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Apex, NC
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1751 Olive Chapel Road
Apex, NC 27502

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(919) 387-4440
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September 28, 2015
Administration seems more interested in covering themselves than listening to parent concerns. They do not take responsibility for their actions. If you have issues, I recommend keeping it all in writing and not only phone and conference. Unfortunately I thought this was a great school until I had to speak to the Administration.

- submitted by a parent

July 18, 2015
Unless your child is starting kindergarten, new families are in the dark. The administrative staff does not clearly communicate procedures for carpool, meal plans, ID's or anything. I think they are very disorganized with their "learn and apply as you go" way of doing things. We came from a traditional school experience where all the meal, transportation and other logistics were done on Registration Day, BEFORE school starts. Maybe the track schedule makes this more challenging for the school, but since 3 of the 4 tracks start the same day, I don't see why logistics can't be completed before school starts. They even had a welcome night for new OCE families and didn't provide a "new family packet" of sorts including necessary forms for the start of the school year. What on earth?! As though this is not enough, I feel like we're being nickel and dimed for the supplies. We're being required to purchase agendas for our kids and pay for subscriptions to children's publication's as part of their curriculum like Time for Kids. I don't mind investing in my child's education, however, I prefer to have a choice over the books and magazines I want to purchase for my kids. Again, in traditional school we paid a registration fee, the teachers provided the agendas and we the parents got to choose to order publications from Scholastic instead of the school imposing publications on us. This is our first year in this year round experience and I'm not happy. I will stick it out the rest of the year and see how my kids do. I'll try to update my review as the year continues.

- submitted by a parent

May 13, 2015
The only reason I'm writing a review on this site is because there isn't a site called poorschools.org. The ineffective leadership team at this school is driving a once thriving learning atmosphere into a place filled with poor attitudes and horrible culture. We've had 2 children (one now in high school and one in middle) come through Olive chapel and have wonderful experiences. Our youngest (now 4th grader) is not on pace to have anywhere near the same experience. Due to Mrs. Lavery's poor leadership and guidance its been relayed to us that over 1/3 of the staff are leaving this year, this is in addition to the over dozen that have left the prior 2 years. What once was a great learning environment for our children is now being filled with inexperienced, inferior educators. Decisions are being made NOT with the school or children's best interest at heart. I don't blame any of the teachers for leaving and myself and most of my neighbors are doing everything we can to get our children out of there as quickly as possible. If you are looking for a school to shape our leaders of tomorrow, look elsewhere. Olive chapel elementary is NOT the place to send them.

- submitted by a parent

May 12, 2015
We've been at OCE for about 8 years and we have really been sad to see current administration's lack of leadership. While many of the teachers have been great there is a flood of talent leaving and its clear that administration is a root cause. Its time for a change at the top. Glad we are almost done.

- submitted by a parent

September 23, 2013
I feel OCE has an exceptionally strong bond among the parents because the parents and kids (in each track) have an opportunity to bond over time since they are together for all of elementary school versus a year round school where your child will be placed with kids in their grade which includes 5-6 classes versus 2 classes in a year round school.

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September 08, 2013
My daughter finished with Olive Chapel and had a good experience, but my second grader has not. New and inexperienced teachers at every grade, overcrowded, and no nurturing support. I feel my son is loosing valuable time at this school. I feel the school has gone backwards in terms of progress.

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September 07, 2013
My son is in 2nd grade now. We are not pleased with the qualification of teachers. Instead of focusing on providing quality care for little children, they are rule keepers. They do not care about students' emotional/mental/psychological health at all. They worry too much about not being in trouble after incidents or problems happened by students. The education is not good at all. My son is 1-2 grades behind.

- submitted by a parent

May 18, 2013
my son started there in 2009-2010 school year, first grade was rather bumpy!! second grade better!! i absolutely loved mrs price, third grade, great!! love mrs adame!! fourth grade, good, loved ms cowen, but she left!! i think that mr tussey is great for my son, i love the school, though communication can be fine tuned some but it is still a great school. (bus transportation issues) i have been dealing with wcpss since 1994 consecutively!! and with my last child starting school in 2008 this is the first time i actually had to deal with the zone issues that put my son ( who lives in cary) in a school that is in apex, with the bussing issues that has him getting home more than sometimes 2 hours after dismissal when there are 4 schools that are closer and 3 in walking distance. my son loves his school very much! and that is worth keeping him there and not moving him again!1 thank you!!

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December 07, 2012
We have not been pleased with the school. The parent volunteers make the school work. In my opinion the administration has had bad communication. The teachers have been hit or miss as far as quality of education.

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November 21, 2011
I wish this website would update the reviews. The only poor reviews are from years ago, and I've had a great experience - so have many of the parents I talk to. The teachers my child has are wonderful, and the others I've met through volunteer work are involved and motivated. Even our bus driver is top-notch. The Walking School Bus, Family Marathon, and Landlubbers club offer incentives for the kids to stay healthy and active, there are many opportunities for students to work on literacy skills, and our teachers at least are open to tailoring educational needs to the individual child's skill level. We moved here for this school, and we have not been disappointed.

- submitted by a parent

May 02, 2011
We switched from a small private school with a 6:1 student teacher ratio and I am just as pleased with the quality of education at OCE as the private school. Also, the discipline and organization are even better! My children are now learning to take responsiblity for their work. My only disappointment is the school lunches which is a Wake County issue and not an OCE choice.

- submitted by a parent
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June 01, 2008
My daughter started kindergarten in OCE in 07-08. We like the school. She is happy and well-instructed. She is motivated to do well. The school offers loads of parent involvement, from being able to visit your child for lunch, to the more elaborate Artapalooz event. I think the school does its job. I don't know if she is challenged academically, but she is just in Kindergarten! Actually I'd like to see her have a bit more 'play' time, but I know that isn't possible. The teachers seem qualified, and my daughter likes her Kindergarten teacher. I like the year-round schedule.

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March 31, 2008
I am so happy with OCE! It is a year-round school. We are in Track 2. My daughter is in 1st grade and we feel so blessed to have such an amazing teacher! Thank you OCE!

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August 30, 2007
I am very happy with OCE, my son is in the 2nd grade and has been with this school since k. My son is also ADHD, Sensory Integration Disorder, the teachers have been well prepared, and I have donated numerous books to the school to help with the overall adjustment to each level year. He has performed well, and the teachers have all been super informative on communication logs. The school is well organized as well, I have never had an instance in which I have been disappointed, the staff are all well informed and the transistion to year round has been wonderful. I expected so much worse, but have been pleasently surprised.

- submitted by a parent

August 04, 2007
My son just started Kindergaren at OC -- he's loving every minute of it. The staff seems well-prepared for the new year-round schedule, and his teachers are really on the ball with excellent communication and leadership. The principal and her staff have been friendly and professional. Overall, my wife and I are very pleased with OC and look forward to many excellent years of participation.

- submitted by a parent

August 02, 2007
Olive Chapel leadership is poor. The teachers are struggling to adapt to the new schedule and the quality of education is declining. Wake County Schools are a mess. There is no continuity

- submitted by a teacher
no rating
May 30, 2007
Our daughter started kindergarten 06-07 school year and her teacher team -Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Crighton are amazing. I was so impressed by their organization (newsletter goes home every Fri with so many details of their week, family projects to complete 4 times a year, Mother's Day Tea, and lots more.) Parent involvement is encouraged. Two field trips per year. The school is beautiful with a brand new playground this year! The PTA is really involved as well, funding many great initiatives. The gym has a climbing wall for PE. The principle, Melissa Burns, is very attentive and calls once a week with automated phone updates and reminders. I love this school and am so very impressed with it, they are moving to a year round calander this coming year, but I know that the level of caring and organization in this school will carry us through this change!

- submitted by a parent

September 03, 2006
Excellent school! A beautiful facility and great teachers. Our child is in 1st grade and we have been thrilled. The work is challenging and engaging. The also offer AG-type classes for advanced students as early as Kindergarten. A few too many trailers for our liking, but overall we have been very pleased with our experience.

- submitted by a parent

October 06, 2005
This is a clean and well maintained school. However the education is not very good. My children are learning skills that 1-2 grade levels behind. Their teachers pile on the homework but none of it is very helpful---it's mostly just 'busy work'. They definitely 'teach to the test' and considering NC is ranked 49th in the nation for education, that doesn't say much! Also the AG identification doesn't start until 4th grade, and what they offer students is minimal. Overall I am disappointed in the quality of the education at this school.

- submitted by a parent
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Olive Chapel Elementary
1751 Olive Chapel Road, Apex, NC  27502
(919) 387-4440
Last modified Olive Chapel Elementary is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Olive Chapel Elementary Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top