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Cary, NC
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1413 Hampton Valley Road
Cary, NC 27511

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(919) 460-3469
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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
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
October 02, 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
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
September 05, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
October 15, 2010
The cultural studies and diversity.

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no rating October 14, 2010
This school has it all! Excellent principal and teachers along with great PTA.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2010
Excellent teachers and adminstration; hardworking, dedicated PTA; International Baccalaureate magnet school

- submitted by a parent
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
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
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
no rating 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
no rating October 01, 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
September 10, 2009
My child has learned a breadth of skills and content here. He receives very good instruction in art, music, technology, PE, and Spanish in addition to his regular classroom subjects. Regarding behavior, the students are held to a high standard. Afterschool clubs are offered, which doesn't happen in many elementary schools.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2009
My child is a statistic, not a real live person with feelings and learning strengths and weaknesses. I can't believe children are subjected to this kind of schooling.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2009
Good Philosophy, disjointed staff! My son has been going here since kindergarten and every year with the exception of 1st grade (he is now in 3rd) there has always been lacking support in what I would consider to be an utter failure on Farmington Woods part. My wife and I have our own short comings do to job responsibilities however recently we feel as if it would be better if we had time to home school our son since he does not seem to get anything done in school and it all comes home to be completed in addition to his homework assignments. Emails and phone calls to the counselor have gone unanswered or have not been followed up on. In reading Farmington Woods rather lengthy philosophy which btw sounds great on paper we have seen little to no sign of the checks and balances designed to protect our child's education and facilitate learning. His current teacher occasionally emails us to explain what I would consider her failure stating things like 'he has not been able to get anything done at school' or 'because he chooses not to do the project' come on he is 8 years old why is a 3rd grader aloud to choose what they feel like doing or not? Additionally replies to her emails have also gone unanswered. I understand he is not the only student in the class that needs attention but a little backbone and leadership is what most kids this age need and this year he has had very little structure in this area from this teacher. There are several other nitpicky things I won t bother mentioning but if you are looking for something special at Farmington Woods don t get your hopes up. In our opinion this school is just as good or as bad as any other elementary school under the Department of Education. International Baccalaureate / PYP is a just a title don t be fooled into thinking your child is getting more then a standard public education.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
We came from Ballentine Elementary. My daughter's teacher at Farmington was the best yet in our 3 years of public school education. She was very responsive and sensitive to our daughter's needs both educational and emotional. The administration also seems very good. I have had quite a few conversations with the principal that left me feeling Farmington was a good choice. My daughter will move on to Carnage Middle School this fall. I hope we will have more positive experiences there too. I highly recommend Farmington Woods as an excellent IB Magnate.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2008
My son has had good teachers for two years with no problems. My daughter's teacher this year is not suited for her grade as she tends to lose her patience. My daughter is not mainstream (likes to do things her way) so she does not fit into the teaching plan as well as her teacher likes so she is being left behind. There is a lack of compassion from the teacher and administration. They do not seem to be teaching the child, only the plan. Scores are more important than the children. The IB cur. is emphasized more than improving basics, such as math. I heard good things about this school in the past but it seems to be declining in favor. Good teacher turnover is high because of school management. Sad. Disappointed and looking for better.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 30, 2008
The teachers are caring and professional. My children have had a positive experience because of them. The IB program allows students to be creative, worldly, and think 'outside of the box.' Despite the quality teachers and IB philosophy, we have chosen a private school for next year because we are displeased the Wake Co. curriculum, especially in writing and math.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2008
Very overcrowded, with 5th graders in trailers behind the school. Teacher has poor people skills, unsupportive of both parents and teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 25, 2008
My daugher has attended here 1st and now 2nd grade. She loves it - and her teacher. She is doing very well there. Communication between the teacher/school and parents is great. Extra activities are available. School is very safe, and environment is wonderful. Nice playground areas and after school program. Unfortunately, due to trying to get more Magnet students, our nearby neighborhood has been reassigned to a school further away. We're very disappointed to have to leave FW.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2007
Excellent award winning IB Magnet. Could not be more thrilled with the education my son is receiving at Farmington Woods.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2005
We move last summer from powell-ohio to cary, my son is attending to excelent elementary. This school offers quality and confort within the academic program,children are involved in an eviroment where they are expose to the ib principles,which teach and encourage to become good citizens in every day experiences. The special programs as music, art and spanish are very well stablished and organize. Pe is a concern to me, the school needs equipment, for children to strech, explore and make more of their time. Parent involvement is very important and they wellcome all the help and support one as a parent can give. The pta is very active and keep the school in good shape in all areas. And the principal is a great lider, who works very hard to keep the high standars of a magnet program with a positive attitud in peaceful atmosphere.

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Farmington Woods Elementary
1413 Hampton Valley Road, Cary, NC  27511
(919) 460-3469
Last modified Farmington Woods 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.
Farmington Woods Elementary Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top