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Davidson, NC
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635 South Street
Davidson, NC 28036

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(980) 343-3900
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January 26, 2015
Very disappointing sums it up. We had a great year in 1st grade so we were hopeful for 2nd grade. Everything is about the test score here, which I know is the standard for most schools. I agree with previous posts, something needs to be done about the disruptive kids in the classroom that make the learning environment a negative one for those that actually listen to the teacher. The teacher can't do anything about it, although I could tell she wanted to. That is not the learning environment I want for my kids. I took my boys out of DES before the holidays and are happy at a charter. I wanted to give 1 star, but since 1st grade we had a wonderful class with an amazing teacher I gave 2.

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December 04, 2014
We moved to this school after many issues at another school. The teachers and students welcomed my children. The teachers go beyond the classroom often meeting outside hours and also just checking in on a child. The school promotes diversity. The school is also great at providing unique opportunities: science lab, stability balls instead if chairs, art shows, clubs with experts, a daily running fitness program, etc. the PTO is also a breath of fresh air, no selling magazines or candy here. It is a community, where parents, teachers, and community members serve the children.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2014
Very mixed calibre of teachers coupled with poor leadership; disappointing result for what should be a great school in a great town!

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2014
The families, Davidson College student volunteers and community make DES better than the average CMS school. We have 2 children here and have had a pretty good experience. Most of the teachers are wonderful but a few seem to hate their job and it shows through to the kids. One particular teacher does not have the patience required to be teaching young children and has a reputation of screaming at the kids. It's unfortunate that the administration allows this to continue. This school has a long-standing reputation for being one of the better elementary schools in the CMS system but I fear the current leadership isn't strong enough to sustain the quality.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2014
DES is a great school but is unfortunately burdened by ridiculous state and county bureaucratic requirements. Unfortunately the name of the game for public schools is testing and that is the focus of DES as well. The principal does a great job and does what he can to make necessary changes, but at the end of the day he is still subject to the confines of a dysfunctional state political system that keeps dropping in the national rankings. The majority of teachers are caring, motivated and communicate well with the parents. The parental involvement is fantastic.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2014
This school is incredible. I have two daughters that have attended and currently attending this school. One is in middle school and the other is in 4th grade. We have had nothing but positive results from this school. Good grades, teachers with a passion, and an excellent learning environment are SOME things this school offers. A good special needs program is at place, and they even have it set up so that some fifth graders can volunteer to do activities with kids that have autism. They also have clubs that inspire such as clubs of community service, art, computer skills, yearbook, chess, Spanish, and more!

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2013
We had one good out of three. Equally, one good teacher out of three. The first 2 years my son was at this school it took staff 2-3 days to respond to emails. I never got feedback on my son's performance until we got his report and noticed A's dropping to B's. The teachers for the most part are very clique-ish. They show obvious preferential treatment to the children whose parents are class parents or are on the PTO. Girls are treated better and boys are treated as nuisances because they are more active. The only time my son thrived at this snobbish school was when he had a male teacher. I was given the impression that academically this school was like a private school - wrong. We had an entire year of one teacher incorrectly grading homework and passing out misspelled assignments in between making the kids write love letters to Obama during the election year.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2013
By the great schools rating requirements, DES falls short. They have a mixed bag of teachers, the principal is inaccessible which shows a lack of committment/leadership (or a sens of entitlement which is worse?!?), and the academic programs are not particularly challenging. These statements are supported by the sheer number of parents who are waiting on the lottery results so that they can ultimately enroll their kids elsewhere. The waiting list for a local charter school(s) are extremely long...everyone seemingly wants out of the CMS system. One troubling attribute of this school is that no one seems to be able to address poor & disruptive behavior in the classroom. Seemingly, they allow a few kids to disrupt entire classrooms, this should not be the case. We bought our house in the school zone based solely on the school ratings....unfortunately, our experience has not been good. My advice is to try like crazy to get in a charter school.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2013
The means in which teachers meet the needs of all students is commendable. The parental involvement in this idyllic town is amazing. A strong sense of community is felt throughout the school and town. One of the greatest things we can give our children is a sense of self and belonging...it can be found at DES.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2012
We are happy with this school. We just shifted our son from North West since last 1 month and found it is better than his previous school. As of now we have no issue. My son is enjoying. Parents are greatly involved in the school.

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2012
After 3 months, we have decided to remove our child from DES. The curriculum is a year (or more) behind what our children had in their previous school (northeastern US). I have found that meeting with the teachers and administrator has resulted in questions about my parenting. The feeling is that you should be happy that there is some learning taking place. Ditto sheets, busy work and crowded classrooms with little communication is the norm. Socially, my child has friends and enjoys school but academically, this place is subpar. I feel it's important to recognize that although Davidson Elem seems to be a small town school with a child-centered educational program, it is not. Davidson is one of 200+ schools in the CMS district. Parents wistfully talk of one day getting into a charter school or biting the bullet and paying for private. It is important if you are considering schools as a newcomer to North Carolina that CMS is a factory and their schools reflect that.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2012
Wonderful school! Very organized and we have enjoyed the teachers. This school has the most parent involvement that we have ever seen, and we have two older children in college. Love it!

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2012
Wonderful school that does a terrific job meeting student needs. Very high parent involvement, and a warm, friendly atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2012
Davidson Elementary comes close to being a truly terrific school but falls short of making the grade. Over the past seven years of attending DES we have had three different principals leave our school. We are now searching for principal number four. Parents are very involved and staff work hard to minimize distractions, but facts are facts. This school is vulnerable due to a high turnover of its leaders. In the future lets hope that DES can recruit and RETAIN its talent. For those of you looking to enroll at DES here are a few strengths and weaknesses I have observed over the years: Strong Points: Teachers are solid in their commitment, Parents are highly involved, Students are well behaved, PTO is providing meaningful enrichment to teachers and students. Weaknesses: A culture of "parent, teacher and classroom popularity contests" sometimes undermines a cohesive staff and team building atmosphere. Parents tend to fuel this culture understandably wanting only the best for their child. Myths abound that the Multiage program is a better program with better teachers, these are only myths! The TD Program greatly lacks transparency into its selection and rejection of students.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2011
We have 2 daughters who have been at DES for the past 3 years and are impressed with the teachers and the leadership. One of our daughters has mild special needs and there has been great collaboration to meet her needs and encourage achievement. Both are doing so well and love school because it is a nurturing and fun environment. The bus system needs improvement, especially monitoring undesirable behavior, but other than that we are greatful and proud of our Tiger community.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2010
We had to move because of a job away from this school and we MISS it. It is a wonderful school with art, music, talent development, and great teachers. It has a terrific campus with an ecotrail and lots of space for playgrounds and fields. If you have a choice of going here you are truly lucky.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2009
The new principal, Ms. Hall is much friendlier than the previous. She also seems to have a very child centered philosophy which I think is terrific. There is a wonderful support of parents and community involvement. We had a difficult experience last year with a 2nd grade teacher but have had great support this year in making sure he has a successful year.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2007
My son went two years to Davidson & now my daughter is here on her 3rd year. Now having had time with Angela Baucom she was a wonderful leader speaking from experience with an A.D.D. son. This school has been the best in every way. I'm currently my daughter's PTA mom for the 2nd year & have been blessed with the team work of the parents willingness to help & volunteer. I can't imagine putting my children anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2006
I think the teachers in this school need to work more with the parents when there are troubled kids. it is very inconsistent how things are done

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2004
My son finished 5th grade last year, and daughter will finish 5th grade this year after attending Davidson all grade school years. Angela Baucom is a truly outstanding principal, and the school is tremendous. We have loved it!

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2003
Wondeful School, Highest standards

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Davidson Elementary
635 South Street, Davidson, NC  28036
(980) 343-3900
Last modified Davidson 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.
Davidson Elementary Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 21 reviews. Top