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Bill Hefner Elementary

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Posted 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


Posted January 27, 2014

My son has been at Bill Hefner since Kindergarten. I love the school and the staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted October 12, 2010

Bill Hefener has awesome teachers with excellent teaching skills and school spirit. They care about their community.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted October 12, 2009

Great School! As a former student I loved everyday and it definitely got me ready for middle school academically.


Posted January 7, 2009

Teachers are wonderfull !!! If you want to see your child progress then this school for you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
75%

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.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2013.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
79%
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.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
69%
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 Students27%
Female32%
Male22%
Black26%
Asiann/a
Hispanic20%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White27%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities19%
Non-disabled students28%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English28%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant27%
Academically giftedn/a

Reading

All Students32%
Female30%
Male33%
Black29%
Asiann/a
Hispanic20%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White35%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Not economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities31%
Non-disabled students32%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English33%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant32%
Academically giftedn/a
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 Students39%
Female44%
Male35%
Black30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities-5%
Non-disabled students46%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English39%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant39%
Academically gifted71%

Reading

All Students36%
Female43%
Male32%
Black26%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities19%
Non-disabled students40%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English36%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant36%
Academically gifted79%
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 Students37%
Female39%
Male35%
Black30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities18%
Non-disabled students40%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English39%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant37%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students34%
Female35%
Male33%
Black28%
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White39%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities18%
Non-disabled students37%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English35%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant34%
Academically gifted83%

Science

All Students36%
Female32%
Male40%
Black27%
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities24%
Non-disabled students38%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English37%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant36%
Academically gifted67%
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
Black 52% 26%
White 23% 52%
Hispanic 16% 14%
Two or more races 6% 4%
American Indian 1% 1%
Asian 1% 3%
Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 65%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

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  • Dr Don Cahill
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  • (910) 860-7062

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7059 Calamar Drive
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