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Highcroft Elementary

Public | K-5 | 846 students

 
 

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Posted March 18, 2014

HDE offers a lot of positive things, including a solid understanding and commitment to core instruction. However, it lacks in quality of its special classes and few extracurricular clubs compared to surrounding elementary schools. Although the principal exhibits strong leadership and the school boasts an active PTA, the front office presents an unfriendly and almost negative first impression of the culture of the school. More positive presences would be welcome in a children's learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2013

I like the school very much ,it has lot of good qualities to tell about the school.The number one about the school is it has good rating about from the beginning of the school and the other is good teachers and the principal who monitors the school very good rating and even the parents also show the same responsibility.they even has good reputation for the high croft school.My son likes the school which is so important as a parent,
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2013

Highcroft Elementary School has done a phenomenal job preparing my child for middle school. A great neighborhood school with a strong sense of community, the teachers build strong study habits in the children and a love for learning. Couldn't be more pleased.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2013

I had to contact the school to fix a messup the school has made to my son. Both the front desk and the assistant principal were not helpful at all. Very disappointed. It seems the school has a serious issue with the management.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2013

Our daughter went through Highcroft Drive Elementary and has been on a great trajectory ever since, with top honors through middle school and now also as ninth grade in high school. Our son is currently in 1st grade and we still feel both the school and community are excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2012

Horrible School.If your child has any kind of disablity do not consider this one at all.My son had a speech issue and was shoved in the class for autism where the teachers were too occoupied with the ones that created trouble than to really pay attention to what my son was doing.We had to get private speech /OT as the school hardly did any at all.The teachers had NO idea what my son could do and continue to label him as "borderline functioning".Luckily he aged out of the class in 2 years and is now in private school in regular class with no issues all.run away in the opposite direction if this one is offered to you !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2011

Our daughter attended Kindergarten at HDE. We loved the area and the whole "neighborhood school" concept. We actually liked the year round school, at that time. I believe that they are on a single track program now. Unfortunately, my daughter had 3 different teachers during her Kindergarten year. Although, it was beyond anyone's control, we were very disappointed. The principal did not communicate very well and was just not available. For example, when my daughter started first grade in San Antonio, they had to transfer her teacher after the first week, due to decrease class numbers, which meant she would have a new first grade teacher. Although, I was very upset at first, it was only the first week of school. I received a phone call directly from the principal AND the counselor spoke to the students!! At HDE, my daughter had her first teacher for almost 6 mos, 2nd for about the same time. We only received a letter stating that she would be having a new teacher. We have since moved to San Antonio, Texas, and have been more than impressed with the principal and teacher involvement, which I didn't feel we had at HDE.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2010

Sorry, I have had kids in the school for several years and am underwhelmed. The academics each year have been pretty far behind what the above average kid should be able to do. They do have an Academically gifted program for those supposedly at the top (but it was not a big deal), but they have nothing for the bright or above average kids. I had to supplement my children's education to overcome the schools academic weakness. I think that this is a school where the kids-of-moderately-well-to-do-professionals go. (There are many indian kids that are really at the top of their classes.) If you are a professional and don't mind having to push your bright child to study outside the school, you can do worse than this, safe, well maintained, shiny new school attended by well-off kids. Don't kid yourself though. For top academics, try Endeavor or Magellan Charter Schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2010

We love this school. Having come from CT, we're finding that our kids are challenged here. This must be a good indication for this school system because we came from a very highly rated school back home. It's been 2 years and the kids are well adjusted and love their school. Mrs. Hughes is efficient and level headed. We've always felt our kids are in good and loving hands.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2010

Our two children have attended Highcroft since they were in Kindergarten. One is now in 4th grade, the other is in 2nd. We have been extremely happy with our school. The teachers are kind and effective. The staff, including the principal, are friendly and helpful. No complaints here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2009

I'm not sure what bad reviews are about. Highcroft is a great school. I have one child in Highcroft now and one who attend from 1st - 5th grad very well prepared for middle school. As for the principle, how many do you know that would actually attend the 5th grade trip to Camp Don Lee and participate in the activities with the kids side by side. Very pleased with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2009

The sense of community and mutual caring between fellow parents and teachers is palpable. The children are well cared for and the school is a nurturing atmosphere. It is the ideal school for our children. Our parents are very involved in the classroom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

The teachers are very caring. Everyone is very respectful to the children so the children act respectful. There's a lot of parent involvement and sense of community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 23, 2008

I am very disappointed with Higcroft. We have been here for 3 years and have one super teacher. Most staff is pleasant but the principal is hardly ever seen and very unavailable I am surprised by some of the comments posted because under the 'stepford appearance' I think lots of staff and parents are unsatisfied. There is good parent involvement but I don't think teachers or parents get the support that I have experienced in the passed. If it was not for the test scores there would be nothing to the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2008

Surprisingly disappointing school. This principal is very disconnected from the students and at times does not seem to be able to answer basic questions about school operations. Our child attended for two years, one teacher was absolutely fantastic, the other was very weak. It was clear the great teacher did great things in spite of the administration, not because of it. The feedback we heard from other parents and several teachers was that staff was afraid to speak out because administration wasn't interested in their concerns about how to improve the school. We were reassigned to Turner Creek and could not be happier - what a huge difference! TC Elem is a breath of fresh air by comparison.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2008

Awesome school with great test scores. My 2 children are in their 3rd year and I have been very happy with teachers every year. The principal runs a tight ship and has a great staff. Very high parental involvement and participation in school activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2007

Awesome! My husband and I have been so pleased with our first public school experience @ Highcroft. My daughter is thriving in kindergarten and is very excited about going everyday! Very pleased!! Very supportive teacher and principal!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2007

Excellent school. Teachers are very supportive, Principal is great & parents love to volunteer. Though fairly new school, it exceeds all the expectations of parents. I feel very fortunate that we are a part of this great 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.

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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.

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
>95%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

146 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
>95%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2013.

146 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
>95%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
>95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
94%
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 Students87%
Female84%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asian-95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities82%
Non-disabled students88%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students84%
Female87%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asian92%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities82%
Non-disabled students85%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%
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 Students82%
Female83%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asian85%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial82%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities33%
Non-disabled students88%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students79%
Female83%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asian77%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial82%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities28%
Non-disabled students86%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant79%
Academically gifted94%
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 Students86%
Female90%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asian-95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial90%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities50%
Non-disabled students91%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students77%
Female83%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asian84%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial80%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities44%
Non-disabled students81%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%
Academically gifted93%

Science

All Students86%
Female88%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asian88%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial-95%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities50%
Non-disabled students91%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 68% 52%
Asian 17% 3%
Two or more races 6% 4%
Hispanic 5% 14%
Black 4% 26%
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 7%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

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5415 Highcroft Drive
Cary, NC 27519
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