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200 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC 28078

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November 19, 2014
Do NOT send your child to this school. They focus solely on test scoring and consequences for "bad" behavior. This was our first year there and will definitely be our last. We actually pulled our youngest out to finish kinder at a local private school. This school does not focus on your child as a whole..instead they focus on strict rules, and a ridiculous emphasis on test scores. In my opinion, this school has an overall bad feeling about it from the minute you walk in the door. Yelling at kids seems to be a normal behavior and there is little ownership when you meet with administration to seek change. If we had to do it all over again, we would NEVER register our children at this school. There is definitely a reason so many parents seek alternate choices via private schools, charter schools, etc. The overall registration is down and it is no secret why. If I could have given zero stars I would have...one star is too many in my opinion.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2014
My son has started here this year. I have had a very good experience with this school. Was concerned about him attending here with all the negative feedback about the principal which to be honest she seems fine to me. Keeps a tight ship which is great. My son loves it and he is doing well so this give this school a vote by me.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2014
Parent involvement is the only reason this school's reputation is not totally tarnished. There is much hope that a new principal next year will allow some of our teachers to feel more supported.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2014
My daughter started Kindergarten this year and I have kept an open mind after reading all the previous reviews for the past couple of years. For my family, HES has been a wonderful environment. My daughter is academically advanced and she is thriving and getting work that is grade levels ahead where she needs it, so she is never bored. She has a teacher that is loving, firm, and meets the needs of every child in her class - a difficult task when there are so many levels within each classroom. I work full-time, but volunteer as often as possible to make sure her needs are being met academically and she is happy. She loves going to school everyday! I have been in an and out of the building at random times all year and I have never seen a child yelled at by any staff member or the principal. The principal has been kind and polite every time I have crossed paths with her. We have had no disciplinary incidents, so I have no experience with that. She has high expectations for her staff and all the children and I think that is a good thing for everyone. She was hired to run the school and she does it well. I expect the teachers to provide the loving and learning that my child needs.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2013
My daughter loves this school and so do we! The teachers are great and the school is very organized and responsive. I get e-mails and updates all the time, and get to see class pictures of my daughter in class. It is very strict, but it's one of the good qualities I was looking for. Thank you teachers and staff for doing a great job!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2013
Our son attended this school for Kindergarten and we cannot be more pleased with the result. I am really surprised at some of the negative comments about the school being too strict - that's one of the greatest strength of this school - they are just being super organized to keep the kids safe and on track - I did not think I appreciated that enough until after we moved away due to work. The teachers really work together to provide customized education for my son, as he's at a more advanced reading level. He loved going to school every day, and made incredible progress by the end of the year. Throughout the year, there are fun activities involving both kids and their family; I always felt it was our community. We simply love love love this school and misses it terribly - the school my son is currently attending is in nationally acclaimed school district, but doesn't come close because of the high bar HES has set.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2013
I think if they got rid of the principle the school would be a nicer place for both students and staff. They do not care about the children. I heard many of the staff on different occasions yell and degrade children. The principle is more like a dictator and does not belong working with young children. I emailed the superintendent of the school to address some of my issues and completely blew me off.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2013
this school is so disappointing on so many levels we are at the end of the year all funs stuff next week for all grades, BUT if your child has had an office referral and or tardies or early dismissal YOU are informed that you child may not attend the buddies field day.... the kids have already had consequences for there mis haps do you really feel the need to keep punishing kids over and over... they all look forward to the field days due to that is the only fun day they actually get .this school is so negative to kids who are not PERFECT or to the kids who are not POPULAR it is VERY sad. look into the other elementary schools in the area that DO NOT keep giving kids consequences for things that have been over and done with usually these kids have a silent lunch the day of refferals . shame shame on H.E.S..our money as parents goes toward these events ... it makes me sad as that our kids are treated this way...... good luck to all who enter this school

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2013
I am very surprised at some of the negative comments about Huntersville Elementary. We moved here four years ago and specifically moved to this side of Huntersville because of the excellent academic reputation of HES. Our children have thrived there and are extremely happy. They have had incredible teachers and have excelled both academically and socially. I am involved regularly as a volunteer at the school and am always impressed by the dedication of other parents as well as that of the teachers and administration. Most of the families I know who have children at HES are equally as pleased with the school as I am. It is a shame that people in general are more apt to post a complaint than a compliment, but that is just life. There is no such thing as a perfect school, but in my opinion, Huntersville Elementary certainly sets a high standard.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2013
I could not in recommend this school in good faith to anyone because of the disappointing leadership.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2012
I am disappointed to read some of the negative reviews of Huntersville Elementary School. My family has been a part of this school community for the past seven years and we absolutely love it here. I am in the school as a volunteer on a regular basis and find it to be a wonderful atmosphere for the students, parents and the staff. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion; however, in my experience, I have found that the people who are unhappy with this school are those who are seeking special treatment and have children who are not well-adjusted. At a time when our society has forgotten about the importance of respect and accountability, schools have become the "easy" target. Parents who are genuinely concerned about their children and their education have the opportunity to get involved and make a difference at ANY school.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2012
I wish there had been more reviews of this school when we chose our home based on it's school district. On paper it looks great. It has an awful atmosphere. Most of the teachers are quite good, but the principal runs around screaming at teachers and kids alike. They obsess over test scores and even went so far this year as to cut recess to 15 minutes. It would appear they care only for their awards and aren't concerned about what is best for children. I wish I knew then what I know now.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2012
really? How can one defend a Principle that would bring in the police Dept (without a parent present!) to intimidate a 6 year-old who allegedly took a rock home from a classroom. Wake up parents of HES, your school has a bullying problem.

- submitted by a community member
March 12, 2012
My children have been attending HES for many years. I am completely satisfied. I feel the teachers are dedicated to the students. We have a wonderful and nurturing K and 1 team that transitions the pre-schoolers to a full-time day of school in such a kind and nurturing way. The 2-5 teams are dedicated to teaching and helping ensure each child is ready for promotion. They work very hard and are all about finding the right approach to help our children succeed. As a parent, I feel that my child is appropriately challenged and I feel very fortunate to live in this school district. I feel like we are getting a private education in a public school. We have seen many transfer from private schools to HES and find it a challenge. There are many complaints from parents on this sight regarding the principal. She works very hard for our school. She has high standards for our teachers and for parents to be supportive of their children. She runs the school like a successful business. Unless, your child is in the principals office for misbehaving, your child will not have any problems. The PTA is outstanding at HES. One size does not fit all and that is not a schools problem.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2012
All parents should be forewarned about Huntersville Elementary. The Principal absolutely does not care about the children. She only cares about test scores and not about your child. She has been around for so many years with high test scores that she is essentially untouchable although so many parents complain and most of my neighbors have transferred their children to other schools. Read the reviews!!! Other schools in the area which may have lower test scores actually show a genuine interest in their students. As a parent, it should not be about test scores. You should meet the teachers and you should meet the Principal. HES' Principal is not afraid to be cruel to your child in order to scare you away. She will not listen to your concerns, she will not act on your requests and she does not care about your individual child. I am not a disgruntled parent speaking on a personal level. I am simply warning you that you will not be happy if your child is less than perfect during their 6 years of elementary school. You will be sorry, you will regret having your child in her school and you will end up transferring out before your child's self esteem is at an all time low.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2011
My daughter is completing kindergarten this year and she LOVES her school. I am very happy with her teacher and the assistant teacher. The room mom was excellent and there is lots of parent participation as well as school spirit. The front office is consistently friendly and helpful. At 24 children I felt the class size was rather big, however it didn't seem to effect my daughter's learning or her love of kindergarten. I regularly volunteer - tutoring, reading, stuffing folders, etc and I am always impressed with the energy and interaction of the teachers and students. My youngest will be attending kindergarten next year, too and I look forward to having more time to participate in this wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2011
This is by far the most unwelcoming school that we have ever come in contact with and it all starts with the schools leadership. This is my child's first year at the school and we immediately noticed that the principal lacks the personality necessary to be in the role that she is in. The staff appears to be afraid of her as she runs the school like a dictatorship. It is sad that a school with such great potential is not interested in improving the low rating and feedback that it receives from the parents that help keep the school running. In speaking with other parents about our experience, I have since learned that the school is also known as "the military school" of Huntersville. Some of the teachers that we have been in contact with are excellent, some are not. It is truly all about the scores and the Blue Ribbon status. Academically, the school is challenging, however, I don't see that as a negative, since I think a challenge is necessary to reach greater heights. However, nuturing our children is equally as important and this is NOT a nurturing environment for a child. We are struggling to make it to year end so that we can move our child to another school.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2010
My child started Kindergarten last year and struggled the entire year. In my opinion the curricullum is a bit advanced and moves way too fast to be able to learn and retain at 5 years old. In addition, if they are expected to learn such a rigorous curriculum they need smaller classes and more help. Also, it seems that it is all about the test scores and the Blue Ribbon status. If your child does not test well they are labeled at a deficit regardless of other factors. I did; however, find the teachers to be great and caring.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2010
I have two children in school, 1 that is excelling and 1 that is struggling. If you have a child who has any issues, I would not recommend this school. The principal does not understand that children have different learning styles and different needs. I feel that her only concern is that this is a 'Blue Ribbon School.' Children frequently have recess time taken away for coming in late, not completing an assignment, or talking in class - the absolute worst thing to happen when a child needs that 15 minutes to get their wiggles out. Parents have complained about children being stressed because they have been told by teachers and the principal that if they fail their EOGs, they will fail school. The school spends more time emphasizing Buddy's Best, which is strictly a popularity contest, than they do with the A-B Honor Roll.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2010
Our daughter started kindergarten at HES this past fall and so far she has excelled both academically and socially. We could never have asked for a better teacher (thank you Mrs. Jones!). Parent involvement is fantastic in both the classrooms and the PTA.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2010
Currently have two children attending HES. Both are thriving at school. I have heard from many parents who end up moving away and attending other schools in the area that they wish they could send their kids back to HES. I also feel that my children are very safe there. Rules are in place for their safety and well-being - this applies to drop-off and dismissal. It's also nice to hear so many parents ask how they can 'choice' into HES - which is not an option.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2010
My children are first year students here. 2 of 3 of my children I am pleased with. 5th grade has me less than impressed. I think they should look at certain teachers who have mulitple children doing not so well and this teachers attitude towards parents. I also am disgusted that on the prinicipal would be dressed up as a 'QUEEN' , cape, crown the works in the office for the children to pulled class at a time to go see her. I only saw the children who gave her something receive any of the hershey kisses in her lap. Its a total joke there and I wish I could get them back in their previous school. 'Blue Ribbon' signs on a school do not mean anything. I do not recommend this school. Parents are treated like toddlers. uncaring school!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 26, 2009
Huntersville Elementary is the Best! We have wonderful teachers and a fabulous PTA!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 25, 2009
From the administration to the teachers to the volunteers and even kids- it is an outstanding community all the way around. We all work hard and come together to have a successful school year, year AFTER year!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 24, 2009
The Staff, PTA, community and students all work together to make Huntersville a great neighborhood school with consistently high scores in all areas - a Blue Ribbon school!

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2009
My daughter just started kindergarten and she loves everything about school. She has a fantastic teacher and is learning more and more every day.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2009
the staff there are very nice and helpful

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2009
My fourth son just started kindergarten and I have loved the school since my oldest went there in first grade. The curriculum is excellent as are the teachers. My children have enjoyed their years there and so have I.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2009
Awesome staff and students!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 26, 2009
I love the teachers at Huntersville Elementary school because they are passionate about what they do and clearly make a difference to the kids they teach.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
We have a wonderful staff of teachers and great parent volunteers! We also won a National Blue Ribbon School Award last year.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
My 3 children love this school and thet are doing very well.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
Our school has the best staff and parent volunteers of any school out there.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2009
The teachers, staff and principal are wonderful and care so much about our children.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2009
My grandchildren attend Huntersville and I am so impressed with what they are learning and achieving.

- submitted by a community member
September 22, 2009
One of the best schools in the area including private and charter! My kids are getting a great education and middle schooler was well prepared because of the foundation HES provided!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
My neice goes to HES and loves it and as child this is the Elementary school I attended. Keep up the great job

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
Best school in cms, best teachers in this area, better than any private school or charter school. It's not the system which makes a good school, it's about the teacher. The teacher at hes are the best;

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2009
We love Huntersville Elementary because the staff and administration strive for the best for our children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
The parent involvement is awesome, more than any school that I have ever seen!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
I love that everytime I am there so many members of the faculty know my son by name. He is only in the first grade, yet he is loved and cared for by so many people who are not even his teacher. HES has provided the structured, yet loving enviroment that my son needed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
Because the principal is so warm and nice

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
Great Programs available to children. Loving Teachers, and a caring environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
Great memories from Huntersvile, my childhood elementary school! I teach at the local high school (North Meck) and can see benefits of starting students off right at a great place like HES. Go Bulldogs!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
So far are kids(one of them is now a junior in high school, the other is a 4th grader) had good caring teachers and our youngest loves the after school activities.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
It is a National Blue Ribbon school with teachers and an administration that truly care about the students. Both of my children have had wonderful experiences there.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
* Great Staff and friendly well trained teachers * Great Parent Involvement through PTA and classroom volunteers * Very few discipline problems and no Bullies Great leadership through principal and asst.principal High expectations for all students!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 21, 2009
We have the best teacher and parental support of any school in the state! Everyone has put the education of our students first!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
We have a great PTA and staff that work in partnership to meet the needs of our students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
high parental involvement

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
Go Bulldogs!! Our school has wonderful educators and giving parents who help make it happen.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
Huntersville Elementary has the best group of teachers and students. We are a professional learning community who truly works for the good of our students. We look at their needs and then teach to help each of them be successful.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
HES has the best teachers that a parent could ask for and the PTA is beyond compare. Go Bulldogs!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
We have great students, teachers and very supportive parents. Everyone has high expectations and wants to see these children succeed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
We have the best teachers !!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
Great place to learn, I went their when I was a child and glad to send my little one there!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
Best, most caring teachers in the U.S.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
The teachers are great, everyone works with the children and our kids learn respect, caring, and excel in academics.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
Huntersville Elementary is a blue ribbon school! Great education!

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
We have a well organized school with a lot of loving staff and volunteers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
Great with children and great faculty

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 20, 2009
Huntersville Elementary had great teachers and their students have top percentile EOG scores every year.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 20, 2009
The teachers are the best!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
Huntersville Elementary has an amazing group of families dedicated to their student's academic success.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
It is a school of excellence, with a great parent-partner relationship that strives for all students to succeed. The students are prepared for the future.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 20, 2009
HES has the best teachers and staff!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
Huntersville Elementary is great because they have a very caring staff and really want the students to succeed.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2009
I am a teacher at HES. We have a wonderful staff, students and parents.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 19, 2009
Best kids in the world and they really sing up a storm in Music Class!

- submitted by a teacher
September 19, 2009
The teachers are outstanding and both my son and daughter have excelled on so many levels since attendng HES!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
HES has a wonderful curriculum, a supportive staff and my kids look forward to going every day! The teachers have exceeded our expectations and have challenged my kids to do their best academically!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
They have the best, hardest working teachers. The kids love them.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
The school is simply the best! The kids are happy, they are taught at a high level and they enjoy coming to school. The teachers are creative, they like what they do and are good at it!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Our school has the best teachers/staff, the best parents & of course our students are top notch!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 27, 2009
The principal at this elemenarty school is very harsh, and very parent unfriendly. There are some very good teachers at this school. The only school in the area that doesnot like when parents enter the school to either walk child in, in the morning or to have lunch with there child, but she is very apt to asking for parent involment when she wants or nedds it at the school, or when they need your money for fund raisers. Other schools in the area have principals that are very welcomeing to parent and child. The car lines for drop off and pick up are horrible.. They need to change many aspects at this school... Just be aware

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2009
I am a parent of three and have two of my children attending HES. I can't tell you how excited everyday my kids are to go to school. They love their teachers and still take the time to visit their old teachers (Ms. McAuley we love you!). They think of their teachers as an extension to our family which brings me much comfort since most of our family lives far away. Teachers spend almost as much time with our children as we do and I feel lucky that our kids can be influenced by the very dedicated, capable and loving teachers that are at HES.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2008
Currently working at Huntersville Elementary, there are many issues that I feel the community needs to know. Our school has an outstanding staff with teachers who are certified with their National Boards and Master's Degrees. The teachers dedicate themselves daily to meeting the needs of the students, under circumstances that we can't control. The classes are overcrowded, which is out of our hands. We can't hire any more teachers, the district has no money. We teach content through many fun activities, just not everyday! You may walk into our rooms one day and we are working on EOG questions to prepare students for tests. It is mandatory that we incorporate this into the curriculum. If we didn't, some parents would complain that we aren't challenging students with higher level questions. We can't please everyone because that is impossible. I think we are doing well, to be named a Blue Ribbon School.

- submitted by a teacher
July 09, 2008
Teacher Parent interaction is very important to make anything work. The teachers are willing that I have dealt with so far. The rest is up to the parents. My son will be going into the second grade. I will expect this quality to continue. A child's future depends on it. It is my responsibility to see this through with the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2008
Wow, some of these reviews do not reflect the true atmospher of this school. True, there is an emphasis on testing, most public schools depend on testing to meet national and state guidelines. We are fortunate enough that we could attend a private school, but find Huntersville is giving my children a quality education, where they can participate with fellow students who are a reflection of the community. The school PTA is top in the state, and places as one of the top in the nation. The parent involvement is incredible. Huntersville logs in more volunteer hours than any school in the state. My children have diverse needs and all have received the special care and attention they deserve. We cherish the teachers and staff. They are very friendly and committed to all students. There are many activities offered for the children and many community outreach projects throughout the year. A++++

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2007
I was a teacher last year at Huntersville Elementary. I left for many reasons, but one of them included the school district. A lot of the previous negative comments should be directed towards CMS, not HES. Because of NCLB, ALL public schools are becoming more test-driven. Government funds our schools based on test scores. If you don't like this, send your child to private school, or become involved and change the way our schools are driven. As far as the principal: it is not her job to hug your child every day as they walk in the door. Every public school principal is challenged with the success and safety of not only your child, but over 900 others. It is the parents' job to love the child and the teacher's job to be nurturing. This is a wonderful school. Please open your eyes and see the bigger picture.

- submitted by a teacher
October 19, 2007
My children attended Huntersville for 4 years. I was very active in the school and was a PTA board member. While at HES, we had some great, some not so great teachers. I agree that the principal does rule with a heavy hand and is completely driven by test scores, as is the entire county. Parental involvement is high, but the spending of PTA funds are somewhat misguided. My children are top students and very well behaved. That said, I believe there was way too much independent learning and not enough teaching. Homework was excessive and often irrelevant. There was too much emphasis on math and reading and little time for the other subjects (driven by EOG's). This school has a somewhat wealthy population with college educated parents. The scores would reflect well on the school no matter what. My kids are thriving in their new environment. They LOVE school now!

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2007
I could say several things against the school itself but will refrain, however, I would like to say that the principal is awful. She is rude and I agree with the previous post, she belongs in a middle school or high school, better yet military school.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2007
I get a kick out of some of the things I read here. First off the principle is easy to talk to, I see her every morning as I drop off my son,she know most of the names as well as the parents second it is a very safe school, yes the scores are high but the children are also safe. If you don't like it take them to a private school or home school them, Our son is smart and respectful and is learning at HES and I hope they keep doing the same job. We thank all of the teachers and staff. Mike McNulty

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2007
The situation at HES, while sad, is no different than many of the other area elementary schools. Overcrowding, teaching to the standardized tests, teachers yelling, little recess or free time, etc. CMS is to blame for much of that. How can kids learn and teachers be expected to teach in that environment? The really big difference at this school is the principal. If you rate her performance based on test scores alone so that your property value stays high she's great. However, if you actually have children enrolled here you may have a different opinion. This school could be great. There's a lot of parent involvement. What's needed immediately at HES? Lower teacher student ratio; phyisically remodel the school; a pricnipal who enjoys working with children; a real arts/music program.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2007
First, I don't have enough room to write everything I'd like to share. We would have loved to continue sending our children to their neighborhood elementary school where they could make friends with children in their neighborhood and ride the bus each day. However, after two long years - for many of the reasons already mentioned - we decided to leave. Our issues: principal (would probably be better suited in a middle school or high school environment); very little social interaction (silent lunch/little recess time); my children complained about being yelled at by teachers; overcrowding; administration primarily interested in improving standardized test scores; my children - who are honestly well-mannered and good students - were very unhappy. This school has good parent involvement so I hope that these ratings get better if only for the sake of our property values. We now attend the local charter school.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2007
Huntersville Elementary is a good school with a caring staff and strong parental support. Some of these other parents should stop complaining, recognize and acknowledge the hard work the teachers put forth for the kids every day, and think about how they can help the school rather than discourage other parents from enrolling their kids. The school is old, outdated, and overcrowded. Instead of using PTA funds and other donations for landscaping, decorations, and luncheons, we should work on raising money to renovate our children s school, build on to the school to make more room and decrease the student-teacher ratio, donate instructional materials that can help our children work to their potential, and rally the district office to help us do these things so that the teachers are less stressed and more focused on the success of our children. You can t ask for a harder working staff. They are awesome!

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2007
Huntersville Elementary School is led by an outstanding, well educated, and experienced administrative team. The administration understands their job description and performs it well. Having just read the negative comments about Huntersville Elementary, it is very apparent that the people writing these comments are not very well educated themselves. As their comments are filled with spelling and grammatical errors. Having been actively involved with this school for many years, I have never observed staff members yelling in the halls. Teachers and assistants are professional in working with students and parents. Safety of the children and staff is of the utmost importance in all situations. To those of you who do not understand why the staff monitors students during lunch, it is all about safety. If a child were to choke, it is very important that that child be immediately recognized. A calm atmosphere is necessary. Academic excellence is important and is acknowledged.

- submitted by a teacher
May 01, 2007
If you have a choice on where to send your child do not choose this school. The clsses are way over crowded and your child will not get the education they deserve. This school focuses more on the negatives than the childs positives. The teachers say the child has potential but the teacher doesnot try to get your child to work up that potential. They will retain your child instead of giving your child the chance. There is no caring enviorment or reaching out the the kids. They focus more on there standards than on the individual child., Not realizing all kids learn at different levels, as all teachers teach different. It is to much pressure on the kids. Think before you send your child to this school!

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2007
I actually worked at huntersville elementary. It is such a depressing atmosphere for students and teachers. I have experience at other schools, but this school by far takes the award for the worst place to work or send your child. The stress that is placed on the teachers is so unbearable that it is hard to stay positive and to love your job. This stress trickles down to the children and they eventually lose the excitement that they once had about school. The parents and students are wonderful. Test scores are always first priority and having fun in creative ways is always last. Please look outside of test scores when considering schools for your child.

- submitted by a teacher
March 31, 2007
This school is a horrible. Students are bombarded with loads of homework. Look elsewhere if you can!

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2007
I think these people are being extremely hard on Huntersville Elementary. Not only are the teachers very involved with the students, but the principal makes sure they are safe and well educated. Many people complained about 'silent lunches'. I think you may complain more if your child came home regularly starving because they talked so much at lunch that they didn't eat a bite. Huntersville Elementary is a fabulous school where I wouldn't think twice about having my child attend.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2007
When we moved to the area I looked at test scores, toured the school and interviewed the principal. I have since learned that choosing a school for your child should be more than about test scores. Here are a few things I wish I had known. I have never seen the principal smile or hug a child. My children were afraid of her. Children routinely have 'silent' lunch (no talking). Teachers look for excuses to take away recess privileges. State mandated test scores seem to be more important than allowing children to bloom. My children were in the 'Talented/Gifted Program', are well-mannered, and straight A students, but they routinely complained about teachers yelling and not having enough social time with friends (recess/lunch). I want my children to be respected, valued, loved and educated in that order, if you do too, this may not be the school for you. We left!

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2006
Fixation on test scores at the expense of learning. Inordinate amounts of homework for 2nd and 3rd graders.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2006
Absolutely horrific. The children are NOT ALLOWED TO BE KIDS! They are constantly being told to be quiet, yet the faculty is yelling down the hallway on a daily basis. My child went from LOVING school, to being bored and unchallenged. The Principal has zero interaction with the kids. When the kids say, 'HI' to her, she doesn't even respond to them...as if she is too busy to bothered. I have not met a HAPPY teacher their yet, and I am a classroom parent. I did this to see what in teh heck was going on. I must admit taht every day, upon my return home, I cannot believe what goes on there. The kids can 'only whisper'at lunch, if it gets too loud (normal talking-voice loud), they turn the cups red, and the kids must eat in total silence.10 minutes of recess? Are they kidding?

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2006
Discipline and education are taken seriously, but is lacking some very important aspects of healthy child development (skills for social/emotional/healthy relationship building). Children are constantly asked to be quiet and to lower their voices-even in the lunchroom!! When do they get to be kids???! You can only ask a young person to sit and be quiet for so long before they start losing his/her concentration. Teachers are clearly working under stress and pressure. The principle is not flexible at all with the teachers or parents!!!

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2006
The administration is completely driven by test scores. The workload placed on teachers is unbearable and takes away from their focus on children. The amount of time dedicated to the students social and emotional growth is minimal. The positive asspects of the school are the great families and their dedication to supporting the teachers and picking up where administration lacks in terms of building staff moral. The teachers and families they work with are wonderful!

- submitted by a teacher
July 06, 2005
My two children have attended this school. The principal may not be the warmest, but she is a great educator and administrator and has turned this school around 100%. The results prove it. If it were not for her, this school would not be as successful. The teachers are great! You can't beat the parental involvement.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2005
I have nothing but praise for this wonderful school. I have three children who attend, one who needs special services. I find the teachers to be experience and dedicated. My children enjoy the special days, field trips, and plays. Many of the challenges Huntersville faces are due to the large student population. 2005-2006 will bring the addition of another elementary school and lower the population by over one half. I see nothing but good things for Huntersville on the horizon. My children are very happy there.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2005
I have two children in this school. I am very disappointed at the cirricculum and homework assignments are not at all challenging. The principle seems to be non existent at this school. The teachers dont seem to be very experienced. The communication between parents and students is horrible. Suggestions by certain parents are not taken into consideration. My youngest child who is a A/B student has not been recognized as such and is not being challanged and is starting to dislike going to school more and more everyday. This school is especially not rewarding for minority students.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2004
Before you would put your second grader in this school I hope you would consider: Instruction: 3 hours of worksheets is not appropriate for small children. Little fun stuff. Discipline: Not what I consider a loving or kind atmosphere. I hear lots of yelling in the halls and it is not the kids who are doing the yelling. Free Time: 10 minutes a day. Lunch: If they don't whisper the red cups go out on the table and then they sit in silence. Bottomline:The new charter elementary that went public was full its first year. I think that 600 families applied. That should tell you that it isn't just me. My normally very social and happy 'talent and development' tested kid just talks about being loney and bored at school.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2004
My daughter has attended 3 years. I find the primary teachers very dedicated. All seem to be here for the love of the students. Good job of challenging above average student. Teachers handling specials (art, music and computer) not as strong. Well run PTA. Judicious use of funds. Very involved parents. Principal not very personable but I have little (no?) interaction with her. School very crowded...classes held on stage, in storage room, ect. However with strength of teachers & above average intelligence and dedication of students, allmake it work.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2004
I rarely see the principle. She does not seem to be at all interested in the parents or families. I never get feedback regarding my daughter. After my daughter started (I had made the teacher aware we just relocated and my daughter had a big adjustment), I asked the teacher how it was going. She responded to tell me she had a good class this year. I was dissapointed she didn't tell me my child was doing great, making friends, etc. She has taken no personal care.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2004
I don't find the school all that safe. Many times I have walked in with no one to stop me. The school is overcrowded and the principal is unapproachable.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
The principal is not the most friendly or accomodating, but the school is a safe and rich environment for learning. There is a lot of parental involvement and the kids all enjoy their experiences there.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2004
Excellent School with good teachers, great safety and a very caring environment.

- submitted by a parent
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Huntersville Elementary
200 Gilead Road, Huntersville, NC  28078
(980) 343-3835
Last modified Huntersville Elementary is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Huntersville Elementary Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 111 reviews. Top