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Lowell Elementary School8

Wheaton, IL | Dupage County


July 9, 2014

My daughter recently finished her first year of Kindergarten at Lowell. I could not be more pleased with the experience that we have had thus far. Her teacher was phenomenal! She regularly communicated with parents, even sent out a newsletter on a weekly basis. She truly cared for every child in her classes (2 sessions - AM and PM) and was an excellent educator! I am also very impressed with the new administration. Mrs. Melton has made a wonderful impression and really supports her teachers as well as the parents. The PTA is another wonderful aspect of this school. The parents are so involved and want to make the experiences of the students the best they can possibly be. I am looking forward to many years here!

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February 26, 2014

Our kids call this school "the prison". That really says it all. The first time we went to curriculum night, we were running late and overheard 2 first grade teachers in the hallway telling each other to "remember, all their kids are darlings!" in a very sarcastic manner and giggling to each other. And unfortunately, although we really tried to give the school a chance and not judge it by those 2 catty teachers, there ended up being a lot of faking to look/sound like the school is caring and partnering with the parents. This 2 face attitude really isn't true of many of the teachers, but it gave us a very bad taste in our mouth. The front office isn't much nicer either. The PTA is really excellent and the parents are very active and try very hard to make it a great school but I fear that their enthusiasm doesn't enable them to see that what the staff says and does are really 2 different things. This school is all about test scores and unhappy teachers.

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April 18, 2013

My daughter is a kindergartener at Lowell, and I was very nervous to send my child to school. She attends Mrs. K's class, and I am amazed. She is the best teacher, loves on the kids so well and has fostered a love for learning. I would send my child to this school for her! But administration is far from friendly, the PE class taught my child inappropriate song/dance until enough parents complained and the principal was very defensive.

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February 25, 2013

My daughter has attended this school for 2 years now. She came from a traumatic experience in KG ( a private school-we thought would be safer than public-we were so wrong on that!). Both her 1st grade teacher was AMAZING, and her 2nd grade teacher is AMAZING as well. The staff is very kind and welcoming. It is very evident that all the staff and teachers are very invested in the students. My child has flourished in this school, starting out below grade level due to her Kindergarten experience, they have worked with her and she is excelling in all subjects this year. I am extremely grateful to live in this school district. The parent involvement is amazing and the children at this school are all taught true character-they are kind, compassionate and even a hint of bullying is not tolerated even for a second. I feel safe and secure when my child is in school and when I spend time in the school volunteering, I am always smiling because there is so much kindness and caring for the students. It is a very positive place to be- to see happy kids eager to learn and feeling completely safe. My 2nd child starts KG there next year and we are so excited she has the same opporunity!

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January 28, 2013

We have had 3 children go through this school and our experience has been that while there are some truly outstanding teachers, the majority of the teachers are fair to poor. Especially in the earlier grades. Every child is expected to basically be a zombie, as their love and excitement for learning is pretty much sucked out of them by extreme rigidity and concern for students progress vs. "standards" in the early grades. Many children are left behind. Communication from teachers in the early grades was zilch - no communication from teachers outside of report cards and graded work that came home. Each one of our children was different, but we had to significantly supplement their learning at home with worksheets, tutors, learning centers, etc. because they didn't fit into the ideal mold of a perfect Lowell student. Good news is that by grades 3-5, our kids were fine thanks to our constant help and constant work with teachers to do better, but the grade 3-5 teachers still had to work very hard to instill joy and love for learning back into them. Many parents have had the similar experiences and we all wonder why.

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April 28, 2012

My two children are thriving here with good academics, good teachers, good friends and even daily gym classes! My kids are very happy to go to this school, and the school does try to meet each child's needs. Very happy here!

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March 23, 2011

Could use a change in leadership. General feeling that several teachers run a bit rampant and the principal isn't really in charge. Many parents feel the principal is far more interested in making things look good than standing up for what is right or taking care of problems. She is a nice person, many of the teachers are great, but you don't feel like change for the better will be taking place under this command. You also feel like getting the right teacher is a problem, there are teachers that NOBODY wants their children to end up with and a secretary in the office that has left parents crying on more than one occasion.

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October 5, 2009

great school, engaged and creative teachers working for the best of each student.

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June 24, 2009

Love this school! our second grade daughter transferred to lowell from crow island elementary school in winnetka and we could not be happier here! ...High standards, parental involvement and great kids...This is public education at its best!

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April 27, 2009

Fabulous neighborhood school with high standards and great sense of community! I can't say enough good things about this school. Recent re-districting in Wheaton has accrued to the benefit of this already excellent school; parents at other Wheaton elementary schools are NOT happy as a result.

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September 7, 2007

I am just starting out at this school as a parent. My Daughter is in Mrs. R's Kindergarten class. I am very impressed with how they keep the lines of communication open and how they work with the children. So far, the experience is excellent.

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February 7, 2007

I currently have two children attending Lowell. The teachers are really involved in making sure that your child is getting a quality education. Thank you teachers, Mrs. DeSalvo and all of the parent helpers that help to shape my children, for the better, everyday. The Pierce's

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October 26, 2006

It is very fair, democratic and rewards good study habits, and discipline. Very pleasant school, lots of activities and development for children.

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April 14, 2006

This is a great school. Wonderful support programs and a great neiborhood. Gym is mandatory everyday. Lots of parental involvement.

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February 7, 2006

I think this school has a lot of issues. A true leader must have leadership skills and this school does not. Instead, the attitude toward certain parents are that the school has the first and the last say on your children education. But Parents we must think to ourselves and think this is our tax dallors and thesse are our rights! Are we going to sit here and allow this or are we going to take action and become more involved in our children and in our children education? Remember what we do now will effect all of us later. And little by little all of our rights will be taken from us if WE DON'T ACT ON IT NOW!!!Reminder that 'injustice anywhere will threaten justice everywhere as Dr. Martin Luther

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