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Salem Elementary

Public | K-5 | 936 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted February 4, 2014

I am the parent of a rising Kindergardener, and this is our base school. The school administration's lack of responsiveness and unfriendly attitude makes me run the other direction. As any new parent, I wanted to learn more about the school. First, I emailed the principal and requested to talk with her about the school. No answer after several attempts. The staff are not knowledgeable and do not know the answer to many a typical qeustions, like observing, touring, parent orientation, etc.This school does not allow for guided tours during instructional time! There is a SELF GUIDED tour on Tuesday afternoon after school hours, but that does not allow to get good sense of the school climate, kids attitude, interatction between kids, teachers, atmosphere in class, etc. When I raised some concerns about this with a staff member, she just simply hung up the phone. I called back, another staff member clarified to me that these are school policies put in place by the prinicpal for privacy issues, end of discussion. It does not seem that our son would be happy here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2014

We are one of the first to do student registration, still waiting for the student ID. Other capped schools near by were able to send in long ago. And the response from school always say they are busy and swamped. if they cannot get even to the first few forms yet, wondering how long they are going to take to finish up this registration process.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2013

This is our second year at Salem. Last year was good, but I am rating this below average because: 1) I feel that ensuring consistent teacher quality across grades is critical to student success; 2) leadership, namely principal, presence is important to show to the parents and kids. My son, my youngest child, is a 2nd grader and has the least communicative teacher I have ever encountered. Nothing is posted to the blackboard, she does not send home any newsletter, any emails or any other documentation about what is going on at the school or in the classroom. I have yet to see a homework or test grade. During orientation, it was abundantly clear that she did not know how to use a computer. I have now requested a conference in writing, by email, and by phone and have not heard back at all. I have sent an email to the principal and have not yet received a reply. Twice my son has come home with rips in his shirt because he has been chased down on the playground by the girls. If the situation were reversed, he would be in significant trouble. I have tried to tell him that this is a great learning experience but we are really discounting this year, at this point.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

Nothing special about this school. I must admit I haven't been to any others but it is just so-so...testing appears to be the most important thing for the administration as is technology. If you are into that kind of thing than you'd be happy. The administrations main goal seems to be smartboards and iPads. Our test scores are good but that is all they are taught. They say science is in the curriculum but I'm not so sure. Playground is substandard with kids not having grass, balls, goals, or fields to play on. There are old playground structures which are falling apart. The playgrounds are frequented by the neighborhood flocks of geese making it their toilet. There is limited shade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2013

Salem Elementary is an outstanding school! The teachers and staff are very dedicated to their students and really enjoy their jobs. The administration is incredibly charismatic and knows the children and their families by name. All staff members are friendly and provide a nurturing, loving and safe school environment each and every day. The school is committed to making sure each student is successful both academically and socially. Both of our daughters have flourished at Salem and love attending school because of the expectations and environment that the staff provides.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2013

We thought this was a wonderful school. There were a few things that could have been stronger, but overall it was a great experience for both of my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2012

If your kid is gifted and wants to learn more and faster, you will be most likely disappointed, as that's highly discouraged at Salem and no infrastructures for such. I had to transfer my kid to a magnet school despite almost 2 hrs on bus daily. The school's preference for mediocracy has shown in its declining tesst scores and ranking.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2012

Academics seem pretty good here, but there are lots of good schools in this area. I give an average rating because when it comes to being progressive, Salem Elementary is below average. The school is very much about test scores and not so much about turning out well-rounded conscientious human beings. A 5-star school accomplishes both. The school does not make an effort to be a leader. They do not recycle. They don't have a wellness committee, nor are they interested in starting one. The teachers feed the kids junk food in the classroom very often, including using candy and Froot Loops for kindergarten math, and giving junk food as a reward for good behavior/work, even though this is explicitly against school board policy. They do not offer any foreign language courses at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2012

We looked at public and private schools throughout the area and as soon as a spot opened up at Salem Elementary, we jumped on it for our son. The quality of instruction there is far and above what our peers are paying tens of thousands of dollars for at private schools. Where the district fails, parents step in and make up the difference, whether it's funding for more smartboards or volunteering to provide more work with gifted students in math and science. Parent volunteers really make this place tick. When testing end of grade testing preparations made it difficult for teachers to find enough time to support a science fair, a parent stepped in and made it happen as an extra curricular. When the number of students involved in AG swelled, parents stepped in to work with those students in math. The school's Scrabble club (started by the librarian) produced 2 national champions. The school had a month long educational effort around space which culminated in a live Q&A session with astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2010

Both our daughter (who is now a middle schooler) and our son, both who are special needs children absolutely love(d) Salem Elementary. The staff all the way from the principle down to the teachers and support staff really care about the children. They go above and beyond to make sure each gets a good education and support when they need it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2010

We had an awful experience at Salem Elementary. We moved from the Bay Area (CA) and settled near this school based on this website and reviews. We found it to be true that the students who are ahead are made to sit around until the rest of their peers catch up. This isn't a "gifted student" dynamic, but one that is true for all students who excel in any subject. We lasted 3 weeks in the school before transferring to a private school. Our daughter was telling us that she no longer liked school. By the way, the very attentive and caring administration called me weeks later and said "We've noticed your daughter has missed the last 25 days of school. Is there anything that we should know about?". We had officially removed her from the school when we left.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2010

My daughter came from a catholic school in western pa and I thought the adjustment would be difficult for her. She is thriving at Salem. Her school work improved and she is learning so much more than when she was in catholic school. I would highly recommend salem to any parent coming down from the north to our school district!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2009

Salem has been letting down its younger gifted students for at least 3 years now. Parents of students who are ahead of grade level are told by most teachers (there are a couple of exceptions) to 'slow them down and bring them in line with their peers.' This not only exhibits a complete lack of understanding about how to educate gifted kids, but it sends the children and their parents the wrong message (ask yourself -- what is a kindergartener who has been leveled by the school as reading at a 2nd grade level actually learning when she is told she must participate in basic phonics lessons with her classmates?) If you are planning on sending a gifted student to Salem, please make sure you get them tested to proove it -- you will need it to work through the system which encourages mediocrity and conformity instead of excellence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2008

Salem was the perfect place for our child with autism. The staff is very caring. IEP/Special Ed resources are excellent. We left another Wake Co school after being very disappointed in their inability to cope with our child. Both our kids are flourshing at Salem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2007

I agree with the above reviews. The school is excellent. The principal is very caring and willing to work with you. Parents are very involved as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2007

Salem Elementary is a top notch school! Salem has the most board certified teachers of any elementary school in Wake County, at this time. All the teachers, general ed, special ed, and accelerated teachers are caring and want all kids to succeed. The staff is approachable and are proactive. The principal and assistant principal are involved and hard working. They know all kids by name! Overall, a wonderful school and a great learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2006

Salem is a wonderful school! The staff takes great pride in working with the students and truley cares about each one. Ms. Williad, the principal, knows each kid and is always apporachable. The resources available to the kids are amazing! i would highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

This school is wonderful! Very friendly and 'in tune' with the children of all ages.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
90%
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 Students68%
Female66%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asian-95%
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities38%
Non-disabled students71%
Limited English proficiency17%
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant68%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students62%
Female68%
Male58%
Blackn/a
Asian-95%
Hispanic13%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged11%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities13%
Non-disabled students68%
Limited English proficiency14%
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant62%
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 Students71%
Female67%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asian-95%
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities6%
Non-disabled students77%
Limited English proficiency-5%
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant71%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students68%
Female68%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asian86%
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities25%
Non-disabled students72%
Limited English proficiency-5%
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant68%
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 Students73%
Female77%
Male68%
Black30%
Asian93%
Hispanic26%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities48%
Non-disabled students77%
Limited English proficiency-5%
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant73%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students66%
Female75%
Male56%
Black30%
Asian87%
Hispanic13%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged7%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities38%
Non-disabled students70%
Limited English proficiency-5%
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant66%
Academically gifted93%

Science

All Students73%
Female74%
Male72%
Black30%
Asian93%
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities43%
Non-disabled students77%
Limited English proficiency8%
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant73%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 64% 52%
Hispanic 18% 14%
Asian 9% 3%
Black 6% 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 21%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

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6116 Old Jenks Road
Apex, NC 27523
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