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1399 Upper Shelbyville Road
Franklin, IN 46131

(317) 738-5780
(317) 738-5787
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December 19, 2013
In 2005 I was a new student at Needham Elementary that moved from the Pittsburgh, PA area. The change was drastic since I had moved away from pretty much my entire family & all of my friends. The atmosphere was so different compared to my old school, though. I did so many little things that were different to what my new classmates did, & instead of being mean about it everybody was kind & respectful & helped me feel at home in the strange new world I was forced into. I went on to excel at playing the flute & saxophone throughout middle school & high school after my leaving elementary school, & the staff was very supportive as I went through an extremely emotional phase in the fifth grade. Though since my leaving the principal & music teacher have changed, Mr. Pettit is just as fun as the old principal was, & definitely works hard to fill the shoes of Mr. Cragen. And the new music teacher used to work for the middle schools & let's just say she's a bit more suited for Elementary school teaching (a bit too basic, but she's a great fit for the job). My youngest sister is about to graduate from Needham & I couldn't be happier with how she's grown up before my eyes at Needham Elementary

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November 19, 2013
Snobs nothing but !!! HORRIBLE HORRIBLE school, Never in my years of sending my child to school have I Ever been soooo FURIOUS with a school system!! The teacher is a snob the principle is RUDE and I'm pretty sure by the way they talked if you don't have money then you don't belong there I would stay far far far far away from this school. My kid also went to Northwood and I absolutely Love that school breath of fresh air when I made the switch very kind respectful and the staff is not rude and stuck up with their head in the clouds !

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May 16, 2013
This is my daughter s first year at Needham Elementary School she is in the 4th Grade and it is an excellent school. I m truly impressed with my daughter s teacher Mr. Ramey is an awesome teacher and is very involved with the students making sure they excelled and very involved with their parents and is always going above and beyond his call of duty we need more teachers like him. I truly like the way my her teacher keeps the parents informed by e-mail, Face book, Power School Grade Progress site and by his class room web page. The school can improve on more parent involvement and more physical education during the week for the children during the school year. The Principal Mr. Pettit is really awesome as well with his involvement with the students and parents keeping them informed and always going that extra mile to making sure everything is going smooth. The staff at Needham Elementary School is so nice and very helpful and always going above and beyond their call of duty. I just wanted to say thank you for all you do and a pleasant place for my daughter to attend school and a great year.

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May 01, 2007
Needham Elementary School has been a disappointment. We moved here three years ago and have been discouraged by the quality of teachers. The principal is not interested in academic development. There are many outdoor arenas, gardens, etc. that are never used due to lack of imagination by the teachers.

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September 20, 2006
I love Needham! There is such a feeling of friendliness when you walk in to the building. The principal is very involved with the students. He is rarely in his office when I go into the building, instead you can find him reading with students or dressing up like a character to deliver something to the classrooms. All of teachers that I have dealt with have been wonderful. They not only teach my sons but truly care about them and their activities.

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May 31, 2004
Excellent School! Very hands on, Great Principle. Our daughter excelled and enjoyed school, the only thing lacking were extra curricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
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Needham Elementary School
1399 Upper Shelbyville Road, Franklin, IN  46131
(317) 738-5780
Last modified Needham Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-4. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Needham Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 7 reviews. Top