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Holly Springs Elementary

Public | K-5 | 1017 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
Based on 3 ratings
2012:
Based on 1 rating
2011:
Based on 2 ratings

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Posted March 9, 2014

I love this school. My son has gone here for 2 yrs now. We have lived in Hudson County , Nj and Las Vegas . This is by far the best experience. The staff is friendly and my son is genuinely happy here. The only complaint is the school food but that's an issue nation wide. They get a great education for being a public school. They deal with any issues you might have as a parent quickly and respectfully. It's the first time I can relax and know my son is in good hands. Most of the teachers seem genuinely happy to be there which can mean a lot in the daily life of the students. They get an A+ for safety!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2013

This is the 3rd yr my children attend HSES and of all schools they have been (total of 3 ES) I found the front office staff not very friendly at Holly Springs, cold people and saying "dont bother much" with their body languange. I had to send a letter to their attention in order to see little better attitude from them. Dr Steinbeck the principal is very sweet and great person! Most of the teachers are awesome and professional. If I have to move, I dont think we will loose much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2013

My son will be to the second grade in July, he has been going there since kindergarten. We both absolutely LOVE this school. I have never met a teacher or front desk employee that has not been 100% helpful. I now refuse to move away from Holly Springs, one of the main reasons being I want all my children to go to HSES! I'm not too sure why the parent from back in November complained about carpool, it works like a machine. They will easily have 80 cars in the line and have all the kids safely in the cars in under 20 minutes. GO CHEETAHS!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2013

Small school feel, they do a tremendous amount for the kids. Always have family activities throughout the year. We know everyone in the office by first name. They are all extremely nice and will go out of their way to ensure the kids are learning in a safe environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2012

This is the third elementary school my son has attended and so I am definitely speaking from experience when I say that this is by far the best elementary school in our area. The Principal, Mr. Harris runs a very tight ship and that carries down to all areas - including the car pool line. I have to completely disagree with the post below because HSES' car pool line is extremely efficient and sets the tone for how the school handles every aspect of the school day. Mr. Harris was involved in my son's academic progress and failures and never missed an opportunity to provide motivation and support to both of us. The teachers in turn follow this same philosophy and were clearly invested in trying to help my son reach his full learning potential. Thank you all for a truly wonderful 5th grade year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2011

They do a lot that doesn't make sense. The car pool is a mess, all the do is constantly wave at everyone to pull up even when the cars are stopped and you cant pull up. When at the cross walk to let a child pass the teacher who is suppose to be the crossing guard is waving me to pull forward anyway. I stop at cross walks on school grounds, they can get over it. If the staff was a little less concerned about waving everyone forward, and actually just unload/load the kids in front of them things would move faster. I tried walk to get her on nice days, but I am not allowed since she is not in the "walk zone" even though we live .4 miles from the school. If we want to walk we have to send a note that day in the morning or call the school, I cant just decide to walk because it is nice. Then they want to check my ID, but not in the carpool. I think a kidnapper would drive before they walk One day a month my child has a day to bring snacks to the whole class, I put them in her book bag, but her teacher does not think to look there and instead sends a note home saying we forgot. She is in Kindergarden, so I she doesn't remember. Now I have to make sure she tells them to look in her bag.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2011

WOW! What a wonderful school. New asst Principal is o.k. This school is loaded with great teachers. Like Ms. M. in 1st, Ms. P. in 2nd, and Mr. T. in 3rd. Overall, great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2010

We moved from NYC to Holly Springs Elem. mid-year in Kindergarten and I was worried what might happen to my child's education when moving south. Well, it has been amazing. My son has thrived in this school and his teachers and all the Specials they have are 100x better than what we had experienced in NY. I am proud to be part of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

The teachers are the best!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2009

Wonderful principal and new assistant principal... and the teachers are first rate! There are very few that could be considered 'average'. This school suffers mostly because of the Wake County School board, in my opinion... and we've been there for 5 years and have served as PTA chairs and volunteers from day 1. Like all Wake County schools, the school's hands are tied by the incomprehensible school board, by not being allowed or able to discipline appropriately and by never having enough money in the budget. Overall, this school is a GEM for Holly Springs - far better than any in the area, with the best teachers and staff around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2007

My son is in 1st grade and so far he has had one great teacher and one average. Overall the school does very well in keeping kids safe. I think the principal is great but have to admit that I am not too happy with the vice principal. I believe that the academics are tough but not too overwhelming. Wish there was more help for those students that are lagging behind but are not failing. I carpool because I think the transportation could use improvement. Also should let a wider area walk to school (very limited). Worried about the switch to year round though. Do not know how the transition will go the first year. I like the fact that parents can be involved as much or as little as they want without pressure. Wish they had a volunteer program to watch infants like some other local schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2007

One Great teacher and one below average teacher. Principal and Assistant Principal seem disjoined and staff does there on thing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2006

What the asst. principal lacks the principal makes up for. My child had one outstanding teacher and one below average teacher. I encourage parents to be involved with activities so you can have a close relationship with staff. My son did feel safe at school.
—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

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

185 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

160 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2013.

160 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
75%
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 Students68%
Female66%
Male69%
Black38%
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracial36%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities24%
Non-disabled students72%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant68%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students73%
Female77%
Male69%
Black24%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracial55%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities18%
Non-disabled students79%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant73%
Academically gifted-95%
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 Students71%
Female69%
Male72%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities35%
Non-disabled students75%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant71%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students68%
Female71%
Male66%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities41%
Non-disabled students71%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant68%
Academically gifted95%
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 Students73%
Female71%
Male75%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities20%
Non-disabled students82%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant73%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students66%
Female66%
Male65%
Black46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities8%
Non-disabled students76%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant66%
Academically gifted-95%

Science

All Students66%
Female61%
Male71%
Black39%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities16%
Non-disabled students75%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant66%
Academically gifted-95%
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 74% 52%
Black 13% 26%
Hispanic 6% 14%
Two or more races 4% 4%
Asian 3% 3%
American Indian 0% 1%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 12%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

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401 Holly Springs Road
Holly Springs, NC 27540
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