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Farmington Woods Elementary

Public | K-5 | 794 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
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2012:
Based on 4 ratings
2011:
Based on 2 ratings

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Posted Friday, April 18, 2014

My child is just now finishing 5th grade and I have to say that it is without question better than I have ever imagined a school would be. He has learned so much through the IB program and he has grown so much not only through his education but socially as well. Literally every teacher he has had since kindergarten still knows his name as well as the media center educators, the principal, asst. principal and more. I couldn't have asked for a better learning experience. With the exception of 2nd grade, the teachers have been top notch, and even the 2nd grade teacher, although I didn't personally care for her, was instrumental in setting him up for higher learning. The educational values are there as are the before/after school activities such as handbell, chorus, science club, and the rest of the activities. I'm sad to have to leave the school after this year but the education that my child has gotten will certainly help him through middle school and life in general. I would recommend Farmington Woods to anyone and everyone who was looking for great learning for their child. This IB school seriously just can't be beat.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted Thursday, April 17, 2014

FWES is truly a Great School with an awesome IB program, caring teachers, wonderful students, parents and especially the principal & vice principal. We had a rough year last year as my son was testing the waters in 5K but Im thankful I didn't let my stubborn attitude take him out of a learning environment that is helping him to flourish. My son started this school year far behind & no where near where he should have been. The teachers, helpers, afterschool workers, literacy teacher, all the way to his peers and school counselor have assisted in getting him almost where he should be to end this school year. I cannot say enough positive things about FWES especially with a struggling student. FWES Rocks & I look forward to my son staying here until he finishes the 5th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2013

My daughter started Kindergarten at Farmington Woods this year and we couldn't be happier! I was a little concerned about the size of the school (over 800 students), but all of the teachers seem to know my daughter's name and her academic skills have skyrocketed. Though she is advanced for her age, she is well challenged in this environment. I would strongly recommend this school to anyone - and have.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2012

This school has good academic and physical programs.The teachers are understanding and caring.The school overall has a well rounded program for development in all areas of learning .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2012

I strongly disagree with the previous comment. I obviously cannot speak for the experience of all parents; however, my child has special needs and not only have I never felt bullied in any way, but every request for assistance i've ever made has been addressed immediately -- almost warp-speed. Other parents with children requiring accommodations -- all across the range of need -- have expressed the same opinion to me. My daughter's teachers always keep me "in the loop" and have done a wonderful job. It is a large school and of course there have been a couple of staff members with whom I was less than pleased -- but those staff members were gone the next year and replaced by people who were both WONDERFUL. My daughter has loved all of her teachers and I've been pleased with them, as well. The multiculturalism is fantastic. The principal is extremely involved and very accessible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2012

The culture of the school has appeared to change with the new principal. However, the new principal does not get rave reviews with all parents. Some parents have felt bullied while trying to advocate for their child's special needs. The diversity of families is great & missed at many other schools. Unfortunately, there is no IB Middle School for these students to continue on with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2012

Great School in every aspect; Leadership, teachers, diversity both on an international and social level. Teachers are way above dedicated, Principal is a sweet heart and having things under superb control. Very warm , loving, cozy and highly academic atmosphere.. just the best fit for all My kids and I LOVE LOVE LOVE and ADMIRE this wonderful school..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2011

This is my daughters 2nd year at the school and we absolutely love it! The teachers are amazing! She loves going here and we love all the international exposure she is receiving. Love it!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2011

Farmingtonwoods IB/PYP Elementary School was recently named one of the 5 best magnet schools in the country. It was visited by a team of evaluators and may soon be named THE BEST MAGNET SCHOOL IN THE COUNTRY. A score of "7" seems far below how this school should be rated. It is an outstanding school staffed by incredibly dedicated teachers and supported by a tremendous number of passionate volunteers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2010

This is my child's first year and we can already tell a difference with her school experience! The children say hello to each other in the halls and they are courteous and friendly to the adults. The teachers explain things that a student is having difficulty with, and seem to really care how they are doing. There are clubs and Spanish class and the whole school really feels like a family. Coming from another school, my daughter seems to be behind, but I have no doubt with the exceptional teacher she has, she will quickly be caught up. We absolutely love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2010

I've been very happy with Farmington Woods. I love the spanish program that they have and the IB units that the children do through the year. I feel this school makes a student "think outside the box" and does a great job!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2010

I have had children at FWES for 7 years now. I love this school. The diversity is amazing. We have wonderful teacherts and a new principal this year who is outstanding. My oldest went to middle school OVER prepared. This school has an amzing PTA and a great support system for kids and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2010

The cultural studies and diversity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2010

This school has it all! Excellent principal and teachers along with great PTA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

Excellent teachers and adminstration; hardworking, dedicated PTA; International Baccalaureate magnet school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2010

I also agree with the comment below. Please review normal childhood development kindergarten teachers!!! . My first experience with a child in kindergarten has not been the pleasant experience I was looking forward to either.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

The Kindergarten teacher certainly knows the material which needs to be covered, which is top notch. However, the problem is the lack of child psychology, wearing blinders when problem arises related to behavior among classmates. Stating "that's not my area of expertise" does not suffice. Teachers need to know the whole child, as much as possible. With growing class sizes, and shrinking budgets, I don't see how that will be feasible. My first experience with a child in kindergarten has not been the pleasant experience I was looking forward to. Private Preschool and preK did not prepare me for the not-warm-and-fuzzy kindergarten experience I'd hoped for.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2009

Both of my kids loves going to Farmington woods elementary. The teachers are doing great. I happy with the education that is provided here. I do have some concerns with the Principals leadership qualities. She does not have the IB attitude which they are trying to teach in the school. Thank God she is leaving the school. She does not address the parents concerns/needs. I do not want to be very specific, but if you ever have an issue, don't bother seeing her as she will not address them or will ask you to talk to the Vice Principal. Although her signature will be there in the papers she does not know what she is signing. I rate the school principal leadership 0%. The good thing that is going to happen is that she is leaving to a new school. I wish the new school will have a miracle.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2009

Awsome school I recomend this school for any child k-5.They are so caring and nice here and have really helped my 2 girls every step of the way. Thank you for having such great People run this lovely school!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2009

My son just started kindergarten and so far I am loving the school and so is he. The teachers are great. He has learned so much since he has started school.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
71%
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.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
74%
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 Students71%
Female69%
Male73%
Black58%
Asian92%
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students73%
Limited English proficiency16%
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant71%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students66%
Female73%
Male57%
Black47%
Asian84%
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students70%
Limited English proficiency21%
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant66%
Academically gifted94%
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 Students61%
Female51%
Male71%
Black29%
Asian92%
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities-5%
Non-disabled students67%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English64%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant61%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students63%
Female62%
Male65%
Black43%
Asian-95%
Hispanic24%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities18%
Non-disabled students68%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant63%
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 Students70%
Female71%
Male67%
Black40%
Asian89%
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities27%
Non-disabled students76%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant70%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students63%
Female70%
Male55%
Black33%
Asian83%
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities13%
Non-disabled students70%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant63%
Academically gifted90%

Science

All Students62%
Female62%
Male63%
Black36%
Asian78%
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities36%
Non-disabled students66%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English65%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant62%
Academically gifted93%
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 53% 52%
Hispanic 16% 14%
Black 13% 26%
Asian 12% 3%
Two or more races 6% 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 28%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

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1413 Hampton Valley Road
Cary, NC 27511
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