Our family moved to this school district from the east coast. We have one child. We have had our expectations met and surpassed each step of the way with Lakeview.
We came in at the same time as the current principal, Mr Thatcher. This is a smart and joyful man who is in the classrooms, in the lunchroom and even outside meeting the buses in costume. He is on the front lines at school. This is not a disinterested, burned out leader- this is a guy who is lighting a spark in adults and kids alike. Come by & meet him if you want to get a feel for this school.
I know you are worried about the learning. It is plenty rigorous. Lakeview has a very clever and collaborative system with math for instance where kids who do very well in a subject with have plenty of chances to move forward and be challenged while kids who struggle in that topic receive the support and extra teaching they need. I'm pretty sure the kids aren't even sure which group they are in. Neither your high achieving academic kid not your struggling at school kid will feel like they stick out in a bad way. This is a non threatening place. The kids feel safe. The quality of the teachers they are able to retain in this district is no surprise but it is impressive.
Happily, in addition to all that math and reading, this is a school that is still allowing multiple recesses, treats brought in birthdays, goes on field trips, has a large and active parent support group, has a valuable program that helps the kids develop all their "inner life skills", and an approach to bullying and general unkindness that we could really get behind. They have art, music & offer choir & band. There is also a program each quarter offering multiple after school(for cost) classes with everything from chess & drama, to jump rope & skiing.
Our child walked through the doors knowing not one person and today it feels like she knows everybody. She developed quality friendships with both kids and adults. This is not a elitist east side school if you fear that type of stereotype. This is not a pressure cooker, academic factory spitting out identical robot kids. This place feels like a high quality academic camp.
This is a school full of families from a wide variety of backgrounds, led by adults that are so good at their jobs that you will know how exceptional it's going to be by the time your kids are done with day 1.
We have two kids in this school and have been very impressed. The teachers are collaborative across the same-grade classrooms and really care about the students. They work hard and use new and innovative approaches to improve learning. It's a happy and energetic environment with strong parental support. It's all reflected in the consistently rising test scores.
This school is fine but, nothing special. Many families in the area choose private school if they can. Some excellent teachers but there is a lack of consistency. The bar is not set high. There has been a revolving door of principals over the past several years. None seem to have set any academic or social and emotional goal agenda before they leave or are forced out. This school hasn't won an award of any kind since we've been there. (several years) The district needs to step in and raise the bar here but, I'm not sure they are capable.
There is no social & emotional curriculum. The time to teach these skills are in the unstructured times and the level of skill of the supervision there is mostly very poor. These IA's lack in training and agenda. The teachers need a formal social and emotional learning curriculum that is consistent across teachers and grades and is required to teach.
We have two children at Lakeview and we re very pleased. The staff and teachers are excellent and the education our children are receiving is second to none. Compared to others friends our children seem to have a little more homework than other children who attend other schools. However, I think that this is a good thing as it challenges the students and prepares them for higher learning. We are very pleased with Lakeview and would highly recommend it.
We love our teacher, parents have the opportunity to contribute weekly, and the school facilities are just awesome. We could comfortably afford private school, but chose Lakeview Elementary instead. Highly recommend it.
My son goes to this school. There is a strong sense of community from the parents and staff to help the kids at this school. The staff is very professional and friendly. Son likes it there. And I found his teacher to be amazing. Great school. They also have chess club, math club, ski club, lego club arts, sports ..... etc..
We moved to Lakeview from a larger elementary school in the same district and we absolutely loved the change. Lakeview has nurturing and excellent teachers and an amazing parent involvement. A great effort is made in giving every child an opportunity to grow both academically and socially. The 3rd grade teachers, for example, work together as a team and divide all the 3rd graders in reading and math groups based on their levels. We have a new principal this year. She has already shown her leadership and her commitment in making Lakeview Elementary an even better school.