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.
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.
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!
It is a school where students can excell at their own pace and in their own individual way!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
We have enjoyed Kestrel thus far. The school is quite diverse and offers many options for our 5th grader to grow academically!
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.
kestrel heights middle school really good school. Very nice teachers and classes Also the parent to teacher communication is amazing. Keep it up kestrel
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.
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.
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.
Great School! Best middle school in Durham! They do more for kids with less money then the traditional schools.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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
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