Our Daughter attended the Advanced academic Program (AAP fromerly called GT program) in LAES from 2011 to 2104 and now our son is also starting the program in 2015.
The administration and teacher are excellent, the school have excellent resources and the PTA is very well organized. The building is not the newest in town but has a nice history and tradition and is well maintained.
The focus of the school is on mutual respect and kindness, and of course academic excellence.
My recommendation is to not put your children in training or special activities to get them in the APP program. If you children is not genuinely gifted it will be difficult to keep the pace of the program, but if they are this place will given them the opportunity to explore his talents at the proper pace and surrounded by similar minds.
This school should be approached with caution as it is not a typical elementary school. Although it is meant to be a community school, it functions as a "gifted magnet" for a large percentage of the student population. Any parent would be prudent to ponder the divisiveness of this arrangement for not only the student population but the teaching staff as well. It would be wise to think about the impact this arrangement has on school-wide extracurriculars particularly those with limited enrollment opportunity--science olympiad, lego robotics, math clubs, chess club. In the absence of its own positive identity, the "base population" is unjustifiably cast in the roll of academic "have-nots." Prospective parents should know that there are safeguards in place to ensure the needs of the gifted are met, unfortunately this leads to an unevenness in resource distribution, and an actual skewing of data and ratios at a numbers level.
We have two kids at Louise Archer. This is our second year. We had very good experience so far. While it is at over capacity, the teachers and the administrators do a great job in creating a nurturing environment. We look forward to having many great years at this school.
Louise Archer Elementary school has amazing mix of excellent teachers and enthusiastic parents. Students do not get pressured but at the same time they learn so many things..AAP center is wonderfull here.
We recently moved to area and have 2 kids attending Louise Archer. It has been a wonderful experience. The teachers are great, the academics are strong, and the atmosphere is nurturing. I have nothing but positive things to say about our experience there. It is what a good elementary education should be.
Louise Archer has an exceptional learning environment. The staff and PTA makes a tremendous effort to create a best in class environment for the kids. My son goes to the advanced academic program. He simply loves the enrichment and challenge there. Its great to be in such a peer group. I recommend Louise Archer to every parent.