Our family has had a very positive experience at this school to the point that I no longer trust school ratings. It seems rich areas have great ratings and less economically advantaged areas have low scores. In my experience at a “4” school the rating doesn’t reflect reality. I am coming from the perspective of having come here at the same time as the new principal Lori Bumstead, my son has been at this school for two years, and I volunteer weekly at the school library. The teachers my son has had and the others I’ve observed are excellent. They teach at each child’s level, challenging them individually while also teaching personal responsibility. My son’s teacher this year is renewing her board certification. As a job teaching is extremely busy, yet I have felt she takes the extra time to communicate with parents and teach the children as individuals. Very challenging to do but she does it well. The principal, office staff, PE teacher (they have PE almost daily), music teacher, and librarian are all excellent. They have made our family feel welcome and part of the school community in all interactions. My son often talks about his music and PE teachers, and although I haven’t witnessed those classes his stories relay wonderful educators. I can speak for the librarian Ms. Hall myself having witnessed her teach, and she is a major asset to the school. She runs an awesome program teaching the children at various levels how to access information, she sets up many author visits and Skypes, and comes up with creative ways to get the kids excited about learning and reading. I can’t speak to how this school handles learning disabilities or bullying since I haven’t had experience with either here. I can say my son has some attention issues (according to past schools he has been at) and he has excelled here.The only complaint I have about this school is I wish the facilities were more up to date. I know that depends on already strapped homeowners voting for capital bonds projects, but I do hope that is in Serene Lake’s future. We love this school community and feel very fortunate our son is a part of it. The educators and staff at Serene Lake care about the students and the school, and it shows.