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Carl A. Furr Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 750 students

Furr is best known for being a diverse learning community.

 
 
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5 stars

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2014:
Based on 5 ratings
2013:
Based on 2 ratings
2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
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Posted Monday, April 14, 2014

CAFE is by far one of the best schools that I have seen in the county. The teachers here care more about the students than anything I ever received while in school. The administrative staff is also very knowledgeable of what the students need. They really do know the children 'personally' and put aside so much to be sure that ALL of our students get the best education possible. I have been active with the PTO each year and have truly seen what our school (teachers & administrators) sacrifice for our children, how much they care for our children, and most of all how much they love our children. It's a true source of pride to me that now since I have moved to the middle school PTSO we are always looking for ways to "do it like CAFE". I truly love our school and hate to be "graduating" next year; however, rest assured that there are still lots of parents at CAFE who will continue to work hard to make CAFE the best it has ever been, and they would certainly welcome you as a volunteer!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted Monday, April 14, 2014

Furr is an incredible school with a strong teaching staff dedicated to serve the students. They are constantly dedicating their time and devotion to giving their best to the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted Monday, April 14, 2014

Talented & Caring teachers. Wonderful administration. Clean & beautiful campus with modern & fun playgrounds. Best school in Cabarrus County!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted Sunday, April 13, 2014

Both of my children have attended the school from kindergarten through 5th grade. I have one child who is in AIG classes and one that is in E.C. and has an i.e.p. I can tell you that they have been amazing on both ends of the spectrum and very willing to work with us to help my children acheive the most they can achieve. The teachers truly love their kids and it shows and the kids truly love their teachers. We feel very blessed to have found the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted Sunday, April 13, 2014

Wonderful staff! My daughter looks forward to going to school each day! Mrs. Martin is the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2013

Great teachers, school, and principal. My daughter has learned a lot and done very well here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2013

We came from a Hallmark Hall of Fame school in Ohio that was excellent, top to bottom. Furr is just as good, and we have been very happy here for the last 4 years. All (4) of our children have enjoyed it and are thriving there now and at Winkler and Robinson. The AIG program is well run, the Title 1 program is excellent as well, all in all, a GREAT school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2012

My daughter attended a private school in the area for K-4 and K-5, due to her birthday being in Sept, so she could start ontime. She did okay, but she had to sit at the front of the class with the "troublemakers" because she had a hard time finishing her work due to her ADD, she transferred to Furr this year, and has only had 2 below the line days, both of which were before she got on her current ADD meds. Her teacher is wonderful, she is a lot happier here then she was at the private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2012

We have been very impressed with all of the teachers and family involvement in this school. I have two children attending and have been here for the last five years. The experience of the staff and the fresh ideas brought by younger teachers is unsurpassed. We are very excited about another school year at Carl A. Furr!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2010

Before attending Furr, my daughter had poor academic performance and a host of behavior problems. She has been at Furr for 2 years now and has really turned things around. No behavior problems and she has become a B+/A student. I attribute her success at Furr not only to her efforts, but the staff as well. Carl A Furr Elementary is a fantastic school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

Carl A. Furr has been very proactive about meeting the needs of students at every level. My kids have always gotten the instruction they need, whether it is extra help or an extra challenge. Every teacher I have met has been very caring, and the principal is a wonderful leader for teachers, kids and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

I think we have the best staff I have ever seen! I have two older children and we have been in several other schools, so I do have something to compare Furr with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

Love the Principal and teachers. They really care about our school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

Great school for our grand kids.


Posted September 22, 2009

Great administration, teachers and families! Parents are always welcome any time of the day. Great PTO that plans fun activities throughout the year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

phenomenal staff of caring, committed, and supportive people who LOVE what they do, are excellent at it, and bring out the best in our kids
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

Awesome faculty and administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

very community and family oriented, Great staff, PTO and teachers that make a difference everyday!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

The administration is really supportive!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

A wonderful administration, caring teachers, dedicated parents and great kids! We have loved our teachers every single year and never had a major problem. Any small problems were dealt with professionally, fairly, and with care. I feel that our school is truly invested in our childrens' future.
—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.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
62%
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.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
63%

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.

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
81%
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 Students54%
Female61%
Male49%
Black33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities13%
Non-disabled students60%
Limited English proficiency19%
Proficient in English61%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant54%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students45%
Female60%
Male33%
Black33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic18%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities7%
Non-disabled students50%
Limited English proficiency-5%
Proficient in English53%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant45%
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 Students57%
Female56%
Male58%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students61%
Limited English proficiency20%
Proficient in English61%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant57%
Academically gifted94%

Reading

All Students54%
Female56%
Male52%
Black43%
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students58%
Limited English proficiency10%
Proficient in English58%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant54%
Academically gifted88%
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 Students53%
Female60%
Male48%
Black24%
Asiann/a
Hispanic28%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities14%
Non-disabled students60%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English56%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant53%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students41%
Female51%
Male32%
Black24%
Asiann/a
Hispanic-5%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White56%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities-5%
Non-disabled students47%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English44%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant41%
Academically gifted82%

Science

All Students45%
Female53%
Male38%
Black18%
Asiann/a
Hispanic16%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities14%
Non-disabled students50%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English48%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant45%
Academically gifted86%
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
White 55% 52%
Hispanic 26% 14%
Black 14% 26%
Two or more races 3% 4%
Asian 2% 3%
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 44%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading 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
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
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
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Clubs
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Clubs
  • Art club

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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

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
  • 7:30 am
School end time
  • 2:15 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Darin Roberts
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (704) 795-9332

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Dual Language Immersion (Spanish)
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Standards-based
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?
  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading 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
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Running Club
Girls sports
  • Running Club

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Basketball Club
  • Battle of the Books
  • Community service
  • Falcon Leaders Safety Patrol
  • Girls on the run
  • Science club
  • Special olympics
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.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Carl A. Furr Elementary is proud to be the first school in Cabarrus County Schools to offer a dual language immersion program. In 2013-14, parents of kindergarten students had the option to select a traditional kindergarten placement or apply for admittance into the Spanish Immersion Program known as Splash. Students in the Splash Program receive instruction in Spanish one day and then in English the next. Splash is available to kindergarten students in 2013-14 and then K and 1st in 2014-15.
School leaders can update this information here.
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2725 Clover Rd
Concord, NC 28027
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Phone: (704) 788-4300

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