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Charlotte, NC
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15425 Scholastic Drive
Charlotte, NC 28277

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(980) 343-0413
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April 08, 2015
Horrible school!! No real play ground, loud cafeteria that many children and parents have complained about, children complaining about being bullied and the principal is more interested in high test scores and the business part of her job than the children. Definately the worst experience I have ever had with an elementary school. My children will not be attending next year.

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2014
This is my first year at BES. I have been very pleased with the attention and concern the principal of this school has shown! I feel Dr. Mazurek goes above and beyond to enure parents feel a very open-door policy with her. I had some concerns with my son and some challenges he's been dealing with and in addition to his teacher, she has been wonderful. I feel she sincerely cares about her school, parents, teachers and the well-being of her students. If I've ever had to email or call her, she's alwaays replied or returned a call in a very timely manner. I look forward to a couple more years here until my son goes to middle school.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2014
I am pleased with personalized attention my children receive from their teachers. As a result, they are performing way above average.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2014
We just moved from out of state to Ballantyne Elementary this year. I have had the worst school year so far. This is the first school where I have had to physically go in and speak to the principal because my daughter is not getting the proper instruction. We are coming from a school district that cared about their students more than tests scores and the teachers were nurturing and fabulous at instruction as well.. Here they have a very militant way of teaching and expect all kids to be cookie cutter and learn exactly the same way. I am looking to move her or our family out of the CMS school district! They suck!

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2014
Very diverse and very progressive with technology. Wish the building was large enough to accommodate all students however. Most of the staff has been great.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2014
We moved to the Ballantyne area 5yrs ago specifically to attend BES based on early test score research and tried to ignore the negative reviews we heard thinking its all in the individual experience-but unfortunately they are all true. And now you can see it in the declining test scores too. The main problem seems to be the Principal and her leadership. More than 1/2 of the staff is not happy and does not feel supported therefore turn over is higher than avg at this school and ultimately the kids suffer. If you are looking for a rich warm caring environment--look further b/c unfortunately BES is not at all the school we envisioned for our kids-we are exploring options for private school if this yr is another disappointment. To the admin at BES listen to your parents,staff and most importantly kids after all it should be a community not a dictatorship.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2014
lunch is only 18 minutes as supposed to 30 minutes. My kids complain about their stomachs hurting and admins all they can say is " it's the teacher's fault". They don't do anything to correct the problem. In the meantime, students are suffering because they don't have time to eat properly.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2014
I'm afraid the negative reviews are accurate. The school lacks a warm caring environment in which young children can thrive. In general, there is a lack of proper communication at all levels. From my experience, I found my child's teacher very uncommunicative. None of the progress report cards I received this year had a single word of teacher remark on it and I cannot understand how that can be. I can only attribute it to a lack of interest and indifference on tne part of the teacher. The children are not challenged enough. Discipline and good behavior are not enforced. I was terribly disappointed with my child's year at school and my impression was it was neither productive nor enjoyable for her.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2014
A kindergarten teacher is supposed to be nurturing and help foster a life long love of learning. Not my daughters teacher . I moved her out of this school after the winter break. The admin and teacher were awful. Not caring at all.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2014
I wish I had better reviews for this school. As a parent who was going to place their two children here, it stopped at the front office. Sadly, all of the negative reviews are very true here....the front office staff less is than welcoming, not helpful in the least, and rude, rude, rude, on both of my encounters with them! I really tried to make this school work, but I can't imagine being an actual parent there and having to speak with them about something important.....And, it seems as if it trickles down from the principle. I can't imagine sending my children here.....what an unfortunate circumstance.......and the test scores have plummeted over the last few years as well! Something is clearly wrong here...to those who have great experiences here I am thankful you do, but clearly, this school isn't for everyone.

- submitted by a community member
February 10, 2014
Ballantyne Elementary is a PROFOUND DISAPPOINTMENT. We were a part of the school from its opening in 2008 until last year when we pulled our youngest out and sent her to private school. There is no mystery about what is wrong. The PRINCIPAL is the poorest excuse of a leader I have EVER seen. I'm a former teacher. Read all the reviews. The office staff IS abysmal. There is a problem with the overall poor quality of the teaching staff. I feel sorry for the two or three excellent teachers still there, however, the high number of INCOMPETENT staff is unacceptable. There is a serious MORAL PROBLEM and a higher than average employee TURNOVER RATE. Look for ratings and testing scores to continue to DECLINE until the PRINCIPAL is replaced. The right administrator could make a PROFOUND difference. This school is an embarrassment in a district with an EXCELLENT MIDDLE and HIGH school. The ineffactiveness in addressing bullying and other significant behavioral issues results in a school that isn't safe. The one star rating is for the few good teachers on staff. The rest of the school warrants a rating of zero stars. ALL CHILDREN DESERVE BETTER THAN THIS PRINCIPAL.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2014
The teaching staff and administrative staff are abysmal. Pushing the common core standards and not really engaging with each child's learning styles. Every interaction I have had with a faculty member has been unpleasant as they are unhappy and it is reflecting on how they treat parents and students.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2013
My son started attending BES this year and he is in Kindergarten. He is very, very unhappy. His teacher is not friendly, caring or supportive. She does not communicate with us effectively. We hope to switch classrooms. However, we have hear horror stories of parents trying to change teachers. We are very present in the school and have seen all of the staff act unpleasant and unhappy. It is very unfortunate as we feel kindergarten should be a fun learning environment for the kids. The administrative staff are rude and not helpful at all. We are currently looking for other schools to send our son to. What a shame.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2013
Overall we have had a mixed experinece with this school. We recently moved to the area and started w/ a first grader and a 5th grader. Just like anything in life the teachers are a hit or miss. Our daughter loves her 5th grader teacher which we've noticed in the type of work given to the kids and w/ our interactions w/ her teachers. Unfortunately, we had to pull out 1st grader out of this school after 4 months and put him in private because his teacher was not that involved w/ her students. Tried to talk w/ the principle but you get a lot of burecrocy and red tape. The staff in the front office is abmisal and not very helpful as well. Overall a mixed experience but would have expected more given the property taxes we pay to support these schools.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2012
we have gone to Ballantyne since it opened and love it. Teachers are great a lot of parent involvement.I shall miss it.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2012
Great school constantly fundraising for our kids. PTA communication of fundraising events was often disorganized and felt like left to the last minute by sending kids home with a sticker on their shirts about that evenings event.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2012
i agree with the poster regarding the PTA PRESIDENT this year. She is sweet and approachable. I cant say the same for all of the PTA but it seems to be helping the school. .

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2012
The school is just great this year. The PTA has done a great job. My daughter loves the new shade structure on the playground. Thank you Susan Swartz for a great year so far.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2011
The office staff at this school are very unprofessional and are given too much authority (eventhough they are not trained to care for our young cjildren). Why is the secretary placing the students into classrooms? Isnt this the principal's responsibility? Open House was a disaster.....very unorganized. My main issue is the office staff, including the principal.They are very harsh and do not have the students' best interest in mind as they try and run the school. The atmosphere at this school is so very cold and heartless. They are marking kids tardy as they walk to class in the morning from eating breakfast (even if they are a seconds away from the door and the teacher is standing there watching them walk in the hall). They are made to go to the office and get tardy slips. This is so heartless! I am so disappointed with the school and the behavior of the staff.....they have no compassion for our small children and their families. I am serously considering removing my child and sending him to a school which has a more caring and positive environment! Parents, do not send your kids here if you can help it!

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2011
I would NOT recommend Ballantyne Elementary School to any of you, parents; especially minority families. You d never think that teachers can be mean, selfish, ignorant and prejudiced, but you ll find some with these behaviors at Ballantyne Elementary!!! So sad, but true! Also, don t be tricked by the Bullying prevention assemblies they run at this school. Bullying is going on regularly at Ballantyne, especially by their teachers!!! If you love your child, consider sending him/her to a school with a warm atmosphere, where the staffs are caring and friendly.

- submitted by a community member
July 19, 2011
My son was a 1st grade student last year. We are happy with the school. Lots of technology bought for parent s donation. There are lots of clubs for the children (choir, acting, chess, photography, orchestra, Odyssey of the mind, cub scouts, golf, tennis). These just some I can remember. Great parental involvement, lots of opportunities to volunteer. Staff is very friendly. We had an episode of bulling from a 5th grade student. I talked to the principal, that student was identified soon and the situation was handled by the school. I want to buy a home in this area just because of the school.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2011
My son started his first year of Kindergarten here and we LOVE this school! The teachers and staff are excellent. Couldn't be happier!

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2011
I have been attending Ballantyne ever since it opened. The first year was okay. But the next year I was out of the country for a month. And my name got taken out so my absences didn't count. But when I came back I went to put my name back in the school. Now for some reason now I think there is a confusion of me being in the school as in the sense there might be confusion of my name in being entered in the school is kind of not there or something. The staff here is unhappy and horrible. The teachers I have had were great and this year's teachers for my grade are good. And the principal here is not even that good of a principal. And last but not least is that the school is always money hungry to pay for smart boards, technology, etc. Just to make the school appealing. But anyways I would name a ton of negative things about Ballantyne and how much I despise it. But I will just let you see for yourselves...

- submitted by a community member
March 29, 2011
My child started Ballantyne this year and we have LOVED it! It's so nice to be at a school wear the parent involvement is so high. The children at the school seem to be high-fliers for the most part, and I love the challenge this presents for my own child (in a positive way). The school's teachers are amazing. We feel so blessed to be at Ballantyne.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2010
My child has attended this school since fall of last year. She entered as a new student and we were blessed to have a remarkable teacher welcome her and our family by remaining in good, solid communication. However, this year we have witnessed the true colors of this school. The staff, mainly administration, is beyond incompetent. We have had more than one encounter with this administration where they refuse accountability and debunk any responsibility for current issues . My child has been falling behind for the first time in three years due to their lack of structure and accountability. I am spending hours at night teaching my child what standard curriculum says she should be learning, however, she is not. This administration would be better served if they truly valued their profession rather than abusing the potential for political advances.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2010
As a parent of a child at Ballantyne Elementary I am not surprised by the comments posted by the teacher below. It is very evident that the staff is unhappy. The principal and staff do not have their priorities straight and it is not a good enviornment for the children. I am looking to move my child to a school where she can learn, excel and enjoy her time.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2010
I was a teacher at Ballantyne last year and all I can say is they work harder on making the school "look" good than they do on actually being good. What you see on the outside is completely different from what goes on behind the scenes. I have never been unhappier as a teacher than I was while employed there. The teachers worked against one another and the lack of teamwork was evident from all who worked there. As a teacher, I do what I do because I truly care for my students and want to help them. I am not concerned with the politics and drama. The principal was abusive towards her staff and manipulated situations to make herself look good in the public eye. I was lucky and was able to escape. I am now working at a school where we are a family and not in a war zone.

- submitted by a teacher

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Ballantyne Elementary
15425 Scholastic Drive, Charlotte, NC  28277
(980) 343-0413
Last modified Ballantyne Elementary is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ballantyne Elementary Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 27 reviews. Top