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Forest View Elementary

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Posted March 4, 2014

Forest View is a healthy school. The principal is friendly, a strong leader, and he trusts his educators. The teachers are knowledgable, loving, creative, and devoted to helping children learn and grow. Parents are very involved and encouraged to participate in their children's learning. My children and I appreciate the science focus and the international community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2013

Forest View Elementary is a great environment to learn for all of its students. It is a multicultural school with an Administration that is very open minded and focused on delivering a wholesome and solid foundation for learning. My children are thriving at FV and I'm so excited to be a part of this community. There are so many unique highlights - Odyssey of the Mind, Book Club, Chorus, Play Pod (the only one in the area) and so many more extra curricular activities for their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2012

We absolutely LOVE Forest View!! We are new to the area and heard about Durham schools being inferior to nearby Chapel Hill, but we couldn't be more pleased with Forest View. The teachers and principal are caring and truly make it a wonderful place. Our child has learned so much, and I love how the curriculum includes an emphasis on science. We also LOVE the diversity of the student body. Go Falcons!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2012

My son's first American education ( our American dream?!) started right here at Forest View. We have LOVE , plenty, for this school. The ESL teacher had tought /led/guided/helped my son with great compassion and efforts. Only one year, my son could get on a normal track an Language Arts class should be. Thank you. The diversity and very friendly/warm atmosphere were what attracted us. We
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2010

What do I love most about Forest View? I love it that the teachers collaborate to enhance education for all students. A recent example to demonstrate: on a beautiful day in April, the students walked to a nearby creek (part of Duke Forest). The dance, music, gym, and art teachers were there to help make the most of the day. The students played musical instruments, danced, and learned how to identify plants and animals. The technology / science enrichment teacher led them in lessons about the natural world. My daughter came home brimming with excitement and full of stories about her day outside. This outdoor education isn t limited to one day a year at Forest View, however. Most of the classrooms have gardens outside the windows (that are large enough to serve as doors and do for gardening purposes) and teachers conduct lessons during science time and have the students help in the gardens during recess. The kindergartners have a beautiful large garden all to themselves and a bog garden is nearby. My daughter s second grade teacher has the students begin recess every day by running a lap or two around the playground. Each lap is one third of a mile, and students keep records of how many laps they ve run. When they have run five miles, they get a token to put on a bracelet. In this way physical education is combined with the math curriculum. Subject matters are not learned in isolation at Forest View; rather each supports and strengthens the others, leading to a rich and deep educational experience. I also love the fact that there are students from all over the world in my daughter s classroom. One evening she announced at dinner that she loved her school because she could learn about China, India, and Mexico just by talking to her friends. Most of all, however, I love Forest View because my daughter is making tremendous academic and social strides. From the wonderful principal Neil Clay to the amazing specials teachers (one of whom created a 2nd grade science club for girls that meets three times a week after discovering that my daughter felt lonely as a junior scientist) to the incredible classroom teachers, I feel fortunate to send my child there every day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

Great teachers that care about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2010

We still love Forest View. FV has been a wonderful experience for our three children. We have had children there over the past eight years and the school has consistently met their needs. We love so many things about our school: the amazingly diverse population FV has students from more than 25 countries; the teachers and administrators are accessible and helpful; the PTA is a vibrant part of the school; AIG classes, science and art; field trips to natural areas, farms, museums, Duke, and UNC enrich learning; a beautiful campus with a huge playground, sports fields, and a working farm and New Hope Creek nearby, We love being a part of this community and highly recommend the school to others.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2009

Great enthusiastic teachers and a great place to send your child. This schools has ratings dragged down by a number of non english speakers. However, there are no behavior problems, and in fact children have a great exposure to other cultures and our child loves it here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2008

I love the way the classes are being tought. The kids are really learning alot here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2008

I've been very happy with this school for my son. He loves the school, tests at least a grade above level in reading and math, and this year, in fourth grade, is working on a newspaper and has joined the chorus. I find the teachers and administration creative, talented, open and responsive, always finding ways to challenge my son sometimes in small groups, and sometimes with the class as a whole. I love the school's diversity along every metric, and my son has learned great lessons from that diversity and has a wide variety of friends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2008

The teachers at Forest View are first rate and care for the children in all aspects of their learning - social as well as academic skills. We have been very happy with our child's experience and feel confident that the school will continue to be a wonderful place for elementary education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2008

Strong, professionally-accountable staff and infrastructure for enrichment, gifted and special needs services. Diverse population benefits from child-centered approach!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2008

I have overall been happy with Forest View. My only disappointed so far has been the inconsistency of foreign language instruction. My child received Spanish instruction for only a couple months, and then the program 'disappeared.' My kids' class sizes have been reasonable, and the teachers so far have been committed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2007

We have been very happy at Forest View Elementary School. We opted out of our local school in Southwest Durham to attend Forest View because of the school s international flavor and welcoming environment. Once we were there we found great teachers and accessible administrators. Our oldest child has blossomed in this nurturing place. He loves his teachers, is being challenged by his curriculum, and has a variety of friends. While we don t put a lot of stock in standardized testing, he is testing above grade level and is prepared for middle school. Our experience was so positive we didn t hesitate to have his two younger siblings join him at Forest View. Parent involvement, key to any school s success, is good and is open to all. We ve made a lot of friends while volunteering at Forest View.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2007

My kid just finished his kindergarten level, and I am quite satisfied with this school. Teachers were great and activites were just right for kids' involvement. My son really enjoys being there and he has already learned so much
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2007

I am thrilled with the school's diversity. My children have learned about other people and their cultures. Parent involvement is good and a strong part of Forest View. The sports, art and music programs are steadily increasing, and I am pleased that we are in this school district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2006

This school has much promise but some serious problems as well. One of its greatest aspects is parent involvement, as well as the multicultural nature of the school. There are also some great teachers. However there are too many teachers frustrated and too many children whose academic future is compromised. Classes are too large and kids are often guided by teacher helpers that teach them wrong information and are hardly 'there', ignoring the kids, which causes discipline problems. We ended up taking our child out of this school in the second grade after he complained of frustration at having to wait doing nothing for long periods.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
66%
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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
67%
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.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
65%
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 Students53%
Female55%
Male51%
Black22%
Asiann/a
Hispanic17%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities21%
Non-disabled students59%
Limited English proficiency18%
Proficient in English65%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant53%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students55%
Female52%
Male58%
Black28%
Asiann/a
Hispanic21%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities29%
Non-disabled students61%
Limited English proficiency18%
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant55%
Academically gifted90%
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 Students54%
Female53%
Male55%
Black36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities19%
Non-disabled students62%
Limited English proficiency8%
Proficient in English62%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant54%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students44%
Female42%
Male45%
Black16%
Asiann/a
Hispanic26%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities19%
Non-disabled students49%
Limited English proficiency18%
Proficient in English47%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant44%
Academically gifted85%
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 Students56%
Female52%
Male59%
Black44%
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities23%
Non-disabled students61%
Limited English proficiency8%
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant56%
Academically gifted95%

Reading

All Students44%
Female44%
Male46%
Black24%
Asiann/a
Hispanic28%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities23%
Non-disabled students48%
Limited English proficiency-5%
Proficient in English51%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant44%
Academically gifted87%

Science

All Students53%
Female52%
Male55%
Black48%
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities23%
Non-disabled students58%
Limited English proficiency-5%
Proficient in English62%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant53%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 38% 14%
White 30% 52%
Black 22% 26%
Asian 6% 3%
Two or more races 4% 4%
Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian 0% 1%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 62%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

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  • Neil Clay
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