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Olive Chapel Elementary

Public | K-5 | 977 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 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


Posted 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!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted May 2, 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


Posted June 1, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted August 4, 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


Posted August 2, 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


Posted 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


Posted September 3, 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


Posted October 6, 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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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2013.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
86%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 48% in 2013.

174 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
>95%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2013.

174 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
81%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 48% in 2013.

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
>95%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
83%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students77%
Female77%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities33%
Non-disabled students81%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students76%
Female79%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities42%
Non-disabled students79%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English76%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant76%
Academically gifted94%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students76%
Female75%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asian77%
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities33%
Non-disabled students83%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant76%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students77%
Female79%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asian69%
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities29%
Non-disabled students85%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%
Academically gifted-95%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students79%
Female77%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities39%
Non-disabled students82%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant79%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students74%
Female77%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities31%
Non-disabled students77%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant74%
Academically gifted94%

Science

All Students60%
Female59%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities23%
Non-disabled students63%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English62%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant60%
Academically gifted94%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 79% 52%
Hispanic 8% 14%
Asian 5% 3%
Black 5% 26%
Two or more races 4% 4%
American Indian 0% 1%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 7%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

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1751 Olive Chapel Road
Apex, NC 27502
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