My children attended Lakes for two years. Under different leadership, I would recommend the school to anyone. The outgoing principal was the worst leadership I've seen in a school in 30 years. The teachers are amazing--they're supportive to the children and are never out of line with the them. However, beware if you're coming in from another school system or out of state. The school system as a whole caters to state testing, there's barely any emphasis on science, and they really push being politically correct---so no one loses or wins anything or makes an "A" or a "B". The 1-4 grading system is 90% subjective and how the teacher "feels" the child did.
We couldn't ask for a better school for our children! We got a waiver to attend Lakes after hearing from friends how exceptional the teachers and staff are. I can't believe the difference! Our children have attended 2 other elementary schools in Lacey....there is no comparison! If you want your children to be in the best hands, with the most attentive and caring teachers, Lakes is the school for you!
The learning experience my child has had at this school is great. She learns how to work well with other and how to make good choices. The only problem I have is there is no Open Door Policy. If you want to drop in on your kids and see how their doing you Can Not. You have to make a appointment a day in advance to check on your child. I really disagree with that policy and it needs to be changed. A parent should never have to make an appointment to check on their child. It is very uncomfortable for parents from other states. Who is concerned with the transition of their child.