My grandson has attended kindergarten, first grade and is now in the second grade - all at Holly Ridge. I think it is a very good school...with concerned and caring teachers, staff and principal and vice principal. I have had really good communication with and from the teachers for any problems (generally minor) so that they could be dealt with promptly. Also I have had my grandson in the before and after care (and for summer day camp) at the Hawk Nest - right at the school - very reasonable and convenient. Most of all - my grandson loves going to school...that tells it all.
I believe each teacher that my grandson has had has really gotten to know him - he strengths and weaknesses in learning new things. This is very important because the teacher then is able to assist when assistance is needed and step back when it isn't necessary.
This school gave me great hope. Our child's kindergarten teacher was amazing and wonderful and integral to our child's love of learning. Unfortunately, first grade and second grade were terrible, due to the paltry leadership in the school. Our child suffered bullying from students as well as by faculty and staff. More than one teacher referred to our child in derogatory terms in front of others. When confronted with allegations, the principal found it acceptable to scream at us and refused to apologize. On a positive note, the school is very strong with ESL and encourages parental involvement in students' lives, albeit clumsily. They offer regular social activities at low or no cost, which gives for great opportunity to meet others.
I personally think that this school has some lower ratings because of test scores from kids who do not speak english well. My children attend the Hollies and love it! My daughter is an exceptional student who has been placed with other children well above their grade level for her reading group. The class sizes are small so the kids can get individual attention, and I have not met a teacher, staff member or administrator who I did not like.