Lakeaires Elementary is a strong neighborhood school that prides itself on building strong and meaningful relationships with our students, parents and school community. Our educational approach focuses on the whole child, nurturing the intellectual, emotional, and social development of each child. We recognize and value the unique abilities of every child. Our teachers are committed to maximizing the academic success of each student through researched based, innovative and reflective instructional practices.
In Math Expressions, teachers create an inquiry environment and encourage constructive discussions. Students invent, question and explore while learning key math strategies. Five classroom structures include:
- Quick practice routines
- Math Talks in which students share strategies
- Building concepts within real world situations
- A community where everyone is a teacher and learner
- Students lead as they practice and discuss math concepts
Students read a wide variety of texts to build an understanding of themselves and other cultures of the world, to acquire new information, and for personal fulfillment and fun. You will find students reading, writing and speaking for real reasons. Students integrate language to articulate their learning through content that has global significance. Students conduct research by generating ideas and questions. They gather, evaluate and synthesize information from a variety of sources to communicate their discoveries.
Thought our District Partnership all classes experience eight art lessons taught by the White Bear Center for the Arts. Five lessons focus on drawing and watercolor and three integrate cultural art concepts that tie in with the present curriculum topics our students are learning in class.
Gifted and Talented Program
Primary Challenge Grades 1- 2 students are recommended for this program based on their exceptional performance in the classroom and readiness for advanced learning.
REACH Grade 3-5 provides opportunities for challenges in the academic areas of literacy and mathematics. In addition to advanced curriculum, REACH provides opportunities for effective lessons, critical and creative thinking skills, and self-directed learning.
DIG Time (Differentiated Instructional Groups)
DIG Time is part of our instructional programming that provides differentiated instruction to all student students resulting in additional math and reading support at their instructional level.
Parents are an integral and essential part of our school and are encouraged to be involved. We believe that a strong partnership between school and home enriches the educational process and provides a greater sense of community. Parents can volunteer in the classroom or at home, making it a convenient, fun and satisfying experience.
Assessment is an integral component of the teaching and learning process. Teachers monitor a child's progress over time to match instruction to the student's needs. Growth is documented with tests, projects, self-assessments and teacher observations.