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Lake Wylie Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 720 students

Our school is best known for our STEM initiatives such as Science Night Out!

 
 
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4 stars

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2013:
Based on 5 ratings
2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted December 18, 2013

Great school, however 56% of the students are on a reduced lunch pricing program which says that poverty is an issue. It really boils down to how much time you spend with your child outside of the school working on homework and so forth. My son does well considering that we always do his homework and help out. Other students that do not have parents working with them at home do not do well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2013

Lake Wylie is a phenomenal school. I was a littel wary when we moved to the area because of the 3/10 rating. However, the principal Ms. Hayes has only been there for 2 years and she is great. She greets all the kids EVERY morning when they enter. She is always available for parents. I have 3 kids in this school in various grades and the teachers are accessible and attentive in all the grades. The school is very up to date with their technology and my kids love it. My daughter loves being a part of their student CCTV broadcast. They have lots of extracurricular activities rangin from robotics to french club and the PTA is very active and relevant. I honestly could not be happier with this school and my kids rave about it and their teachers. Good Job Pirates!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2013

Great school! The Principal really cares. I have seen her interest to communicate each day as she waits for kids at the drop off evey morning. Teachers really care for their students. My son has been attending 3 years this school. Keep up the good work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2013

My son attends Lake Wylie Elementary since the end of his first grade. The personal interest from the teachers and staff is outstanding. The science Olympiad team performed an amazing job winning in 16 events this school year bringing home 34 medals. This success was obtained with the help of our outstanding science teacher and our dedicated children. Lake Wylie is an OUSTANDING SCHOOL; my experience has been great here at Lake Wylie.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2013

My child started Kindergarten here and I was told many disheartening things from my child as to what takes place at school. This has also been documented by professionals outside the school. My child told me that a child brought a toy gun to school and was showing it to other students during recess. If this is happening and it goes unnoticed what else is happening? A toy gun is scary no matter what and should never be taken lightly. My child is a Kindergartner who was placed in this school temporarily and had no choice. I am a Real Estate professional and had reservations to begin with. Where is the supervision? What about enabling and helping children to feel that it is okay to speak out rather than cover it up? If my child felt comfortable around her classmates perhaps it would be different.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2012

I am not Impressed with this school at all. The Staff for the most part is very unpleasant .The teachers do not pay attention to what's going on with the children, and you have STAFF members who GOSSIP with parents about other peoples children and act like they're in high school all over again... I mean shouldn't the focus be on the children! The parents are not involved at the school and it's sad. The way that some of the teachers talk to the students is just horrible! I can't wait to get my child OUT OF THIS SCHOOL!!! There is a reason Lake Wylie has a 3 out of 10. My child loves to learn and just loves school period but he always has a story to tell about school and it's hardly ever anything good!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2012

The Communication is IMPECCABLE! We have been at 5 elementary schools so far in CMS and I am so impressed with Lake Wylie! In fact, my daughter got into the magnet program and we decided to cancel that and keep her at Lake Wylie! I can't wait to start another year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2011

I must say that I am surprised Lake Wylie is rated at a 5 because this school is outstanding. I moved from CT and used this site to find a good school for my 2 boys (my other son goes to Southwest Middle, another good school). The teachers and principal are wonderful and care so much about the students. The children here are being well prepared for their next grades. My son has gone to school here for the 3rd and 4th grade and had the most amzaing teachers, he loves it here also.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2010

This is only my 3rd year at Lake wylie but I have been very pleased with the academic progress my children have made. They are both in the talent development program and I love that they are in that enviroment all day (not just an hour or so like other CMS schools).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2009

Lake Wylie is an awesome school. My daughters love and have excelled since they've been attending Lake Wylie. It's truly a family atmosphere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2008

I am new to the Charlotte area and was a little apprehensive about Lake wylie due to the size and student population. I am so amazed at how organized,proficient and proactive the staff is. My daughter loves to goto school everyday and raves about her teacher.I would reccomend this experience to anyone looking to have a well rounded educational experience for their child.Thank you Mrs Edmond and Teachers for all you do for us and for caring so much for our children
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2008

I have a fourth grader here and a first grader here and as far as I'm concerned this is the best school ever. The teachers and assistants are awesome. The principal is too and very hands on. I wish my kids could stay here for 12 years and not have to move on to other schools. Thank you for taking excellent care of my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2007

This is my children's first year attending Lake Wylie. I decided to try LW since it was our home school and my children wouldn't have to get on the bus at 6am to attend Beverly Woods. WHAT A MISTAKE! I do want to recognize my son's 4th grade teach Mrs. Getty's she is the best teacher I have met. My son continues to excel in her class. I am not as impressed with my daughter's teacher. The school is overcrowded.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2007

Lake Wylie Elementary School has continued to amaze and impress me for almost 2 years now. They are highly organized and very focused on academics, yet they manage to plan all kinds of fun activities for the students and their families to enjoy (ie. Fall Festival,a huge Winter Parade,Spring Carnival,Splash Day). They have been inundated with rapid population growth in our area and they have handled it extremely well. It has not effected safety and certainly not academics. The teachers have been the most amazing,fun,creative teachers I have ever met. The kids love them, but even more importantly they respect them. The PTA is huge and the level of parent involvement is amazing. All special area programs (music, PE, art, technology, media) are of excellent quality. In fact, one of the PE teachers just won Teacher of the Year 2006-2007. I'm a proud parent of a Lake Wylie Elementary School student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2007

I am a new teacher at the school and am very impressed. The kids are well behaved and smart. The staff is friendly, caring and professional.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 13, 2006

I want you to know I feel that you are doing a wonderful job keeping our children safe. I am aware of how busy you are, yet you always put our children first. And I am always updated on information with out need to inquire to get it. You are all doing a wonderful job and I thank you! God Bless, Laura J Staff
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2006

Wow! Lake Wylie Elementary School. I love that school. My family moved to Lake Wylie's district mid year so I was a little concerned that the move would shake up my 4th grade son academically. Instead, he soared! Ms. Heather Rath is by far the best teacher this side of creation. She is patient, she is kind, she is the type of teacher that encourages the best from her students. My son simply adores her. When we were planning his 10 year old birthday party, Ms. Rath was the first name on the invite list, and she actually took the time out of her day to come and share in his birthday party. Lake Wylie ranks high with me. My son is much more confident since being taught at such a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2006

My two sons have been attending Lake Wylie for almost 2 years now, we transfered here from Long Island,NY.Always hearing about NY schools being the best I was surprised to find that coming here my older son(4th grade) was behind, most of the others in academics, mostly Math and English. My other son stared Kindergarten that year and they both love Lake Wylie. The teachers are very attentive and have wonderful,up-to-date innovative teaching methods.I only have one concern and that is overcrowding. But a new sister school is opening and maybe that will take some of the burden off of Lake Wylie. I feel all schools have their areas of weakness, but Lake Wylie is a wonderful school to be apart of. V.Y.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2005

Lake Wylie Elementary is an outstanding academic arena for all children! Top notch. My son transferred to this school early this year and I have been extremely impressed with the superior teaching styles and the professional, dedicated staff. My child is in the TD class and he is constantly being stimulated via all senses to bring out the best in him. I appreciate that. It is apparent that Lake Wylie's focus is on academic excellence - congratulations on a job so very well done.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2005

My son has been atttending this school since kindergarten. Kindergarten was great because he had an experienced teacher. First grade was horrible because he had an unexperienced teacher who did not pay attention to his needs. Who constantly contacted me with behavorial problems and did nothing o correct them in her presence. Second grade is even worse. He is continuing to have behavorial problems along with academic problems. I don't feel that my child is receiving the education needed and no one at this school cares. Each time I am asked to attend a conference I am there, and still no progress from this school. I feel my son is being left behind, and the staff is not concerned. I also feel that my son is being labeled in a negative way. I truly expect much more for this school because of all the particiaption and support that I give.
—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.

About these ratings

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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
70%
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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
74%
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

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
65%
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 Students43%
Female45%
Male40%
Black33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students47%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English46%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant43%
Academically giftedn/a

Reading

All Students51%
Female53%
Male49%
Black46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students56%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English54%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant51%
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 Students39%
Female29%
Male46%
Black31%
Asiann/a
Hispanic21%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities17%
Non-disabled students41%
Limited English proficiency17%
Proficient in English43%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant39%
Academically giftedn/a

Reading

All Students39%
Female38%
Male41%
Black36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities8%
Non-disabled students43%
Limited English proficiency17%
Proficient in English44%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant39%
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 Students42%
Female45%
Male40%
Black26%
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities-5%
Non-disabled students48%
Limited English proficiency10%
Proficient in English46%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant42%
Academically giftedn/a

Reading

All Students42%
Female38%
Male46%
Black29%
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilities9%
Non-disabled students46%
Limited English proficiency20%
Proficient in English45%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant42%
Academically giftedn/a

Science

All Students46%
Female45%
Male48%
Black37%
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities-5%
Non-disabled students52%
Limited English proficiency10%
Proficient in English51%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant46%
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

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 36% 26%
Hispanic 27% 14%
White 25% 52%
Asian 7% 3%
Two or more races 5% 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 69%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • School of Progress (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Clubs
  • Special olympics

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Clubs
  • Step team

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Girls on the run
  • Special olympics
  • Step team

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:45 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Tracey Hayes
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (980) 343-3719

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Home Depot
  • Fuel Pizza
  • Chick Fil A
  • Leadership Martial Arts
  • Peaceful Dragon
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Step Team

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Girls on the run
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Special olympics
  • Step team
  • Student council/government
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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13620 Erwin Rd
Charlotte, NC 28273
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Phone: (980) 343-3680

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