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Huntersville Elementary

Public | K-5 | 792 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2014:
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2013:
Based on 6 ratings
2012:
Based on 5 ratings
2011:
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Posted April 1, 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


Posted March 9, 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


Posted March 7, 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


Posted October 3, 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


Posted 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


Posted August 5, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted May 10, 2013

I could not in recommend this school in good faith to anyone because of the disappointing leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted March 9, 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


Posted June 1, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted May 4, 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


Posted April 9, 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


Posted 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


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
>95%

2010

 
 
>95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
>95%

2010

 
 
>95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
>95%

2010

 
 
>95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
89%
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 Students85%
Female89%
Male82%
Black60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities53%
Non-disabled students90%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students80%
Female84%
Male75%
Black47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities53%
Non-disabled students84%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%
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 Students81%
Female79%
Male82%
Black54%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities30%
Non-disabled students85%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students75%
Female74%
Male77%
Black69%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities40%
Non-disabled students78%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant75%
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 Students82%
Female78%
Male89%
Black73%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students84%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students67%
Female65%
Male71%
Black64%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students70%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant67%
Academically gifted-95%

Science

All Students77%
Female72%
Male84%
Black55%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students78%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%
Academically gifted93%
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 71% 52%
Hispanic 13% 14%
Black 10% 26%
Asian 3% 3%
Two or more races 2% 4%
American Indian 1% 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 26%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

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200 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC 28078
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