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555 W. B. McLean Drive
Cape Carteret, NC 28584

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(252) 393-3990
(252) 393-2773
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August 27, 2015
This particular school is extremely lacking in quality staff and teachers my son was referred by his teacher in kindergarten for a speech evaluation because she and his doctor were concerned about his speech and the speech pathologist at this school did a very brief if any evaluation then said he did not qualify for services that what he was displaying was completely age appropriate his teacher and doctor strongly disagreed but when I pressed the issue I was just shut down now my son attends another school in another state and immediately after starting the new school he was evaluated and is receiving the adequate services he needed when he should have received them the year prior when he attended White Oak Elementary I am extremely disappointed in White Oak Elementary school as a whole kids that are gifted are not challenged at all and kids that need a little extra help do not receive it.It took switching to an actual good school to realize we came from a less than average one at White Oak if you are relocating to the carteret county area I would defiantly recommend you do your research on any other elementary schools in the area because this one is lacking.

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August 04, 2015
I have to agree with a few others that this school does not challenge kids enough and that the front check in staff and office staff are very unfriendly and have no buisness working around children.Look very closely at this school before moving into the district because it is highly overrated!

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October 28, 2013
We have had nothing but great experiences with this school. My children are both in third grade, and they both started here in kindergarten. The staff has always been friendly and helpful-not just the office staff, but the cafeteria staff and the janitorial staff when my son has misplaced jackets. We have been lucky witb great teachers. When my son was in kindergarten, his teacher recognized pretty quickly that he had a problem learning to read. After a parent-teacher conference, he was placed with a reading specialist. She was wonderful. All of the teachers that we have had have been dedicated, have kept us involved, and have been great with their students. Every year my kids tell me that their current teacher is their new favorite. I will say that my daughter, being gifted, could be challenged a bit more in school, but we work with her a little extra at home. We also have worked hard with our son on his weaknesses, but his teachers have been excellent and have worked with him on these and have worked with his strengths. Again, nothing but great experiences with WOES.

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September 18, 2013
White Oak might be a good school for a student with no learning problems or for any student that is not gifted. All of my children have gone to this school and those that were well past where they needed to be for their grade levels were bored. They were not challenged at all and one started having behavioral problems because the work was so below where it needed to be in order to provide stimulation and a challenge. My other child had a very detailed IEP coming from a different school and the minute we started at WOES, all extra support disappeared and there are continuous struggles with the grade level work. This school teaches specifically for the EOGs and test scores seem to be the most important factor for the administration of this school and county. I'm afraid at least of my children has been set up to fail by this school and will have a very difficult time when Middle School comes around.

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September 13, 2013
Our children are provided an average curriculum at White Oak Elementary. I do agree with other parents' posting that the children are not challenged and the school does not promote academic or character growth -- our children are bored thus dislike school at WOES. The office staff is not friendly or welcoming, and as the first people parents and students greet, the office personnel give the school a very bad appearance. We believe our children deserve to be surrounded by pleasant, encouraging leaders who promote a positive school experience and who give us parents confidence that our children are well cared for and safe. A smile goes a long way in order to boost the character of our children. Not the worst school we have attended but not the best.

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August 22, 2013
We joined White Oak at the very beginning of 2013. We had done our research, toured the school, and felt that the location would be a good match for our kids. The school is very organized; it welcomes and recognizes volunteers; the teachers (we have only had K and 1st grade so far) were super friendly, open to our questions and concerns, and quick to respond to anything; the staff truly does its best to get to know the parents, too. I felt that my children were challenged at the appropriate level and ended the year performing above grade level in many areas. Like anything else, your experience is what you make it!! We have had an awesome time at White Oak and are looking forward to the new school year!

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September 05, 2012
Kindergarten and First Grade seemed to be good. My son is now in second grade and ADHD and his teacher seems to not know "what to do with him". She seems to be a bully thus far and has a "mine" box to take things from her students when they don't listen or do something wrong. How elementary is that on her part? I hope this year gets better or we might be switching.

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March 28, 2012
I completely agree with the post from 3/8/12. As a military family we've had kids in 4 different elementary schools in 3 different states (CA, VA, & NC). We've loved all our schools even though some were not rated highly at all. Sadly, this is by far the worst one we've experienced. After all the research and everyone telling us that this is "the best school in the area", it makes me wonder what other schools they compare it to. We are very disappointed. My child was actually discouraged to read above grade level. Communication from the teachers and the school is horrible... how about a newsletter once in a while? How about answering my email after a full week? Academics seem to be aimed very low and only focused on testing. Yes, high test scores make a school look appealing and they sure fooled me, but I will be happy to move on again.

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March 08, 2012
Like a lot of people, we did tons of research before moving to this area from out of state and specifically lived here so our daughter could attend this school. The truth is, it IS one of the best in the area, but that does not mean it is a great school, it only means that most other schools in the Camp Lejeune/Cherry Point area are abysmal. Our experience has been that in first grade, the test is taught, particularly math and reading, with the irony being that my daughter just finished James and the Giant Peach here at home and brought Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss home in her bag book. It is still true that potentially high-achieving students are not challenged at all. We have found the school atmosphere to be warm and caring and her teacher is a wonderful lady, but there is absolutely no depth in instruction at ALL. There is very little science and apparently no history being taught at all. We will probably be homeschooling next year because there are no viable private school options out here and would have lived on base if we had known this is all we could expect from what was supposed to be an amazing school. Disappointed.

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September 16, 2011
I researched schools districts/individual schools thoroughly before moving here from out of state. Unfortunately scores are only one aspect of quality. I was horrified to find my 5th grade daughter who is academically very strong, struggling so much with a male teacher. She had male teachers before but this one in particular gave her the "creeps." He frequently singled her out on the play ground, classroom, or hall and made her feel very uncomfortatble. He would eat lunch at her desk and leave his trash on her desk to clear when she returned from the cafeteria. My daughter who loved school suddenly began to cry everyday and would make herself sick with dread of returning to school. I met with the principal and explained what was happening and requested my daughter be moved to another class before something did occur. I was met with nothing but resistance from the principal and superintendant. Nine weeks later she was moved after much emotional trauma, the teacher was fired a few yrs later, principal retired and Superintendent passed away. Sadly I believe this district is more interested in saving face than protecting children.

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April 27, 2010
It is incredibly organized, prepared, caring.....this school just has it together. It is also a great academic atmosphere. I love it!

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October 29, 2009
My daughter is in third grade and we could not be more pleased with the caliber of this school and the parent and teacher involvement. There is a very active PTO that goes over and above for the school. While I agree that more should be done for the high achieving students, I blame the School board, the county commissioners and the local government for not providing more by way of $ for such programs. I also blame 'no child left behind' for the emphasis that must be placed on EOG testing. This is a great school in a great community run by caring professionals. Great job White Oak!

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October 20, 2009
Don't be fooled by this school's rating--they use math and reading programs that dumb down the high achievers. They spend all their time and resources getting the really poor students up to barely grade level at the expense of students who are high potential/high achievers. Those students abilities are not recognized and are not encouraged. They must fall in line with the lower ability students and when they get bored and act out, the high achievers are punished. There is no program or help for students with high potential and if you express concern as a parent, you get frozen out. No one will talk to you. This has been our experience last year and this year. If you have a high potential child find a private school or home school.

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July 13, 2009
Absolutely love this school! We moved here from out-of-state a few years back and I was nervous for my then second-grader to start at a new school. As soon as let his teacher know my feelings and expressed concern about my son's shyness, she immediately made efforts to match my son up with some friends. Now that he has completed 5th grade and is moving on to middle school, these two boys are still friends. Every concern I have ever had has been addressed with professionalism and compassion. Both of my children enjoy attending school here.

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February 05, 2009
My husband and I moved to North Carolina just as our children were of age to enter school. Our first experience with a public school district was so horrible that, after TONS of research, we chose Carteret County. We were so pleased with the staff and families AND BUILDINGS that we sold our properties in the other school district, left our friends and family members and invested several hundred-thousands of dollars into a home in Cape Carteret, all so our children could be in a school district that offers every opportunity for their futures. The staff, the children and the families at White Oak, Broad Creek and Croatan are the reason for it's success. If you are unsatisfied with the school you may, like we did, make a change and move your child. I agree wholeheartedly with the comment posted June 10, 2008. Go Carteret County Schools!

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February 04, 2009
This school focuses on field trips and fun events bringing the kids and families together. However, they do not have options for children with with disabilities but that are of high intellect, like ADHD and Asperger's Syndrome. His teacher, not understanding his ADHD, medications, side effects and symptoms, was unable to educate him and acted very unprofessional toward me. The school building were very old and dull colored. They appear to be doing some kind of construction on the site. If you have a child that does not need special services, this school might work out well for you and your child. But if you have a bright child with an IEP, services are limited.

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White Oak Elementary
555 W. B. McLean Drive, Cape Carteret, NC  28584
(252) 393-3990
Last modified White Oak Elementary is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
White Oak Elementary Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top