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Rama Road Elementary

Public | PK-5 | 614 students

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Posted Thursday, April 17, 2014

I have two children at Rama Rd, one of whom has special needs and I have been so impressed with the teachers and administration over the past 2 years. They ALWAYS go above and beyond and I feel like everyone has my children's best interests at heart. The principal, Mrs. Denny, is very accessible and seems to know every child's name. Becoming a Discovery Education School has also been very exciting and given all of the children at Rama access to some amazing resources. We are Rama proud and college bound!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted Sunday, April 13, 2014

At Rama Road, we have amazing teachers and well-behaved students who love to learn at our school. If you want to learn more about our lovely neighborhood school, please check out our official Facebook page and join today: https://www.facebook.com/DiscoverRamaRoadES Unlike other schools in our community, Rama Road Elementary is always open for families to tour or sit in on a class - no matter when during the school year you might have time to join us. Yes, we have a lot of work to do, but so do other schools. We would love to have you join us and see for yourself the work that is being done every day in the name of student achievement. Being a school powered by Discovery and focused on STEM is just one thing that makes our school unique. Does your child currently experience both a Science Lab and an Innovations Lab once a week in their current school? At Rama, these engineering and hands-on design experiences are built in for EVERY student EVERY day. Come in and check us out!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 24, 2014

My daughter is in kindergarten at Rama Road. We have lived in neighborhood across from the school for 10 years and always wanted to support Rama Rd. From the day she started school in August, we have never questioned that decision. She is reading and writing at or above grade level and we couldn't be happier with the quality of teachers and administrators at the school. Yes, the test scores could be better, but there are many layers to that onion. I would recommend that anyone who is interested in the school should visit, talk to the principal, and see firsthand what is happening in the classrooms. You will see that this school is a true hidden treasure whose potential is finally being realized.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2014

This time last year, we felt as though we were on an emotional roller coaster with the decision of where to send our child to school. Do we send our child to Rama or do we move? After visiting a number of schools, observing the classrooms, and hearing from the principals our decision was clear to go to Rama Road. Our child is in Kindergarten and it truly thriving, excelling in reading, and learning every day. I love hearing what he is learning each day. Principal Denny is amazing and has a clear and defined plan to see Rama Road succeed. She has brought in excellent teachers, created a welcoming environment, introduced school uniforms, and brought in new programs such as Discovery Education. We have had a great experience and are thrilled to see our child begin their education on a positive note. RAMA PROUD! Our family encourages you to visit the school and meet with Principal Denny during your decision making.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2014

Terrible communication between my son's kindergardener teacher and us. We are having to work twice as hard to catch him up on reading because she has not made us aware not ONCE that he was behind. Very happy to say he switched schools and he may have a chance already having a better experience and it has only been a week. It took his new teacher one week to realize he was behind. Very disappointed with rama rd teaching mechanisms.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2013

It's our fourth year and we have been very pleased with our experience with the staff, their control and discipline in the classroom, the way they teach to small groups so that each child is learning on his/her level (not left behind, able to move forward).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2013

This school provides a wonderful environment for our special needs daughter! The fact that she is a special needs child was revealed to us by the teachers and administration here, and they have helped us learn how to better facilitate our child's education. Every teacher, administrator and staff member has been very supportive and kind during the multitude of steps taken to teach our child how to learn. They are doing much more than provide an education. They are teaching our child how to learn, and teaching us how to help to that end. There are of course bumps in the road, but being a parent and realizing that you are responsible for your child's behavior keeps that in perspective. As a parent of a child that is on the spectrum, I can't imagine a better environment to facilitate her education, personal growth, and social interactions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2013

This is our second year at Rama Road Elementary. We too thought we had lost by not getting picked in the lottery and going to a magnet school. In reality we hit the lottery. Rama is a very special school with great teachers and adminstration. It has been a challenged school in the past but with the leadership now in place it is excelling. Rama is improving daily and is so rewarding to the kids and parents to be a part of change that is bigger than just one person. With the internationally diverse student body and staff, the school has so much energy and opportunity to learn. Our daughter is above grade level and is challenged by the staff to learn and grow and is given many tasks to cultivate her talents. Our family is all in at Rama and so proud to be there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2013

Both of my kids have thrived at Rama Road. Having one child with a learning disability and one who is more typically developing, I was concerned about the school being able to address both of my kids' needs. My concerns didn't last long!!! The level of individualized education is astounding. The students are encouraged, supported and challenged. Rama Road had also been adopted by Discovery Education as the only elementary Discovery School in the country. While the school year has only just begun, our family is looking forward to all this new partnership has to offer, particularly the project-based learning and technology components. It's a really exciting time to be at Rama. We are proud of our decision to attend our neighborhood school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2013

If you have a special needs child, BEWARE! The are a few amazing teachers in this school, but with 546 students a few teachers are spread VERY thin. I am so disappointed as I was told this was a great school, and well...it is, as long as your child is not autistic.


Posted January 28, 2012

We initially tried to opt out of our home school, Rama Road, simply based on neighborhood perception and test scores. Once we did not strike lucky with the lottery we toured Rama and were pleasantly surprised. Now, you could not get us to go anywhere else. It's a loving learning environment filled with mastered prepared teachers, a strong administration, and a growing P.T.A. We are happy parents with a happy child who is learning by leaps and bounds.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2011

Rama is an AWESOME school. Great teachers and principle. So glad Rama is our neighborhood school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2011

Rama's teachers, staff & administration are quite an impressive crew! They are highly educated, energetic and devoted to the success of every child. Neighborhoods that have opted out of Rama over the last decade are returning. Parent involvement is increasing each year and there is a sense of school pride that was missing years ago. Most importantly, children are nurtured, engaged and encouraged at Rama Road. Sending my kids to Rama was one of the best parenting decisions I've made.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2009

Rama Rd is a gem in the rough. 2007-2008 brought new leadership to the school with a new principal and assistant principal. The last two years have brought about a renewed commitment to teaching the children at Rama. Parental involvement and test scores have also gone up with the new leadership
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2008

This school does have great potential, but is in desparate need of leadership. There are teachers and staff that do not adhere to the rules and I don't know how they expect the children to do so. We need all teachers and staff to set an example for our children.They preach accountability but they don't practice it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2008

This school has great potential. Stronger, broader parental involvement is needed, but I have seen improvements. The PTA does a fantastic job of providing support. The pricipal, teachers and staff are dedicated to the children and it shows. From that standpoint, this school is above average. The key to it's ultimate success is getting more parents involved in the school (and thus their children's academics) through volunteering, parent education programs and through the PTA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2006

Level of parent involvement is down compared to last year but this is on the mend. Overall a delightful school. Our son is thriving in the environment. Great teachers and staff.
—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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
50%
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.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
58%
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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
61%
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 Students21%
Female21%
Male21%
Black18%
Asiann/a
Hispanic11%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities-5%
Non-disabled students24%
Limited English proficiency10%
Proficient in English22%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant21%
Academically giftedn/a

Reading

All Students16%
Female18%
Male14%
Black10%
Asiann/a
Hispanic11%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged13%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities17%
Non-disabled students16%
Limited English proficiency20%
Proficient in English15%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant16%
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 Students31%
Female28%
Male35%
Black31%
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White46%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities18%
Non-disabled students34%
Limited English proficiency17%
Proficient in English35%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant32%
Academically giftedn/a

Reading

All Students25%
Female28%
Male21%
Black29%
Asiann/a
Hispanic-5%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White46%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities18%
Non-disabled students26%
Limited English proficiency-5%
Proficient in English30%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant25%
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 Students23%
Female23%
Male23%
Black16%
Asiann/a
Hispanic14%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White40%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Not economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities9%
Non-disabled students24%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English25%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant23%
Academically giftedn/a

Reading

All Students18%
Female15%
Male19%
Black12%
Asiann/a
Hispanic-5%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White40%
Economically disadvantaged11%
Not economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities-5%
Non-disabled students20%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English19%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant18%
Academically giftedn/a

Science

All Students34%
Female33%
Male35%
Black26%
Asiann/a
Hispanic21%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities-5%
Non-disabled students38%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English36%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant34%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 53% 26%
Hispanic 24% 14%
White 16% 52%
Asian 3% 3%
Two or more races 3% 4%
American Indian 1% 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 97%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students ELL/ESL Coordinator
Computer specialist(s)
Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math 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 Spanish
American sign language
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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
  • Cognitive disability
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Clubs
  • Special olympics

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Math club
  • Recycling 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
  • Art club

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
  • American sign language
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Girls on the run
  • Special olympics
  • Yoga club

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:45 am
School end time
  • 2:45 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Patricia Denny
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (980) 343-6745

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Hybrid
  • Multi-aged
  • Outdoor / Farm-based
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Engineering
  • Environmental
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
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
  • Cognitive disability
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language 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)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math 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
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Car Riders
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Guys Moving Forward Running
Girls sports
  • Girls on the Run

Arts & music

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

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Cub scouts
  • Game club
  • Gardening
  • Girl scouts
  • Girls on the run
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Science club
  • Special olympics
  • Student council/government
  • Yoga club
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
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
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
McClintock Middle School
Randolph Middle School
Charlotte Secondary School
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1035 Rama Road
Charlotte, NC 28211
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Phone: (980) 343-6730

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