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8850 Chapel Hill Road
Cary, NC 27513

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(919) 460-3491
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August 26, 2015
Great teachers, great kids! Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for an excellent elementary school!

- submitted by a community member

February 09, 2015
We love Northwoods. This is our 4th year there, with two children currently attending the school. It is a very diverse group of students, which is highly educational to my children. PTA and school welcome you and you have many opportunities to be a part of your child's education. I cannot say enough good things about the staff and teachers. They truly care about the educational value our children get in elementary school, and they have taken the time to get to KNOW my kids in each grades...so they can better determine how to help them achieve their fullest potential. Most importantly, my kids WANT to go to school each day - between their friends and their current classroom projects or the excellent specials they get to partake in - they have developed a love of learning, and that is critical to their future growth.

- submitted by a parent

January 18, 2015
I usually hate school reviews (a child's education is complex), but the newest reviews seemed very one sided. I try to often involve myself and I ask A LOT of questions. I don't believe assumptions/gossip is good for anyone. The principal is always available when I ask to talk and I often find her in a classroom each morning interacting with the staff/student. I personally prefer that kind of principal compared to the ones upfront greeting parents (aka kissing their butts). The PTA is great, teachers are awesome (the grade shifts brought out their strengths as educators). The art teacher was Promoted to a middle school...and she was VERY sad to leave. Northwoods is a great Comminity school for those who care. Good luck in your search!

- submitted by a parent

January 17, 2015
I think the school had gone down hill since the new principal. The PTA is strong which makes the school great. The principal is very cold and dresses really unprofessionally. The teachers were switched around to all different grades this year. The communication is terrible. The art teacher just left as well. So we are on our way out too....

- submitted by a parent

December 10, 2014
We are on our way out. This school has had 3 principles during our tenure here. Its up and down, can't seem to get the right principle to make it great. Current principle is not parent friendly. They have a strong PTA which helps with the reputation. Teachers are only reason we didn't bail a while ago. But this year they were all rearranged into various grade levels, so not sure how the shake up will fair out til end of year.

- submitted by a parent

August 04, 2014
I have twin daughters who attend this school. We have moved around frequently and have been to Alston Ridge and Turner Creek elementary as well. Those schools would appear on the outside to be more "elite". They were not... they were just new and less demographically diversed. My daughters have LOVED this school more then any other school. Most importantly they have had more projects, have learned more this year then any where else. Their grades have come up and their reading has sky rocketed. I would recommend this school to anyone and also warn parents to not judge schools based on demographics or the "newness" of the school. (Ms. Turner 1st grade was a wonderful teacher)

- submitted by a parent

February 15, 2014
This is our first year at Northwoods with 2 children attending. I am underwhelmed. You never see the principal. As a title one school I think there are a lot of hardworking parents who don't have time to volunteer at the school or feel uncomfortable because English is not there first language. One of my child's teachers is great and the other seems to be a nervous wreck around children. Food for thought. We are looking at other schooling options.

- submitted by a parent

November 07, 2013
We loved this school so much that when we bought our house in a different section of Cary I decided to drive my children to Northwoods everyday. It's about 10 min from our home to the school, and at a minimum of 4 times a day, that adds up! The teachers are caring and hard working. The PTA and parents are very involved and welcoming. I have one child in the Academically Gifted program and another receiving Speech Therapy who also suffers from an anxiety disorder. So I have seen this school from all different sides...and they have never disappointed me. We are a Northwoods family!

- submitted by a parent

October 31, 2013
Great school my 3 daughters and I love it. I'm very happy ti choose this school

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January 16, 2013
This is our base school and I was hesitant when we started for Kindergarten but my expectations have been exceeded above and beyond. The teaching staff is awesome! we've had 3 different principles over the years but that hasn't impacted the quality of teachers or staff ( the AP has been successful in keeping all of that stable- to her credit). The PTA is awesome and very involved. Parents are very much involved in the school and it is appreciated and encouraged.

- submitted by a parent

September 28, 2012
I can tell you my child spent two years at this school in special ed. and it was awful. They had the mentality that my child should be locked in a classroom in the back of the school and never get to go to the playground, the cafeteria, assemblies and anything social. My child can't talk so they were able to hide many things from me. It took me weeks to put things together and get an accurate picture and when I did all they did was bring in senior admin people to fight a lawsuit. We ended up getting private evaluations done and it clearly showed how poorly performing my child's teachers were. Avoid at all costs.

- submitted by a parent

January 26, 2012
Our family has been at Northwoods for 7 years now, and I've never been more excited about the opportunities for my children's education. Many new clubs, science fair, as well as positive classroom experiences has made NW a great choice for our family. The NW community is welcoming and sincere. The staff keeps getting stronger and stronger. My last child is starting K and I expect her to have the best experience yet at NW!

- submitted by a parent

January 26, 2011
Northwoods is no longer the school it was 6 years ago. The teachers are all fantastic, and the administration is young, vibrant and heading in the right direction. The school has a very active PTA, and the parents, when they can be, are very involved in school activities. Also, every classroom has up to date technology in the classroom, and there is a large fleet of SmartBoards that children use daily. Awesome school.

- submitted by a parent

January 25, 2011
Northwoods is an outstanding school! It is a home like atmosphere where children feel loved and safe. The principals are very visable and involved with all of the children. Dr. Chisnall has brought a lot of new technology to Northwoods, which has also benefited my son's education. Overall, I could not be more pleased. My son is getting a quality education and the confidence he needs to succeed in life!

- submitted by a parent

January 25, 2011
Northwoods is a very nuturing, positive enviornment. I am very impressed with the staff. The communication from the teachers and from the office is outstanding. I am always aware of events and assignments. Great place to send your kids!

- submitted by a parent

December 09, 2010
We moved to Morrisville in Aug. 2010. My daughters love there new school. they felt very welcome. The teachers and staff are great and friendly

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July 15, 2009
Great school!! Thank you to all the staff of this wonderful school.

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no rating
June 15, 2009
Because of my Board of Ed experience in my home community and also due to my extensive coaching high school varsity athletics I feel can critique Northwoods. From Mary Swann down to the Head Custodian Shawn I am convinced that this school is being efficiently and professionally administrated. The teachers and classrooms are impressively prepared and the parent-teacher relationships are most creditable. Northwoods meets or exceeds all learning needs and is a definite credit to both Cary and Wake County. M. V. McNamara

- submitted by a community member
no rating
April 19, 2009
We moved from the other side of Cary because our child had been assigned to 3 schools in 3 years. This is our first year at Northwoods and we love it. The school has more diversity then other schools in Cary so the base students never get reassigned like the rest of Cary. The teachers are great. Our teacher this year was more attentive with us and our child then at any of the other three Cary schools. The principal seems friendly. The PTA had the same programs our other schools had and there was no fighting over who could have volunteer time. The PTA makes room for all parents without being clique. Our child especially loves the GT teacher and the wonderful projects the GT teacher puts together for the kids. At our other schools the kids who were ahead were given extra work to do outside unattended in the hallway, the kids taught themselves. At Northwoods the GT teacher makes sure all the kids who are ahead have work on their level and she leads them through the work. I also have a friend whose child is in the AU room and she says the AU teacher is the best !!!!

- submitted by a parent

July 18, 2008
Our 2 kids started mid-year after coming from out of state. We were pleased with the level of attention given to students here. It's clear that education and moral fiber are both important here - thanks to the faculty and staff of this greatly diverse school.

- submitted by a parent

January 06, 2008
Northwoods is a really great schools. they have really nice teachers too.

- submitted by a student

October 04, 2007
Northwoods New Principal is not very good. She has facilitated the lowering of services to many children that receive educational services. She refuses to allow other children who are ahead in subjects to receive instruction in upper classes. The teachers are great, the parents are involved but the leadership of the school is again an issue.

- submitted by a parent

February 15, 2006
Northwoods has been a great place for our kids. We don't want to move from the Northwoods district because the teachers the boys have had actually care. They have gone the extra mile to encourage and inspire our kids. The kids are motivated to learn and do not like to miss a day of class. The teachers keep the parents informed and challenge our kids everyday. Northwoods has been a blessing to our family.

- submitted by a parent

March 14, 2005
Three of our children have attended Northwoods Elementary from K-5th grades. We have found the quality of the academic program to be excellent. The teachers overall are caring and well qualified. Parental involvement is very high and the PTA does a wonderful job. Extracurricular activities are somewhat limited, except for an incredible 5th grade chorus (Northstar) that consistently outshines most choruses throughout the entire Wake County school system.

- submitted by a parent

February 26, 2005
This school has quite a few excellent, experienced teachers, especially in grades K-2. There also seems to be good camaraderie among the teachers. The PTA is very involved in the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
December 27, 2004
I am a college student majoring in elementary education, about to graduate and looking for a job in North Carolina. I recently attended the Wake County Job Fair. I approached the Northwoods Elementary table because I had attended the school as a child and so had my little brother. I was unpleased to find the principal disinterested not only in finding fresh teachers but in providing general information about the school overall. He really didn't seem to have much to say about the school and was not at all enthusiastic. If this were any reflection on the school I wouldn't put my child there OR teach there.

- submitted by a parent

July 31, 2004
A mixed bag of teachers -- a few good, many average, and a few lousy (clock punchers). Most are uninspiring to the students. The lackadaisical attitude seems to flow from the top down. The principal is hardly responsive, and seems uninvolved.

- submitted by a parent

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Northwoods is more than just an elementary school, it is a family. We take great pride in our school because it is here that our administration, faculty, parents, and community alike work towards offering the best education possible to our students. The Northwoods Family provides a nurturing environment that creates good citizens, independent thinkers and lifelong learners.


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Northwoods Elementary
8850 Chapel Hill Road, Cary, NC  27513
(919) 460-3491
Last modified Northwoods Elementary is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Northwoods Elementary Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top