Serene Lake - The Office Staff is awful. I think the two secretaries up front might be in a competition to see who can be most condescending to parents. The teachers are wonderful and I have loved all of them! Great school for kids, just a bit scary for the parents who must deal with the office staff.
Serene Lake is a great school. I have two boys on complete opposite ends of the academic spectrum. One is in the advanced placement program and the other is on a 504 plan for kids needing additional services. I have been an active parent at Serene Lake for 5 years and the best thing about the school is the community. The PTSA, teaching staff and principal all work hard to do the best for our kids.
Talk about feeling unwelcome! The Office staff, namely the Principal, is well known (just ask any parent who is at the school on a regular basis) for being extremely rude and condescending towards parents as well as for physically pushing and or grabbing a students arm as a way to 'direct' them. I have personally witnessed this myself. Take your child down the road to Picnic Point Elementary, where the staff is held to a higher standard.
My kids are doing great! They have a great reading program with tons of incentives. The PTA is strong and so is the leadership and staff of the school. I am very pleased to be part of this community and school.
My oldest is in 5th grade and my other child is a 1st grader. We have been a part of Serene Lake for the last 6 years. We are very satisfied with the teaching and support staff we have experienced - and love the parent / family community.
Serene Lake is a nice school in a good area. The academics seem to be harder there than other schools I've had experience with. My daughter is a bright student and has done well in all the schools she has attended, but struggled slightly to keep up with their curriculum. I think she's a little slower and more deliberate at doing the work than some other kids, and a late starter, but the school is aggressive in their expectations too. The kids are generally from better families as it's such a suburban, almost rural area. The teachers are very nice. My gripes are that for this year (2004-5) they made kindergarten full days every other day, and they don't offer morning bus service to the kindergartners or 1st graders at least, not sure about the higher grades.
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