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4 stars
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January 29, 2014
This is our first year at Kestrel Elementary. We could not be happier with the education that our daughter has received so far. She has blossomed so much in the last 6 months or so, and we contribute most of that to her teachers. What I love about the school are the "4 R's that they live by: Respect your environment, Respect Yourself, Responsibility, and Respect others! If our children live by these they will grow into caring individuals who care for their enviroments and others. We also adore their teachers. They are so loving and caring, and not just my child's teachers, all of the teachers in the elementary school treat her like their own student. When she is upset they comfort her. They are truly all like family! We could not be happier! Not to mention...she is learning so much! : )

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2014
I am a student at Kestrel Heights School. I have been going there since the sixth grade and I am now in tenth grade . Although the middle school has had some staff changes, I think it is excellent. The high school is another story. There are only a few good teachers and even the good teachers don't teach advance material. The high school lacks AP and Honors courses because of the lack of staff. The principal doesn't do much to improve the school. The school lacks a cafeteria and an auditorium because of budget problems. The school lacks advanced technology and most of the computers are old or broken. The outdoor environment looks bad. The landscape isn't good and needs work. They also have a bug problem that they never fix. I plan to leave the school after this school year if I can find a better school. Personally I would put my child at the middle school and take them out after eighth grade otherwise your child might be bored and they won't receive the help they need to get into a good college.

- submitted by a community member
December 23, 2013
I have two children at Kestrel Elementary, and we love it there. The teachers are excellent, the special education teachers are outstanding, and my children are thriving. We considered many other schools (private, traditional public, magnet, and charter) before choosing Kestrel, and we definitely made the right choice. The school is small, and the staff all know my children and family.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2013
The middle and high school are excellent! I highly recommend them, but the elementary school still needs some work. We transferred our child after a year and a half at the school. Not happy with the teachers there. We had a child there for middle school and is currently in her 2nd year at the high school.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2013
Great School! We have two girls here, elementary and high school. We've been part of the Kestrel family for 4 years. We love the warm, nurturing, peaceful environment, caring teachers and staff, ease of communication,regular updates, diversity among student population and staff. We wouldn't want my girls anywhere else!

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2013
We have been in the new elementary school for over a year now. Last year our son was in the 2nd grade. We were not impressed with the second grade teacher at all; however, the principal was very responsive and worked with us as parents and the teacher so we could find some common ground. This year, in 3rd grade, we are much happier. The primary teacher is excellent and the special teachers are very good. Kestrel is a small school. Everyone knows our names. The elementary school is brand new and is still figuring some things out. I think the school will be excellent with a few more years under its belt.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2013
Our son started at Kestrel Elementary last year in the 5th grade and has now moved in to Kestrel Middle school. Last year, being the first year of the Elementary school was a bit shaky at times as the teachers worked the kinks out, but it was clear the teachers were doing their best and truly cared about the kids. This year in the Middle School we have absolutely fallen in love with Kestrel. The teachers are some of the best I've ever seen and the way they have divided up the core classes, alternating two each day for two hours, verses all 4 each day for one hour, has made a HUGE difference in how my ADHD child is performing. So impressed with all of the teachers, their methods and the absolute dedication to helping each student succeed. I can't say enough good things at the Middle School.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2013
So far, we have had an entirely positive experience at Kestrel Elementary School. We have found the teacher superb, the quality of instruction and curriculum very high and both of our kids are thriving. We are into our second year and could not be more pleased!

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2013
It is a school where students can excell at their own pace and in their own individual way!!

- submitted by a community member
October 28, 2013
Small class size, great teachers/staff, great diversity and parent involvement all make this school top notch!! The teachers are very responsive and work with each student to help them reach their highest potential. The emphasis is on developing critical thinking skills and good citizenship. Kestrel really does feel like a private school education minus the tuition bill. We feel very fortunate to be part of this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2013
I like the small, intimate nature of this school. The teachers truly care about the students' success, and the academic standards are high. The elementary school is new last year, and there have been a few kinks with working out the logistics, but so far this year is much smoother than last year. Overall, very few complaints, and a very dedicated staff and teaching faculty.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2013
I have a first grader and my child loves this school. This school has great diversity. The teachers are great and really care about the kids. The Elementary school is in the 2nd year now, it has had its ups and downs, but thanks to the hard work and dedication of the fabulous teachers and great parent involvement my child has thrived. I expect that Kestrel will continue to get better and better and am so glad that my child has this opportunity to grow up in such a great learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2013
Kestrel is a great school. We love the small class sizes, and the smaller school feel. Teachers and staff are awesome. My daughter is doing very well so far, and is always happy to go to school.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2013
We have enjoyed Kestrel thus far. The school is quite diverse and offers many options for our 5th grader to grow academically!

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2013
This is a terrific school! To be honest, the only difference between KHS and a private school is that they do not collect tuition. We are starting our second year and have had an amazing experience.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2013
kestrel heights middle school really good school. Very nice teachers and classes Also the parent to teacher communication is amazing. Keep it up kestrel

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2013
Three of three children have attended middle school here and we could not be more pleased. Highly recommend. If the elementary school had been around when they were younger they would have attended there as well. When they completed Kestrel Middle School they were more than ready for high school.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2011
This school is great I have a sixth and eighth grader and one that graduated last year the middle school and the High school both are great and you won't find any better in durham.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2011
We love this school. The academics, teachers, and family feel makes this school top notched. We have never experienced a school where everyone has every child's best interest at heart. This school is by far the best thing to happen to the Triangle area. Totally recommend this school to those who are looking for a school that will put your child first.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2010
Great School! Best middle school in Durham! They do more for kids with less money then the traditional schools.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2010
We currently have both a 7th and 10th grader at Kestrel. We've been thrilled with the quality of the teachers both have encountered over the past 3 years since we moved to Durham. The focus on academics, with a clear expectation of each student learning to their potential, is as strong as any private school we've encountered in the past. Our kids have had some great teachers in DPS, but the behavioral expectations at Kestrel provide a calm and consistent learning environment. As both the curriculum extra curricular offerings continue to expand, Kestrel is quickly on its way to 5 stars!

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2010
Even though my child struggled, Kestrel has very caring teachers. They may not be able to fix all of the problems yet they really go above and beyond to help solve problems and work with the parent. When a problem arise it is good to know that you can speak with either principal and get results. Also I love the dress code.

- submitted by a community member
June 07, 2010
I have two children now at Kestrel and one that was at Kestrel a few years ago and is now at a larger local high school. Kestrel has been great. Teachers take a great interest in the kids and work closely to help them along. The school now has a new physical plant which they have been in for almost 2 years now. The new facilities have made a world of difference. The kids are proud of their school. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2009
Very Good School. Small Classes; Teacher(s) willingness to teach harder courses and offer tutoring. Receptive and hard working staff. Growing school with eventual AP courses and a variety of high school sports. Very culturally diverse and supportive school. Strong PTSO. Test Scores are rising in a sustainable manner. Long-term success is more important than short-term. High school students are being prepared to compete in any collegiate environment. An elementary school is being proposed for future growth. Overall, great school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
Kestrel Heights is a Charter school that care about if there students are going to pass their grade ,they tends to the students needs,finally we go on end of year feild trip and no other school does that exspecially piblic schools

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
The teachers are understanding, and can get along well.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2009
kestrel is more then a school. its a family. its aplace where we are free to learn grow and explor. they do not treat students like a number they give all they can to each and everyone of them they do not give up on kids and they do not give in. this should be the model for all schools. i feel truley blessed to be part of this family! i love all my kestrels!!! GOOOOO HAWKS!

- submitted by a student
October 07, 2009
Kestrel Heights is an extraordinary school, with wonderful students and teachers that strive for excellence from their students every day. The teachers at kestrel heights are generous and are always willing to stay after school and tutor any student that may need help. Students at kestrel Heights are honestly the Greatest Ever, and I m proud to be a part of the greatness .GOOOO Hawks!!!

- submitted by a student
October 05, 2009
Only 500 kids in grades 6-12! My child isn't just a number and doesn't get 'lost' in the sea of children as in a public High School. The teachers are helpful and give one on one extra help if needed. We have so many helpful Parents who volunteer their time with all the extracurricular activities!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
Kestrel is a great learning environment but the best part is the caring and concern for students and the community which is wonderful. In an area where the public school system has declining test scores and growing violence, Kestrel is a Charter School which is a safe, caring school with good test scores where the students seem happy and eager to participate. It is comforting to have a great place for my son to attend middle school and even high school.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
I love kestrel heights because there is always a new adventure and we are such a unique school compared to the DPS system!

- submitted by a student
October 05, 2009
When i went to Kestrel I was finally able to focus on school work and a healthy enviorment insted of activites that use to get me into trouble at other schools and make my grades drop. i am very proud to say I was apart of KSH's class of 2008.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 05, 2009
I love my school Kestrel Heights. I have never been so happy to go to school. The teachers are amazing people and they know how to push a student to do their best. I remember my first day at Kestrel. There were many 12th graders and i was only in 6th grade ! I thought they would be mean but they treated us like little sisters and brothers. They were always watching our back. It was nice going to such a beautiful school everyday. I am happy to go to my school. I love how my school lets you play sports- no matter what your age is. I also love how everyone knows everyone and they teachers know everyone in the school. It isn't a school. It is more like a family and I love my Kestrel Heights school family!

- submitted by a student
October 05, 2009
Kestrel Heights is a very good school. The teachers are wonderful and nice especially in the 7th grade and Kestrel Heights has various things some schools dont like a breakfast at the end of each quarter for people who got on a-b honoroll and a honoroll i really love this school! <3

- submitted by a student
October 05, 2009
I like all the teachers in the school. They're vary nice and I like they're teaching methods. She school is very clean. There are a lot of options for sports. All the kids are friendly too! The hot lunch isn't so great though, and that's really my only problem with the school.

- submitted by a student
August 18, 2009
its really strict on stuff. it has very few opponents on sports, which is also a minus. but the education is good. and the school is organized, and small. it also has a short schedule for students, so there arnt many classes. which is great.

- submitted by a student
no rating April 29, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2008
One look at Lowe's Grove and we knew that was not the school for us. They recommended KHS. Grade 6-12! Great communication with teachers, teachers involved (some more than others), some teachers fairly strict, principal respected, team sports offered (band club, too) and we love the uniform code.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2008
This school is great. I have two kids there. Both are extremely happy and got in the high 90's on their EOG's. They are excited to go to school every day. The pupils participate in groups with robust discussions. Clubs include Math Counts, Odyssey of the Mind & sports teams. The staff is very responsive.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 18, 2007
I've just started here, I used to go to Githens. I love it, everybody is very nice and it is a challenge but everybody here shows great intelligence. we work as a team no bullies and nobody makes fun of you, one day I was in lunch I couldn't get the lemonade to come out of the cooler a high schooler walked up and tilted for me, things as simple as that make a difference that is why I love KHS. If you are looking for a place for your child to go pick Kestrel Heights ( take it from a fellow 6th grader).

- submitted by a student
October 03, 2007
I have been going to school here for not even a semester. an di have to tell you. i wasn't impressed. The dicipline isn't really that great. i am having trouble in a few of my classes because the teacher has no conrol over the students. it is very hard to concentrate because the classroom is vary loud. The principle seems to not even care that this is going on. It's probably not the worst school but it is definately not the best.

- submitted by a student
April 25, 2007
'I am a student that attends Kestrel Heights since the start of the 06-07 year, an I am in the 8th Grade. It is a great school, better than any school that is part of Durham Public Schools. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone.'

- submitted by a student
September 20, 2006
I'm a student that goes to KHS- since the middle of 6th grade.I transferred from Lowes Grove. Its so much better then public schools, much more of a challenge and teachers care so much more. You can do stuff as a school, instead of just as a class. The fact that the school isn't that large makes it a whole lot better. You know everyone, teachers, student's parents.

- submitted by a student
August 16, 2006
i went to kestral for 6th and 7th grade. its was a great school. the teachers truly do care about you. and they got to know there student so they knew when they are slacking off. they challenge you aswell. the rules that the school lays down are truly enforced. and with the small of student there are way less fight and we get to do more things. in seventh grade we had world history and each continent we studied we went to a restuarant that served that type of food. that made the students more interested in the lessons.

- submitted by a former student
July 13, 2006
I have been a student a KHS sence the 6th grade and im now going to 8th. the teachers like to get to know so you feel more comftorable there arent many frights during the school year only about 4 or 5 and if you need help they are always available they even give you there contact information so you can call if you need help. KHS is MUCH better than all the other schools I have gone to.

- submitted by a student
January 17, 2006
I admit I am not the parent of a child that has gone to this school. However I am a parent that went to this school herself. I went to this school when it first opened and the director now was then my history teacher. I hold this school in the highest of regards. I learned more there than I did at any other school and hope to move back to durham in another 10 years so my son can attend.

- submitted by a former student
March 22, 2005
As a parent of a child having attended this Charter School, I would not recommend it to another parent. My child went an entire semester without Social Studies being taught. The teacher was replaced, but the students lost out honestly. Unsafe location for the school too. School does not adhere to Federal regulations either.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2004
Kestrel Heights School is a very special place. It is a small environment with smart, caring, child focused teachers. It is gem in our area. There is a keen focus on citizenship and respect. It is an attentive place with strong academics.

- submitted by a parent
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Kestrel Heights School
4700 South Alston Ave., Durham, NC  27713
(919) 484-1300
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Kestrel Heights School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 49 reviews.