Students enrolled 628
Hours no info
School leader Ms Laura Dixon
Transportation options Yes
District Gaston County Schools
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4340 Beaty Road
Gastonia, NC 28056

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(704) 866-6075
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3 stars
Based on 23 ratings

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April 29, 2014
Wow. Look at the test sores. That says it all. It used to be a great school. The principal is running it into the ground.

- submitted by a community member
February 16, 2014
The phrase " Together in Education" applies to every child. It's a known fact that any child who has a parent or someone that is involved in their education, ( not constantly blaming everyone else) will have a much greater success rate. If your perfect little angel is having trouble, work together as a parent and not as a prosecutor! Kids are very different when mommy and daddy aren't there. The principal and assistant principal run a tight ship. Maybe if your child was getting the right discipline and support at home, there wouldn't be so many problems at school. I wouldn't trade jobs with anyone there! It's a tough job and I'd much rather stand behind them and support them as criticize them for their work. Many teachers work 10 hours a day and tutor children who need help all without any pay and I'm sure very little appreciation. Thank you W.A. Bess staff!

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2014
Vindictive, and very unprofessional is the principal. Lackadaisical, and extremely inattentive has been the teachers in our experience. They refuse to give my grandson the little bit of extra help or attention he needs to reach his full potential. They are happy with him only giving half hearted effort and if you try to get them to do there job they will retaliate any way they can.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2014
This school must only care about some kids i have seen it also. The teachers i have dealt with were lazy and unresponsive.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2014
They keep erasing the truthful comments. This is my third one and i will keep posting. They have not help my child when he has needed it and have been fighting me tooth and nail so they dont have to. From the Principal to the teacher i have never seen a school that cares so little. Stay away at all costs.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2014
W.A. Bess is a wonderful school. It is the reason we chose to move and buy a home in this area of Gaston County. The faculty and staff are dedicated to providing a successful environment for the students as well as meeting their needs beyond the classroom and the walls of the school. The generous support from parents and the community, allow the PTO to provide the tools W.A. Bess needs that the county is unable to provide. I look forward to being apart of the WA Bess family for many years to come.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2014
WA Bess is my child's home away from home! He is a second grader and has been there since kindergarten. All his teachers have been extremely nurturing and in tune with all his needs. There is no better place in Gaston County for me to send him!! The staff is very professional and always quick to respond to the needs of the students and parents. Being part of the PTO has been a very rewarding role. Our PTO helps our families in need during the holidays and all through the year. PTO also helps our school offer our students things the county can't afford. I love our school and all the staff and faculty that make it such a great place to send my son!!

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2013
I have read the reviews of this school and I am quiet surprised that so many of the comments directly reference expected involvement and money. Let me state I had 4 children go through Bess over a 10 year period. All of them came out of the experience loving their teachers, their administrators and their classmates. The problem today is too many parents want to simply drop off their kids at a school and just expect them to learn by osmosis, not holding them accountable for their shortcomings or their lack of self preservation, then want to blame the "school" or the "teacher" for their own inabilities as a parent to be able to get their child to the next level. School in general is a team sport, unfortunately in today's environment if you want your child to get ahead you have to be willing to put in the time. If you don't then someone else will. It is a basic life lesson, to get ahead you can't just sit on the sidelines and expect to be the number one draft pick. I, nor are my children perfect, however, the education they received from WA Bess elementary was exceptional. The school has won numerous awards for it's academic success and continued commitment to our future. Be a parent.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2013
when is the open house for this school or the sign up day,so i can put my kids in school here?

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2013
This school is okay as long as you can run up there and make you face known at every event. Every child is not treated equal. Money is a HUGE deal at this school. $5 this week, $2 next adds up in a hurry when you have more then one child. As a parent you must make sure that you are fully aware of your rights because this school will not help you if not. You must fight for your child and make it known that you will, after a while they realize and will give your child what they need. If you are not going to stand up for your child this is not the place for you!

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2012
I am more disappointed this year than ever, My child is fifth grade and you would think the parents would be wanted & needed to help as much as you can, not limit the help only by the grade parent, The teachers are the most rudest no personality , I acyually have a issue with one teacher that I should had taken to the principle , Parents want to be involved , Teachers has there own little click...And another thing all this school ever wants is money, money, MONEY, What are they doing with the money? They justify what they do , but no actuall proof......

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2012
I would not recomend this school to anyone. The teachers and principle continued to harass my children and make them feel very unimportant. This school Is not family friendly.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2012
I am forced to give this school 1 star. It deserves zero stars. We are working parents and attend as many events as possible. The teachers seem nice but teach our kids nothing, and do not treat all children equal.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2010
Excellent School! The teachers and principal are fantastic. There is also a great after school program close by in Carolina Galaxy. I would say this is the best school in Gaston County!

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2008
I am sad to say after 8 years of sending my girls to this school this is the last year I will get to have my children attend this school I still remember my oldest daughters first day she was scared to death but her teachers were so nice but straight to the point of what she was there for just put our minds to rest about any concerns we had a great start I think even though we have had some issues with some teachers all of the teachers that my oldest daughter had helped us to raise an A honor roll,AIG, beta club,bible club,battle of the books club child out of a very shy little girl and for that I am very grateful to tim and his entire staff but mostly my daughter that I am very proud of she loves this school and so do I God Bless

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2008
I was appalled to read such stellar reviews of W.A.Bess. I had heard this was a great school, and had my son attend kindergarten there. It was the worst mistake of my life, thus far. I am a former teacher, and have lived in many different parts of the U.S. My son's self-esteem plummeted; his individuality and creativity were stifled; he began to have behavior problems. All of the childrens' work looks exactly the same. The teacher, although nice, did not teach my son anything he didn't already know when he started the year. If you want to give a school here the title, 'School of Excellence'...go to Gaston Day School!

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October 18, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
June 29, 2007
Definitely an above average school. My son has been there since Kindergarten and will be attending 2nd grade this fall. The teachers are excellent and the school gets good marks for achievement from the State and Federal govt. My only complaint is security could be better and safety during drop off and pick up of your child. The parking lot is a free for all and getting into the parking lot is a accident waiting to happen.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2006
Wonderful school! I had children there for 9 years; the youngest finished 5th grade there last spring. We miss Bess terribly. My children recieved a top notch education there, and were always loved and encouraged by wonderful teachers and adminstration. The programs there challenge gifted students and also help those who struggle work to their ability. There is a lot of parent involvement and they do a great job raising money to purchase extra computers, books, sports equipment, and other things to provide the teachers and students with the extras that make a big difference in the quality of education offered. The principal and his staff are always available to address any concerns. Communication from the school to the parents is great.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2005
I am very pleased with this school. We moved here in June, so my child started 5th grade at Bess. New school, new challenges, new friends, and her teachers have helped her transition beautifully. She is encouraged in her strengths, like reading, and supported in subjects that present more challenges, such as math. The school deserves the awards and recognition they have been accorded. I'd rate this school at the top of the class!

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2004
Excellent school of the highest degree. Teachers and staff are courteous and helpful when dealing with children who need extra help or more incentive to do their best. School consistently meets and exceeds all of my expectations for my children.

- submitted by a parent
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W A Bess Elementary School
4340 Beaty Road, Gastonia, NC  28056
(704) 866-6075
Last modified W A Bess Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
W A Bess Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 23 reviews.