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Ballantyne Elementary

Public | K-5 | 833 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2014:
Based on 4 ratings
2013:
Based on 2 ratings
2012:
Based on 4 ratings
2011:
Based on 6 ratings

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Posted April 5, 2014

All of the negative reviews are 100% accurate. My son has been attending BES for 3 years but this will be his last as we will be sending him to private school in the fall. The principal is horrible. She is rude and unapproachable. She treats her teachers poorly and the lack of morale is very apparent. There is a high turnover rate in teachers and student behavior problems are brushed aside. Some children belong in a detention enter rather than an elementary school. Children can't keep their hands off each other and discipline and consequences for poor behavior are nonexistent. Test scores have dropped tremendously. The principal needs to go and then maybe this school will be the great school it should be. Good riddance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted January 26, 2014

I would not send my child to Ballantyne Elementary if they had a learning disability. I would also warn anyone who is the parent of a child on the autism spectrum to NOT under any circumstance send their child to Ballantyne elementary school. Not only are the regular teachers completely untrained in all aspects of ASD's , the school is physically not set up well for ASD children. There are no fences , gates or proper assistance to accommodate such children. You will be assured that your child will be well taken care of. They will not !! Beware !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted March 3, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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...


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted September 2, 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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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.

146 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
>95%

2010

 
 
>95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

146 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
>95%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2013.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
87%
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 Students71%
Female71%
Male70%
Black36%
Asian85%
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students73%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant71%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students76%
Female78%
Male74%
Black43%
Asian77%
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students77%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant76%
Academically gifted95%
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 Students82%
Female81%
Male83%
Black67%
Asian92%
Hispanic94%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students85%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students73%
Female71%
Male75%
Black67%
Asian77%
Hispanic94%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students76%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant73%
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 Students72%
Female70%
Male75%
Black40%
Asian92%
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students74%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant72%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students69%
Female67%
Male70%
Black50%
Asian79%
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students69%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant69%
Academically gifted-95%

Science

All Students81%
Female82%
Male79%
Black50%
Asian92%
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students83%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%
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 56% 52%
Asian 17% 3%
Black 15% 26%
Hispanic 10% 14%
Two or more races 3% 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 16%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

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15425 Scholastic Drive
Charlotte, NC 28277
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