"Arts and Humanities Magnet"
Students enrolled 475
Hours 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
School leader Ms. Kimberly Dechant
Transportation options Yes
District Asheville City Schools
After school Yes

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241 Merrimon Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

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(828) 350-6500
(828) 255-5239
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5 stars
Based on 16 ratings

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August 31, 2014
Like many parents, I've pulled my kids out of Claxton due to the fact that the current principal has driven so many quality teachers away. Also, I doubt that Claxton keeps its high score considering that scores have plummeted since all the best teachers were driven away. I recommend that prospective parents dig up the most recent test scores at Claxton. I sent my children to ArtSpace, but many other parents who have left Claxton seem to speak highly of Vance Elementary if remaining at public schools (ArtSpace is a charter) is important to you.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2014
We are looking forward to school starting on Tuesday. My three children love Claxton, the teachers and the administration. My husband and I have been impressed with the education they have received as well as the enrichment opportunities that have been provided during the school day and after school from After School Arts to the Lego League and the amazing production they put on each year. We are so lucky to live in a city with awesome public schools.

- submitted by a parent
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
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
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
July 03, 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
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
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
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
February 03, 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
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
no rating October 21, 2009
Great kids and the most supportive parent group any teacher could ask for.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 20, 2009
Best kids in Asheville!! Amazing teachers and staff.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 03, 2009
Claxton Elementary is a product of great teamwork between administration, teachers and parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating 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
no rating September 28, 2009
Variety of programs/events offered to students and families.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
The staff works well together. We also have a strong parental support.

- submitted by a teacher
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
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
September 26, 2009
Our students are so eco-minded!

- submitted by a community member
no rating 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
April 01, 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
May 10, 2004
I feel that since my son Darius has been at Claxton School Ms Lamm has been the most supportive teacher my son has had. She always make the child feel as they need to learn. I want to thank her for all she has done for Darius Miller

- submitted by a parent
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Claxton Elementary
241 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville, NC  28801
(828) 350-6500
Last modified Claxton Elementary is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Claxton Elementary Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 23 reviews. Top