers are great!!! Only wish the new principal Mr.Gonzalez would interact with students and parents some more. We barely see him and I do understand that there is a lot of administrative work that needs to be done, but the previous principle managed to do it all and she knew personally all students and parents and that was a great experience.
Excellent school with great caring teachers and staff including the school nurse; Nurse Gorie takes great care of my girl with special needs. I could not ask for a supportive environment to my child to learn and grow; its been the best five years.
We moved here from out of state and did not know what to expect. Boy did we pick the right school. Mrs. Dunn and Mrs. Clayton made sure that my children felt welcome from the first moment they met them. It was a very positive experience! There is a huge parent involvement and a lot of activities for the kids to participate in.
The teachers are fantastic, and the principal and vice-principal are hands-on every day! They know all the students by name and there are so many family activities throughout the year.....family movie night, sock hops, pancake breakfasts and cookouts....it's just a great place to learn....not only from books, but about life...
They take amazing care of my boy...they truely care about his well being.
I had two children who attended SLE for 6 years each and I was a heavy volunteer. The staff was always wonderful (with few exceptions) and it is very family orientated. It does seem with the influx of Hispanics in the community - especially ones who do not speak English, there has been a tendancy to do 'more' for them causing neglect or reduction of support in other traditional areas. For that reason, and the fact I so see and experience a slow downward trend in attention being paid long-time resident students, that I cannot give the school a perfect rating anymore.
I love this school! I've had positive interactions with the teachers and staff and parents volunteer on regular basis. The campus is tucked away in the NE corner of Grapevine on a dead end street so its like its own little community.
My 2 kiddos really enjoy going to school at Silverlake. The principal really cares about the students and you can see it in the way she interacts with them both on a one-on-one basis and in a group setting. Parent involvement is very much encouraged and the school is always doing something fun and exciting for the kids.
My kids were transfered from another school. I did not feel welcome, the staff was not helpful in questions I had and teachers were very rude.
Silverlake is a wonderful elementary school,and I am proud my two daughters are in attendance there, from the principle to the librarian it truly seems that everybody cares about the kids education and well being
Great school! Quality of academic programs is great. This school teaches and challenges kids and that is what they need.
This is a clean, well-run school with energetic teachers and administration. They manage to make education fun without loosing focus on the basic values of learning and discipline. Parent involvement is very high, and the location of the school in the heart of the neighborhood with woods on two sides makes it a pleasant place to go whether for school or just to throw the Frisbee. It serves as the focal point for many community activities, and is one of the things that makes this neighborhood so desireable.
What impressed me most about the school is that we had just moved from another city, and the teacher was instantly receptive to my son and she also has a great rapport with me as well. She made sure that my son felt welcome right away and also informed me of the differences in education - as each school district is not the same as I have come to discover. The principle is great as is the vice principle. They are firm yet loving as my son has seen. I really like this school a lot.
Silver lake is a wonderful school. The teachers and staff are incredible with the children as well as the parents and guests of the school. We have a wonderful music, art, P.E and Spanish program, as well as a computer lab and science lab for all ages. Our acedemic program is well rounded and very interactive. The special services are awesome also. They have wonderful teachers and work with each individual child on his own merit. The PTA is wonderful as well. The parents at Silver lake are some of the best around. They are always there to help the teachers and staff adn are in complete communication in regards to the school and the students. If anyone is thinking about moving to a new area, Silver lake would be a great school to come to.
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