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7059 Calamar Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28314

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(910) 860-7058
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4 stars
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June 23, 2014
My son has attended Bill Hefner since 2011. At first there we issues with a few of the teachers but now I do not have that problem . My son has just finished his 2nd grade year and even though it was rough for him personally the staff and especially the principle Dr. Cathill have made it a great place. They care about the kids, they laugh with them, encourage them and never hold mistakes over their heads. We will be attend as long as we can because it's not every day you find staff and a principle that really have a passion for education. You will have teacher here and there that don't always fall into what you think educators should be but that is when you as the parent need to step in and address the situation. Good job Bill Hefner keep it up

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2014
My son is currently enrolled in this school. The staff is all very friendly and the principal is always out and interacting with the kids. My son's current class separates into groups based on their knowledge. This way no child is rushed to catch up, and children that learn easily can have more challenging assignments. Love this school and am excited for him to continue here.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2014
My son has been at Bill Hefner since Kindergarten. I love the school and the staff!

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2013
My child has been at this school since Kindergarten and currently in 3rd grade. This school has taken a change for the worst. It no longer has an open door policy and lacks communication skills in the parent involvement area. I am greatly disappointed in the schools atmosphere and even more disappointed that my child has lost interest in learning because of a poor classroom setting. I am an involved parent and I like to know my child's progress and I have just not received that this year.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2012
This 'school' was a nightmare. Simply put. We have known some previous teachers who have worked there and they all say the same thing, the principal is failing at her job, the school has numerous flaws in their 'dealings' with students and the parent/teacher communication is extremely lacking, partly due to the horrible attitudes from some of the teachers and staff. When trying to get an answer about anything, you are given a 'Im not sure about that one, let me get back to you in ...100 years" statement. It is sad because this could be a good school, unfortunately it is in the hands of someone who has no idea how to effectively communicate with anyone that is not in her 'corner' and staff (not all of them) that are very prejudice in their way of dealing with certain students. If your child goes here, I strongly suggest taking a look at your other options until the staff is educated on being respectful, responsible and mature adults, especially with the children who attend the school. I would not put my child here if someone paid me to.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2012
Overall I am pleased with this school. We moved to the area in the middle of my daughter's Kindergarten year and she's now in the 1st grade. The principal, Mrs. Bethea introduced herself and gave us a warm welcome to the school which I really appreciated. She always has pleasant words or a warm smile every time I encounter her. Test scores have gone up in the last year. The staff is very friendly and the teachers have done a great job challenging my daughter. She was able to participate in the Discovery Program for two years in a row and she was also recognized with a Terrefic Kid award last year. In Kindergarten my daughter had Mrs. Coward and in 1st grade she has Mrs. Matthews. Both teachers have done an outstanding job in recognizing my daughters strengths and have challenged her to do her best. Mrs. Matthews has done an excellent job in keeping the lines of communication open and is always willing to call or schedule a conference to discuss my child's progress and any questions or concerns I may have. The only thing is I wish the school offered more extracarricular activities for the kids. But overall, I feel like this is an excellent school and I would highly recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2011
My daughter is in the 4th grade and has been attending Hefner since Kindergarten. She loves the school and the staff/faculty. The teachers and staff are great with her. We have never had a problem that could not be solved by talking to the teacher and/or the principle. The school is very safety oriented, which is a huge plus.

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2010
I love this school my teacher Ms.Conis is the best 5th grade teacher for your child. She really gets real learning done the kind you want you kids to graduate with. And when I found out this year in the 4th grade I might be moving before my 5th grade year I was very upset. Because here at BHES you can make alot of friends and get alot of learning. But I didnt move and Im here at BHES. And next year going to ACMS Anne Chestnutt Middle School where I can be closer to my Cousins school at LCMS Lewis Chapel Middle School. So send your kid here when they start kindergarten next year.

- submitted by a community member
October 28, 2010
This is my sons first year here and he's currently in the 1st grade. I believe this is an average school when it comes to the office faculty but as far as my sons teacher goes, I don't think she's a very good teacher. I hardly ever get anything sent home explaining what the teacher wants my child to do. I usually have to try and figure it out on my own. I ask her questions and when I do, the response is usually a rude one and on top of that she blamed my son for not having the info when I know my son is responsible. Also, the homework sent home is too easy for my son. He's finished in under 5 minutes resulting in not getting a better education than he deserves. Maybe I just got a bad teacher but I'm definately thinking about changing schools.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2010
Bill Hefener has awesome teachers with excellent teaching skills and school spirit. They care about their community.

- submitted by a community member
August 27, 2010
My child is in the 2nd grade now but has been with BH since kindergarten. I absolutely love this school. The whole staff have definitely made me comfortable in knowing that he his well taken care of and will get the appropriate attention that all children deserve. They also make it a welcoming experience when I do get the chance to volunteer in classroom or go to eat lunch with him. I definitely believe that as a parent we should all take more intiative when it comes to our children's learning. And staying involved with the school to help out the teachers should be no different. A big "thanks" goes out to ALL of the staff @ BH!! Thanks for teaching my son!

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2010
Poor communication from staff to parents. Child attended part of first grade after having moved from out of state mid year. Tried to get information from administration on child's adjustment, staff was quick to dismiss our concerns and state that they had many children they had to look after. I exercised my parental right and pulled him out and started homeschooling, after which, they took the time out of their busy schedule to call and leave a message on my machine to let me know that they thought I was making a big mistake. My son was eventually diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, which makes sense, in his record it stated history of global developmental delay and sensory issues. I hope they don't overlook these kids who really do need a little EXTRA help adjusting in the future.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2010
Worst prinipal I have ever come into contact with. She is NOT meant for elementary school. I have been fortunant to have great teachers for my child and thankfully don't have to deal with that woman, but watch out if you have to come in contact with her, Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde kidda personality.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2009
My son is happy to come home and do his homework with both myself and his mom. The staff and teachers are the best in the County and really take pride in the work. It shows in the kids and in there grades. Plus the Staff treat all kids the same no matter skin color. Thanks for being a great learning environment for my kid

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2009
Great School! As a former student I loved everyday and it definitely got me ready for middle school academically.

- submitted by a community member
January 07, 2009
Teachers are wonderfull !!! If you want to see your child progress then this school for you!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2008
Hefner is an excellent school. My oldest is in the 2nd grade and her sister is in the 1st grade. This school is so family friendly, its like Hefner is one big family. I could not have chosen a better school for my children to attend. I love the teachers, the children and their families and most of all, the have the best faculty. They really bring the true meaning of being a Hefner Hero. Thank you all for the great work that you all provide for our children.

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September 02, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2007
Bill Hefner is an excellent school. My nephew started attending Bill Hefner during the second half of the school year. He adjusted well, loved his teachers and his grades were A's, B's and a C.

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September 26, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2007
My child is in her third year at Bill Hefner. She loves it and I'm still impressed! Ms. Bethea goes out of her way to stay personally involved with the children. The staff has the same heart for kids, too. I feel my child is in a wonderful school, with excellent standards, and an abundance of love. I couldn't be more pleased! (And this comes from a mom with kids varying in ages between 22 and 7. So, I have had my share of experience with education.)Bill Hefner is a wonderful place for a child to learn and grow!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 12, 2007
Both of my children go to BH, and they love it, we tried over three different pre-schools for my daughter, and she never did get used to them and cried everyday, she started BH this year and loves her teacher and the school, it allows a great relief with me being deployed and my wife going to school herself, now we can both have a sense of relief with them going to BH.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2007
My children have been going to Bill Hefner for 2 weeks now, Ive been very impressed with the safety concerns of the facalty, the atmosphere is pleasent, But one of my childrens teachers has a group punishment plan for children talking in class, instead of punishing one, she punishes them all. I think teachers don't put enough focus on the good.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2007
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- submitted by a student
January 26, 2007
My kids love this school!

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2006
This school has a great principal and I feel my child is safe there. However, teachers are to hard on discipline. There really is no room for error. I would like the teachers to see the creativity in my child instead of always punishing her for little things.I feel it is harming her self esteem. It is hard to reprimand a child for something that I wouldn't find anything wrong with in the first place. The busses change bus drivers to often and are never on time. One day they are the next they are ten minutes late, the next 5 minutes early.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2005
This is my child's first year of school and I was quite hesitant about the safety of the school and about of my child. The first day I took her to school there were so many teachers outside taking children out of their cars and when we went inside there were even more teachers in the hall. Don't even think about going inside after the bell rings the lady at the front desk will hunt you down. I don't have a problem showing my id because i don't want anyone at the school who has no business there. My daughter came home telling me about strangers, the school had a safety drill and the door was locked and the kids were put in the corner with the lights off and blinds closed. I know they will keep the kids safe, she might even ride the bus next year

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2004
Bill Hefner Elementary School is a wonderful school. Faculty and staff members really care about the students. The entire staff displays the real meaning of the concept 'team'. From the Principal to the custodians--everyone is involved in making Hefner a safe environment for the students. Mrs. Bethea and Mr. Coleman are wonderful administrators. People judge them rather harsh, but they are just doing their job. The school is safe, the students are learning, the students are happy, and the majority of the parents are truly happy. It is no coincidence when Bill Hefner Elementary receives 'School of Excellence'... Excellent teachers, Excellent administrators, Excellent office staff--(especially when it comes to those safety procedures--have that ID ready!)and excellent students all working together! Hefner keep up the great work. If we return to Fayetteville again--We will return to Hefner! Thank you for all that you do for our children.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2004
The school is very safe. The teachers and staff are excellent and very friendly. I am impressed with the programs and small gruops they have to help the children deal with different family changes and stresses. They deal with a lot of military families and make them feel at home. I feel comfortable with the security they have as far as picking up children. Classes are not overly crowded and the overall atmosphere is very personable.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2004
It is an organized and safe school. The principal is nice and always have a friendly smile on her lips. About some teachers I have to say that have to be more lovely and tender with the kids; specialty with the small grades. They look too rude and angry even early in the morning. Sometimes they intimidate parents too. A part of it is a good school.

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Bill Hefner Elementary
7059 Calamar Drive, Fayetteville, NC  28314
(910) 860-7058
Last modified Bill Hefner Elementary is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Bill Hefner Elementary Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top