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Mcdougle Elementary School

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Posted March 6, 2014

We recently moved to Chapel Hill. I, myself, grew up moving every 5 years. My mother was a elementary educator for 30+ years. This has honestly been one of the least organized and least parent-friendly schools, administration, I have ever experienced. If you have a child who lies outside of the norm, good luck with getting any help. We had heard such wonderful things about CCHS but we have been so disappointed. We are looking at pulling our oldest out and attempting either the LEAP program or a private school. I certainly hope things will improve but I am not holding my breath.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2013

There is strong bullying experience in the school bus, usually from elder students toward younger ones. The administration tend to ignore and to find excuses instead of taking care of the bullying. When a parent is complaining about 5th grader bullying a 2nd grader, the wise principle will not hesitate to put the responsibility on the 2nd grader. The principle is new and the school suffered from instability in the administrative team. The teachers are great, though some are inexperienced, teaching less than 2 or 3 years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2013

This school has gone downhill fast with budget cuts and the change in administration. The playground is in disrepair and quite frankly, a bit dangerous. Bullying is systemic within the school. I'm glad I don't have to send another child through McDougle Elementary. Many young teachers are hired and not given proper guidance on how to handle challenging situations. They are overwhelmed. The old principal's motto was "NO Excuses". Now its all about excuses. Certain administrators bully parents who try to make things better. Thank goodness for the experienced teachers still there and the receptionist, who try to keep it positive! If you are looking for an elementary school in Chapel Hill, try Morris Grove, where the administrators actually care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2012

McDougle Elementary is a school which has never had much consistency of leadership. The last principal left quickly after receiving her Principal of the Year award, after barely 3 years at the job. The teachers are hit or miss. There is no real concern for discipline of children who constantly bully others. The teachers ignore it, and do nothing about it. If you report it, the administration treat you like you are making up stories. I would recommend sending your child to a different school if you plan to be in the CHCCS district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2011

McDougle is a lovely little school. It does have a high population of Hispanics and Disabled compared to the other schools in our district. It's true in the past it seemed more resources had been dedicated to those students. However, this year there has been a considerable turn-a-round and there has been serious improvement. Most of the classrooms have gardens where the students grew vegetables and academic success has become a priority for all students. When you go there you really feel like the faculty and staff love the students and the school. The principal may have well had a rough first year and this year she set the bar high and managed to get everyone pumped up to meet it. I'm really hopeful it will continue to improve!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2010

The principle does not care about helping all students. Resources are used primarily on support staff and minority and special needs populations at the expense of all others. As soon as budget cuts are needed, teachers for science, music, art, language are layed off. Teachers are hit-or-miss, and all classes on the same grade level have different curriculums.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

The teachers who work there truly enjoy their job


Posted September 17, 2009

MES has become a school to be proud of--I'm so glad my kids are here getting a top notch education!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

We have wonderful, dedicated teachers. We have a principal who is taking tough steps to get our entire student population achieving. We have dedicated parents who help to enrich the school by bringing in cultural arts, adding books to the bookroom, supporting our teachers, hosting fun family events. McDougle is an awesome place to learn and has an awesome group of families!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2007

McDougle Elementary is by far the best in a an award winning district. Many sources neglect to mention that McDougle is one of the only schools that use 'Team Teaching' to reinforce learning principles. It's a new school, and a clean learning environment is highly underrated! The teachers actually care about your child's progress (not to mention they even get financially rewarded for their positive progress in the form of a bonus). My kids love this school and when my son moves on to middle school it will still be convenient for us because it is right next door and is actually connected with a branch of the Chapel Hill Public library, right in the connector hallway. We moved from out of state specifically for McDougle Elementary when my son was getting ready to start first grade. Best move we ever made!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2005

This is a great school, it has everything a kid neads. Great art class, gym class, chorus/music class, plus spanish! this is a great place for a newcomer to go. The teachers are outstanding. Go to mcdougle!
—Submitted by a student


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 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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
>95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
86%
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 Students64%
Female59%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities25%
Non-disabled students70%
Limited English proficiency39%
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant64%
Academically giftedn/a

Reading

All Students62%
Female64%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic24%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities8%
Non-disabled students70%
Limited English proficiency8%
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant62%
Academically giftedn/a
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 Students70%
Female74%
Male68%
Black10%
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities12%
Non-disabled students81%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant70%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students63%
Female71%
Male57%
Black10%
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities12%
Non-disabled students72%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant63%
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 Students76%
Female81%
Male68%
Black46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students77%
Limited English proficiency20%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant76%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students62%
Female67%
Male54%
Black36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic26%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students66%
Limited English proficiency-5%
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant62%
Academically gifted-95%

Science

All Students65%
Female69%
Male60%
Black36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students68%
Limited English proficiency-5%
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant65%
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 54% 52%
Hispanic 22% 14%
Black 14% 26%
Asian 5% 3%
Two or more races 4% 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 39%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

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  • Ms Patrenia McDowell
Fax number
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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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890 Old Fayetteville Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
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