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Old 09-09-2013, 04:35 PM
 
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People certainly complained far more about Robin Hood than the portables, but I think the issues went hand and hand. Eliminate Robin Hood and you would eliminate the portables.

While living in HPISD, I was certainly impressed with Mad for Plaid. For those that don't know, the neighbors give directly to a tax exempt organization that then doles out monies to the school that cannot be recaptured by Robin Hood. For example, the money was used at Bradfield to pay for a Spanish teacher. Perhaps Lakewood can come up with a similar program to expand the school, hire more teachers, etc. There would be a whole layer of politics to deal with though.


http://woodrowfoundation.com/ in its fifth year

Imagine Lakewood Elementary Expansion Founation LEEF in its second year

http://www.lecpta.org/lakewoodhomefestival - since 1976
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Old 09-09-2013, 04:49 PM
 
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That is really awesome. Hopefully Lakewood can be a shining star in DISD.
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Old 09-09-2013, 05:12 PM
 
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Imagine Lakewood Elementary Expansion Founation LEEF in its second year

I think the future non-DISD funded expansion of Lakewood Elementary is a nice idea. I commend anyone involved. It doesn't help the kids who are there now. Even those now in kindergarten will be on to Long by the time such an expansion would be completed if it ever happens. In the meantime, do they have to shut the school down during construction? Do the kids get to go to school in a construction zone for a couple of years? Do they have to go to another school temporarily?

So far I'm happy that my kid is Lakewood. However I'm honest about my experience, both good and bad.
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Old 09-12-2013, 09:21 PM
 
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One objective measure that I always like is NMSF when comparing high schools. For 2014, LHHS has 4. I have not seen DISD lists, but I have send FWISD, Southlake, Denton, etc.
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Old 09-13-2013, 09:57 AM
 
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Speaking PSAT/SAT/ACT prep and the Woodrow Foundation - in today's news:

Woodrow Wilson High School Community Foundation announces financial assistance | Dallasnews.com - News for Dallas, Texas - The Dallas Morning News

Also Woodrow has revamped its own SAT prep and is now offering it as a regular class - there are seven sections this year I believe.

And thanks (in part) to Lakewood community influence, DISD will be paying for SAT, ACT, AP and IB tests this year (not sure about PSAT).
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:45 AM
 
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I only skimmed the other replies to this topic....I did see it was spiraling into another school debate.

I can offer my experience with living in Casa Linda Estates for 7.5 years now. The lots are large in our neighborhood..minimum of 1/2 acre going up to over 5 acres for a few houses...mostly off of Buckner. We love our neighborhood! It's extremely quiet. We can walk to Casa Linda Park which they just remodeled with new playground equipment. We love all the large trees! The neighbors are all very friendly and Casa Linda does several block parties throughout the year. We have lots of friends in nearby Little Forest Hills also.
Lots of restaurant options on our side of the lake.....Alligator Cafe, Havana Cafe, El Fenix, Chili's, Monster Yogurt, Hypnotic Donuts, Lover's Pizza, Torchy's Tacos, Cane Rosso is nearby, and The Lot. We have a Natural Grocers, which will never compare with Whole Foods, but does offer a nice selection of organic food at reasonable prices.
The elementary school, Sanger, is a very good school. It certainly doesn't have the overcrowding problems that Lakewood has. A new principal last year has really breathed new life and there are lots of involved parents and great teachers.
My daughter's got accepted into Dealey Montessori...a DISD magnet. We pursued that option, not because of Sanger, but because it solved our middle school problem. That is a problem over here. The middle school, Gaston, and high school, Bryan Adams, are not great. When high school comes, we'll look into a transfer to Woodrow, application to Booker T. Washington, or maybe a less expensive but good private school like Bishop Lynch. We've got good options and I'm absolutely not worried about it.
Housing is cheaper on our side of the lake so you'd be able to find a bigger house for a lot less money than in Lakewood.
But all the neighborhoods you've listed and that have been discussed are all good. Pros and cons to all of them, so just need to find the one that best fits your needs.

Good luck!
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Old 09-17-2013, 10:04 AM
 
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I personally think that the areas along Garland Road will be the next universally recognized "hot spot". Some of us know it's already hot. Casa Linda Estates have a beautiful layout and large lots thanks the the Brown family - they grew up in the area and cared about it. Carl and Howard wanted first-class and that's what they got. It wasn't some corporation developing a piece of "raw land". There are huge trees every where and a close proximity to White Rock Lake. I'd say Forest Hills has larger trees but not by much. There is a lot of traffic at Buckner and Garland Road but nothing like intersections in Collin County. It is indeed quiet in the surrounding areas.

That's another thing about Lakewood, too. You can be on Lakewood Boulevard at 10 pm at night and hear a pin drop.
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Old 10-15-2013, 08:11 PM
 
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I agree with your post, but with one tweak: WW & feeder schools are definitely on the upswing and LHHS is definitely on the downward spiral. The low income apartment kids at LHHS continue to become a larger % of the school's population and tend to lack the parental involvement that makes students successful. While one of my best friend's is a late 1990's LHHS / Harvard Law grad, she would never in a million years put her own kids into LHHS now. Test scores and college admissions strength has been declining for 10+ years now.

On the flip side, Lakewood and Jackson elementaries have absolutely, 110% become the in-town choice for those priced out of HPISD and private schools and who are educated and involved parents. I agree that the results are absolutely not happening at the high school level yet, but am following the story with curiosity and great interest to see what happens in the next 7-9 years. Will the parents with K-4 aged kids actually stay and choose Long / Woodrow? Will they apply and be admitted into DISD magnets? Will they choose less-expensive private schools like BL? Will they sell their beautiful homes in Lakewood and downsize into HPISD cottages? Or will they move to the burbs? Time will tell, but the answers will hold the keys to WW's future.
Laughing because I don't hear people in Lakewood moaning that they "are priced out of the Park Cities or private schools". Many think those are a waste of money and don't care for the attitude.
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Old 10-16-2013, 04:52 AM
 
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LH and Lakewood is very nice but watch out because it can go from nice to ghetto very quick
have lots of friends that live in there and they much prefer Lakewood over LH


Lake Highlands has gone downhill IMO. you see 500k-a million dollar homes and go one block and youre in the ghetto with people selling drugs on the corner. school has gone downhill as well.
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Old 10-16-2013, 09:21 AM
 
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LH and Lakewood is very nice but watch out because it can go from nice to ghetto very quick
have lots of friends that live in there and they much prefer Lakewood over LH


Lake Highlands has gone downhill IMO. you see 500k-a million dollar homes and go one block and youre in the ghetto with people selling drugs on the corner. school has gone downhill as well.
Plenty of areas in Dallas can go from very nice to ghetto. Couple of examples:

1) Park Lane at Hillcrest. Million dollar homes. Go east 2 miles and you are in one of the worse areas in Dallas. I mean that area is scary. My wife won't drive her car their at night by herself.

2) Walnut Hlll/Inwood. Beautiful homes until you go 1-2 miles west. Great Mexican grocery stories though and ready access another couple of miles for Harry Hines and porn. .

3) Mockingbird/Park Cities/Greenway Park- very nice area, but go west 1 mile and you hit Luv filed. Nothing lovely about many of the surrounding homes, nor those dudes hanging out at the liquor store next to Popeyes.
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