"We offer a comprehensive STEM program"
Students enrolled 950
Hours 7:30 AM - 2:15 PM
School leader Dr. Kerry Chisnalll
Transportation options Yes
District Wake County Schools
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1111 SE Maynard Rd
Cary, NC 27511

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4 stars
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May 22, 2014
we love this school. Dr Chisnall is responsive and always working hard to continue to improve the school and the staff is supportive. The teachers have all been great too.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2014
My daughters are 7th graders at East Cary Middle School and we could not be more pleased with the Principal, teachers and staff at the school. When choosing this school (which is not our base school, but our calendar option), we were very selective. We were looking for a school with a strong and supportive administration, dedicated staff, strong academics, and lots of elective and club choices. We found all this and more at East Cary. My daughters enjoy going to school, have teachers that help them stay focused and they have made lots of friends. I attribute that to the "no nonsense" environment that the Principal has established.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2014
My child is a 7th grader at ECMS. We looked at several magnet schools when he was entering middle school and decided to go with East Cary instead and are happy we did. The principal is outstanding and there's a lot of school pride. Transition to middle school was very easy. My son has had several really amazing teachers. I was concerned about AG services going in, but between single subject acceleration and in-class differentiation we've been happy on the whole with AG. I'm not hearing about any bullying and my son is happy to go to school except that it starts so early. We've had a couple of so-so classes (Spanish most notably) but I know there's no perfect school. We're glad we chose East Cary and our younger child will go here too.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2013
Switched to this school from dillard for 7th grade. I loved it for all the time I went! Only priblem: Some students are a little judgemental Otherwise, amazing school and best in the area!

- submitted by a community member
August 30, 2013
My daughter started 6th grade here this year, and the transition to middle school has been very smooth. She is excited to be at a STEM school, and has already seen the benefit of this. Bullying and meaness can be a problem among this age group, but there is no sign of bullying or discipline problems at this school. Also, we love the year-round schedule.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2013
East Cary Middle School is the best school in the district. The principal has transformed ECMS into a school for caring and compassionate leaders. There was a group of children on the bus who were bullying my child. We informed the principal about this, and he immediately kicked the children off campus. My child's teachers are very kind and keep on sending e-mails every every Friday telling what is going on in the school. The kids are also very respectful and obedient. This school's S.T.E.M. program has helped the students significantly in their careers. S.T.E.M has bought many initatives to the school: Science Olyampiad, Career Fair, Science Fair, S.T.E.M electives, and allowed students to get their own Samsung Galaxy S2 tablets. I would like you parents to know that overall ECMS is a very High quality school and it is greatly worth the act of sending your child to this wonderful East Cary. Go ECMS IMPS!

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2013
l love being a student at ECMS! Here there isn't a lot of bullying (as far as know) and a wide variety of skill level classes. For example, some 7th graders are in 8th grade classes, along with some extra help classes. Also, there are STEM electives once in awhile that students can have fun, and learn about the things they want to advance in when they are older. By that, mean there are STEM electives that may align to your future job. You get to pick what STEM you wish to have, but even though you might not get that STEM, our students counselors will try there hardest to get it for you. Lunch is great, they provide a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, while also providing "Red Baron" pizza Monday through Thursday for an extra 50 cents then your average entr e. would recommend trying to get your child into track 4. t has the best teachers, and the best track-out times. During Christmas, our break merges with Christmas break- thus, we get a five and a half week long break. That's all have to say! My name is Ryan, I'm an 8th grader on Track 4, here at ECMS. P.S. We have a new principle, so please disregard any bad ratings revolving around her. -Written by a Student

- submitted by a community member
May 20, 2013
We have been at ECMS for one year and it has been a great year ! We are so grateful that we get to be in a STEM school that has so many things going for them. The whole 6th grade has new tablets that they get to take home and use daily in their classroom. How awesome is that!! The teachers there are unlike any I have seen anywhere else! From a small middle school that had room to grow to an amazing middle school that students from all over Cary and trying to get into..... I am so THANKFUL to be a parent of a student at East Cary Middle !!

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2013
for the first year or so my daughter was fine, then she hit the 8th grade (2002-2003) and had some minor problems with bullying. the principal allowed known bullies to remain on campus and di nothing about it. they did nothing about it, in spite numerous trips to the school and phone calls. hopefully they have gotton their act together since then.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2012
My daughter transferred in from Wake Leadership Academy, and East Cary has been a wonderful experience for her. In a matter of weeks, she learned to play clarinet thanks to a wonderful band director, has a story every day about something interesting she learned, and is constantly working on school projects that she is excited about. Her teachers seem very enthusiastic and involved, and the children seem very polite and well-behaved- a noticeable change from the last school. The office staff and principal seem to know all the kids, and I couldn't be more thrilled that her transition was so easy. She is excited to go to school every day, feels appreciated for her hard work, is learning a lot, and has a group of sweet friends. What more could I ask for?

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2012
My child loves ECMS and so do I! I transferred her to ECMS ( from a traditional school in Cary) and I couldn't be happier with my decision. Whereas some may see small class sizes as a shortcoming, I see it as an advantage and an ideal learning environment. My daughter not only has teachers who challenge her academically, but they also give her personal attention. I find that the electives offered are of high quality and are enhanced by the clubs and activities offered at the school. The instructional technology is an added bonus with iPads, etc. available to the students. We are very excited about the new STEM electives being offered, which clearly reflect the school's focus on science, technology, engineering and math. I think the school's new administration is leading the school in the right direction, and has what it takes to help our children succeed. ECMS has definitely exceeded my expectations!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2012
East Cary has miles to go before becoming a good school even with its new STEM classification. Its capacity is still underutilized & ranked the 4th worst for seats filled in Wake County last year. While that does cater to small class sizes compared to other popular middle schools, like Davis Dr, it means there are also fewer teachers -- which means fewer electives. The arts opportunities are VERY limited. The culture of the school is a "drop & go" feel with very little sense of community.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2012
WWent here for 6th grade and it was amazing!!! Now I'm in the 8th grade and now attending Davis drive middle. East Cary was amazing so easy to make friends and I wish I could go back :( btw Davis drive is awful...

- submitted by a community member
April 26, 2012
My two children loved their experience at ECMS. We are excited about the new principal for 2012-2013 and engineering/tech grant!

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2012
East Cary will begin offering STEM programs that explore connections among science, technology, engineering and mathematics in coming 2012 - 13 school yr.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2012
Our experience at East Cary has been an extremely positive one. The teachers and staff are caring and supportive of both students and parents. East Cary was a choice for our family and while the distance we have to travel to and from school is farther than we would like, it has been a worthwhile sacrifice.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2012
East Cary Year Round Middle School is a really nice school. My child has had a positive middle school experience and has had supportive and challenging teachers each year. Parents should know that East Cary's Middle School community continues to grow since it's was re-established as a middle school following it use as a 9th grade center and has a supportive PTA. Just this week, it was announced that a new Pricipal has been named to lead East Cary, and I am excited to learn that it is a former East Cary Assistant Principal, that made a very positive contribution during my child's 6th grade year. As for student life, my child has enjoyed the open campus, media center, daily PE classes, sports, and after school clubs for the last three years. I know there is some criticism of the lack of elective courses at East Cary compared to other traditional & magnet middle schools in the area; however, there is a large enough selection to fill the one elective period each semester. Lastly, as the parent of an AG student I would have liked to have seen more AG teacher directed activities; however, I think this is more a factor of WCPSS policy & funding.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2012
This is a terrible school. I am bullied constantly, the curriculum is not nearly hard enough, and the AG service is spotty at best.

- submitted by a community member
December 05, 2011
East Cary is a great school! The teachers go above and beyond to help the kids learn. The principal is FAIR and treats all students equally. I have a lot of respect for her and her leadership. There are plenty of school events and parents are very supportive.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2011
Administration doesn't communicate with the parents. The Principal is not a good leader. Teachers are hit or miss.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2011
I am currently attending East Cary and i love it. The teachers are always willing to help you and the academics is great. the only thing bad about this school is that the electives suck. it really does. compared to other schools they have a bad selection of electives. all in all i love ECMS

- submitted by a community member
February 08, 2011
BEST SCHOOL EVER!! you can't top it! the teachers are nice, and the classes are at your level. i would recommended it to anybody. It is a great school.

- submitted by a community member
February 08, 2011
This is one of the best school ever!!! You will never find a better one. My kid doesn't want to even have a sick day, once i woke her up late, and she freaked out! She said she doesn't even want to miss one day!! And when she comes home, she has TONES of story's of how good her day was. You can't find a better one. trust me.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2010
Wonderful school, great teachers & staff.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2010
I have a child who is just finishing up his 6th grade year at ECMS. The school itself is great! The teachers are helpful and also challenge my son, without making him feel overwhelmed. Throughout the year, I have had contact regularly with both Mrs. Sharpe and Mr. Tibbits, and both have been easy to communicate with and both seem like they truley care about the children. Recently though, there has been a change in administration and there seems to be a lack of leadership and discipline. The new principal who has come in seems to be sending the school in a negative direction. I'm sure though, with the strong teachers and staff at ECMS, it will continue to be one of the top middle schools in all of Wake County.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2010
East Cary Middle School is full of positive energy. The staff and administration obviously value coaching children in life skills such as making healthy choices, showing respect for others, and developing organizational skills. This school has a lot to offer. Students can challenge themselves academically through a variety of independent projects. By completing independent and team projects as part of regular ECMS coursework, my child has improved her time management skills, researching skills, and ability to apply what she has learned. I would highly recommend this school to anyone. The multi-track schedule is also a big PLUS.

- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2009
i go to this school now and it is great they have a lot of great activities for you to join. they teach you how to be organized and prepared for the next grade. it is a great school

- submitted by a student
no rating July 21, 2009
This is probably the best school in all of wake county! I just love this place! The atmosphere and teachers are just grand! Thhe school has many things that other schools don't like great technology 9all-new computers, and Elmo's), and Cook-Outs and Feild Days. I am truly honored to be part of the family that maes East cary YR Middle! Go EAST CARY IMPS!

- submitted by a student
no rating March 10, 2009
i love my school all my friends are there and even though it is a big campus it takes 1 day to know all the teachers and the rooms.all of the kids are well educated and respect their fellow classmates and their teachers

- submitted by a student
January 21, 2009
the kids are very respectful and the teachers and kids have a great bond which creates a fun and exciting learning enviroment

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2009
The principal is the principal i could have. She is always involved with the students and also t he staff. She is alsome in many ways.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 02, 2008
this school is the best middle school and the first middle school i have been to. but through all the elementary schools i have been to east cary is the best school i have been to in all my life.

- submitted by a student
June 20, 2008
East Cary Administration and Teaching Staff have done a fanstatic job in maintaining that our children's education was not compromised during the introduction year of a middle year round school. Also, our children's adjustment, safety and transportation processed was not compromised. My child doesn't know that middle school traditionally is more complicated simply because you are with 7th and 8th graders and 6th graders are low on the totem pole. So his self-esteem wasn't challenge which in turn means his educational process wasn't disrupted as a result. As a result of this kick off year, the class sizes were smaller and as a parent, I love it...might not work well in terms of funding, the number of elective classes they are able to offer, etc., but as a parent, I loved it. I believe this model when opening a new school, regardless of what level, this model should be used! Thanks.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 07, 2008
The principal here is amazing. Truly amazing and behind every great school is a great prinicpal. This one is sure to be one of the best. Her staff is superior. Well organized in every area. The only problem is the county system tends to not let a good thing last too long. So once this school gets great they probably will move her somewhere else. She is truly phenomenol.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2007
This School has a beautiful campus like west cary. The principle is simply outstanding, and she has very nice manners. the councilor is from Reedy Creek Elementary and so is the councilor. this school has varieties of activities and sports. I like this school.

- submitted by a parent
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East Cary Middle School
1111 SE Maynard Rd, Cary, NC  27511
(919) 466-4377
Last modified East Cary Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
East Cary Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews.