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3007 Mount Sinai Road
Durham, NC 27705

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(919) 560-3932
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October 05, 2014
From our oldest son's first day of kindergarten, we have been extremely pleased with Forest View. The caring teachers and staff understand each child's ability and strive to meet them where they are and encourage them to excel. Our oldest son is now in 4th grade and our younger son is in 1st grade. We love the community feel of the school - lots of parents take time to help out with programs like the Fall Festival, Science Share, and Multicultural night. We really feel fortunate that Forest View is our neighborhood school.

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September 30, 2014
I have two children at Forest View and used to teach there. Forest View is an outstanding school with a wonderful group of dedicated teachers and administrators. The sense of community among students, teachers and parents is very strong, and my children have always felt connected and cared for. The student body is very diverse, representing many different nationalities and speaking a variety of different languages. The school is a science focus school and has a strong emphasis on outdoor learning, with several gardens that students help care for all around the school. Forest View as always and forever will feel like home to our family!

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September 30, 2014
The number one thing I love about Forest View is the sense of community. Strong teacher involvement, parent volunteers, caring staff, a "whole child" approach to education. Teachers and staff work hard not only to provide a strong education in the classroom, but they also spend time creating outside the classroom opportunities like a yearly Science Share, arts projects that celebrate International Peace Day, and a Multicultural festival that's standing room only it's so popular. My child (now in fifth grade) still talks with her kindergarten teacher about what she's reading, her extracurricular activities, and how school's going. Teachers, staff, families work together in the school garden, write grants, volunteer at the fall festival, and take a community approach to the school's success.

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May 15, 2014
Horrible school. Never under any circumstance allow your child to attend this school. The vice principle and the principle do not assure your childs safety.

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May 15, 2014
I've never came across that constantly harrasses a parent like this school has. I understand my child isn't an easy child to tend to being as he was just diagnosed with A.D.H.D but every week i either get called or have a note about my childs behavior the teachers feel that it is okay to ask me if i am medicating my child for the A.D.H.D and if I do not immediately sign and return the note I get called by the assistant principal asking if there have been changes in the family or home as if this is ANY of their BUSINESS. It is frustrating and appalling how this school handles things. I don't recommend this school.

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March 04, 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.

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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.

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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!!

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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

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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.

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October 12, 2010
Great teachers that care about the students.

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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.

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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.

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December 03, 2008
I love the way the classes are being tought. The kids are really learning alot here.

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December 01, 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.

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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.

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September 04, 2008
Strong, professionally-accountable staff and infrastructure for enrichment, gifted and special needs services. Diverse population benefits from child-centered approach!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Forest View Elementary
3007 Mount Sinai Road, Durham, NC  27705
(919) 560-3932
Last modified Forest View Elementary is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Forest View Elementary Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 25 reviews. Top