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Polenta Elementary

Public | PK-5 | 1039 students

 
 

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Posted February 8, 2014

This is my daughters third year at Polenta. The first year she was there we couldn't have been happier. Last year we started to notice a difference in communication to parents, and now this year communication is very minimum. My daughter has been struggling since the beginning of the year, and as much as I have called and emailed trying to get her help, it was not until I threatened to call the school board that I was able to get a conference. I was promised certain forms of help, only to have that not fulfilled at all. I have requested that the processes be done to get her into an IEP program, only to be given excuses of why she doesn't qualify even though we were receiving warning letters that our daughter may be retained in the same grade next year. It was not until we hired a tutor that is a teacher at another school, that could press the issues better than we could, to get the help we needed. She even let us know that we should not have been given the run around that we were given. I have saved every email so as to document as much conversations as possible. When you try to get help for your child the school goes into defense mode instead of help mode.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2014

They automatically jump to the conclusion that every child is ADD. My son has convergence insufficiency and problems with eye tracking. We are also pursuing a dyslexia evaluation. The school assumes because he does not wear glass that he has ADD and no vision problems. It took greater than 2 years to get him evaluated for an IEP and now the IEP accomodations are not being adhered to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2013

Polenta is sub par school at best. The principal is very unreasonable and insensible and will always choose the side of the teacher even when the teacher is in the wrong. This is not leadership; a principal should always be impartial not biased. One of the teachers that my child had at Polenta was very uncaring and not the least bit nurturing. This school can afford fancy apparatuses however cannot afford a crossing guard to direct the unbearable traffic. The school helpers in the morning/afternoon who open up the car doors will avoid you if you re not white. Plenty of times my car has been bypassed and they opened the door for mainly the white children. This is definitely not a school for minorities. Being a parent you will not find out that your child is not performing at his/her best unless you see the progress report. I am truly dissatisfied with the principal and her always calling for money for the school but can t even listen to a parent in distress over their child unfair treatment and will disregard your feelings but is always willing to take your money for the good of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2012

Most of the staff and teachers are very nice. Unfortunately, my sons have not gotten nice teachers to teach them throughout their time at Polenta. When teachers are rude to me about my son, the principal tells me that I probably overreacted and took it the wrong way. My youngest son is in 5th grade and at the parent teacher conference, I was told by the teacher in front of my child that it'd be a miracle if he made it to highschool. I explained we're having him tested for a possible learning disability, she replied with, "No, he's fine. He's just lazy!" Everyone at this school loves my son, and talks him up whenever we see them in Wal-Mart. Except his current teacher and the principal, Ms. Johnson. And here I thought the previous principal, Mrs. Nettles, was bad. There is no comparison!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2012

I was uneasy about my son attending school being that he has special needs. When the teachers and staff saw how nervous I was. They were very helpful with calming me down and assuring me that my son was fine. I love the school, the teachers and the staff. I give Polenta Elelementary 5 stars becaue of my son. He runs to the bus (no problem here), He loves his classroom (improves through the year) and he comes home smiling!! When he is sad or not himself, we all work as a team to get him back on track. I love that students and staff are aware of my sons special needs and I did not notice this at school, I noticed it at the local Wal-Mart when he is greeted by staff (janitors and lunchroon personel) and students from other classes. They speak and htey know his name. I could imagine him being anywhere else except Polenta Elementary!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2012

After my son has been here for 6 years including kindergarten, we are finally having true colors come from this school. The lack of communication from teachers, the vague expectations of the teachers and the lack of resources for children to learn are unheard of. I have been trying to have a teacher conference with my son's teacher and it seems like the hours are on their terms and there is no exceptions for people like myself that work night shift. A problem with a child seems to be brought to the parent's attention too late when they have dropped a grade or end of marking period before trying to figure out the problem. The principal seems to be more concerned with her EOG scores instead of fixing why the EOG scores are low. When approaching the principal she has no regard to parent concern. I am currently trying to sell my house to get out of this school district!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2011

I was new to the area this year PLUS my oldest was going to to Kindergarden and her teacher as made the whole experience wonderful. She is there anytime i need her evne if the questions are very silly. She answers her email within 12 hour. I LOVE THIS SCHOOL
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2009

Disrespectful administration. Inappropriate bus environment. Unchallenging curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2009

i love this school they are super nice and helpful
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 25, 2008

I love this school because this is the first year they been there and i love the classes they been taken.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2008

I am new to this school district. I have two sons who are in theri fourth week of school at polenta. I am enjoying the teachers, and my children seem to really enjoy their classroom time. However they are also in the after school program at the school, and I see it as lacking enthusiasm from the supervising teachers. They would rather sit together and socialize and not have to deal with the kids unless one comes to complain. I called the Vice Principle, Mrs. Hanahue and received a very defensive and argumentatvie reaction from her, when it was completely uncalled for. She was threatening to me, hostile towards me, and I worry how she deals with the children when she has to speak with them if she is so disrespectiful to a parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2008

I love polenta school. I moved from PA and my kids have loved this school. The teachers and principal are great. I Volunteer there and I feel so welcomed. Cant find a better school around
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2007

I really like Polenta Elementary..The teachers are nice and they are always there to help..They do the best they can to get any extra help that the students may need,. even if it means going the extra mile..The principal is very nice and is always at the doors in the morning time to greet you..This is a wonderful school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2007

My children and I absolutely love Polenta. The teachers and staff are great motivators! They have great programs that keep the kids wanting to learn. We have had nothing but positive experiences with Polenta!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2007

Polenta is an excellent school. The teachers are very helpful. Everyone is very respectful. They have excellent clubs and activities for the children. Parents are always welcomed. My children have loved it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2006

Polenta has been an amazing place for my 4 children to learn and grow. The administrative staff is warm and welcoming and the PTA is absolutley amazing. Thank you Polenta!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2005

Very unhappy with Polenta, unable to speak with principal on the phone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2004

I think Polenta is a great school. The principal and assistant principal clearly have high expectations of the children, but I think it's great compared to how children act today. The administration is very capable of handling many diverse situations. I have had nothing but pleasant ,helpful, meaningful conversations with all of them. A highly recommended school!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2004

The rules are too strict for elementary children... The administrative staff are always indignant & unhelpful. The teachers that I have met are always stressed and overworked. The principal is rude and unresponsive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2004

The rules at Polenta are very inconsistent. They have a very rude and unpleasant Assistant principal. The children are not allowed to talk durning their lunch break.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

185 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

184 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2013.

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
86%
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 Students35%
Female36%
Male34%
Black9%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracial30%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White40%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities5%
Non-disabled students38%
Limited English proficiency21%
Proficient in English36%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant35%
Academically giftedn/a

Reading

All Students40%
Female44%
Male35%
Black17%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracial20%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities-5%
Non-disabled students45%
Limited English proficiency21%
Proficient in English41%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant40%
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 Students36%
Female39%
Male33%
Black13%
Asiann/a
Hispanic17%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White44%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities8%
Non-disabled students42%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English37%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant36%
Academically gifted90%

Reading

All Students42%
Female45%
Male39%
Black19%
Asiann/a
Hispanic13%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White51%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilities15%
Non-disabled students47%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English43%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant42%
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 Students39%
Female38%
Male39%
Black26%
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracial15%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White46%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities-5%
Non-disabled students43%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English38%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant39%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students37%
Female33%
Male41%
Black22%
Asiann/a
Hispanic18%
Multiracial23%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White44%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities10%
Non-disabled students41%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English37%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant37%
Academically gifted-95%

Science

All Students31%
Female29%
Male33%
Black15%
Asiann/a
Hispanic12%
Multiracial23%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White39%
Economically disadvantaged15%
Not economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities10%
Non-disabled students34%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English32%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant31%
Academically gifted82%
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
White 68% 52%
Hispanic 14% 14%
Black 12% 26%
Two or more races 5% 4%
American Indian 0% 1%
Asian 0% 3%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 37%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

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