My daughter went to this school and was in the Spanish immersion program. Every one of her teachers was great except for a certain 4th grade math teacher who was absolutely horrible. She had no patience for students who didn't quite get what she was teaching. She was very unorganized and the material on her review quizzes were taken from the air without telling the children what to study. She was not a nice person at all.
I have two kids going to LRES. One is in spanish-immersion and the program is good although some teachers are better than others. My other child has had some learning issues. We have had two teachers there that were terrible yet the administration and counselor supported their colleagues rather than the student. One of the vice-principals was a good advocate but there has been a lot of turnover in the principal position. They spend a lot of time focusing on teaching to the SOL tests. The parent-teacher activities at the school are very good.
We are military and moved to the area three years ago. Our two kids LOVED Laurel Ridge, and we have been thrilled with the quality of the education there. There are lots of enrichment activities offered, and the teachers really seem to care
I love LRES. Teachers are great. Principal is super great. School is clean. I pulled my kids out of private school 4 years ago and joined LRES. They love their school. Nothing to complain! Thanks.
I am a long time Laurel Ridge parent. All 4 of my children went were there for K-6. I think this website is a great way to take cheap shots at teachers and administrators at any school not just LR. My experience at LR from the admin, front office, teachers, counselors etc. has been nothing but positive. It's too bad for adminstrators and teachers that there is not a website called "Great Parents.Org" so they could anonymously post their personal experiences working with parents. THAT would be interesting reading!!
I don t like LRES s approach to reading and writing. Phonics takes a back seat to site words, which are memorized after school on flash cards the school sends home. There is no gradual modeling of good writing; instead, children are very soon (early in K) encouraged to write entire paragraphs that are rarely corrected. My child brought home reems of written gibberish, and by year s end she had certain spellings engrained in her mind as correct because that s how she always spelled those words, and no one told her otherwise. Consequences for misbehavior seemed inconsistent, and self-esteem seemed to be encouraged above self-discipline (such that my child actually seemed less willing to accept correction than before entering LRES). She was bullied and spit on by an older child, and I was not informed by a school official (I learned it from her). Her teacher was enthusiastic, parental involvement seems welcome.
Our six years at LRE with 2 children, 3 years apart, have been overall very good. We have had good experiences with all but one teacher, who is no longer teaching there. Of the two counselors, one is far better than the other & one learns this quickly from experience. The few times that we have had a concern that was better addressed by staff other than teachers or counselors, we have found one of the assistant principals to be very prompt, receptive and helpful. The front office seemed to have made more of an effort this past year in making people feel welcome. However, there is always room for improvement. Parents are very involved as volunteers, particularly during K - 3rd grades. In closing, parents who have children at LRE and another elementary school at the same time, always tell me that LRE is much better.
We have two children in the school and we are very pleased with the faculty leadership, teacher professionalism, and the wonderful family-orientated activities sponsored by the PTA.
I have a daughter in Kindergarten and our experience has been incredible. Her teacher and aid are wonderful and do an incredible job at providing individual attention. This school has many parent volunteers ( I am one) and I always feel welcome. The overall rating should be much higher!
My child is in her 2nd year at Laurel Ridge and we could not be happier! Last year she was just starting Kindergarten and new to Fairfax County schools. Her teacher was the best I've seen and all staff including the Office staff was very friendly and professional! Thank You to all Laurel Ridge employees for making my daughters first year in a public school a great one!
My son just finished his firsy year at Laurel Ridge. The teacher/student ration is definately too high, but we were otherwise very happy with his teachers and the level of instruction. As other parents have noted, the front office staff is NOT very welcoming - the woman who 'greets' you when you first walk in practically grunts at you and makes clear that she would rather not be disturbed.
My son is just finishing kindergarten at Laurel Ridge and has had a wonderful experience. His teacher is fantastic and he loves going to school every day. My only complaint is that the office staff could be friendlier and more helpful... when I've called the school at times they have seemed to be annoyed and I'd like to see improvement in that area.
We moved in at the begining of the 07-08 school year. Being a military family and having attened a few different schools I was looking forward to Laurel Ridge as it was so highly rated. Our experience could not be futher from from my hopes. My childs teacher is unproffesional at best, at worse the teacher could be considered a bit of a bully. My child entered the year with a love of school, he is finishing the year with a sence of dread for the following year. The administration is as cold as ice and refused me any time with them to try to work out the issues we were having. Hopefully Mr. Burke will be able to turn things around and encourage the staff members that no longer have a love of their profession to find employment elsewhere. I hope others have a better experience.
administration is completely inflexible and unresponsive to parent input they love you when you raise money but very rigid when you try to advocate for your child sixth grade is a complete waste - consistently underperforms when compared to other schools yet administration does nothing. perhaps new principal will change thing next year
Laurel Ridge is a great school. I have not complaints at all relative to the administration, teachers or staff. Great Spanish Immersion Program!
We are also a military family and our kindergartner had a fantastic experience! Because of the positive, professional manner in which the teachers handled their classroom, he developed tremendous confidence in his abilities and enthusiasm for every activity. My personal observation indicated interaction with every child was handled in a concerned, constructive, and caring manner. This school provides its students with great opportunities to explore their talents in music and art, and budgets specially to provide a full time GT specialist. Parents are very involved in the classroom, providing behind the scenes administrative support, and fundraising to provide enhancements to the learning environment. The PTA provides a wide range of programs and financial support to supplement the curriculum--cultural arts, creativity competitions, and foreign language classes, for example. In summary, Laurel Ridge administrators, teachers, staff & parents are committed to providing the best academic environment for our children and they succeed magnificently!
I have had children in this school over the course of 10 years. I have gone through different principals and many teachers. I have found the principals to be very supportive and understanding. The teaching staff is wonderfully compassionate and extremely knowlegeable. I appreciate their honesty, even when I did not like what they were telling me at the time. As I look back on their comments, they were dead on.
My daughter just finished her first year at Laurel Ridge and we were unimpressed. Class sizes are very large and there is little individual attention. That would have been okay had her teacher been at all responsive, but it typically took a week or more to set up even a phone conference. We're moving so no longer an issue but I think this school is overrated.
This is our first year at Laurel Ridge Elementary and it has been a wonderful year. The school is effectively managed and the teachers are incredible! I have been very pleased with the excellent reading program offered to the first and second grade students ~ I couldn't be happier with the level of academic support and accomplishment of the students this year. The PTA is awesome and parent volunteers are enormously supportive to the entire school. I highly recommend Laurel Ridge Elementary to all families.
We have had a very positive experience at Laurel Ridge during our three years at the school. My second grade daughter has thrived in the Spanish Immersion program, and I feel the quality of education she has received has been excellent. Although it's a large school, because it draws largely from the surrounding neighborhood it has a small town feel. The parents are friendly and play an active, visible and vital role in the education process. You will find moms (and dads) helping with art and PE, as well as in the classroom and behind the scenes. The teachers, administrators, librarians and others at the school genuinely care about and truly enjoy the children in their charge. Laurel Ridge is a well run school in a family friendly neighborhood. I would highly recommend Laurel Ridge to any family relocating to Northern Virginia.
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