Students enrolled 521
School leader VANGEE DEUSSEN
District Lake Dallas Isd

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P O Box 548
Lake Dallas, TX 76208

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(940) 497-4035
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4 stars
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November 26, 2014
The teachers at SSE have always been first rate but due to the poor leadership of VANGEE DEUSSEN We have lost some of our best teachers. Even the "Teacher of the Year," was made so miserable that she moved campuses. I wish the school board and Ms. Stinson would take noticed of the high turn over rate of staff at the campus. It speaks volumes to the unhappy work environment she has created at SSE. Parents are not treated warmly. Deussen is cold, and condescending in her interactions with parents, staff and children. My own child came home one day and asked me if I thought the principal even liked children!

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2014
My first child is going into the 2nd grade. We have had teacher who care about teaching. They have really been wonderful. The one and only issue I have had with the school was my child fell at school and severely broke her arm. We were told to keep her out of school for a couple of days. Not one member from the administration bothered to call.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2014
Our two children are now in 5th grade and have attended Shady Shores Elementary since 1st grade. We have been blown away by blessing upon blessing at this school for our children. Each year, teachers have been amazing in terms of skills/qualifications, as well as kindness and genuine concern for all students. The administration is GREAT and runs a tight-ship on safety and proper procedures. The halls are bright and cheerful and the environment is very warm and welcoming. Cannot think of any complaints & feel very blessed for such a great school.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2012
It amazes me that SSE could even receive a negative review. So many positive things are going on. We are the only elementary school with a morning assembly where the entire school gets to be part of news, the pledges, and acknowledgement of student successes. The leadership of SSE continues to accept new ideas. SSE is a great school! Get involved and see all SSE does for the students!

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2012
Shady Shores USED to be an amazing place. Unfortunately, when the last principal retired and the new principal took over everything changed. Long gone is the warm environment where you where happy to place your children. The place seems so cold now, and as a parent who has had three children walk through those doors I find it heartbreaking. The principal is responsilble for setting the tone, and how sad it is that the tone she has set for the staff and students is that laughter, happiness and fun are no longer welcome in the halls of Shady Shores. The teaching staff there is truly top-notch. However, I have watched the life drain from their faces over the past few years since Ms. Deussen took charge. When a principal can't even manage to fake a smile for children, it is clearly time to find a new job. I pray that Lake Dallas ISD realizes this before it's too late. Kids deserve a wonderful elementary school experience.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2012
My wife and I have developed a good rapport with SSE because of the wonderful willingness of teachers and staff at the school. The receptionists are always very helpful, as are the principal and assistants. My child takes medication while at school and the teachers and nurse have been wonderful at reminding him and even rewarding him for independently coming to take his medication.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2012
I was terrified before my son entered kindergarten as he has ADHD and had a rough time transitioning even in preschool. The SPED department met with me on more than one occasion to evaluate the situation. Although my son did not qualify for services, he was carefully placed with a kindergarten teacher who took fantastic care of, not only him, but all students in her class. My son has sensitivity issues with crowd noises and has been provided with headphones to wear in those situations! Yeah for SSE!!

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2012
Learn from our experience...the SSE principal rules the school as a dictatorship. We have a smart, independent, willful 5-year old boy. Sometimes he says butt and thinks it s funny, sometimes he doesn t want to do work when told, and sometimes he gets a little rowdy with other boys. We chose SSE based on many of the positive things in other posts, as a transfer student. We thought it would be like adoption once accepted in, the child became one of the school s own. Not so. At the end of school day 26 we received a random call from the principal telling us that she d determined our son was no longer welcome at SSE he was a transfer student and too much effort (opposite what we d heard from his teacher and vice principal just 4 days prior). There was no further explanation given. We have been unable to reach anyone for clarity, and no one has tried to contact us. Had we been forewarned that this is how the principal operates, we would never have placed our son in SSE s care.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2012
I work at SSE and love the school, staff, and most of all Kiddos. We have a great group of kids that show lots of respect and are very goal oriented. My son xfered into SSE when I took my position and the care and compassion shown to him along with all the other students is amazing. As a Special Needs mom I can not say enough about our SPED program and the lengths our teachers, gen ed and SPED alike, go to to make sure our kiddos are meeting their utmost potential. There is a staff of ladies and gents at SSE that have done my son worlds of good. And I love the changes we have seen. They definately have a "it takes a village" attitude and I think our kiddos benefit from it greatly

- submitted by a community member
October 02, 2012
Shady Shores Elementary is an amazing school! The adminstration and staff are personable and truly want the best for each and every child. The school is welcoming and inviting to parents. SSE wants to partner with parents to do what is best for kids. I've had two childen attend this school and couldn't be more pleased. I highly recommend Shady Shores Elementary.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2011
My daughter has been attending SSE for 3 years now and she loves it. I have had no problems whatsoever. It's a great environment for your children to be in and the teachers are great! They are also a TEA Exemplary Campus!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 12, 2010
Great school. Children's safety is a top priority. My child is in their Pre-K program and loves it. He has come so far.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2010
The school is great. My son loves going to school. He has come so far in the Pre-K program that I am amazed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 08, 2010
My son has attended SSE for 3 yrs now. All of the teachers are great! All of the staff I've met have all been very friendly. The assistant principal on the other hand is very difficult to work with. When talking to parents she comes across as very condescending! I've experienced this myself and have heard this from many other parents. My son has ADHD and finds himself in her office from time to time. Every time I've had to talk to her she just seems to have a very bad attitude! Please get another assistant principal. Otherwise this school is great!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Absolutely great experience with this school! Our son (5) is having some developmental issues and the school could not have handled the situation any better. We ultimately decided to take him back to daycare (just not ready) but we could not have been happier. Our daughter (9) still attends and loves it. The Vice principal and his teacher called regularly with updates and offered good sound advise. Our family feels blessed to be a part of the Shady Shores family!

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2009
I have a 7 year old girl and 3 year old boy that were both diagnosed with Autism. They both attend SSE. I can't say enough good things about this school. I have seen huge improvements from both of my children. If you have a child with special needs, this place is a God send!!! The bus drivers, the teachers, the principals, and the staff have always been very kind.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2009
This is our first year at this school and we really like it. The staff and instructors are pleasant. This school challenges my first grader and there is always something fun for parents to do with their children. The events seem to be well organized too. Overall I am pleased with Shady Shores Elementary!

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2008
I never been to a more warm loving school. The ladies in the office are very welcoming and go out they way to take care of all students and parents. The Principal and Assistant Principal love ALL the children. Any parent should be happy to have their child in such a loving school. As a parent I cannot ask for a better school for my kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2008
I love Shady Shores! The principal is loving and caring towards all kids. She shakes every child's hand as he walks into the gym this morning. She knows many kids by name. She takes extra time with the shy and 'special' kids. Our family is multi-racial and I have never seen a 'different' attitude towards any of my kids, regardless of color, special needs or anything else. Thanks for all you do!

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 22, 2008
My daughter attended 07-08 for third grade and really enjoyed it. She had problems focusing in class and her teacher, without asking, got her in to pull-out programs to help her in reading and math. The Instructional Aides are wonderful and caring, as was her teacher. I haven't had to deal with either Principal, but are a little concerned after reading the posts. The front office staff seemed a little unfriendly. My daughter had a class awards program at the end of the year. This really impressed me, as the teacher gave individual awards for each of the students focusing not only on their best qualities, but their personalities and most memorable behaviors in class. It was fun and I could tell her teacher really 'knew' each student and appreciated them just as they are.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2008
I have a daughter that attends this school. I bleieve that the school is very irresposible for the children. The Vice Principal and principal are very hard to work with. It seems they do not care for the well being of the child just how much money they receive for the child attending school even if the child is truely ill. There are very few awards for the children and not a lot of activities for the children to be involved in. Please get a new vice principal in place and turn this new school around.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2008
I don't care much for the principals. They feel that only they are right. I have had numerous complaints about my daughters teacher. She wants to teach to students with out LD's and doesn't care about students with LDs

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2008
My child has attended SSE for 2 years, and although the teachers she and I have worked with have been wonderful the leadership of the principal and Asst. principal is not very well taken by this parent who is a teacher. The school is beautiful yet stale and cold. For an elementary school, there is no warm/ loving environment that is so important at such a young age. I also have problems with having to try out for an after school program and being charged $50.00 to be involved in a jump rope club/team. I believe that all children at this age should be included in any activity if they have the desire to be a part of the program and commit time to it. Not be told they are not good enough at age 8. Please-- thought cuts were only made in middle and high school!

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March 26, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
January 14, 2008
I agree the school is huge and beautiful. The teachers seem friendly. The principles in charge really do need a serious attitude change. They are to rigid on what they believe, they think are always right...

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2007
Shady Shores had one really great thing going for it and that was the assist. principal, Mrs. Sherman. But she left. The principal worked much better with the older kids when she was at the middle school and 5th grade campus. The other staff there seem to be good, but there is very little diversity.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 06, 2007
My son attends SSE and overall I have been pleased with the quality of the teachers and academics. While LDISD lacks certain after-school programs, I think it more than makes up for it in terms of being a smaller school where kids can feel like they are really a part of things.

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May 10, 2007
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April 19, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2007
The quality of academic programs that the students get are great. The students are getting the help they need. The teachers are down to earth and want to work with the parents. The availability of extracurricular activities are there for the students there are many activities for the students if they want to be involved. One thing I want to mention is the lack of after school programs that many other schools offer in the surrounding area schools. This is one thing that many parents are in need of I hope that in the future this program is available for the working parents.

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August 21, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2006
So Far the school is huge and beautiful. Teachers seem friendly. But the Principle needs a serious attitude change. She puts on a smile for all the white families but has a reserved attitude towards the rest. She also acts 'different' towards children with developmental problems.

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Shady Shores Elementary School
P O Box 548, Lake Dallas, TX  76208
(940) 497-4035
Last modified Shady Shores Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Shady Shores Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 33 reviews. Top