My son has been attending this school for several years. The staff and teachers are excellent. They have been very involved and helped us along the way with our son who has ADD and learning disabilities. They have worked with us to determine what works best for him and have been very open and willing to make changes.
Sometimes you don't realize what you have untill its gone. My kids attended this school for 2 years. The staff and the teachers here are just amazing. I mean amazing. from the front office, the security, the maintenance, to all the teachers, awesome! My kids current school is a huge let down. The teachers teachers truly cared about my kids and to them it seeemed like they had soo much encouragement, and they were soo happy going to this school. I would say of course some students here I wish didn't attend, some parents really need to step up and be there for there kids. If I could change anything it would be to change some of the students who are just too much these days. I was a very happy parent to send my kids here. It was so easy to get in contact with the teachers and anyone. They all seemed to care. You could walk in and be greeted by Mr. Carabello. The front office was very friendly, the principal and vice principal are awesome!!! very involved with keeping the kids happy, on track and parent involvement is a plus. It is very easy to voice your concern, and even just to say hello. They are very friendly. I love the PTA events as well. I miss my kids friends there as well.
My daughter was in kindergarten in this school. She was placed with a substitute teacher for half the year. She was not successfully reading. We pulled her from this school and placed her in Portsmouth schools where my wife works as a nurse. She was reading within two weeks. Not only that the transportation system stunk. She was missed by the bus three times. It took a couple weeks to get things straightened out.
This is our first year at Luxford and my family and I really impressed. I love the teacher/student ratio. My 2nd grader has 15 kids in her class and my kindergartner has 18 kids with a teacher and assistant teacher. Their teachers seem are great. The principal is visible and personable and seems to genuinely care about the students. The only thing that I wonder about is that there is not a lot of reading or writing assignments for my kindergartner. Luckily she knows how to read a little and knows how to sound out words, but I'm sure there are other K students who need more emphasis on these areas.
I have a child with ADHD. This is his first year in a public school, and we have found Luxford ES wonderful for him. The 1st grade teacher that he has, has over 35 years of experience and has gone out of her way to work with him and us. So far he loves everything that he has been involved with and loves this school.
Lots of agendas passed down to the teachers without explainations or purpose. Many of the teachers are very young and have only been teaching for 1-4 years. There is no creativity outside the strict SOL requirements. If your child falls behind in any subject, they will probably stay behind because their curriculum has very little room for remediation, other than a special education program. Excellent PE programs. Only school in the district with a 'Running Club.' It is safe school with excellent security. If you have a strong-willed child, then this school is good for them.