We were told that LFP Elementary was "like sending your child to private school." Having had our children in private school previously, I disagree. There are some wonderful teachers and caring staff at this school, but it's size and student/teacher/staff ratio result in a lack of oversight and inability to respond to certain issues (an ongoing problem for our child has been bullying). There are also some teachers and staff members here that sorely lack professionalism, overlooking disciplinary issues with their "favorites" (many of those employed here (including the principal) actually attended this school as children, as did many of the parents of current students, resulting in obvious preferential treatment for some) while others "outside" the community are treated unfairly and their concerns ignored. There are known issues with at least one of the teachers, but said teacher continues to be shielded from any disciplinary action. The principal seems very sweet with the children, passing out hugs and addressing students by name, and chatty with parents - make no mistake, her loyalties are to her staff, and if you take issue with one of them (even in cases of gross negligence) your concerns will go ignored.
The good: There are some very good teachers, the PTA is very active and gets things done, the school has both a full time nurse and full time counselor, and the physical structure is very well maintained.
Our children previously went to the nearby school, Brookside. We decided to move them to LFP for many reasons.. mainly the excellent school nurse. Nurse Sue is amazing and treats our child with the best care. We were extremely pleased to find out that this school is also exemplary in many other ways. It not only felt more diverse culturally than the neighboring school, but the principal is outstanding. Mrs. Miner has blown us away with her level of dedication to LFP. She seems to know every student and parent by name & is always beyond friendly, very helpful & has made our family feel welcome and wanted. The staff at LFP are also just as caring, well trained and dedicated.. from the front office to the lunch room to the maintenance man to the teaching staff. I would also love to give special mention to Ms. Lewis. She is an outstanding 4th grade educator who is passionate about teaching and does it in such a wonderful way that the children really respond to. I hope we encounter more teachers like her in our children's future education as I can only imagine what a better place the world would be with more teachers like Ms. Lewis. Thank you LFP for being such a wonderful school!
Some teachers are EXCELLENT and others needed to be tossed out with the trash. It was a bit of a crap shoot as to what we would get but as the years went by the new principal hired better teachers and is working hard to turn things around. We had 6 years here and for the most part it was a positive experience. Do have to say though, my kid fell through the cracks and is going on to middle school with remedial knowledge of material, at best. I feel that while there was good communication, I was not told honestly about the full extent of his problems until the very last year.
Fanstastic Principal with amazing caring, although I question how well she can attend to managing all she has on her plate. Teachers seemed overwhelmed, yet push kids to be good citizens while learning. Very active PTA, but where is the room for creativity? Not much art at this school and teachers are overwhelmed with the amount they must teach and to too many kids (27 per class!). Teachers are highly qualified and want what is best, but can they do their job given the overwhelm? If your child has any special needs you must push to get him care, and this concerns me.