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PK-5
Public
Lewisville, TX
Students enrolled: 632

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1680 College Parkway
Lewisville, TX 75077

(469) 713-5967
(972) 350-9028
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February 26, 2014
Very disappointed in the Principal Leadership and communication process. Non professional, ill prepared for conference, delay in response, little to no regard to the handling of a child, parent, teacher, principal relationship. Paperwork, Code of Conduct, Instructions not communicated in full but in piece mill. Also very disappointed in the communication process with a seven year old second grader. Non encouraging and basically put down. Takes little to wonder why our edicaional systems are failing our children. Let us pray!.

- submitted by a community member
November 12, 2013
I have two children at Degan and have been pleased with the school. My children have teachers who care and take the time to get to know them. The new principal this year has been amazing and attentive to the needs of the staff and children.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2013
Unfortunately this school is staffed with teachers who need to find new career paths. If you do not LOVE children and want to contribute to their lives in a positive and enriching way then teaching is not for you. Belittling students is never OK - especially not in front of other students and teachers. The mistreatment students receive from the teachers is almost worse than what they get from other students. The new principal, Mrs. Stuart, seems more interested in "fixing" things that aren't broken than actually making any positive impact in this school. If you have a choice in schools I'd pick somewhere else.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2013
We are thrilled with Degan elementary, especially under the new leadership of the new principal! Before, teachers worked tirelessly to help their students achieve. Now, teachers work tirelessly and with JOY to help their students achieve, and the positivity is contagious! The new programs implemented - Eagle Time and Club Fridays - give both students and teachers time to explore and challenge themselves. And Eagle Shuffle is exactly what Degan needed to be proud of itself again! The recent Mad Scientist Night was a huge success, and we look forward to what is in store next. To get a glimpse, follow the teachers and administrators on Twitter, and you'll see an energy and enthusiasm that is unmatched in education. As a teacher myself, I can see why the Degan faculty is enjoying their new leadership, and that excitement all funnels to the place it should go - the students.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2013
I feel very lucky as a parent to have my child at Degan. This is my sons last year and it will be sad to leave. Every year the teachers have gone over and beyond and I couldn't be happier. The Principals are very involved and are always there to help when needed. I have also been very happy with the GT program that my son is involved in and has been for several years. The PTA is working hard to have more activities throughout the year and I have seen a big improvement. Degan is a great school to be at and involved in!! Degan staff we parents thank you for all that you are and all that you do everyday. Our children wouldn't be as happy everyday as they are. Thank You Degan!

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2012
I do agree that I have never seen the principal but I am so grateful for the assistant principal and the wonderful teacher's here. I have also learned to take the conduct forms with a grain of salt. I see it as a reminder to be aware of your actions. But my son has severe adhd and is dyslexic...all of which they helped me tremendously to diagnose and set a course of action. My husband and I graduated from private schools so our first experience with Texas public schools has surpassed our expectations!

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2012
each class, every week misses most of lunch time for eating. they rotate the classes each week as who comes first or last. The last class has minutes left to get through the line & eat. I sat with my child on most days of the week, every week & always, always - there were a group of children who literally had only 3 to 5 min. to try to get their school lunch down. the school refused to do anything about it. Kids rarely had much recess - 15 to 20 min. was the norm. we were there grades 1-5

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2011
We've had a great experience with this school: a challenging G/T program with a PHENOMENAL facilitator, caring teachers who go above & beyond with caring, respectful discipline, friendly, helpful office staff, & good extracurricular programs with strong student involvement. Any concerns we've had have been addressed & resolved within a short time frame. Several staff members are themselves graduates of the Lewisville Independent School District, which says a lot about both the school & the district. I'd describe the overall atmosphere at Degan as relaxed, caring, & friendly, yet disciplined & respectful to students, teachers, support staff, & parents.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2011
We had a great expereince with our son attending K-5 at Degan. Every year we had a great teacher, very hands on and always available to talk with how our son was progressing. We were involved as parents as volunteers and on PTA Board and had a good experience. We had occassion to work with the staff, principal & VP and always received help and answers. We really enjoyed our years at Degan with our son.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2011
This is our 1st experience in a public school. There is too much emphasis on basic skills in preparation for the TAKS & too much emphasis on teaching students "life lessons" and not academics. Students are rewarded, i.e. a 6 weeks party, for good conduct, but no in school reward for good grades. Due to the extreme structure I don't feel they accept differences in individual student personalities. Students receive a reduced conduct grade for leaning on the wall, yawning and stretching in class, or "getting ready" to talk. I believe students should be disciplined, but it should be age appropriate and meaningful to the student. There is little to no differentiated instruction. The principal hides behind the teachers and in her office. When we requested a meeting with her, we were directed to the Asst. Prinicipal, who is EXCEPTIONAL. I volunteer on a weekly basis and wouldn't know what the principal looked like if I passed her in the halls.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2010
Test scores uber alles. My daughter was labeled a "slow learner" in K, and spent five years being treated as an academic leper. In 5th grade, her math, science, and English classes were 3rd grade material. At the last ARD meeting, the teachers proclaimed her to be ready for 6th grade. 6th grade, at Huffines, was a disaster. I have her in a private school now and she is both struggling and making progress. That is far more than LISD ever tried to do. Woe unto any of you whose child is labeled "learning disabled" at Degan. You child will be rigorously neglected and your child will never be included in the aggregate scores for TAKS testing. Safely excluded from the aggregate scores, your child is neglected with great pomp and circumstance and many ARD meetings.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2010
my child just finished her entire elementary education at Degan and we are very pleased overall with the experience.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 23, 2010
I don't know how anyone can possible write a bad review about this school. My nephew spent 3 yrs at Valley Ridge. I had to threaten LISD with a lawsuit and media attention just to get a transfer from a school environment that promotes bullying. What a joy Degan is! This has been my nephew's happiest year. No more depression, has joined after school activities, and has a number of new friends and is on the AB honor roll. The front office is so helpful and seems to know each kid by name. What this school offers that Valley Ridge would not is demand for respect of everyone. The parents and childern are told upfront what is expected. Thanks goodness Degan addresses behavior issues at once.

- submitted by a community member
November 17, 2009
Having lived overseas and our kids in Private Schools Degan was my sons first public school experience. I was extremly disappointed and would have pulled him out believe all public schools this bad if my daughter had not been at Huffines. What a difference between the two. At Huffines my daughter received post cards from her teachers, meetings for the parents, organizations for her to plug in, and an office staff that was friendly; at Degan I struggled to understand what the teachers were looking for, felt meeting times were not made conveinent for working parents, the programs were only successful because of a few caring teachers, and the office staff contemptous. I'm floored that LISD adminstrators haven't done anything about this...

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2009
Once again students are last. Programs cut all the time. For example there will be no participation in UIL this year, apparently because teachers don't want to work w/the students. Not sure how this school is exemplary. I think test scores must be all that matter : (

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2009
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- submitted by a student
August 01, 2009
The teachers are great, but the front office is the most unfriendly group of people. They treat parents as if they are intruders. You almost feel as if you have no right to be there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 31, 2009
Again, poor communication with parents. PTA is a clique of parents, activities for the students have decreased such as,(student council, math night, science fair, etc) things that will enhance students education as well as being fun for the kids and parents. Only a few good/solid teachers that teach the subject matter, not the test. Teaching staff not very diverse.

- submitted by a community member
July 30, 2009
Poor communication with parents. Only a few really good teachers. Unhealthy learning environment. Kids dreaded going to school most days due to environment. The last three reviews below are on the money on comments.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2009
I worked at Degan for a few years, the teachers are great and try hard. They do not get the support from the office they need. Parents are put off, the office is very unfriendly. Hopefully once again before my two kids leave Degan can get a better adminstrative staff.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating November 20, 2008
I have had child at Degan for about 7 years. The teachers are great, but they are so unhappy in the atmosphere of the school. The adminstration is very closed, they hide in their offices and try not to talk to parents. If you have any problems good luck talking to Brenda Rodgers!!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2008
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August 20, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2008
All my kids' teachers were excellent. That's about all I can say about this school. Office staff and vice principal are unfriendly. Principal seems to let the vp do most of the work. School is too crowded. My son came home miserable every day and did not want to go to school.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2008
My daughter has gone to this school for 2 years now. I dont' see anything wrong with the actual school or the curriculum. In fact, she is a part of the LEAP program which she absolutely loves! The only thing that I could say needs huge improvement is the communication between the school/teachers and the parents. There are so many times that I get paperwork home past the date when I needed it and this isn't because of my daughter, its the day they give her the folder to bring home. Also, the PTA and other activities such as the book fair could have better times for those parents who have to work for a living. I would love to be more involved, but again because the timing of information, I am not to plan ahead. The night before doesn't cut it for my job.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2008
I have had Children at this school for the past 6 years and I have been nothing but Happy! The staff/Teachers have given my children a wonderful, loving, and academically have prepared my childern to suceed in middle school with a straight A avaerage.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 09, 2007
We've had at least one child at Degan for the past 6 years. It used to be a good school, however in recent years the school has declined and this past year their rating has gone down from Recognized to only Academically Acceptable. Parents are not welcome and in fact this year we are even limited to how often we can eat lunch with our children. If you wait the requisite 6 weeks (though you've volunteered in the past and have had a background check), there's a slim to none chance you may get 'picked' to volunteer. So much for parent involvement equaling school success for children. This is difficult for the child I have there now. There is precious little student recognition, poor communication and all this leads to no feeling of cooperation or community.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2007
I have had at least one child at Degan for the past 5 and 1/2 years. And I am just so sorry to report the steady decline of the school. Every year it is a guess as to how many of the teachers will return. Such a high turnover rate points directly to the leadership, the principal. To me her goal isn't to provide a loving enviroment for the kids to learn and grow but for everyone to learn the rules and remember that she is in control. To be a great leader you must become a servant to those you lead. You must encourage not humilate. Parents are not welcome. You can volunteer but only if you are chosen by the principal. Ridiculous. I just keep hoping someone higher up the ladder gets a clue and brings in a new principal

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2007
The teachers are excellent, unfortunately, we have lost many long term teachers in the past couple of years due to 'administration' within the school. If things continue to spiral downward, and no one in the LISD administration gets things under control, this school will be a school that will eventually lose the 'last of the remaining' good teachers. This has already affected parent attitudes and eventually the students will be the ones to pay the price.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2007
Degan is full of well-trained teachers who are trying their best to make students successful but they don't seem to have the support of their principal. When administration doesn't put forth 100%, the entire school suffers - especially the students and that's just sad.

- submitted by a teacher
May 25, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
Parent involvement is encouraged, just differently. Plenty of opportunity to volunteer for things other than field trips. It is not safe to have parents in the halls before school starts. Both the principal and vice principal have been accessible and communicable when situations have arise in our family. Our daughters have thrived at Degan.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2006
This school used to be great. It has declined immensley in the past 3-4 years. The problem is the Principal. Not only have many long term teachers left since her arrival, but the moral of parents and teachers has dropped. Most parents (except for the principals chosen)are not allowed to volunteer. Parents are discouraged from coming into the school and have even been told they are not allowed in the school. We have been told by the Principal that our children should be left to socialize in the mornings and are told not to walk into the school with our children in the mornings. The principal does not like one on one meetings with parents as she will have 2-3 other staff in the meeting, talk about making you feel inferior. This kind of tactic (if done by a student) would be considered bullying, which ia against school policy.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2006
My children have been attending Degan since 2001. I have been happy with the teachers and the level of academics, but have been very unhappy with the principal. She does not encourage parents to volunteer, allows only two parents of her choosing to accompany each class on field trips, and has implemented countless rules which have no clear purpose that only serve to alienate parents.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2006
All three of my children went to Degan. The teachers were very good for the most part. Administration & Principal were not very approachable which lead to some difficulty in the way health issues my children have were addressed. Parental involvement and participation was minimal at best. Unless of course you were the one or two hand selected Mom/Dad the front office chose to attend field trips and activities with your child's class. We moved to another home specifically to get our children into another school that exercised family involvement and a hands on Principal.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2006
My child has attended degan for several years and we have had great success with his teachers. However, there have been many issues with the principal. This is such a shame because degan has the best teachers/staff.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2006
My daughter started all day kindergarden and after the year was up, she was able to read, 1st level math and some spelling very happy with teachers and school

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2005
My daughter attends Degan. We moved here in 2002, we have been happy with the principle and teachers their. All seem very caring and family oriented. We love it there.. Parents seem to very involved with the teachers and students in helping in every way possible.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2005
This school has an outstanding LEAP program. All of the teachers we have had have been great. Especially the Kindergarten teachers!

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2004
This school, like so many others in LISD, has excellent teachers. The PTA and parent volunteers work to make the school better each year. The office staff is pleasant and always helpful. The principal is not very approachable and doesn't communicate with parents well. She sets new policies without explanation leading to alienation of many parents. This could truly be a great school if communication were better.

- submitted by a parent
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Degan Elementary School
1680 College Parkway, Lewisville, TX  75077
(469) 713-5967
Last modified Degan Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Degan Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 47 reviews. Top