We are fairly new to NC and had heard nothing but great things about NTES. Needless to say, I am very disappointed. I will start off by saying I am very pleased with the principal. He has taken care of multiple issues for me, often the same day it is brought to his attention. My issues are with my daughter's teacher. She is very unorganized and just doesn't listen to her students. Many times money is misplaced when sent in for field trips, t-shirts for the class, etc. I've also had problems with her teacher not taking care of things such as hitting, pinching, kids poking other kids in the arm with pencils, etc. I don't know how many times my child has come home with marks on her arms from this kind of behavior. I guess I expect more out of teachers (and parents) to teach children not to put their hands on other people. I do not tolerate this behavior in my home, so I would certainly not expect it to take place in school. So this is our first and last year in this school. We will be homeschooling from this point on.
I've always used this site as a guide to evaluating schools, but I have to say this has really missed the mark. NTES a 6?! That's ridiculous. This is an awesome school. We have moved for work several times in the past few years, and this is the best school we've seen. Our daughter is so happy here! The teachers are excellent & find fun and exciting ways to challenge the students. The principal and PTA are also excellent & the communication with the parents is unparalleled. I would encourage anyone using this as a guide to drill down into the scores that make up the overall score & not take it at face-value. NTES is great & we can't wait for our two boys to start Kindergarten there next year!
I currently have two children attending their first year at NTES. They both have special needs (asperger's and anxiety disorders) and are in regular classes. NTES has been outstanding. We could not have asked for better teachers and administration. My oldest son was bullied and it was taken care of immediately, before I ever had to even get involved. My second grader is challenged to work to his full potential and at the same time nurtured and loved through his tougher emotional days. We have been very impressed. I would highly recommend this school to anyone moving to the area.
My children attend North Topsail Elemenary. I am very pleased with the school and my children's teachers, so far. Don't care for the way some teachers talk down to the students in the hallways. I've heard this more than once. Also,I have been 'talked down' to as a volunteering parents by the same teachers roaming the halls, who don't know me.
I have to say that there are some fine teachers at NT, but after reading the review of a parent from January 8th, I agree that the school is in need of some 'solid leadership'. Overall, teachers and staff seem only 'slighty' concerned about things going on around them. On many occasions visiting the main office I was greeted with a very cold may I help you, or was unnoticed until a staff member happened to look up and see me. Also speaking to parents I have found out that fighting at recess and in the hallways goes on quite frequently and it's usually caused by a couple of kids and punishment is either light or not administered. I have also attended PTA meetings and I am again not impressed by leadership of this school. I am a life long resident of NC and disappointed.
I am a teacher and so I am very reluctant to make negative comments about the school system. But I also believe that parents who are looking at this site are doing so because they value their childrens education as much as I do. It is January and I have already moved my child to a private school. I do not believe that NTES is a bad school but, it is really in need of good solid leadership. My child did not have academic needs met and there were a lot of social issues as well. From my understanding, this is good for North Carolina. However, we are new to the area and it is not good enough for us. I expect more from my tax dollars.
I am a parent of a student so far so good love the teacher mrs cline
I am proud to say that my daughter goes to North Topsail. She is currently enrolled in the first grade, but has been tested to be reading on a fifth grade level. I am overwhelmed by the support and encouragement given to my daughter, and how her teachers work so hard to keep her challenged at her level. The staff and teachers have been dealt a real blow with the increase in student population in the last few years and you wouldn't be able to tell from looking in a classroom. The teachers work so well at grouping the children according to their needs and making sure that everyone can succeed. I have volunteered my time in the classroom as often as I could and am happy to say that I'm fully pleased with the parent and teacher involvement with the students.
I was very happy with my daughters education and experience at NTES during her kindergarten year. I thought her teachers were great, they were supposrtive, encouraging, and handled their students calmly and respectfully. (I thought) they were able to work with all the students academic levels, and those students who were progressing faster were encouraged to help their classmates which I thought was great. The only real disappoinments i had were the lack of an art room, a music room and computer labs due to overcrowding.
I have a special needs child at NTES, It has been a very long a tuff year. The teachers at the school are very unclear on what a IEP is and what part they play in helping the child a success. When you have a teacher that doesn't want to take the time to help the child because she is over worked in the class. There is a problem. The PTA board needs new memebers. Not just people in the intercircle. The meetings need to more professonal and informative. As far as safety at the school that is a big issue. When you are letting your child off at the car drop off and there is no teacher and children fighting and hold the door where others can't get in. In front of the school there are 3 or 4 teacher just standing there. There are major concerns.
I was student there and it is a really great school and they have the best teachers. the only problem it is VERY crowded right now.
I have 2 children attending NTES and could not be happier. Their teachers are fantastic and do an excellent job. I have been very pleased with the amount of individual attention the children receive from these dedicated teachers, particularly as class size has increased. A situation the county is working to rectify. The school is a very close community with the entire staff encouraging and nurturing our children as they move through the grades. They make a point to remember and recognize them each day. As parents, we have always been welcome and encouraged to be in the school, resulting in a closer relationship with teachers and the administration. I do wish there were more funds available for a full-time art teacher and a computer teacher, but praise the teachers for incorporating the missing elements into their lessons. Our children are receiving an excellent education and a wonderful experience.
North Topsal is the best I have seen in meeting the needs of individual learners. Teachers teach students at their performance levels and group them in small groups for instruction. Teachers regulary attend workshops to remain current on differeniation techniques and the performance of the students shows they are receiving the best education from the best staff. I am proud to say my children go to NTES.
It is very hard for a teacher to teach 20-25 kids something different. Teachers have to teach what most of the kids in the class need. Too many fundraisers? Three? Fall Festival went back to the teachers and playgroud equipment. Santa's Workshop was given to needy families. All of our fundraisers are volunteer not mandatory. If you will talk to other parents from different schools you will be surprised. Has there ever been a free education? Just think without fundraisers we would not have a playground or half of our library books, etc!
My daughter is in kindergarten at NTES, and we are withdrawing her at the Christmas break in order to homeschool. She can read, but her class is still learning the sounds each letter makes. We were told that 15 out of the 20 children didn't know the alphabet, so they're teaching to the slower kids. Meanwhile my daughter's kept busy with endless coloring sheets, and not learning anything new except what I teach her at home. Same story with math. She wants to learn Spanish but it's not offered until high school. Also, alcohol and drug awareness weeks for kindergartners is ridiculous. They should be taught about that stuff at home and learn the three r's at school, not the other way around! Plus there are way too many fundraisers. Whatever happened to a 'free' public education? Even the best public schools are no match for home education.
I moved here thinking i was putting my kids in a very motivated school only to learn that the PTA board members were stuck up and rude. Parents never talked to me nor did they make me or my family feel welcomed. For such a school to have good test scores, I rate the atmosphere very low. The teachers that my children had were wonderful. But it takes more than teachers to make a schoold good. It takes the parents too and they were the rudest people I have ever met. I tried to help but only got the cold shoulder from all the parents I met. Maybe they need to teach the PTA board how to welcome new families to the area.
My child has just completed Kindergarten at NTES. Our entire family has been blessed by the loving and caring staff at this school. Although there were 21 Kindergarteners in our child's class, the teacher and assistant were extrememly patient and attended to each and every child's individual and educational needs. The children were amazingly self-sufficiant by mid-year, and most were reading independently and writing sentences and stories. Proper social skills, manners and respect are taught and expected from the students. For the parents who are concerned about the 'closed door policy': Parents are welcomed and encouraged to be in the school at any time. We escorted our child to the classroom every morning and received daily communication from his teachers. Signing in at the office is the only way of monitoring who is in the school, which is for your child's safety. Please try NTES before forming your opinion.
I have a child who is finishing at NTES & 1 who will begin next year. The education has been fantastic. The person who wrote the review about kindergarten registration has not fully checked into the school's atmosphere and has not spoken to enough parents of children who already attend the school. The teachers are wonderful, for the most part, and my child has been blessed every year with a very caring adult capable of nurturing a class full of energetic kids. The children here receive a private school education without the large price tag.
After going for K registration, I was told by the teacher they have 23+ in each of these five classrooms..one teacher and one assistant..these are still 5 year old children that preschool requires 2 adults per 18 children..so why can the state allow this here? Also, there apprears to be a closed door policy? Preschool must have an open door policy..I undeerstand checking into the office to keep the building secure and children safe..however...I do not agree with just letting a child out of the car/bus and not being allowed to go say goodbye at the class door...these are children..not little adults...there is plenty of time to be grown up...and all day? I am mindful that that children gain self confidence thru responsibility, yet I wonder where being a child has gone..and the TLC from adults.
I'm concerned about what North Topsail will be doing NEXT year with the population 'explosion' occurring in our school district. Will we have the classes split again AFTER the school year has begun? I find this disruptive and destructive to the education of our children ... especially for the younger students.
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