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Northwoods Elementary

Public | K-5 | 530 students

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Posted 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


Posted November 7, 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


Posted October 31, 2013

Great school my 3 daughters and I love it. I'm very happy ti choose this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted March 24, 2011

I was cautious about going to our base school because I had not heard good things. However our experience over the last 2 years has been EXCELLENT. My child has HF autism and the resource and regular ed staff are wonderful. The former principal went to bat for all the resources needed for my son to be successful at Northwoods. The principal has changed however the new principal appears to have the same values and goals as the last principal so the transition has been smooth. So far we love it there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted December 9, 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
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2009

Great school!! Thank you to all the staff of this wonderful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted January 6, 2008

Northwoods is a really great schools. they have really nice teachers too.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
68%
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 Students60%
Female56%
Male65%
Black31%
Asian82%
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities29%
Non-disabled students67%
Limited English proficiency50%
Proficient in English62%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant60%
Academically gifted87%

Reading

All Students58%
Female52%
Male68%
Black38%
Asian73%
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities41%
Non-disabled students63%
Limited English proficiency56%
Proficient in English59%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant58%
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 Students49%
Female51%
Male48%
Black37%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities10%
Non-disabled students61%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English51%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant49%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students56%
Female63%
Male50%
Black58%
Asiann/a
Hispanic20%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities10%
Non-disabled students70%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English57%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant56%
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 Students84%
Female87%
Male81%
Black67%
Asian91%
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities50%
Non-disabled students93%
Limited English proficiency80%
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students50%
Female55%
Male46%
Black24%
Asian64%
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities17%
Non-disabled students59%
Limited English proficiency40%
Proficient in English51%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant50%
Academically gifted91%

Science

All Students65%
Female61%
Male68%
Black33%
Asian91%
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities28%
Non-disabled students75%
Limited English proficiency60%
Proficient in English65%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant65%
Academically gifted91%
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 41% 52%
Hispanic 23% 14%
Black 22% 26%
Asian 9% 3%
Two or more races 5% 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 44%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Ms Robin Wahl
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (919) 460-3493

Programs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Remediation
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Yearbook
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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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8850 Chapel Hill Road
Cary, NC 27513
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