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Cary, NC
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805 Cary Towne Boulevard
Cary, NC 27511

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(919) 460-3431
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April 11, 2015
I have 2 children who have been at Adams for 3 years! It has been nothing but a positive experience! I do not even know where to start. From the top down the staff is great. Mr. Hooper the principal sets high expectations for both staff and students and it shows. There is a mutual respect between the teachers and students. My older child struggles and she was immediately given the help she needed in order to succeed. The kids that attend Adams are great and bullying or disrespect within the school is not tolerated. The administration and teachers are very easy to approach if a problem does arise. There are many wonderful things that go on at Adams. I feel blessed that my kids are attending such a wonderful school!

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2015
Wow. The Best!! Our daughter started kindergarten there, and moves on at end of school year,and now we hope our boy gets assigned, also. Great Teachers, safe and involved school! Always able to quickly touch base about concerns, and always found willing staff to help! Years of great experiences for my child , as well as my wife and I. Bravo Adams!!!! Thank you all.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2014
Adams is an amazing school!!! The principal is very engaged and expects the best out of the kids. He went to every classroom at the beginning of the year and told them what was expected. He recognizes their successes and challenges them to be better. The teachers are exceptional & bring in lots of exciting and different activities to help the children learn. When my son was struggling with reading, his teacher immediately got him extra reading support and now he's reading above grade level and LOVES to read (a complete turn around!). The PTA is the best I've ever seen. They are so dedicated and work very hard for ALL the children. The Angel Tree at Christmas and the school garden that is run by parent volunteers are just two of the many examples of this.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2014
My two children have been at Adams for less than one year and we are already looking for a way out, any way we can get it. We have had two very good teachers and one EXTREMELY bad one. We were told that our experience in this instance was shocking but later found out that this was a lie--other parents have had similar experiences with this teacher and admin chooses to ignore the problems. Parent involvement in the classroom itself is not allowed, you are only allowed to volunteer for Literacy Lunch. There is no open-door policy in this school and the code of silence is very powerful. Walking into the school feels like walking into a prison sometimes, very oppressive feeling. The front office staff is phenomenal, however.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2013
I have been a parent at Adams YR Elem. for over 7 years now. I have 3 children that attended the school. The administration is the BEST. If you have a problem child it will be taken care of. If you have an AG child they will be taken care of. The staff is awesome have gone through all the grades I can tell you the staff is knowledgeable kind and they get the job done. The PTA is unlike any other I have seen around. They are so involved and make you feel welcome no matter what your level of involvement is. Leaving my children there each day to learn and grow has been the best choice. we have made. I have lived in cary for over 20 years and have heard lots of stories about other schools in the area. I would choose Adams each and every time.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2012
My child started Adams in Kindergarten, I have on numerous occasions had to approach the staff on policy and bullying on the play ground. Each year my child attend I have noticed more parents are pulling their children out. For the first time this has really affected me emotionally because my child's education is very important but the principal does not take a proactive approach when dealing with parents and staff interaction. I am now also looking at other alternatives, there is a code of silence amount the teachers and administratos. This does not sit well with me and I dont like that they teach for the eog scores. To get the grants and recognitions. Parents do your research first. Ask questions ask about the attrician rates over the last 2 years. Also look at the demographics ratio.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2012
My son changed to this school from a traditional calendar and we love it. He is now getting challenged in a way that he had not before. He loves having break throughout the year. This is also the first time he has said that he loves his teacher and loves to go to school.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2011
This school was an absolute nightmare for myself and my kids. The year round school program is cruel and unusual punishment in my opinion. They do not allow for kids to be kids, very military style and way too much homework. I think they should get rid of the year round programs all together. Kids love summer break!!!

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2011
My two sons went to Adams for one year, but it was a great year! It really is a wonderful school. They are the only school that I have dealt with so far that has a positive atmosphere. The principal is great and he calls the parents with the child when they see the child doing something POSITIVE. Like helping a friend, doing the right thing! Great Shool, great teachers, wonderful environment. My kids had to change schools but it was soooo much better than Oak Grove.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2011
Bullying and racism are a problem here. The teachers ignore what is going on in front of their faces. It starts as early as Kindergarten.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2011
Bullying and cliques are a huge problem. I don't think staff are doing anything to fix it.

- submitted by a community member
February 24, 2011
I have two children at Adams and I have to say the experience has been above average. I feel the school has challenged my children which is important, however beware there is a teacher there who is very difficult to deal with and if she singles your child out, the kid will have a miserable year. She was difficult to deal with and swore my child had ADD when in fact he didn't. The principals were not supportive in the situation, they took the teachers side. This year has been a complete turn around and we couldn't be happier. What a difference a teacher makes!

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2009
This is my daughter's first year at Adams after being reassigned from another very good Wake County school. I have been more than pleased with Adams. The principal seems to be very engaged with the children and knows most of them by name. I have been very happy with my daughter's teacher and the quality of education she is receiving. Adams has a very good character education program and the school encourages exercise and healthy lifestyles. Most important of all, my daughter seems very happy to go to school each day.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2009
This review submitted without content.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2009
We never see the principal either at the school or at the few after hours events they have.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2008
I am a teacher at Adams, and I have to say, coming from another 'good' Wake County school, I have so far enjoyed my time at Adams tremendously, and considerably more than at my last school. I find the office to be supportive and the parents to be communicative. Teachers are there for one another and 'team' is a common vocabulary word for all. Usually when you read these sites, it is people seeking out a place to complain. It was nice to see that a few parents were out to let others know some of the positives. Every school has pros and cons. I enjoy working with the childre and families of Adams.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating June 19, 2008
My daughter is a kindergartener at Adams. We love her teacher - she has grown tremendously. The focus is learning and supporting all students. All my questions have been answered. The one time my child was sent to the office the principal was firm but caring. He immediately called me and we worked together to address her behavior.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2008
The school isn't run efficiently. The teachers however are an excellent group of educators. They work well with what little they are given. However, because of the lack of guidance from administration, bullying seems to be a problem. Therefore, I am pulling my child out of Adams for next school year.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2008
This is the most poorly run school and if it were not for the teachers this school would sink fast. I do not like how the principal gets to ride on the coattails of the great teachers and staff who work hard with the kids everyday when test scores come out. This principal only cares about test scores and not innovative ways of learning. Anyone who thinks outside of the box is immediately reprimanded. He has no business being a principal.anearning. he

- submitted by a community member
February 01, 2008
I have a 2nd grader and kindergartener at Adams and we love this school. It has a great bunch of teachers who know and care for the students. The student population is a great mix giving my kids a real world view that some kids have more than them and some kids have less. I wwould highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2008
My daughter entered Adams as a 1st grader. I have been nothing but happy with the school, as well as her WONDERFUL 1st Grade teacher Mrs. Springs. I go regularly to lunches and volunteer in the school, and all my experiences have been positive. The adminstration has been cooperative and friendly to me. I would recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2007
I have two children who have attended Adams. Since the current principal has been in charge, the school has gone downhill. There is no leadership or organization anymore. My older son's last year at Adams was a horrible experience. We are seriously considering moving out of the Adams district so that our younger child can attend a good year-round school.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2007
My son is in kindergarten and the school is always trying to get the parents involved. They are very kind at the school including the principal. Any time I have had questions they were quick to answer them. I am very pleased with the school, and my son loves it.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2006
I feel sorry for the teachers at this school. There are so many of them with the passion and drive to be in the classroom. Sadly, the creative efforts and 'out-of-the-box' thinking that allows students to thrive and keeps them excited about learning, is often overpowered and shut down by the administration. The principal is highly Unprofessional and this concerns me as I am an educator myself. In email and phone conversations he has presented himself in a sarcastic, defensive manner. He seems to run the place more like a corporation At a place where education and students are supposed to be the highest priority, the support for the staff who actually works with the children is incredibly low. Our family loves the year-round schedule and would stand behind the teachers any day.

- submitted by a teacher
August 22, 2006
I loved this school for my daughter's first three years of school--however over time, the school became Very non-kid friendly and very cold-like to the parents...we have loved year round, but have taken our daughter out and will be sending her and our son to the traditional base school which is most unfortunate b/c we Love the year round program...i wouldn't recommend this school at all...

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2006
Administration is very poor. Teachers are great but not supported but administration. School has lost alot of its dependability and status!

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2006
This review submitted without content.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2006
We have been there for 3 years and have liked it less each year. My daughter's classes lack of disclipline was astounding...I stopped volunteering b/c I couldn't control those kids.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2006
The administration is still cold and difficult. Not parent friendly at all. Teachers have been great over the years, but some really good ones have left. I cannot support this school as I had in the past and that is sad.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2006
Change in administration has been hard on everyone.

- submitted by a teacher
November 13, 2005
This school is wonderful! Very family-like and caring to the children. The administration recently changed and myself as well as other parents feel the new pricipal is cold and not for the school, more for himself and his ego!

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2005
Adams Elem, is a year around school. We enjoyed the staff at the school. The security was great. Our son really like getting up and heading off to school to see his teachers.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2005
Over the last 3 years we have seen the quality of this school go down. The teachers for the most part are great, the test scores are high, however the new prinicpal and some office staff are very cold. Its too bad, it used to be great and I love the schedule. They'll probably lose several teachers eventually. I find it too strict and disciplinarian for this age children. I haven't heard of bullying, but I can agree that the school is not very parent friendly. I could not recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2004
Bullying and clique-ishness goes on at this school. I've talked to at least 3 other parents who say their children have been bullied and nothing was done by the administration to stop it. The Principal and some of the teachers don't want to believe bullying goes on so they don't acknowledge or stop it. My child was punched in the face, and the child who punched him was not suspended (as is required punishment in the Wake County School Handbook) or given any punishment that was seen by the other children in the class. I would not recommend this school to anyone for this reason!

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2003
Tremendous administrative support for staff and families.

- submitted by a teacher

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805 Cary Towne Boulevard, Cary, NC  27511
(919) 460-3431
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