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Elizabeth Seawell Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 691 students

 
 

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5 stars

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Posted December 7, 2013

I love, love, love this school! My daughter is in the 4th grade and she has learned sooooo much! The teachers are great and they actually care about the kids learning. The teachers go above and beyond to make sure the kids succeed. I moved from out of state and if it wasn't for this school I would have moved back home but I know it will be a needle in a haystack to find a great school like this one. I have no complaints at all! My daughter had trouble reading back in our home town and within 2 months of attending this school, she was a fluent reader. She is very excited about learning and told me she never want to leave this school. I am very happy that we found a school that cares about her education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2012

We have been with Seawell a few years now. We are happy with it and have gotten to know the principal, who I think is wonderful - a good and serious leader who listens to parents. She got directly involved in a situation I was dealing with this year and I appreciate very much that it could have turned out very differently with a different kind of leader. Our son has a wonderful, experienced teacher this year who is helping him love learning again. He is advanced academically and has made huge strides in reading and math after a demoralizing year last year. We have had mixed experiences with the teaching quality, and last year was a bad year for many of the kids in his class. It does depend on which teacher you get, though I have faith that the majority of teachers are good. We had many volunteer opportunities in the past and this sense of community is what we had loved. However, for whatever reason this year, communication was almost non-existent, and we have not been contacted about the volunteer opportunities that we had signed up for. Our son LOVES the school - nice kids and caring teachers - and we are happy overall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2012

I have had one child graduate from Seawell and another just started. Compared to other schools I know well in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, Seawell stands out for having happy, hard-working teachers and approachable, hands-on principals. The parent community is actively involved, participating not only by reading in the classroom, helping with art class, but also volunteering to maintain a wonderful hands-on critter corner, improve the landscaping, and soon build a school veggie garden. I have no complaints.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2008

When settling in the Triangle area, we chose Chapel Hill because we had heard that the schools were the best in the area. We've been at Seawell 2 years. Our daughter had one great year (this year) and one mediocre, attitude-damaging year (last year). Of course, that can happen anywhere--and, at the elementary level the individual classroom teacher is the deciding factor in your child's experience. Last year, we were unlucky; this year we were very lucky. I am pleased by the range of 'extras' my daughter receives, including Spanish 3 days a week and a gym program that really teaches her about fitness and health rather than simply playing games. So, overall we are pleased. Our daughter has made great progress in reading and math and found a love for Spanish. We wish the science program had better support.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2004

A wonderful school with dedicated administration and teachers. Even though Seawell is a bit over its capacity, you would never know it by how smoothly things run. Great multicultural experience for all. Highly recommended.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
>95%

2010

 
 
>95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
>95%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
>95%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
>95%

2010

 
 
>95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
93%

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

All Students76%
Female76%
Male76%
Black23%
Asian87%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged12%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students79%
Limited English proficiency59%
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant76%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students76%
Female78%
Male75%
Black39%
Asian91%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students78%
Limited English proficiency53%
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant76%
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 Students80%
Female77%
Male82%
Black20%
Asian-95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial-95%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students82%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students76%
Female78%
Male74%
Black20%
Asian82%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial-95%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students79%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant76%
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 Students89%
Female88%
Male90%
Black46%
Asian-95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities54%
Non-disabled students93%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students79%
Female79%
Male79%
Black18%
Asian82%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities46%
Non-disabled students83%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant79%
Academically gifted-95%

Science

All Students77%
Female73%
Male79%
Black46%
Asian73%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities54%
Non-disabled students79%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 46% 52%
Asian 31% 3%
Black 10% 26%
Hispanic 7% 14%
Two or more races 6% 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 17%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

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9115 Seawell School Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
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