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Lancaster, TX

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950 S Interstate 35 East
Lancaster, TX 75146

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(214) 371-0193
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October 29, 2014
5 years ago, this was the place to be! The last two years, new principle and ALL of the great teachers relocated. I have three children that attend and sit up with my kids until 10-11 at night doing homework. I am literally RETEACHING my children their daily lessons night after night and day after day. My children have never brought home Fs. I cant do this, the teachers dont return my requests for phone calls when i sign their planners, tutoring is by "invite" only (seriously)!They expect them to read daily but there is barely time to eat after hours of sitting and RE-TEACHING them their lessons. This school is great if you're a housewife with one child and always considered homeschooling when you're child leaves their dayschool. I feel terrible for the single parents with jobs who cant afford to become a classroom teacher in the evenings

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2014
MUY MAL...la escuela no le da a los maestros los materiales qu necesitan para ense ar como por ejemplo sus gu as de maestros , no les dan papel para imprimir por lloconsiguiente no les mandan tarea a casa.. Aunque los ni os est n mal en sus grados y no sepan nada les ponen calificaciones buenas ...porfavor pi nselo dos veces NO PONGAS AQU A TU HIJOS....definitivamente no la recomiendo .....hay maestros muy buenos haciendo su mayor esfuerzo pero la qu no sirve es el sistema de la escuela..

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2013
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!

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2011
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-

- submitted by a community member
December 14, 2010
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!

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2010
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.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2010
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!

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2010
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!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 08, 2010
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....

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
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.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2010
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.......

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2010
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.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 13, 2009
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.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
no rating March 18, 2009
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.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2009
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.

- submitted by a student
March 12, 2009
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.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2009
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.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2009
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.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2008
the only problem I have in attending this school is the fact that they don't offer many electives besides the basic fine arts. I wish I could take photography or vet science so that when I go to college next year (I am a senior), I can go right in to my preferable major. Also, the seniors aren't really getting their 'priveleges' as seniors. What I mean is, we have to work for free senior dress day on Friday when last year's seniors did nothing for it. We also are getting alot of homework and it is very overwhelming when we have to finish this junk and ALSO get ready for college by taking ACT/SAT and sending in applications. We got enough on our plate, thanks. We also do not have enough college prep or ACT/SAT prep. It gets kind of scary that way.

- submitted by a student
September 04, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 25, 2008
I have 3 children attending the Life School Dallas Campus. My son will graduate this year. I have an elementary student and a Junior High Student. I honestly believe that this is one of the best schools in the southern sector of Dallas, While the opening of additional campuses further exemplify the readiness of this school to make a difference. While the focus is on education and behavior and many other values your children will not receive in the public school sector. Like any parent my children are my jewels and I trust and believe that this is a great school. We have been in this school since it started and I would not think about sending my children to any other school. I love the staff, I know almost all of them personally. I just like the way the school operates. IT IS AN AWESOME SCHOOL

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2008
My grandsons have attended this school from the beginning of their education and we (daugher and son-in-law) are very pleased. I work within a school district and Life School is miles ahead of the game regarding education, discipline, dress code, parental involvement, etc. I can only see this institution growing in a more positive direction for the benefits of the children. Great Job Tom Wilson and staff!

- submitted by a community member
February 08, 2008
I totally agree that the selective system is not being forced correctly, in my opinion it is just like a public school. The classrooms are to full and the teachers appears to be overworked. The school is great academy wise, but if you want your child to succeed further in education this is not the school, it is not equipped. They still have a ways to go! My children will not be attending next year. I must say they are trying, but a lot knots need to be worked out.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2008
I have always been so impressed at my grandaughters education and overall well-being. Have always thoroughly enfoyed dropping them off and picking them up, with no concern for their overall well-being. The before and after school programs are great for working parents, in bettering their lives, just a little costly. Again, being miles away from my girls and missing them, i have great comfort in knowing the staff, police are kind, caring, compassionate human beings as well as the other parents I met through the years. I look foward to visiting the school again and again, till my granddaughters move on to college. I also would like to thank everyone there, especially the beautiful grounds. I personally get exciting in seeing the school all it offers. I even stood in line to get their uniforms, which I really don't do lines, it is worth it though.

- submitted by a community member
October 09, 2007
Our son was a May 2007 honor graduate and attended this school for 4 years. He is now a freshman at Cedar Valley College and doing excellent. We give thanks to the wonderful staff and administrators at this school. I highly recommend this school to parents that are looking for a smaller school setting that instills a great education along with exceptional discipline. This is a place that practices Biblical principles.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2007
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...

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2007
I have work here at life school for four years. I believe that this place offers great opportunity to excel in not only learning, but working with other people that true cares for the students. I work as a supervisor of facilities and seen first hand the dedication of the teachers. They put in overtime to make sure they are give the students the best opportunity to succeed. If you have a child and are concerting to find a school that cares, just give them a call and come visit.

- submitted by a community member
September 25, 2007
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- submitted by a student
August 10, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2007
My son graduated from Life School in May 2007 as a honor student. As a result of the 'duel credit' program offered at Life School, my son will enter college in the Fall of 2007 with a completion of 46 college credit hours. As with any school, there are disadvantages. You have to weigh them against the advantages. Your child's education is the important factor; not the politics which exist in all institutions/corporations. My son has matured in to a very bright, polite, and intelligent young man. He has attended Life School since the 7th grade. Look at the BIG PICTURE for the future of your child, not the things that will exist anywhere you go. If you do that, in my opinion this is one of the best schools in the Dallas area.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2007
If you care about the overall well-being of your child, don't consider this school! Although, it is great academically, the children are led under extremely poor leadership. I was very actively involved at the school on boards and committees and I know first hand of how things are handled behind the scene to protect the name of Life School. Keep searching, this is not the school.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2007
With all that is going on with teenagers and kids, this school is excellent for children and teens that are looking for a bright future. Warm family oriented school for all ages. Parents should check this school out, if you are tired of Public schools and the issues that come with them, try Life school.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2007
I've been a student Life School for a few good years and i have nothing but praise for this school! The teachers are great along with the academics and athletics! They could improve the disipline system but there is no need, If parents would become more involved like they try to get them to do with the parenting points their kids would not act up in class! And for the parents, i have never been in any major trouble in this school of course i've made a few blunders here and there but I've always owned up to it.

- submitted by a student
June 28, 2007
This school is an excellent place to go. I am a student here and the academic and athletic programs are equally balanced. This school conditions, us students to become the leader of full capacity in society. Overall Life School is a wonderful model to surrounding schools. We do not lack leadership skills in ANY sports arena, we have come a long way.LIFE SCHOOL!

- submitted by a student
June 08, 2007
I go to this school and it is magnificent

- submitted by a student
May 16, 2007
I think this is a great school for my son he has accomplished a lot and will continue to soar like an eagle

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
March 06, 2007
My oldest son has attended Life School since Kindergarten he is now in 5th grade. He is an excellent reader and has learned a lot. My Other children have been their since kindergarten and are in 1st and 2nd grade they read well. My kids have learned alot and I have been pleased. The uniform policy could use work. But Life School is a choice so if you choose to put your child there you have to accept that. Also I agree with discipline and the tally system works walk in Life School and then in a regular school and see which classroom has learning going on. Parents who complain about the school probably don't like being involved in their child's education. I am very pleased and my kids will be there until they graduate. I know my kids are safe and well educated. I agree the lunch program needs work.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2007
This school has come so far compared to what it used to be. It has 'better' athletics, more classes, and better teachers. I think this school is great academically and athletically. Yes, it does have a few things it could work on, but the staff is trying. They have a whole new gym, sound sytem, and more electronics in the classroom such as projectors, computers, biology and chemistry equipment, and very good calculators. Overall, this school has come a long way. It is a great school and should be honored as such.

- submitted by a student
November 01, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2006
On a scale of 1-10, Life School is about a 6 academically, 7 athletically, and a 4 for discipline. I know for a fact its true, I attended Life from 3rd grade to 9th grade. I see other peoples positive opinions and noticed most of the commenters children were in Elementary.Life is good up until High school. I wasn't pleased with the after high school benefits they had to offer. According to recent personal realization most of the graduates end up at a community college.Before I left I did not witness a single scholarship given by the school or through it.I refused to let that be me in 2009 (already LoL)! So I simply left and now I am attending Townview, where I'm sure I will be noticed for my academic achievements. Life simply does not meet the ' after high school standards!'

- submitted by a former student
October 04, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2006
Life School Oak Cliff is a project in the making. You have to decide if you want your child to be the experiment. The counselors of the high school do not give the students clear motivational direction for their future. The students don't develop enough grit to succeed at a high level.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
The school itself is great. Love the discipline, sure wish it was applied uniformly though. Love the academics and the shorter grading periods keep a child from getting too far behind that they can't catch back up. Rules that are written need to enforced better - especially when it comes to the parking lot and drive thru lanes - if those 20 families that insist on breaking the rules would comply - it sure would make less of a mess at drop off and pickup. The substitute teachers, on the other hand, leave a Lot to be desired. They have 1 or 2, that if I know they will be the sub that day, I allow my kids to stay home.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2006
I have two Children that attend Life School. My oldest has attended since K-5. Overall I'm pleased with the teaching. Parents remember that we are the first educators for our children. The Admin. staff is horrible. They don't always tell the truth and they apply the School handbook to certain students. I experienced this first hand. When I questions the Asst. Principal she again did not tell the truth. I also do not think it is right to force parents to purchase uniforms from two places. The shirts have the school logo so, that makes since but the pants do not. The Children are there for education! Then to top it off the stores never have enough uniforms in stock. I have experienced this for the las two years. I don't think my children will attend next year. I'm looking for a total package.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
July 26, 2006
Life School of Oak Cliff is a joke. On the outside it appears to be a regular acadamy with good intentions, but in the inside it's a regular public school wannabe. My son, Justin, has been at that 'day-care' ever since it first opened in 1998. He has spent 8 years at this school and graduated last May. The teachers never to seem to have any backbone. Either being fresh out of college or too old to discipline the students. They rather have repetitious Cinco de Mayo, Black History Month, Veterens Day and of course at these events the same smaller kids play the same role year after year. How many times can kids learn about Martin Luther King, Jr. while remebering lines that no one is paying attention to. The students are only happy to be out of class.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2006
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- submitted by a student
May 31, 2006
Harmony Science Academy 7th grade Great mschool for kids in transition from small or private elementay to larger school more public. computerized overview of classes daily grades, homework posted daily. heavy focuse on taks test. math , computer based math and writing are a few of the high points. communication improving.sections created by math scrore higher scores are a-c no consideration for high libral arts score .Retesting possible and movement with improved score to higher section. overall rating (1-10) 8

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2006
The school has grown too quickly; not selective enough in the students enrolled. If you want a basic education this is it. If you want the best...keep looking. They just aren't it.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2006
I have three children that have attended life school for four years now. I have been very pleased with how the school has handled itself though good times and bad. My childen have excelled and i would not think 0f placing them anywhere else. The school is always looking for ways to improve it's negative points and is open to any and all parental input and involvement. The tally system is excellent way for children to be accountable for their behavior and has worked for my children. It allows teachers to teach and not spend all it's time correcting just one child over and over again. The mandatory parental involvement system helps the parents see what their children are doing in school and to also be accoutable for their children. This is not a daycare and parents are expected to be a part of the system. Be bless.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2006
This could be a premier school if classes were smaller. Administration is aware of this, but is not willing to limit the numbers because of finances. They lack leadership in the sports arena and in offering extracurricular activites to be competitive with a larger school district.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
March 18, 2006
The school does their in the area of safety and discipline.For a urban school district Life School is literally free of distractions which allows for a good learning environment.Teachers are good and seem to care a lot about the childeren.The programming is OK,however there is no real music or band program.Parental involvement is a big thing at Life School.Parents,children and faculty are all stakeholders at Life School.Overall Life School is much better than average.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2006
I think this is a really great school. My daughter has been going there since kindergarten. I would recommend it. Much better than public schools.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2006
I couldn't ask for a better school for my children. The teachers have a love for the children and a love for teaching. The security is outstanding and the children feel safe attending the school. The school leadership is Christian and exemplary. I recommend this school every day.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2006
This school is excellent! I have 3 children at Life School and I wouldn't have it any other way. The teachers are excellent and the administrative staff is very supportive.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2005
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August 23, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
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- submitted by a student
August 15, 2005
i am upset that the classroom size is so huge,25-26 students in each class could make another whole class! we might as well be at disd and the attitude of the front desk staff of the elementary is nonprofessional and noncourteous . the uniform policy applies only to certain students. school lunch should start the first day, what if you couldnt afford to buy your children lunch? they need more classrooms or stop accepting at 20-21 students as they promised.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2005
Academically sound while leaving some to be desired in advanced elective options. I've also been disappointed by the high turn over rate in both teacher and administrators. Some people seem to just disappear. Very curious?????

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 18, 2005
When you try to enroll your child, if they dont get accepted you have no way of knowing this until you call further in the summer. You must stay on top of the front desk staff to see whether your child has got in. so no news is bad news. which could turn good with just your call because they are too busy. then the uniforms must be from the uniform store of which they have taken dickies and put their logo.

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2005
Life School can be a great charter school if they would focus more on the academic level heavy, rather than ho wmany 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. the tallies that the school sends out along with the after care program is silly. I have informed the school to write my child up for something that was terrible, not for little things. 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. Life school focus on academics not tallies and get some type of computer course for K-6.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2005
Great school. had great success with the teachers and was very satisfied with the education my son obtained while there. The only draw back is the absence of some of the programs offered by a larger school.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2005
Life school has good intentions and works hard to give the public a great view, but is missing their mission. There is internal disagreements among administration that staff and parents are fully aware. Life has excellent teachers who are not extended professional courteousy. Extra curricular activities need to be added beyond art, music, computer, and P.E. These students need to have choices. The uniform system and discipline system works when enforced, but there are more vocal parents who are allowed to let their child stay beyond the 7th offense. This does continue to cause disruptions in the classroom and outside. Character training is one sentence or paragraph during announcements and is not offered in the upper grades outside of that. Character training should be done daily in homeroom.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2005
It is a great school as far as education. They have very strict rules.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2005
Happy so far with this school. Some things could be better but Life is working on these. I especially like the point system. Parents must be involved.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2005
I love this school and would highly recommend it to anyone. My son has attended this school since kindergarten, he is now in 3rd grade. He loves it and all his teachers. The teachers are caring individuals who want all children to excel academically. Parent involvement is a requirement at this school. I feel that this is a good thing, parents should be involved in their children's education and should want to know what's going at school with their children. We simply love it.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2005
Please do not send your child to this school. In my opinion the princpals and superintendent are more focused on the tally system, as well as the dress codes. The dress code system is horrible, they are trying to control what kind of shoes my child can wear, as well as saying that my child can not wear a necklace or a bracelet. I am sorry but this school needs to get their act together. They need to quit worrying about dress codes and tallies and focus more on the academic stuff.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2005
My son who has attended this school since 7th grade, and now a sophomore, simply loves it. I am very pleased as well. The students have a very good relationship with the students because they care. We did struggle with the discipline process in the beginning, but both the assistant and main principal refused to allow my child to go to another school. They worked with my child because they knew he was a good kid. I love them for that. I even tried to encourage my son to go to another school, because of a stronger athletic program, but he did not want to. I would highly recommend this school, and think it is one of the best charter schools in Texas. Of course no school can please everyone 100%. Try it for yourself.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2004
Beware of this school. They like to put children out and ruin the record of good kids. Not for things like fighting and bullying, but for belts and no homework. I am really disappointed in the leadership of this school. They don't care about the kids, only their rigid rules and unrealistic standards. My child never fought, wasn't disrespectful, but had trouble making the adjustment to junior high, but my child was put out for forgetting simple things. Be careful.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2004
I am a graduate from Life High School's first senior class. I attended since I was in 8th grade and was pleased with the school. I found the teachers caring and attentive to the students needs. The disipline system was one that seems to work quite well. Though there was some tension between students but overall there seemed to be less than one would assume for a high school. I hope some day to have the privilege of being a teacher on staff at this wonderful school.

- submitted by a former student
September 28, 2004
I am not a parent, but am a student of Life High School, I also attended public school and I love it here. I also think that the school prepares me for college this year my teachers have told me more along the lines of pratical advice like how to study for a college exam. Yes our teachers are young and fresh out of college, but I think that since they are fresh out of college that they can teacher me more about the college experience. My teacher Mr. Strange told me that in college you should study a little every night or my teacher Mr. Lee says to find a study group the 2 weeks before the test and study every day with them and my teacher Mr. Ullrich who says to make up my own test in college to test myself before the actually test. We are being prepared for college.

- submitted by a student
September 24, 2004
Great School. We Love it here. Teachers are great and gifted. Highly recommend Life School.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2004
Overall academically this school is a great choice. Overall for discipline, this school was very disappointing for the Kindergarten students. The schools expectations for 5-6 year olds are on a 4th and 5th grade level with regard to emotional developement. I was very disappointed to have been shown that some teachers do not own up to the responsibility of understanding the different needs of each child. My child attended this school for one year and will not return. It was a horrible each for us both.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 02, 2004
Please make sure that if your child is in kindergarten to really understand the tally system that has been implemented. My 6 year old left the school year with a mindset that he was a horrible child. His confidence level dropped. The assistant prinicpal was advised in several meetings with me that they should focus on academics rather than a 5-6 year old not talking in class or touching the walls. These 'tallies' are absurd and will drive you and your child crazy. I even second guessed my child at one point because of the amount of tallies I recieved. This is not an experience any child should be subject to nor any parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 02, 2004
All in all this is a fair school. If you are looking for safety and security you might send your child there. If you are looking for college bound students with top quality education look elsewhere. They have an extremely high teacher turnover rate with extremely young and inexperienced teachers. They do not test according to SAT standards, and the discipline is a bit unfair and overbearing. My children's test scores went down after attending two years. DISD was a more accurate picture of how they should be doing to get into college. There is no recognition of achievements for students going from elementary to junior high, or junior high to high school. I would give them a C- for academic preparation for students on all levels. The kinder kids and 1st graders don't read well. They are very concerned with the tally system instead of the learning.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2004
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- submitted by a student
June 08, 2004
I really don't like this school. I have been here since I was in 7th grade. I am now a senior there and don't like what they offer there academically because there isn't alot to choose from and I want to be challenged I wished my mom let me go somewhere else after 10th grade. The athletic department is the only reason I'm still there because its great. Over all I would advise you to not enroll your child at this school. Its horrible because there is alot of conflict between students. I'd rather go to public school if I want drama and death threats.

- submitted by a student
May 20, 2004
Our son is a 9th grader and first year student. He has attended two other charter schools in the Dallas area including DISD schools. We are so thankful for finding out about Life Charter and wish we had known about this school before now. We love this school and most importantly, our son loves this school because of the professional and caring administrators and teachers. He excels academically and enjoys the learning environment which is very exciting. In our opinion, this is the best charter school around especially if you have middle and high school children.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2004
This is my child's first year at Life School and I just love it, my son also loves the school. His grades are better since his enrollment at Life. My sister-in-law recommended the school to us because she has entrusted Life School to educate both of her children.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2004
This school has been great for my son. He attended public school for 3 years and was coming home having conversations that were not appropriate. He comes home now talking about servanthood, leadership, humility, etc. He also continues to exceed academically receiving academic recognition on TAKS.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2004
I am a new parent this year at Life School and I love it. My daughter is in second grade and has excelled academically with leaps and bounds. Her discipline has tremendously improved and her self esteem is skyrocketing. The staff is great and caring and the teachers are superb and definitely on top of their game. For the student who is telling people not to enroll their children, be prayerful, sometimes we have isolated experiences and we should not black ball the entire system as a result of your personal experience. God Bless you at your new school. Look in the mirror first before posting blame.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2004
My daughter has attended Life since 8th grade. Life Charter was able to turn her life around after the horror experience of DISD. I would recommend this school to any parent of a teenager who is struggling elsewhere and need to take on the righteous path. Life School comes closest to a Private Christian School. Teachers, principals and even substitutes are awesome.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2004
Life Charter School is not where you want your children to go. It's terrible. As a former student I can testify to the scarcity of fair teachers there not to mention good teachers! All in all, don't enroll your children here. Believe me this is not the school for your child.

- submitted by a former student
February 26, 2004
Life school has been the best thing that could've happened to my children. Their teachers are loving and truly care about their children. The curriculum pushes the children without overwhelming them.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2003
My grandson has attended this since since Pre-K and I am extremely pleased with this academic achievements. I am very pleased with the overall structure of the school. I highly recommend this school for parents seeking academic achievement for children.

- submitted by a community member
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Life School Oak Cliff
950 S Interstate 35 East, Lancaster, TX  75146
(214) 413-1612
Last modified Life School Oak Cliff is a Charter school that serves grades K-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Life School Oak Cliff Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 99 reviews. Top