Students enrolled 570
Hours no info
School leader Ms Patty Whittington
Transportation options Yes
District Johnston County Schools
Preschool capacity no info
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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2075 North Carolina 42
Clayton, NC 27527

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4 stars
Based on 21 ratings

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July 09, 2014
WONDERFUL school staffed by an amazing administration and truly caring, intelligent, hard-working, dedicated teachers. I have two children, one just finished 5th grade and one 1st grade. Could not be more pleased with the quality of their education. The PTA is wonderful as well.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2014
I've had kids at ECES for 10 years now, I have 3 of them. I believe ECES is THE BEST Elementary school around! I've had nothing but great experiences with all 3 of my children and their teachers. 2 of my children have learning disabilities/special needs and ECES has VERY good services. I do not think my oldest would be where he is today without ECES's special education's department's. They used many different types of programs with him, engaging him and challenging him in ways to have him grow each year and get him "out of his comfort zone" and me as well. I was scared to push him and they did, but gently. We've had such amazing teachers AND staff at ECES I can NEVER say enough good things about them. They are not just teachers to us, they are family. From Administrators, Counselors, office support, TA's, Custodians, Cafeteria staff, everybody employed there, it's a "Family Atmosphere" at ECES and that's one of THE BEST parts of ECES.....that's why we have NEVER considered moving out of the ECES district. My husband has been asked to move several times, but I refuse because of the ECES family. All 3 of my children know they are well educated, loved and supported there.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2013
In the year & a half that we have been at ECES I am not impressed w/how it operates. The best aspect of the school is the parental involvement, but it ends there. Our family's experience has been that if your child or situation doesn't "fit" into the category of making leadership look good then you are ignored, brushed off & even indirectly accused at the "problem" is w/your parenting skills or home environment. This came directly from the principal. My top performing, social child began to regress, display high amounts of anxiety, & wouldn't even speak to his teacher unless she spoke to him first - he expressed to me that he no longer felt comfortable asking for help when he had questions & they were told to ask their classmates because the teacher was too busy - the principal not only refused our multiple requests to change classrooms, but also denies there is a problem in the class despite the fact that more than half of the parents in the room are unhappy w/the dynamics of the room. I personally believe that if she lets one child out of the room that it would open a floodgate & only magnify her grossly poor leadership skills as a principal. We will be leaving ASAP! Beware!

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2012
I HAVE HAD NOTHING BUT GOOD COME OUT OF EAST CLAYTON FROM DAY ONE OF MOVING HERE. IF THERE HAS BEEN A PROBLEM, THEY HAVE BEEN VERY WILLING TO WORK WITH ME. I HAVE A SON WHO WOULD HAVE "FELL THROUGH THE CRACKS" IN OTHER PLACES. TOGETHER WITH THE STAFF, WE GOT HIM THROUGH ELEMENTARY AND HE IS NOW GETTING READY TO START HIGH SCHOOL YEARS. WE NOW HAVE AN UPCOMING 2ND GRADER AND ALSO A NEW KINDERGARTNER. I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO BEING INVOLVED WITH THE SCHOOL FOR ANOTHER FEW YEARS!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2012
Be prepared to teach your child much of the lessons at home! The school as a whole does a good job managing the day to day activities and make an effort to teach the kids good fundamentals, but more than a few of the teachers seem unable to keep up with a fast paced curriculum. In 2 years we have seen much favortism for the staff's children, in terms of looking the other way when they feel they can bully the other kids. If your child does not fit inside the "box" there is little help or support. If your child has any issues with other children and/or staff, everyone is too busy to help. Unfortunatey we have had to move around the last couple of years and my kids have been in multiple schools, but ECES has by far the least amount of support for struggling students and parents who are trying to adapt. We have tried multiple times to reach out for help for certain issues our kids had struggled with from time to time only to be tossed a side and ignored, this includes the principal. We are not needy people by any means but when are kids needed help at school we couldn't be there for them and quickly realized the staff wasn't either. Heartbreaking experience thus far.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2011
I would venture to say that East Clayton Elementary is one of the best public elementary schools in the country. As an education professional, I couldn't be more pleased that my sons attend East Clayton. The staff is kind, attentive, professional, and they hold extremely high academic expectations for the students. Teachers encourage parent participation, and they always respond quickly to phone calls and emails. Take a tour of the school and you will feel the positive tone that Patty Whittington, the principal, has set for the building. It is a shame that there are reviews from 2006 on this website, because they do not reflect the current staff and climate at East Clayton.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2010
I love the school because they take your child's education very seriously. If there are any issues they help in anyway they can to address it or make sure you child gets the assistance they need.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2010
exceptional teachers and staff, feeling of concern for students, and their safety, individual attention given to students, relationship between teachers and parents/custodians.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 08, 2010
Both my children have attended East Clayton since we relocated here 4 years ago.. definitely has improved since Mrs.Whittington,Principal and Mrs Carpanter Asst Principal have taken the reins three years ago. Respect and Character are two of the many traits shown at ECES by the staff and the student body. Parent involvement is awesome and welcomed.!! They never made me or my children feel anything but welcomed. Outstanding programs such as Drama and Student Government are a first at an elementary level along with Strings,Chorus and Green Kids.. These teachers work tirelessly to provide the best education possible for all the students and you can tell by visiting the school and looking into the faces of the kids.. they love to be there.. Thank you isn't enough for all the wonderful teaching experiences my kids have had. Ellen Kealey

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2009
East Clayton was my childs first school and we were extremely cautious about starting her b/c of her late birthday. We decided to start her that year and have been pleased ever since. The teachers and most staff are approachable and accomodating. Parent involvement in the students classroom and anywhere in the school is encouraged. I used to complain about the amount of fundraising but after being at a different school (in the North where the taxes are huge) it is the same no matter where you go. In comparison with her present school in the North where parent involvement in the classroom is prohibited and parents are prevented from having lunch with their children, East Clayton is decidely a great school. My child was there before Powhatan opened and after. Yes, there were long lines to bathroom, playgrounds,lunch prior to the split but after the school ran much smoother.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2009
Note to parents: Please consider the date associated with all comments and keep in mind that poor scores from the PAST drag down the overall score respectively. It's not a true reflection of TODAY'S climate and leadership. The over crowding issues and previous principal left when Powhatan Elem (the new school) opened at the start of the 2008-2009 school year. Today's ECES principal is kind, responsive and on target. $ requests are still there but this isn't a school issue as much as a district issue.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2008
With the school splitting, I feared negative changes. I am very happy with the experiences my child has had thus far. I would not have said the same last year. My child was in first grade. I volunteered many times and was not comfortable with conversations I overheard between my child's teacher and the TA. W and B disrespected fellow staff and other parents. I cannot even imagine what they said about me when I was not there! I prayed that this year would be better and I am excited to report that it is! Fewer children means less stress, shorter lunch lines, quieter hallways and shorter car lines!

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2008
We couldn't be happier with East Clayton. The teachers are great. My child really enjoys attending the school and is excelling in his studies.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2008
The best school ever, I really do not know what everyone is complaining about, because I always felt save when I dropped my son of during his Kindergarten year, he learned so much during his year at East Clayton, that he is way ahead of his classmates here on the West Coast, at least there I did'nt have to worry about my child being bullied and about bad supervision during recess and about my child being urinated on during school hours. That is why I say, East Clayton Elementary is great, the staff and teachers are wonderful, because you can feel comfortable about leaving your child at school after you have dropped him off. The school that my son is attending now is a joke in comparison to East Clayton Elementary. Be Happy with what you have, because it can be much worse, trust me.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2008
East Clayton Elementary is one of the most amazing schools that I have ever worked at. 100 % of the teachers are highly qualified and test scores are above both district and state scores. Parent support and involvement is such a blessing and parents are always available to lend a helping hand. Administration is top notch and fully supports the staff. Even though we are over crowded the teachers are exceptional and the teachers make growth daily. We are certainly a school of distinction.

- submitted by a teacher
October 15, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
June 26, 2007
East Clayton was a mixed experience for our children. The kindergarten year was great but the school relied heavily on parents to aid in classroom instruction. Each year the overcrowding affected negatively and the administration suffered tunnel vision towards one program. The principal was rude on many occasions despite our family's involvement, honor students, and corporate involvement. We finally decided to move after an entire year passed without academic growth for our eldest. Most of the problems experienced came from poor management and inability to address issues. We did have some excellent teachers in the five years but it was an expensive public school. Always fundraising and asking for donations from parents on a weekly basis. Also, safety did not seem to be of concern at all. Often children and adults wandering campus.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2007
When we moved here I was told this was the best school in the area for my children to get an education. It is almost the end of the school year and my oldest child has yet to learn one new thing. I was lucky to get a very good teacher for my youngest child, but it is the luck of the draw. They rely very much on parent helpers.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2006
The principal never knew my children or me, though I was in the school constantly. The EC teachers hand you a list of classroom supplies you're expected to purchase on day one. I spent over $200 on those supplies in one shot and was nickel and dimed afterward. Assistant was a nightmare!

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2006
East Clayton Elementary was a crushing disappointment. Our family moved to Clayton when my husband took a job in Raleigh, NC because the area has a reputation for quality schools. I felt deceived once we arrived! This school is poorly run and is resting solely on its demographics. Academics take a back seat to fundraising activities. Teachers are frequently absent and substitutes are not hired as replacements. The principal lacks tact and speaks to parents in a condescending tone. Overall, the staff is unprofessional and unfriendly. They actually 'lost' my daughter in the school one afternoon and were completely unconcerned about her whereabouts. Thankfully, my husband's job relocated us the next year.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2006
I am very unhappy with East Clayton Elemen. My son has attended only one school year and we have had a horrible experience. For those just entering prepare for an 'UNWELCOMING' environment. The events are all kind of fly-by-night and last minute in every essence. They offer no direction for new students/families. We felt like outsiders the entire year. When it came time for the restructuring of the county, our family welcomed the oppurtunity to attend a different school!

- submitted by a parent
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East Clayton Elementary
2075 North Carolina 42, Clayton, NC  27527
(919) 550-5311
Last modified East Clayton Elementary is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
East Clayton Elementary Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 22 reviews.