Students enrolled 728
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School leader Ms April Hill
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2100 Morrisville Parkway
Cary, NC 27519

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4 stars
Based on 34 ratings

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May 20, 2014
I'm not happy with the lack of respect for minorities. Its harder for them to get equal grades at this school. Teachers judge minority students as being worse then other students. Then, when a minority student talks even though other students are talking, the minority students gets into trouble, not the other students. This has happened to us on more than one occasion. In addition, there is favoritism and usually happens with the white rich children. The parents of these children get notices about current events and get photos sent home. Parents of minority students do not have this same treatment. Discrimination still happening, just quieter with no accountability.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2014
My son is in kg n started in this school since February 2014. Amazed at the way the staffs, teachers n vice principal guided us through made it a cakewalk to the transition for us and my kid.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2014
Has anyone wondered why the test scores have dramatically dropped in 2013? This schools used to have the best in the nation. Now, they are horrible.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2012
We have been at Carpenter for a little over 2 years now and we are VERY happy here. My children are challenged and the teachers hold high expectations for academic work and behavior. Carpenter has the feeling of a "community school" as everyone is friendly. It is very normal to see the Principal and Assistant Principal out and about in the hallways and classrooms...always smiling and greeting the children, parents, and visitors. The front office staff is very helpful and attentive. Carpenter seems to have a diverse and worldly population. "Camp Chameleon" is an incredible outdoor classroom. The children are well supervised throughout the day. The Media Center Teacher is amazing and an absolutely phenomenal educator. I know other schools have "higher" test scores but my children have thrived at Carpenter (upper and lower grades) due to the teachers challenging them. The PTA has a lot of fun and always welcomes new parents into planning and participating throughout the year.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2012
We have been at Carpenter for almost 6 years now and ALL three of our children have thrived both academically and socially. They have also received wonderful emotional support from all the staff at Carpenter. We could not have asked for more from this school. The teachers our children have had each year have truly had their best individual interests at heart for each one of the students. I witness this first hand on a weekly basis x5+ years. I hope we will continue to have the positive support we have to keep Carpenter the great school it is now and has been. Also, I want to mention that all of my children's teachers have always gone above and beyond to keep us informed as well as address any concerns, questions we have had right away. I highly recommend Carpenter Elementary.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2012
I have been extremely happy at Carpenter for the past two years. The kindergarten and first grade teachers on track 3 are incredible! They love and treat their students with respect while challenging them academically. They also have wonderful communication with parents and let me get involved. My children love going to school each day and have learned so much. Other teachers and staff know their names and share stories with me when they see me in carpool, in the hallway or at school events. My children are happy and have grown so much while at Carpenter in so many ways. We could have chosen a closer school to home with a very good reputation as well, but heard such wonderful things about Carpenter and they have all been true and more. We couldn t imagine ever leaving Carpenter if things run as perfect as they have in our first two years.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2012
This school does not manage children with disabilities well. There is no nurse there. The secretary gives all medication and she is not extensively knowledgeable. My son's kindergarten teacher doesn't communicate to other teacher's that my son has asthma and requires special needs. This causes teachers to neglect him when he is experiencing pain and can't breath which happened at least three times in a month. Also, I am already having to drive him back and forth to school because the bus comes so late some days that he arrives one hour after school is dismissed because his bus group is stuck in the cafeteria waiting for a bus to deliver one group of children and then come back for the rest. I am hoping that the next few weeks will be better for my child with special needs because I can't do anything about how the faculty treats my child at the school when I am not at the school. I have already had to remove his medication from school. In addition, the teacher is now starting to treat my son negatively different.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2012
Love this school. Think the staff is great and the Outdoor Science Center is a great resource!

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2012
After being at carpenter for five years, the choice plan finally gave me a way out. The school is not the worse but it is not the quality of learning environment I seek for my two kids. I have a child that is graduating this year and I question the preparation this school provided for the middle school years. This has prompted my family to pull my second child out going into second next year. overall, I have to agree with the comment that mentioned the lower grades provided a better quality of education at this school than the upper grades. Some of the teachers are great but there are many more that lack motivation. Technology is not really encouraged or used by the teachers. Most of the teachers don't have websites or lack the technology know how.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2012
The school's PTA and core group of volunteers are working hard to make this a great school.There are some WONDERFUL teachers there that are offset by many uninspired ones. I hope it improves.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2012
I am really shocked at some of the responses below. Carpenter is an excellent school with an extremely active PTA. I have nothing but great things to say about our years here. Our teachers have been excellent and very caring. I can email my child's teacher at any time and get a quick response. My child's teacher does has a website and sends home a regular newsletter along with emails, etc. There are so many opportunities to get involved with the PTA, school library, classrooms, etc. I believe that if you get involved, you will learn about all the amazing things this school has to offer.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2012
I have two children at Carpenter. The principal, office staff, librarian, teachers make this a great place for kids. I help out in the classes, have lunch with my kids, and have always left with a smile on my face. Its great to see the kids in a challenging learning environment. I recommend Carpenter! Get involved and help where needed. An hour a month can show you how great this place really is.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2012
The people that gave 5 stars to carpenter , I think they only know one side of the school. If thier child continue staying over there, they will find out the truth eventually.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2012
From kindergarten to third grade is fine. This is my last year for my daughter fifth grade student at carpenter. The fifth grade is more diaster than forth grade. Compare to other nearby school .Teacher at fifth and forth grade not responsive and do nothing about the student academic.... Nothing need to mention more about their teacher quality, attitute and so. That's why there're no more track 3 at carpenter on forth & fifth grade because the school such a diaster. The parent don't want to put their kid at the higher grade. Think about it before you you put kid through this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2011
Excellent. My son love this school. I have nothing but good things to say about carpenter elementary. The teachers are all, as far as I know, great, they seem to work as a team, the academic standard is high

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2011
Three of my grandchildren attend this wonderful school. They all love their teacher s and are proud of their school. Their parents are also happy with the school and it is one reason they live in the neighborhood. I also live there in the Winter so have visited all of their classes to help out and I'm impressed with the quality of teaching they are getting.

- submitted by a community member
November 30, 2010
My daughter is in her 2nd year at Carpenter. Her first grade teacher is wonderful as was her Kindergarten teacher. The office staff has always been very friendly and helpful. The cafeteria is spotless and the school seems to be efficiently run. We have had and continue to have a great experience. However, with the current diversity policy I was dismayed to see this year that my child was the only caucasian female in her class. We will probably switch tracks to ensure there is at least one other child in her class who is a peer. As things are now she currently has no friends in her classroom as each "group" plays only with members of their own race. So, socially not a great year although things are great academically.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2010
My child no longer attends this school, we transferred to get out of there! After attending 4 years I can honestly say she had one great year, one good year and the other 2 were just horrible. The teachers were lazy, children were not held accountable for their actions, the office staff was rude, if they were present or even acknowledged the presence of the visitors. I personally don't expect them to "serve" me like I'm ordering fast food--- I expect them to protect the children and make it safe for them. If parents can get past the office without even a hello, unwanted visitors could as well. The principal and teachers want to just smooth things over, without really doing anything to solve issues that your child might encounter. I am glad we were able to transfer, best thing we could have done for our child! I do feel sorry for the kids that are still there.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2010
This is the fifth year for my daughter. The current teaher is lazy, not responsive. Every week newsletter just copy and paste. Her's teacher just flow out the work to them to finished it at certain time and doesn't explain how to do it. If anyone can't finish it, just hand out a paper for parent to sign it and not explain anything. Overall, don't let your's child stuck in that school.

- submitted by a community member
August 19, 2010
We are in our third year at Carpenter and couldn't be happier. I think the school is really going through some great changes this year. We've had wonderful, caring teachers and found the rest of the staff to be supportive. Great school!

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2010
Based on my 4 years of having kids here, this school is outstanding in ever way. Some of the negativity I've read in these reviews is very subjective and unfair. Especially taking one specific experience or one "undesirable" teacher and generalizing that they are all bad. Concerning the office staff - they are not a fast food window where someone is always there at the desk to "serve" you. All the Wake Co schools are understaffed due to budget cuts. Let's be more understanding about that, ths is public school, not private. They sometimes have to step away to use the bathroom, or help another staff member who may be doing the job of two. I really like everyone in the front office, they are never anything but pleasant to me. The principal Mrs. Brown is wonderful, I feel lucky to have her overseeing my kids education.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2010
I have two children in the school and have noticed great improvement this year. The principal is knowlegeable and professional and the staff follows suit. My children have a love of learning and are getting a great education at Carpenter Elementary!

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2010
Front office staff is unfriendly and sometimes not even present to greet visitors upon their arrival. Some teachers seem to just toss information out to their students and 'hope' they catch on. Homework assigned is not even close to challenging. They seem to 'teach to' the EOG and aren't really concerned with re-enforcing basic concepts that would strengthen the child's understanding of subjects. The Principal is very uncaring, when presented with real problems, she will stand by her teachers no matter how a child may be suffering. They will tell you how they don't tolerate certain behavior (bullying, aggression, stealing) but basically your child will be left to fend for themselves.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2010
We have been at this school for 3 years. Since that time, my daughter has had only 1 good teacher. The current teacher she has spends most of her time ridiculing students in front of the class for not understanding material rather than helping them to understand the material. The principal is great! She is loyal to her teachers; but she does work with the parents to resolve issues. The office staff are very friendly and helpful.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2010
The teachers make this school great. The principal and staff have a solid plan in place, and given the massive growth in the area - along with the school board issues - I couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2010
My child is in 1st grade at Carpenter and we have had the most wonderful teachers so far! Her 1st grade teacher is so kind and she just loves her! The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is because the office staff is usually rude and condescending. They usually give me the impression that I am a nuisance. As a taxpayer I would appreciate a little more courtesy ~ I do help pay their salary. But that being said, the most important thing to me is that my child is being well educated by a caring teacher, and that we definitely have!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
The teachers are great! My son always looks forward to going to school everyday.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2009
My daughters started at Carpenter in 2008-09 school year in 1st and 3rd grade. We were coming from a very pricey, exclusive private pre-k-12th grade school in Florida. What we found was a challenging, warm, supportive environment and really wonderful parents, staff, and leadership. Considering the crazy growth and budget issues facing the entire district, I think Carpenter is doing an amazing job. And my daughter's first grade teacher was by far the best teacher we have ever encountered at any level.

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July 06, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 05, 2009
Carpenter Elementary has an outstanding principal who challenges her staff, parents and students to be their best. She gets things done and has high expectations. We have 2 children who have thrived at Carpenter Elementary School thanks to her leadership.

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February 02, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 30, 2008
My family moved to NC from Georgia where my daughter enrolled at Carpenter Elem. in the fifth grade. Having a spouse in the military and moving from school to school I can say that I have seen the good and the bad. I must say that my daughter is having the best year ever! Her teacher trully cares about all of the children in her class not only as students, but also as individuals. She makes learning fun and interactive on a daily basis. Not a day goes by where my daughter does not come home and tell me numerous stories what happens in her class. I admire her teacher and respect the hard work she does each and everyday. Anytime I have a question, she takes the time to explain and follows up whenever possible. Most important, she makes my daughter feel safe and inspired. Great school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 07, 2008
I could not agree more with the comments made about the staff, homework or lack of, not challenging, and uncaring attitude. I have never had a problem with faculty or staff at any of my children's schools until this one. Do not expect the administration to listen to your concerns or issues. Having recently moved from another state I have had a lot of concerns regarding this school system and Carpenter certainly did not make the transition any easier.School is very concerned with EOG's and teaching to the median of the class. Teachers are very pleasant however, and truly care about the kids. This school seems about a year behind academically than the public school we came from in another state.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2008
My step son has had many difficulties at this school, the staff are rude to me and his mother and come across as very uncaring. The teachers give him a hard time. His homework has no imagination, and they do not challenge him day to day. If you are looking for this school to be a good one, I would suggest looking somewhere else.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 08, 2008
My son started kindergarten last year at Carp.Elem and I must say..BRAVO! to his teacher. She manages to create unique learning ciricullum for each child, depending on their potential and skill level to help them suceed and not get bored. I do not feel like my son is in Kindergarten, just coming home with homework to read. He actually gets homework in math, reading, spellings, science etc. I think this school should be rated 10/10. I love Carp. Elem and I hope they keep up with the good work! Thanks for everything you have done for my son to make his first year at big school such a memorable one!

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2007
My daughter has had two of the best teachers I have ever met at Carpenter ES. It is my pleasure to volunteer in my child's class and the teachers and administrative staff are usually very appreciative of the parent volunteers. The cafeteria is spotless and well-run. The carpool line is well-organized. Wake County's policy of socio-economic diversity inhibits the level of academic achievement at this school due to the large number of children whose primary language is not English.

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August 26, 2007
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Carpenter Elementary
2100 Morrisville Parkway, Cary, NC  27519
(919) 462-6780
Last modified Carpenter Elementary is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Carpenter Elementary Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews.