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Waynesville East Elementary School

Public | K-2 | 975 students


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Posted April 9, 2014

Unorganized, absolutely no respect for the parents. Hang up the phone on you, do not call back when they say they will, yet harass you with automated calls.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 13, 2013

My son has attended East for two years and we are very impressed with the rigorous curriculum as well as the assistance that students are given to help meet their academic goals. Their teachers provide feedback to the students and parents. My son can explain to us exactly what learning goals he has met and which ones he is working towards. The work he brings home is meaningful and engaging. He has an IEP and all staff including administration, process coordinator, special education, regular education and specials teachers truly work as a team to help us meet his goals. They communicate regularly with home and assist us with methods by which we can work together to help him be successful. The building is attractive and I feel very reassured by their policies and procedures that my child is well cared for, safe and loved while he is at school. My son loves school and his teachers, he speaks regularly of their routines and processes that have helped him to be successful in school and understand academic and behavioral expectations. I am so impressed with the quality of instruction and staff at East Elementary!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 7, 2013

My son is a first grade student at East Elementary. He attended Kindergarten here as well. I am extremely pleased with the administration, staff, and overall building environment. It is apparent student learning is a high priority.
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Posted November 7, 2013

My child has attended East Elementary the past two years. During that time period, I have been very pleased with the Administration, Teachers and Staff that I have dealt with. The Administration seems to really care about the students and has created a positive atmosphere to ensure students are getting the best education possible. They have created an academic curriculum that will help these young students in the future. The Teachers are great and have always kept us informed on our child's performance. The classrooms are equipped with the lastest technology that allows my child to have fun while he is learning.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 2, 2013

Our family has had the pleasure of being part of the East family since 2010. Our concern was that our daughter was unable to interact not only adults but children her age as well. She was accepted into the P.A.C.E. preschool progam and with much help from the staff at East she is so much better. So to our suprise after being at East for two years our little girl now a first grader cried everyday for the first quarter. East faculty and staff worked with us ot help our daughter through those trying times. After 33 long days finally our daughter was able to have a successful first grade! They were so helpful, they worked with us with diffrent techniques to help her through her day. I truely believe it is the leadership at east that made the situation so much more easier to go through. They never gave up on our family and most importantly they never gave up on our daughter. The principles, the councilors and the teachers were so patient and kind in helping us through it all. For that I feel that East Elementry is the best school in the world and I am so glad that we are able to attend this school. Thank you so much East I couldnt have asked for a better school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 28, 2013

We had a wonderful experience with East Elementary. The academics are rigorous and you get a real sense of how much the teachers, administration and staff care for the students that they serve as soon as you walk in the door.
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Posted July 10, 2013

My daughter attended Kindergarten through Second grade. She had a difficult teacher for 1st grade that we didn't really care for but, thankfully she's no longer teaching! I can't say much about the principal since I never saw her around but the assistant principal, Mrs. Vernon, is amazing! She truly puts your child first and cares! Everyone is very friendly & the school has definitely improved their overall school rules and policies. This school is deserving of a higher rating! Definitely recommend volunteering in your child's classroom and staying involved!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 2, 2012

My child attended this school from September to Thanksgiving Break and was in first grade. I liked the school and the academics challenged her. I wish she would of had more Math homework but she did excel. However I feel the school had too many students, it was just too big. The school did a good job for as many students as it held. I feel there was great communication with the teacher as well. I did have reservations because I stood in the parent line to pick up my child and some of the parents were of questionable nature. So maybe it is not the school, faculty, and admininstration. I think it might be some of the parents and how they view life, act, curse in the parent line, make sure everyone hears them on their cell phones, speak loud enough for other parents to hear the complaints about the school, which is noone's business, and just the way they represent themselves. I would of kept my child in this school but due to military orders we had to move. The school was great. We were sad to have to leave our first grade teacher.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 5, 2012

East Elementary is one of the best schools in the state. All three of my children have attended this school K-2. The teachers they had were caring. The curriculum was challenging. There was good communication between school/teacher and parent. I would not have wanted my children to go anywhere else!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 20, 2012

Not impressed by the things my child does in class. Poor communication between teacher and parents. She is constantly telling me she doesn't like school because she is bored. That shouldn't be happening in Kindergarten in my opinion.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 16, 2011

The atmosphere for learning is inadequate. Supervision on the playground is lacking to a reprehensible degree. Feels more like a prison than a school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 1, 2011

Most of the staff is friendly. The principal Hilary Bales is very rude and could care less about the students. I volunteered at the school 2 to 3 days a week for over a year and rarely did I see her come out of her office. I have gone to her with concerns before and she blew me off. She acted as if she did not care and I was wasting her time. She has a very bad attitude and seems to be there only for a pay check.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 24, 2009

This school does not impress me in the least. The parent to teacher ratio is horrible. This site is inaccurate in it's 12-1 estimation, it's more like 20 or more to 1. Many children I interact with, including my own, cannot recall actually learning anything new in their classes. I understand the need for review for the first week, but after that learning should start, not further review.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 12, 2008

Notice: The following are MY opinions. We have had bad experiences at this school. So many kids have behavioral problems, the schoolwork seems to be behind. And a few smiles from the teachers & staff would go a long way.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 26, 2007

The teachers are very imtelligent and care about the students. The staff is available to support your child with their education when you need them the most. You can actually make arrangements with them to find out more ways to help your child learn better study skills. They also tell you about good programs.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 23, 2006

I like this school, they have great teachers and keep you up to date weekly by email of all of the test scores and announcements. They have excellent extra curricular programs for kids like the future cheerleading that's hard to find for their age at other schools. The work is very advanced but there are no programs fit to handle kids with learning disabilities or special education students.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 19, 2006

I am soo happy with this school on every level possible. The teachers and principal are soo friendly and already know me, and its not even the end of September. Academics, music, art P.E., seems to be very well balanced and structured. Way to go East Elementary!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 18, 2006

This is our 3rd year at East and we could not be happier. We have been blessed with teachers that care and will not let a child fall behind. Parent involvement is very important and our children will go far in life if team work is important. There are more children in the classes something I was concerned about. This is no longer a concern of ours since we stay informed on our children's progress thru email, letters sent home, and of course the work our children bring home.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 15, 2006

My kids love school! They have a wonderful music program and the teachers are great. The principal and vice principal get to know the kids and are involved in the community. I am really sad that we are moving next year, if I could have it my way we would stay here!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 13, 2004

This school provides a lot if your child has no academic problems. I have two children who have problems, one with an IEP and one without as to date, and my eldest was takne out of this school and homeschooled becasue his issues were not addressed. My other child is still there and now we are starting to struggle with her. If your child is 'normal' or above average this school is a good school. As for the most part we have had a good relationship with the faculty.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 63% 74%
Black 15% 17%
Hispanic 8% 5%
Two or more races 8% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44%N/A45%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School basics

School start time
  • 8:35 am
School end time
  • 3:35 pm
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Hilary Bales
Fax number
  • (573) 842-2159


Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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1501 State Rd F
Waynesville, MO 65583
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Phone: (573) 842-2150


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