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Claxton Elementary

Public | K-5 | 430 students

 

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Posted September 30, 2013

How lucky are my kids to be able to go to a public school with kids from all different backgrounds, get a terrific education, AND experience arts-integration. Claxton promotes learning through the arts -- music, visual arts, dance, drama -- and there's nothing better for elementary school-aged children. My son is performing above grade level, and he's never been left out of left behind from teachers focused on the kids who need intervention. He's happy, stimulated, and full of stories to tell every day. What more can a mother ask for?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2013

Claxton is a great school with a group a terrific teachers. I love the way the arts are integrated into the curriculum and the after school arts program is fantastic. This is our sixth year at Claxton and it has been a great environment for my child. You will love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2013

Both of my children attend Claxton, and I absolutely love the great things they are getting exposed to during the day. They are great teachers, specialists, and parents! The teachers do a great job differentiating among students and helping with all the needs in the classroom. Love the A+ arts cultural events and after school arts program too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2013

I respectfully disagree with the previous review. I am very proud to work here and find the staff and administration are consummate professionals. It's a shame it doesn't work out with all teachers and I don't question their motives but posting such misleading and incorrect information seems petty.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 31, 2013

Our school is amazing! We love the Olweus anti-bullying program and how it has recognized students for "Lending a Hand, and Taking a Stand." This program has helped with our positive behavior system we use in order to help our students recognize bullying and how to handle those situations. Our administration takes community concerns very seriously and as a staff member, can talk with either of them openly about a situation. As far as Claxton goes, we've truly embraced our A+ magnet theme, which focuses are the Arts and Humanities. From artist residencies with ceramics to curriculum aligned partnership with the Moog Foundation, our students, K-5, can expect to have experiences that connect them to the arts. I encourage you to visit our school or contact us for more information to get a better picture of what we do. Go to www.ashevillecityschools.net/schools/clx for more!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 16, 2013

I am currently a teacher at Claxton and I could not imagine teaching anywhere else. The past two years this administration has gone above and beyond to listen to their teachers and trust us to teach as we know best . I love working for and with this administration because they honestly treat each and every child like they were their own and expect the teachers to do the same. As teachers we are held accountable for what we are teaching and how we are going to reach students who need enrichment or who need remediation. The days are gone when the principal sits in his or her office with the door closed and allows teachers their freedom. The children of Claxton are beyond lucky to have an administration that advocates for them and expects their teachers to give their best to them. I am certainly not saying there isn t room for improvement. There is not one of us living on this earth that isn t a work in progress. There are also times when I want that day to be my last, but I return each morning because I love my students and I am blessed to work with an administration that loves these children and expects the best for them. I also love working with teachers who feel the same.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 30, 2012

Claxton is a wonderful learning environment! Teachers, administration, and staff are all very caring about the students. The principal greets the children at morning carpool. Parent involvement is greatly encouraged. I've enjoyed spending lunch with my children's classes in the cafeteria and volunteering in their classrooms. Whenever I have a question, I get answered quickly, respectfully, and with the needs of my children at the center. We could not be happier with this school and look forward to the next 6 years there!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 3, 2012

We can't say enough good things about Claxton. The teachers, Principal, and Vice Principal are incredible. They are involved, caring, and communicative. Our kids are happy and growing there. I love the diversity of the school, and the creativity that it encourages. We are extremely thankful for such an amazing little school right in the heart of Asheville.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2010

The teachers and staff care about the children and do everything they can to help them succeed!!! Claxton is like one big family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2009

Great kids and the most supportive parent group any teacher could ask for.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 20, 2009

Best kids in Asheville!! Amazing teachers and staff.


Posted October 3, 2009

Claxton Elementary is a product of great teamwork between administration, teachers and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

The staff is so caring .... The students have many opportunities to express their talents through after school arts classes.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 28, 2009

Variety of programs/events offered to students and families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

The staff works well together. We also have a strong parental support.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 27, 2009

I love Claxton Elementary because of the commitment the staff has to the students. Our principal knows every child's name and history in her school and works very closely with teachers to ensure that her student's are receiving the best education for them. Our teachers are positive and work cooperatively. As a new teacher, not only has the district staff supported me, individual teachers have stepped up to help me transition into the school and career.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 27, 2009

I have worked at Claxton for seventeen years. I look forward to each day of the school year. The children are wonderful and the staff work together to make Claxton a warm, safe, and learning enviorment. The children and staff make Claxton a loving and caring school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 26, 2009

Our students are so eco-minded!


Posted September 25, 2009

I love having the opportunity to focus on the arts with my students, and other teachers. There are so many inspired and inspiring teachers here, and the students and their families are very supportive.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 1, 2009

I couldn't be more grateful for my son's time at Claxton (3-5th). He has had the best teachers that I could have hoped for him. The entire administration gets 5 stars in my opinion. My son loves the school as well... too bad it has to end with 5th grade.
—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.

About these ratings

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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
73%

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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
72%
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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
79%
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 Students52%
Female51%
Male53%
Black7%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities-5%
Non-disabled students61%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English53%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant52%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students57%
Female56%
Male57%
Black20%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities30%
Non-disabled students61%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English59%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant57%
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 Students62%
Female63%
Male62%
Black22%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students63%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English62%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant62%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students62%
Female72%
Male54%
Black11%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students65%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English62%
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 Students69%
Female63%
Male74%
Black19%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students79%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant69%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students56%
Female52%
Male59%
Black-5%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged11%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students60%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English56%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant56%
Academically gifted88%

Science

All Students69%
Female59%
Male77%
Black13%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students75%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant69%
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 60% 52%
Black 28% 26%
Two or more races 6% 4%
Hispanic 5% 14%
American Indian 0% 1%
Asian 0% 3%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 43%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

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  • Ms Kimberly Dechant
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