SLO Laureate School shuttered, no warning to parents

July 1, 2015

SLO Laureate School 2By KAREN VELIE

Parents attempting to drop their children off on Wednesday morning at the Laureate School in San Luis Obispo were informed the owners of the school had been evicted and the school was closed.

The Laureate School is a private toddler through eighth grade school that sits at the foot of Bishop Peak. For more than 32 years, parents seeking smaller class sizes and Montessori trained teachers have sent their preschool and elementary age children to the Laureate School.

On Wednesday morning, a teacher from the school stood outside handing a notice from the property owners, Full Circle Laureate, saying that the company that operates the SLO Laureate School had not paid rent since Oct. 2014. The owners of the property said in the notice that they had attempted to work with Eucasia Schools Worldwide, the operator of the school, to no avail.

The property owners filed an eviction notice in San Luis Obispo County Superior Court on April 15. According to the letter, the property owners agreed to allow the school to finish out its spring quarter and then vacate the property on June 8.

Nevertheless, parents say the school continued to bill parents for the summer session without informing them of the eviction. Many local parents utilize the school as a day care facility during the summer months.

Full Circle Laureate had no other choice but to enforce the judgment and regain possession of the property,” the letter says. “Full Circle Laureate is sympathetic to the children, families, staff and teachers who will be effected by this closure.”

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As an ex-parent of the school, the problem was not the teachers or the staff. The problem rest firmly on the Ex-Owner.

At the end of the 2013-2014 academic year the owner drove out her excellent Head of School and all the Elementary school’s teachers and staff. Her Machiavellian technique alienate all that came in contact her and the school.

As for the quality of School before the 2014-2015 academic year. Three of my children, attended the school, two 4th grades and a kindergartner. Two of the my children had IEP, One of them was 3 grades behind, could not read. By the end of the school year; miracles.

We spent the 2014-2015 school year, at the Family Practices Montessori program in Orcutt, ( a public school) and today all my children are at grade level or above.