Our son started Kindergarten this year in the DLI program at Leopold. We are thrilled with the quality and compassion of the teaching staff and absolutely love the principal. Most importantly, our child loves going to school and as a parent, that's all I ask for. I would also like to add, that if you are close-minded and don't want your child making friends with children from different ethnicities, then this school isn't for you. My son is learning invaluable lessons and making great friends many of whom look very different from him, which is a bonus!
We are new to the state and can only hope and pray this school is not a good representation of MMSD as a whole. We will be moving out of the area next year for the sole purpose of getting away from this school. Between the huge pile of worksheets that come home every Friday (this appears to be the only method of education employed) and the multiple physical assaults on my child with subsequent disinterest/apathy from all faculty and administration, I'm hard pressed to isolate the worst quality of this school. When you walk in to the school from the parking lot you are overwhelmed by the rotting, putrid stench of the dumpsters that sit by the sidewalk. And it only gets worse from there.
My twins started 4k this fall and the absolutely love it. The teachers are warm and nice and make every child feel special.
We have been very happy with Leopold. The Dual Language Program is amazing and my children have received all the support and resources they need to succeed.
My third child is starting kindergarten at Leopold this fall. Each and every experience has been fantastic. Supportive and interactive staff, low student to teacher rations, a welcoming environment, and a fabulous principal. We are looking forward to another great year!
I feel like this school gets a bad reputation from a time long ago. We have had a great experience so far. Teachers and staff are caring and engaging. The DLI program is exceptionally great. If you have doubts, squash any rumors by scheduling a tour of the school and see for yourself.
We have 2 kids at Leopold and nothing but good things to say. There is great communication from the principal, the teachers are wonderful and truly committed to the children, and there is an active PFO. Our kids are happy and really enjoy school. The school is actively involved with the community through open school house and school fundraising events. This is a well-rounded school that strives to meet the needs of all students. I love the diversity of students and interests within the school. This is a great elementary school!
I have two children at Leopold and one more to go next year. Our experience at Leopold has been wonderful! The classes are small; our kids have never had more than 18 kids in a class through 3rd grade (sometimes as few as 13), and no more than 21 through 5th grade. In addition, there are many staff, volunteers and aids in the classrooms so ratios are always low. Despite its large size, Leopold has a strong community feel where administrators, teachers, and parents know most of the kids by name. The facilities, although some of the district's oldest, are well maintained. The halls are quiet and behavior is kept in check. The school was recently recognized as a School of Distinction by the Wisconsin PBIS Network for outstanding work in implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). My children have always been academically challenged by their teachers, and resources are available when needed. Overall, an excellent school.
This school strives to integrate minority students and their families into the educational process more so than other schools in the state. Minority parents have expressed feeling that teachers make a genuine effort in involving them in matters pertaining to their children's education. This is especially true of the ESL teachers. This is an example that more schools should emulate.
I recently toured Leopold with principal, John Burkholder. I found him and his staff very friendly and approachable. He has worked a lot with the city of Fitchburg and community to improve Leopold. The classroom numbers were small and the play ground was large with new updated fields and equipment with many adults to supervise. I think the voluntary duel immersion program is a great educational option. My children have yet to enter school but I found that the personal tour and online video really helped me appreciate this school.
We have a child in the Dual Immersion Spanish program. While we wish assessments and learning goals were clearer, we have been very pleased with the teachers, the progress in Spanish our child is making, and the fact that Madison is offering this to families. Also, the After School Program is incredible. Great staff; lots of arts and crafts and materials; snack and treats; caring supervisors. We remain very impressed.
Leopold is a fun, safe school for children to learn at. We have two children at Leopold. Classes always have low numbers and very attentive teachers. The school follows individualized learning plans for each child which is fantastic. Our daughter started this year in the dual-immersion program and is loving school. We love this school for it's diversity and the high-quality of the staff. The current principal has done a fantastic job bringing in new programs-like a science specific staff member who is amazing!-and creating a fun educational environment for our kids. He knows the names of the kids and makes everyone feel very welcome and appreciated. We wouldn't want our kids in any other school. If you are interested in the school go and check it out-it's worth a visit.
Leopold has a new principal and new asst. principal as of the 2008-2009 school year - who are AMAZING. There is an entirely different feel when you walk into the school - compared to the past 3 years - a positive energy that is hard to describe. You can also see the change in the teachers - because they are getting support from the administration of the school to better manage their classrooms - and teach our children. Of the 6 teachers my two children have had, only one was a disappointment - the other 5 teachers were absolutely phenomenal. And the friends my children have through school cover all areas of the spectrum - it truly is a diversity my children will cherish and appreciate as they get older and get into the 'real world' - because Leopold IS a school that will prepare them for our world's diversity.
Leopold is unique in that it has bilingual students, poverty level students, middle class students, and upper class students. It is incredibly diverse in race and economics which in my opinion... is what makes Leopold such a great school. If you are house searching, please do yourself a favor and visit this school. Leopold may not look great on paper because of the number of special needs and English as a Second Language learners trying to understand the context and and writien rules of English, which doesn't translate well in standardized tests, but this school has heart and life lessons that involve how to respect others and learn with people different than ourselves.
My son attended Leopold for Kindergarten and 1st grade, and I then transferred him to another school for 2nd. I feel the principal is very uptight, and cannot relate to the children. She is worried about her job, and not well being of the kids. Many of the teachers seem to be too busy to focus on kids needs, and appear very stressed at times due to class size. There doesn't appear to be a lot of order to many classrooms there, with way too many people in and out all day long. This makes it difficult to get answers from teachers about how the children are doing, because they don't even participate in a lot of the learning experience with the children.
Teachers are completely limited with how they can control the class. Gym teacher is fabulous.
The principal at Leopold is a bit uptight that is for certain but the teachers and other parents are just wonderful. I had a child here for three years and they met her needs in unusual circumstances. The gym teacher is exceptional, art and music are so-so, and the dances, parties and fairs are a great deal of fun. She got a great education and loved this school. Gramma
Leopold doesn't know how to deal with gifted kids. Yet they seem to work well with low end kids. Principal is not supportive. There are stronger schools in the district.
Best school in madison,Ive had 4 children attend madison schools in past and present. of all I've seen leopold rocks! voleenters abundent from uw/and familys. great teachers and very clean school. good attitudes and positive all around. we love it.
Like the school a lot except for the principal - she doesn't seem to relate to the kids very well. I know several students who go to this school other than my own children and they have all told me they don't like the principal.
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