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61 Spring Street Northwest
Concord, NC 28025

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(704) 782-5912
(704) 784-1965
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October 25, 2015
Cannot say enough about how awesome this school has been for us. I've seen my now 9 year old go from crying every morning because he didn't want to go to school and having no friends to a child that looks forward to his school days and all the friends he now has. Being gifted, my son was often bored at the previous school as he always seemed to finish well before the other kids. The previous school's solution was to just give him more worksheets to do. But at Coltrane-Webb, he is being challenged and has once again discovered his love of learning. And don't get me started on the security on this campus! Again, AMAZING. It is such a joy to drop my child off in the mornings knowing that not only is he happy, but he's also safe. Everyone at this school - parents and staff alike - has been warm and welcoming. I have yet to feel like I am somehow "less than" as I was made to feel by parents at the previous school. The only downside to this school is that my son only has one year left after this year before he will be transferring to the middle school. However, if the next school is as good as this one, I have nothing to worry about. :)

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October 21, 2015
Mrs. Barbee, you're doing an excellent Job! Mrs. Sedziol and Plunkett, keep up the great work! I look forward to my daughter's continued education and exposure to the highly skilled educators at Coltrane-Webb Elementary.

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October 21, 2015
I'm an EC teacher in another school district at a STEM school but my 6 year old has been at Coltrane-Webb for the past 2 years and I honestly cannot bring myself to move because this school is that good: Academically, Socially, Emotionally, and Physically. The educators and counselors communicate well with parents and it has been my experience that Mrs. Barbee, the principal, truly takes the time to know each child and family and be as personable as possible. Kindergarten and First Grade educators (Sedziol and Plunkett are way above average instructors) set a strong solid foundation for their students and keep rigor with the curriculum. Many parents are involved and the PTCO work well with the community to keep education and progression at the heart of what they do. The extra-curricular activities are top-notch. My daughter is involved in several programs the school, and even at her worst she is at her best thanks to the faculty and staff at her school who care most about her thriving and least about their paychecks.

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May 11, 2015
Our son has been at Coltrane Webb for the last three years. We are very happy with all three teachers that he has had, and the principal, Ms. Barbee, is wonderful. Ms. Barbee knows all the kids, and their parents, and is very hands on, supportive, and no nonsense at the same time. This school may not be shiny and new, but our son really loves his school. He was given the choice to attend a brand new school and without hesitation said no way! He really likes that there are only 4 classes per grade and he is able to get to know all the kids in his grade. It really gives the kids a sense of community at school. The teachers work well together and you can tell they really have a passion for what they do. If you are only looking for a school appearance, this school is probably not for you. However, if you want a school of amazing administrators, teachers, staff, kids and parents, I can't say enough good things about CWES. The kids are given opportunities and encouraged to think outside the box and really grow, not just memorize information. Top Notch School!

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May 27, 2014
We moved from France 2 years ago, our son had spent 1 year in pre-school and had a basic English level. He joined Coltrane-Webb for the school year 2013/2014, we noticed his great progress in reading (level E for the moment), mathematics, social knowledge... He loves this school and so do his parents.

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February 26, 2014
This is a fantastic school with teachers that really care, and care deeply. The curriculum inclusion of STEM is done fabulously. My children that have attended this school (current and past) have grown with this school. The only drawback is the lack of leadership in the principal. Several parents have experienced this as well. This school could be even better with a change in leadership.

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November 10, 2013
I love this school! My sons transferred from another school in Concord and this is their second year there. The teachers really do go the extra mile and the kids are EXCITED about being there. I love hearing from my boys when they come home--they have so much to tell me about what they did and what they're going to do next.

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April 26, 2013

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April 14, 2013
This is the first year my daughter has attended CWES. It has been a wonderful experience. The administration, staff, and other parents are so welcoming. There is a buzz of excitement for learning that is evident whenever I go there. The teachers go the extral mile during class and while managing after school programs.

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December 17, 2012
Unsatisfactory parent attitudes. What kind of parents involved in a school have the mindset of children being "haves" or "have nots"? Unacceptable attitude for any adults involved with a school to have. It might surprise you to realize that many "have nots" come from families abundantly wealthy with love, values, time, and attention. Some of the poorest people have nothing but a lot of money. Have nots......good one! I moved my kids to a school with better adults.

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October 03, 2012
We are extremely pleased with CWES and the STEM program. The teachers are fantastic, the PTCO members are smart and active fundraisers for the school, and the students are excited about learning. Now we just need to improve our test scores - but that will come. I am impressed at how the haves and have-nots get along. It is beneficial for everyone to work together as a team, sharing ideas and finding solutions to real-world problems. This is an awesome school.

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February 23, 2012
This year CWES has become a STEM Magnet School (Science Technology Engineering and Math). We moved our boys there from another school and appreciate the small neighborhood feel lacking in the big box schools. The STEM curriculum teaches students to work together, problem solve and be creative. It has challenged our children in a way they were not challenged at our last school. Students can be heard cheering during STEM projects. Teachers do a great job of differentiation. Parent involvement is encouraged and parents are welcome in the classroom as volunteers. There seems to be a good amount of involvement with the community and neighborhood. The PTCO has done a great job of raising money this first year. The building is old but new technology is readily available and it has two labs. After school clubs are also available include LEGO Robotics. We have been very pleased with our decision. CTWS is a safe, supportive and nurturing environment and a fun place to learn.

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June 11, 2009
I also think that this is a great school. We moved, and I am sad that my children had to leave. Wonderful teachers!

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April 21, 2009
This is a great school! Teachers are excited about education and abreast of current teaching trends. Technology is used and students are challenged and well prepared. Four of my children went here and were well prepared for not only Middle School, but High School and beyond.

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December 04, 2008
The school is challengingly diverse -- most kids are from high poverty homes. Like most schools in this situation, testing scores fail to impress. In the good news are the teachers, some of whom have served there 20 years and are some of the best in the entire state. These teachers have sacrificed nclb bonuses to work with these kids and garner scores well above national averages for this economic category. Simultaneously, they have turned ordinary middle class students into leaders. The few neighborhood kids that attend this school have gone on to stellar academic careers. In the bad news, I'd have to fault the administration. The principal's focus is on the most needy. That appears to be such an overwhelming task that she comes across as indifferent to challenges middle class kids face.

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February 13, 2008
This school has become dysfunctional over the 15 years I've been associated with it in my neighborhood and with 4 students attending. The Principal appears to be totally focused on 'being the boss'. The teachers have grown apathetic and defensive. The principal who insists on being at all parent teacher conferences but blankly stared when asked for suggestions to help a struggling student. No help. Past teachers were engaged and proactive. The administration seems to have everyone cowed. Even PTO is a target.

- submitted by a parent

December 06, 2006
'The educational opportunities at Coltrane Webb are minimal at best. Most children are instructed below-grade level and teachers are not provided with necessary teaching tools. Although there are many good teachers here, their focus seems only to be the EOG. Children who leave to attend other schools find themselves well below level. Parent morale is low because of a controlling principal and administration. Priorities are not on all children, only those in the lower half to help boost the EOG scores. For the at-risk child that needs nurturing, they are given more of what they are already receiving in the classroom. For example, if a child has a problem with phonics, they inundate them with more phonics instead of trying another approach. Teachers cannot meet the real needs of the children because they are focused on the EOG. This is not a school for any child seeking to advance.

- submitted by a parent
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Coltrane-Webb Elementary
61 Spring Street Northwest, Concord, NC  28025
(704) 782-5912
Last modified Coltrane-Webb Elementary is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Coltrane-Webb Elementary Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 24 reviews. Top