After having two nearly grown daughters "make it" through the public scho system, I have to say this is my favorite elementary school by far. I found the principal and vice principal to be approachable and accommodating. The front office staff are friendly and helpful. My son is in Kinder and I honestly didn't know how he'd do because he has been he with me and his sisters his whole life...no daycares, etc. Because of his teacher and the atmosphere he has done very well and exceeded all my expectations. I can speak for every teacher, but my son got a good match. Sadly, we have to move this school year, and I will miss this school terribly! The only suggestion I have for this school is to let parents who want to eat lunch with their child, eat at the table with the class. Right now, you and your child have to eat at separate tables. I stopped eating lunch with him because he needs to bond with his classmates. When my daughters were young, I could eat at the table with all the kids and it was nice being able to talk with all the kids and I truly think it helps the kids get to know my son a little better and that he has a mother who cares.
This is the first year that my son has attended Locke Hill. So far I think the staff and teachers are professional and polite. I think there is so much more that could be done as far as parent participation and volunteering as a whole. The major concern is campus security. There is little to no security and this school is on a major thoroughfare. The other problem is drop off and pick up is a disaster. There are no traffic patrols (child nor adult) and I feel like its all an accident waiting to happen. If you pick up your child after school, you have to go to a designated classroom. No ID's checked at the door, only once you are on campus and at the classroom. It takes me about 20 minutes to pick up my kid when at his last school, it took about 5 minutes.
Starting with the teachers in Kinder, this school is all about the students! It's great to watch all the teachers get to know all the children (not just the ones in their class). I've watched my son gain confidence in self as well as advance in his academics. The teachers adjust to the students' needs by acknowledging that some need more guidance/instruction while others are needing more challenges. The school's strong sense of community pride is evident in its association with the church next door (University United Methodist), Clark high school, and annual Carnival fund-raiser. Our family earnestly looks forward to watching this school continue its tenured position in the district and the community!! LION PRIDE!!!
I would certainly recommend this school! So many great teachers with great energy and big big smiles and warm hearts. Lots and lots of learning and fun goes on here! Very happy with my daughter's experience from K-5. The only negative I would say is the leadership from the principal and her just general unpleasant attitude, kids fear her and i found her to be kind of a bully - and a music teacher who should have retired years ago. If those things were fixed, would be a perfect score. Overall the good from the teachers and the learning environment far outweighs the negative with the principal.
I can't say enough good things about Locke Hill! We have been so pleased with our son's educational experience at this school over the past two years. The teachers have been exceptional, and the principal, vice-principal, and school counselor have always been caring and attentive to the needs of children at the school. Despite the fact that the school is fairly large, the staff at the school seem to know every child's name, which always impressed me. The school has a warm, welcoming atmosphere, and I love the school's focus on READING because it's so important to set a strong reading foundation at a young age. I was nervous when we first sent our son to school because he had significant behaviorial issues, but the staff at the school worked with me to address and resolve those issues, and our son is now an excellent student. We're getting ready to move, so unfortunately, our son won't attend Locke Hill anymore, but I would definitely encourage other parents to send their children to this school.
This school has really amazing teachers! I cannot say enough good things about the teachers-we have been at Locke Hill since 2001 and the teachers are professionals, nurturers and do an all around great job. They continue to exceed our expectations.
We really have had a wonderful over all experience. My son's teacher was just wonderful. He came in (Kindergarten) knowing practically nothing and left so confident in himself and in his ability to learn. We really were pleased. I volunteered and was in there weekly and had noticed some of the other concerns mentioned in other reviews. In particular I have seen certain teachers being frighteningly impatient and belligerent with young students. But this was an exception not the norm for the majority of the staff there. Again our experience was great over all.
This school lacks good administration. We have noticed that the quality of good role models have gone down. A number of the teachers dress like they are out for the night at a club. The dress code for the teachers is not acceptable. Some teachers need to find new jobs because they have no business working with children because of lake of patience and out of control yelling at the children.
Locke Hill is a great school with high quality teachers, but a total lack of professionalism shown by the administration. Poor decisions have been made over the last couple of years that my girls have attended which have caused us to decide to move into a different district. We have been in Locke Hill for 4 years now and are very sad to see the quality of the school drop so far in so few years. The principal is very lacking in skills and ability to propose common sense rules, and unfortunately is bringing the entire school down with her.
Our children attended Locke Hill from 2002 thru 2009 and unfortunately this school has deteriorated over the last couple of years. We are putting our kids in private school for 2009-2010 school year because the environment became too distracting and aggressive for learning. A breakdown in communication from the principal, and lack of discipline is to blame for this. It is so sad to see the school go downhill, because the teachers are awesome!
This is a WONDERFUL school. They encourage parent involvement and EXPECT it. The entire staff is so willing to go the extra mile, to help your child with whatever they need, to help you as a parent, to get whatever services your kid may need. My son's teacher, specifically, is kind, loving, and patient, but she's also firm. She's not rude or demeaning to the kids. In fact, when my son reaches out for a hug, she hugs him! Anyway, Locke Hill is a wonderful school and we're VERY glad to be here.
This school is classic example of good staff but poor administration. Good administrator is the one who gets the work done without running after workers or doing their job. Pick-up/drop-off is horrible Make Syracuse a two-lane one-way (going out to DeZavala) and all problems will be resolved. Folks who come from North will get in from Clarke's side and get-out on DeZavala through Syracuse staying the right lane (naturally). People who come from South will be staying in the South lane at Syracuse. Problem solved! All in all, Lions Pride is going
This is our first year at Locke Hill Elementary and we have been nothing but pleased with the wonderful staff and administration that this school has to offer. The parent involvement and support is beyond expectations. We are looking forward to the next 5 years at this school.
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