"Our school is best known for our welcoming, family-like atmosphere."
Students enrolled 680
Hours 7:30 AM - 2:30 PM
School leader Ms Cathy Kirkland
Transportation options Yes
District Pitt County Schools
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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1700 Cedar Lane
Greenville, NC 27858

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4 stars
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October 02, 2014
I have been working at Eastern since I started my career as an elementary educator. I say at least once a week, "I love my school and the people I work with." The staff at Eastern is so loving and caring to every child that walks through the doors of Eastern. This truly makes coming to work enjoyable knowing that there is a sense of a loving, family environment.

- submitted by a teacher
October 02, 2014
After many years of teaching in and out of NC, I can say that Eastern Elementary is a top notch school. In this school, our students come first. They are nurtured on many levels to make them independent thinkers and learners. We work as a T.E.A.M. to prepare our students for success. Many teachers work well beyond their school hours doing "whatever it takes" to ensure your child gets “whatever they need”. Just step down our hallways and feel the positive energy from the staff and the students. Our commitment to this school, your children, and the community is shared by all that work here. That’s why Eastern is the best school in Pitt County!

- submitted by a teacher
October 01, 2014
It is unfortunate that a parent can give our school a "one star rating" after 3 days of school! They have no background knowledge about the policies we have to follow or the precautions that are put into place. Where is the parent's responsibility in discussing concerns with the teacher or administration prior to the first day of school? How could the school have any background knowledge about a kindergarten child when the parent has not communicated the child's needs to the teacher or administration? Our school is loving, caring, supportive, friendly and results-oriented. All school should strive to be like Eastern Elementary.

- submitted by a teacher
October 01, 2014
Eastern is a very special place. Upon entering our school, you can feel that there is a difference. There is a vibe in the air unlike any other school I have ever been to in my life. We are a family. We care about one another. We work tirelessly to ensure that EVERY student we come in contact with (not just the ones we directly serve in classrooms) gets what they need and then some. We truly care about each and every student that walks in that door and we do all that we can to show that! We are a T.E.A.M. I am proud to be an Eastern Eagle!

- submitted by a teacher
October 01, 2014
This is my 4th year working at Eastern Elementary, and I could not have picked a better school to work. The staff here is absolutely amazing, and are always working together to come up with fun ideas for our students. The atmosphere we try to provide at our school is one of love, and support. We love every child that walks through our doors no matter what home situation they are coming from. Our administration here is amazing beyond words. Our principal is always ready to help/listen to a child or a staff member and she will do whatever she can to help. Our Assistant Principal is new this year but he has already done so many things to make our school better. The students look up to both of them as role models and I think that is very important in a school. I cannot wait to spend 26 more years at Eastern!

- submitted by a teacher
October 01, 2014
At Eastern, we work as a TEAM. Every day I feel so fortunate to work among colleagues who care and are here for the right reasons. Although each student is assigned to a class and specific teacher, at Eastern, we consider every student who walks in the building our responsibility. I am proud to say I work here. At any given time, teachers will drop what they are doing to help a student or co-worker. My family is out of state which has been an adjustment. Eastern has become my family. You will not meet a more bonded group of people in Pitt Co!

- submitted by a teacher
October 01, 2014
Eastern Elementary is a great school! This is our first year here and we love it. We love the teachers here they are young and energetic. The kids love the school and teachers. My kids do anyway! They also love Mrs. Kirkland! By far the greatest school they have attended!

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2014
We did the private school thing and then moved our boys into public school, which caused me a lot of anxiety! Well, any and all doubts were removed the first time we walked into Eastern. Every person you come in contact with is friendly and helpful. All the teachers are excited about teaching and will always make time for us parents, as does the administration. If your child needs extra help there is someone at the school to assist...private schools can`t say that! Bottom line...we LOVE Eastern Elem.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2014
I have been teaching 14 years. Eastern is the 4th school I have taught in and by far my favorite! When I came for my interview, I pulled up in the parking lot and immediately I knew I had arrived upon something special! The rocking chairs, the garden flag, and the lovely flowers are just a few of the warm, inviting details that welcomed me to Eastern. I walked in the building and immediately knew I wanted to be a part of the Eastern family! Every staff member I came across welcomed me with a smile on their face...and they had no clue who I was. It is my honor to work at this school with my amazing co-workers that go above and beyond their call of duty to educate our students a daily basis. I am proud to be an Eastern Eagle!

- submitted by a teacher
October 01, 2014
I know Eastern Elementary is fantastic because I know the principal and her wonderful reputation!!!

- submitted by a community member
October 01, 2014
My children absolutely love going to school. They are engaged and learning the 3 r's but also learning how to be part of a community and to work with peers to make their world a better place. The staff and administration have created a loving, safe, welcoming atmosphere. I love going to school to volunteer and always leave in a great mood - happy my children are where they are. Our teachers also use a wonderful method of teaching-whole brain teaching-that is unlike anything I have seen and I hope it spreads to other elementary schools as well as middle and high schools. We are so fortunate to be where we are. Eastern is our school!

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2014
Eastern is a wonderful place. I have been nothing but impressed by the staff since the beginning of the year. I have two children at Eastern, one which is a Kindergartener. As a Kindergartener, my son has adjusted very well because of the staff. It is comforting to know i could walk my children to class each day until Independence Day. I love that the goal of Independence Day is set for the students to help them become more independent. After Independence Day, there was plenty of staff on Duty each morning who were more than willing to help students get to their correct destinations. Again, Kindergarten teachers helped ease students into the routine of breakfast as well. The first few days, the class went together. Then students were encouraged to go on their on. And once again, the staff on duty helped guide them too and from the cafeteria. It is frustrating to see or hear any parent "bash" the staff at Eastern when they work soooo hard and have each child's best interest at heart. The teachers at Eastern spend endless hours training, attending meetings, and preparing lesson plans outside of school, each of which is done on their own time and with no extra

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2014
I am not only a teacher at Eastern, I am a parent too. This is my first year at Eastern after being at another school for 16 years. I love the positive atmosphere that has been created among the students and teachers and administrators. I am so thankful that I have a team that helps and looks out for each other. We also have the best interest of the children in mind. As far as my child is concerned, she LOVES being an Eagle. She has joined right in and is flourishing in a positive classroom environment. I am so glad I have been given the chance to work in such a positive school. When you walk in you will feel the love by just looking at all of the "family pictures" on the walls.

- submitted by a teacher
October 01, 2014
By far the best elementary school in the city. Ms. Kirkland is outstanding principle and the teachers are outstanding. I would not want any other environment or school for my child.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2014
This is my daughter 3rd day at Eastern & I already have bad things to say about this school.. The 1st her teacher took them to eat breakfast.. Everyday after, you are own your own.. They expect my 5yr old, with a speech delay & ADHD to walk to the cafeteria and back to her classroom, around peers that's up to 5yrs older then her.. Carpool sucks.. I have to walk my child to her classroom everyday bc they again, expect my child to know her way, after the 3rd day.. The kindergarten look lost and confused.. They setup is awful.. Her teacher is rude. She fuss at a little boy walking his sister to her classroom, for no reason, in front of me, I might add.. I hate this school.. I give the ratings a -10.. Don't send your kids here.. They are very unprofessional.. I seen more professional people, from a fast food restaurant.. My oldest daughter, is in the 8th grade and they walked her peers to her classroom..

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2012
We were redistricted to Eastern Elementary and our oldest child has had a fantastic year so far! He has been very involved in different activities, we have had teachers that have kept in contact with us over any needs. My youngest is in Kindergarten and she loves to go to school everyday. The principal is new this year and has been fantastic. The morale of the teachers is very upbeat and they all seem to genuinely care about the kids and the school. This has been a much needed and refreshing change!

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2011
We were redistricted to Eastern this school year and have been very happy. The school has been expanded and remodeled and looks like new. There is a new Principal this year and the Vice Principal was just awarded Vice Principal of the Year. The school is clean, organized and well run. The PTA is off to a great start. My daughter loves her teachers!

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2010
Principal Leadership is poor. Her prime concern are the numbers & not the needs of the students. I think she forgets they are the reason she is there. She doesn't care about her teachers. If she doesn't like them, makes no difference how good they are she black balls them until either they quit or she creates situations to fire or transfere them. Since starting at Eastern 38 teachers have left, have been fired or transfered, and if she has her way another one is on their way out the door as well, and she is an excellent teacher that cares deeply for the needs of our children. The only classroom time that this principal has had was when she was a student. She has never been a teacher and has had no experience working one on one with children. Her experience is a piece of paper.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2009
My children arrivedt at Eastern with no knowledge in English. One of them hated school. The staff is kind and more than understanding. I love this school . Both my children are fluent English speakers after 1 year and they both LOVE school. It's a pleasure to work with them.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2007
This school was aweful. My daughter (1st grade)was subjected to vulgar conversations between students, she was pushed around everyday by the boys. She had a book stolen by a student out of her backpack. It took us a month and a trip to the principal to get it back. The office staff are rude! Whether you call or go into the office. It also took them over 2 months to request my daughter records from the previous school, their excuse was the Sim person was new. The teacher was good though. My daughter did well in her class. The buses are old and run down. It broke down on the way home one afternoon. And they didn't call me I had to call them!! Take your child somewhere else.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2005
After talking to many local teachers and parents, we were assured that this was a good school. I am disappointed with the teaching style and learning enviroment. More over, we are removing our son from this school as we have seen many of the skills he brought with him decrease. His social skills are waning as is his love of learning. Our greatest concern is the crude behavior he is learning from other students in his class. Unfortunately, we seem to be the only concerned parents, and quite honestly, there are no children in this class who I would normally consider his peer level. Often the teacher will 'turn his light to red' but when I try to address the issue neither he or she knows why.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2004
I am a grandparent and I have a grandson that goes there and he is in kindergarten and so far we are not having a positive outlook on this school or the teacher that is teaching his class. The jury is still out on the principal but I will have a followup after the meeting.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2004
Great school in a good location near city Rec and Parks center. Experienced teaching staff with good teacher to student ratio. A new principal took over in mid year so the jury is still out.

- submitted by a parent
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Eastern Elementary School
1700 Cedar Lane, Greenville, NC  27858
(252) 758-4813
Last modified Eastern Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Eastern Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 23 reviews.