The administration is a disaster at Lane. One indication of this is their teacher retention rate. Last summer they lost 20 teachers. Two other teachers told me privately that the reason they left and went to another county to teach was because of the administration at Lane. I've watched as the rating on this website has gone down over the years. We pulled one of our kids out of Lane after an experience with a teacher who was illiterate. She couldn't properly grade papers, she couldn't spell and she couldn't string together a sentence when she would email. It was embarrassing. Another issue we had was their response to bulling. We requested that the group of mean girls who bullied my daughter all year be broken up into different classes for the next school year. The administration responded that they would do their best to make sure that our daughter wasn't in the same class as these girls. That wasn't what we requested. We requested that the bullies be broken up so that other children wouldn't be bullied by them as well. The administration's answer was to simply displace the problem instead of addressing it. Not acceptable. The other issue we had was the way the teachers and administrators dressed. Once the weather turned warm, they were consumed with the dress code, sending home reminders and making comments to children who were dressed inappropriately. In addition to the few children who were not properly dressed, it was the teachers and principal who were inappropriately dressed. I was shocked to attend my child's strings concert and the principal was wearing jeans and a t-shirt. On a day where you know you are going to have to stand before parents and welcome them to a concert, to wear jeans and a t-shirt!? How can you set a good example for the children if you can't even come to school in appropriate clothing? Very disappointed in Lane Elementary. To think that we moved to Fairfax County because of the schools is sad.
The teachers at Lane do a very good job of explaining basic civic values to the kids without running afoul of political correctness. They just talk about right and wrong in a non-sectarian way. And they enforce the rules -- crucial to kids.
Our daughter has attended Lane since Kindergarten, and she's in 2nd grade. She has done extremely well at Lane. Teachers and staff really seem to care about the kids. Facility is always immaculate. Very involved PTA. We are very likely to move into the school district so we don't have to request a transfer renewal application to the County each year. The student body is diverse without being monolithic.
The majority of the teachers at Lane have gone back to school to earn their Masters degree in education. The teachers are innovative and strive for the success of their students. They are a tight knit community.
Lane is a diverse school in its students and staff. They are very up on the times. They focus on student creativity and success. All of the teachers integrate technology in their classrooms. The teachers are highly qualified and build wonderful relationships with their students.
Absolutely no diversity in the faculty despite the extremely diverse student body. Very little opportunities for physical activity and too much emphasis on test scores rather than instilling a love of learning at an early age. If your child starts his/her education in an environment where they're encouraged to love learning rather than having information drilled into their young brains, then be prepared for a very harsh transition.
Too much and typically on areas not covered in class. Follow Montgomery county. Homework is not helpful and in fact is discouraging to the average student. Particularly with the lack of recess and free play. These are still kids!!!
The school awards students in a way that makes it very discouraging for certain kids with varying personalities, backgrounds, cultures. Diversify staff so that students who may not stand out to current staff have an opportunity to be recognized. 4 years in and this is still very discouraging to my child who feels the need to be awarded and recognized because other students are, but doesn't get recognition for good behaviors.