We have been at Culbreth for the past two and a half years, and our daughter will finish eighth grade soon. While middle school is arguably the harder years for students, our daughter has scored very highly in outside programs, via Duke TIPS, for example, taking her ACT in seventh grade and scoring in the 90th percentile among HS students. The teachers do their best, but high turnover and continued cuts to the system have made this school suffer. We appreciate the overworked gifted specialists and teachers most, but some teachers are not as good as others, and the principal is the worst I have ever known. There is more emphasis on sports than academic teams by the principal, and little creative thought as to how to leverage the many benefits we have living so close to major universities. Would have chosen Phillips if we had to do it over, but all the schools are suffering now.
Principal is horrible! Discipline and student safety issues are handled by administrative interns instead of principal!
New Principal, even better experience, with good communication and caring for kids. The principal now is focused on the kids (has one in the school) and is a beloved staff member from the local high school. It's early in the year and we're already feeling welcomed. We had a great experience over the last 2 years, and with 2 kids at the school now are loving the teachers, the teams, the athletics, and the whole experience!
THIS PRINCIPAL IS HORRIBLE THE PATHFINDERS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO RUN AND PLAY AT PA ALL WE CAN DO IS WALK AROUND THE TRACK WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO HIGH FIVE OR W WILL GET ISS
I think that the teachers go above and beyond, but the principal only seems to care about the Ipods. They currently have a drug problem at the school, fighting, and steeling. It seems to take the student 4 or 5 times of bad behavior before something is done and then it is only 1 or 2 days of ISS.
it is the best school i know in the south. And the teachers are wonderful they work one one with the students.
The principal is terrible. She is not interested in communicating with parents, changes policies without notice, and doesn't make any attempt to know the kids. She micro-manages everything, which makes more sense to me now that I have learned that she was promoted to this position after being principal of an elementary school. The guidance staff, at least for my child's grade, is terrible. The counselor doesn't know the kids, doesn't have any interest in the kids, and like the principal, seems to take any request to change something about a child's schedule as a personal attack. The school also asks kids and parents to fill out electives preference forms that list courses that are no longer offered.
I agree with the principal comment she is terrible she doesn't let my daughter hug her friends and she locked the library a couple years ago when it got to full in the morning
I also agree with the principal comment. Ms. Wells shows that she is incapable of listening to other's ideas, and my son says that she frequently makes little things into big problems. She yells at my son every day when his bus is late, and refuses to listen when he informs her that he had nothing to do with it.
This is an Excellent School, I enjoy how Culbreth continueously tends to embrace the future.
Excellent school, very good teachers, wonderful equipments. Absolutely incredible to think it's... free.
Culbreth has a longtime reputation as a great school, but the new principal has been terrible to work with. In meetings, we have found her to be a very poor listener, interrupting frequently and attempting to 'bulldoze' people. The teacher morale seems a lot lower this year, and we are concerned that good teachers will leave until her contract is up.
I think that culbreth is my favorite. it has great teachers, principle and a great learning environment. I think culbreth should have a 10 out of 10
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