Students enrolled 674
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School leader Ms Dianna Dunlap Newman
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District Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
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13659 Beatties Ford Road
Huntersville, NC 28078

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(980) 343-0372
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3 stars
Based on 43 ratings

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March 21, 2014
How sad that every time a review shows the school in a negative light, staff/parents rush in to discredit it and say how wonderful things are. It is time to stop hiding behind the absurd excuse that the teacher and child are not a good fit. Carefully read the negative reviews and you will see many of them are about the response (if any) from administration when issues are brought to them. Our children and the community deserve better than this and perhaps this website should be used at the next principal coffee chat.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2014
I have one second grader at Barnette and a rising kindergartener (who I am thrilled to start there next year). My child has thrived at Barnette. The teachers and administration are engaged, caring and committed to these kids. My child was recently moved into the TD (gifted) program and I am very pleased with the programs and opportunities he has been given to grow and continued to be challenged (Many of which are not available at charter schools). Barnette is preparing my child for real life in the real world. There will likely be personality conflicts at any school, where a teacher and child/family may not be the best fit (which is likely the cause of negative reviews here). I am proud to be a part of the Barnette family and trust my children in the very capable hands of Mrs. Newman and her staff.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2014
I have been at BES for 4 years now and have 2 students, next year 3. I don't find these vague reviews accurate at all. My kids don't have hours and hours of homework so teachers can go to luncheons. That's absurd. The schedule has changed once in the school year and it affected the kids only positively. Neither child of mine was distraught or at a loss for shifting some specials. The principal is truly genuine and doing a great job with the things that are asked of her by CMS. BES seems to be chosen for pilot programs and the school accommodates these things. And lastly regarding teachers leaving, the average age teacher is of Generation X where they switch jobs often and do not establish long tenure anymore. Get used to it. They aren't the teachers you had growing up that worked at one school for 30 years and taught your whole neighborhood 2 generations deep. The current PTA BTW, is kicking butt! I've been very pleased.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2014
My child is a second grader also. My child was told he was a cheater by his teacher because he brought home a paper that was supposed to be finished at school. Since the kids do a huge amount of worksheets at home already, the confusion was understandable. And if he wasn't the type to talk openly with us, we would have never known. We called the teacher and she immediately apologized to us and to him the very next day and administration was not even used. The truth is the leadership here does not want to be bothered with things like this in their school. When I was in school our principal used to surprise teachers and sit in on their class. It made them accountable for what they did and what they said. I think this would help here. I would advise any parent with issues not resolved here to go straight to the North Learning Community.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2014
We love Barnette. Our son is in the second grade, and has attended since kindergarten. The staff is helpful and they do a fantastic job making sure that all of the kids are made to feel important. I've read the negative reviews that are posted, and most of them are people who are impossible to please, and will not admit that their child is not perfect. There is no perfect school, but Barnette is as close as we have seen.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2014
This schools leadership is terrible. There is no consistency. The schedules change and are all over the place constantly. The teachers can't keep up, the students can't keep up, it is chaos.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2014
Barnette is by far one of the best in the area, if not the best. Parental involvement is higher than previous years and the support for students comes from the entire staff. I have noticed a difference over the past year with culture at the school, from different events that take place as well as the excitement shown from my children that want to participate. Lots of technology based learning. Every school has issues. Barnette staff, parents and admin are trying hard to crack down on issues and invite the community to support the school.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2013
This school is by far one of the worst schools ever. They overload the kids with homework so they can have staff luncheons. It is not okay to not teach for 2 hours to attend a school party then send my kids home with extra homework on top of their crazy amount of homework. One kid has an hour and half of homework every night on top of a school project every 2 weeks. The other has an hour of homework a night it is just too much they are kids. It is also not okay to complain to the kids about your divorce. Every week the kids come home asking for money for fundraisers. They take the kids out of class all the time for pep rally's, book fairs, Christmas shops and send the kids home begging for money. They are at school to learn. I'm tired of all the fundraising. I would like my kids to actually learn at school. Not tell me what the school is selling every week. The front staff is extremely rude and the principal never gets back to you no matter how many times you leave notes or emails. Stay far away from this school it is a pretty school, but the staff is horrendous.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2013
I'm at BES, in the classroom often. IMHO: PRINCIPAL - Superb! I heard all the rumors, read all the reviews, did my "homework" before sending my child to BES. But first hand I found that Principal Newman is extremely personable and available to parents. We met at the Fall Festival where I observed her interacting with both students and parents. She had fun with her staff. Later in the year, when I had questions about my child's placement, she spoke at length to me on her drive home, well after office hours had ended, for almost 30 minutes. She listened and provided constructive ideas for how we could partner together to further challenge my child to achieve his academic best. TEACHERS-Great! My child's K teacher (a Newman hire) is young, but energetic, enthusiastic and provides weekly communications about classroom activities and at-home activities to support my child's learning (something even my charter school friends don't get!). ACADEMICS-Excellent! Differentiated activities allow my child to pursue his academic best in the midst of a diverse (both ethnicity and academic level) group of students. 5star online resources PTA-Organized, Supportive & Community Building

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2013
Happy to see Spring Break. The school atmosphere over the past month has been really busy. My child was so excited about March Madness. She even got a letter home from the principal. I was happy to see a note from the principal saying how proud she is of my daughter. You may not find the principal in the office but the kids see her in the classroom. That is where she is supposed to be. Nothing but happy with Barnette, the teachers, and the administrators.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2013
We chose to remove our child from a school that is run as a dictatorship. The best and brightest teachers have been run off for not towing the line and we were forced to endure a teacher two years in a row that openly admitted she did not care for our wonderful child who has a very good sense of humor and is very intelligent basically because he was afraid of her. This of course is one of the teachers who haven't quit because she says how high every time the principal says jump. Tax breaks need to be given to parents who don't want to subject their children to a detrimental school environment when the school board refuses to admit to a mistake and stands behind a tyrannical principal the squashes anything that is not her idea. Unfortunate and expensive but CMS is creating a horrible learning environment for our children.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2013
This school has a moral problem. My daughter in Kindergarten last year at this school. We have since put her into a charter school. Barnette was not a good experience. I volunteered once a week at the school. I was able to view the school first hand often. The teachers are drastically overworked. You can see it on there faces and in there classrooms. The principal has a "her way or the highway" mentality which is driving excellent teachers away from the school. The school will not become a better learning environment until administration has a philosophical change or is replaced.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2012
I don't know or care what went on in the past at Barnette Elementary. All I know is what I've seen personally which is an amazing PTA, hard working staff and my kid who loves school! He has an outstanding teacher. I appreciate how the school teaches children responsibility and independence. My husband and I teach our son to respect others, especially his teachers. They are the hardest working people and deserve nothing, but respect and support. Kudos to the principal for hiring the great staff I have seen this year! She knows what it takes to be great and have those great test scores!

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2012
My children attended Barnette for the first time last year after moviing to NC. The school they moved from was voted 14 years outstanding by the state testing scores. Barnette is not that school and I'm not trying to compair the two. However, while at Barnette we have not had any real issues this past year. There was a some issues with a bully in my daughters 4th grade class. It was handled and I was made aware of the situation that took place and it was handled properly. I have yet to meet or see the principle of the school which I think is odd. I don't even know what she looks like. Most schools I have visited the principle was well known and very involved. I was a classroom mom and helped when needed. Overall, I think it's a good school. I don't know what happened and why some people/staff are so angry. Maybe it's best they leave if not happy and let the school continue on it's way.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2012
Barnette is good at one thing that is window dressing. If you walk into the school you will be very impressed & think what great school this is. It is very good in covering its problems. The reality is that there is some thing seriously wrong here. Every year it keeps losing great teachers. I am sure this year is not going to be different. The real question is how many are we going to loose this year. Also, I have never seen such a incompetent PTA. They need to realize that more money doesn't mean better school or better education. Consistency and happy environment makes better environment. Also the great results that the other post talked bout is not due to Barnette or its principal. It is due to the fact that parents are fed up with school had have their kids in tutorials & coaching classes (mostly by ex teachers of this school). Please do your homework before making up your mind.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2012
I decided to make a post about the comments that I see here. As a staff member of barnette I am bothered by the negative comments made by our community. Every work environment has concerns barnette is no different. Have you seen our test sores? Have you been to the musical? Are you coming to see our connect blocks? Have you seen the dedication of our staff members? Have you seen the dedication of our admin team? I have learned more in one year under Ms.Newman's leadership. With each new hire our staff gets stronger. Honestly, our school is one of the best. I am so tired of hearing all of the unsubstantiated allegations against my school and yes my principal. She cares for kids and knows their names. Please be cautious of who you are talking to. I intend to have more staff members post on this site so that maybe the community will finally understand that barnette is great and so is the principal.

- submitted by a teacher
May 31, 2012
I have to admit...something is not right at this school. I do not feel it is due to quality of teaching...but more due to the culture of CMS. After three years, I have heard too many incidents of questionable decisions by the school district and leadership. It's a shame that the negative posts below are true, hopefully this post is noticed.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2011
I am an educator in another state who has family who attend your school. I first of all have to applaud the fifth grade team for being, in the words of a 10 year old I know, the best school year of his life. Based on what he shares with me, the 5th grade teachers need to be commeded. On the other hand I am just curious to know what expectations are put forth to the kindergarten students. Do the students have a highly engaged classroom where movement is permitted? Are the teachers certified in early childhood? Are there instructional and developmental centers? I have been hearing of some alarming stories about students expected to sit, extremely still for unreasonably long periods of time. If they do not they are referred for testing and medication. Are meeting the standards clouding judgement? Having conversed with many early childhood specialists I think the administration needs to reassess some of the practices it accepts towards the 5 year old population.

- submitted by a teacher
September 09, 2011
I think this is a great school - the best in town - I think it only has an '8' because it is such a new school. Barnette has opportunities you cant get at Huntersville El and no overcrowding! Teachers really care and the principal works very hard to make this the best school.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2011
My post have been removed, and continue to be removed so I will just state the facts that have happened this year....my children attended this school the day the doors opened and the first year and a half were great. I volunteered my time 3-4 days a week 1 and sometimes 2 hours a day. I took my kids out last year and I am now home schooling them... my children have gotten into a charter school for the upcoming 2011-2012 year. DO YOUR HOMEWORK BEFORE YOU SEND YOUR KID TO THIS SCHOOL....I WAS AN INVOLVED PARENT....so all of the post saying the parents posting the bad post were not involved is a lie...I WAS!!!!

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2011
We have been at BES for 3 years now going on our fourth. We, the parents and children, love the school. We have have had WONDERFUL teachers who have impacted my children's learning in the most POSITIVE way. The communication could use some improvement and should improve this upcoming school year with going "green". Barnette is no different than any other school or business environment. There is going to be turnover. In some previous reviews turnover was mentioned and those that posted will be surprised to see some familiar teachers coming back. I recommend attending PTA meetings and getting involved where your time permits.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2011
My original post was deleted. That's nice because I have more info to share w/ anyone looking to put their child in Barnette. Please note: I only speak for my child's classroom & will only state the FACTS that have happened this school year. -FACT: During the 5th grade transition year, She's had THREE different teachers. -FACT: My honor roll student now attends TUTORING twice a week because the classroom does not have a positive work/learning environment - in her words "My teacher doesn't care and confuses me & gets mad when I ask questions". -FACT: When parents ask questions & inquire about what's going on in the classroom, a sugar coated explanation is provided but accountability, problem solving solutions, and clear communication is disregarded. -FACT: Several students have left my child's class to be HOME SCHOOLED by their parents as a result of the ongoing issues at this school and particularly this class. -FACT: This school has a very high number of faculty/staff that have abruptly left for "various reasons". I'm sure there are positives about this school as well & people who have had wonderful teachers/experiences. Just do your homework before you step into a nightmare.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2011
What a wonderful school! I am so pleased with my son's Teacher. She is very intune to my childs needs! I have spent several hours in his classroom during class instruction and was impressed with the task that are placed on our children. The teacher's have a full daily learning schedule and the kids love it. Thank you Ms. Kem for caring! My son is not the easiest child to handle as he is very active and you have made a hough difference in his life.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2011
Now I understand why my second grader's fluency took a nose dive in the last Qtr. He was on top of his class and had straight 3s since he was in K. Then all of a sudden he gets a 1 in reading. When I timed his reading at home, he was doing good. I was very confused and did not know what was going on. NOW IT ALL MAKES SENSE. My child will be a part of "one year worth growth statistics". Not sure how long this posting will be up for but a note to Great shool.org. I also noticed that some of the negative postings have been taken off the website. Please do not try to paint a rosy picture of this school. Once we acknowledge that there is a problem, we can fix it. Denying that the problem is there doesn't help. When you take the negative postings off, you may be able to improve the rating of the school but does that help the kids in getting better education? This is a democratic forum and let it be that way. So PLEASE do not try to bump up the rating of the school or the principal.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2011
An intelligently and powerfully worded review, which expressed the crux of the issues at Barnette, posted the other day. It appears that it has since been targeted and removed. The reviewer expressed that some are turning a blind-eye to the underlying issues that plague our school and that anyone who doesn't think that attrition and retention rates are valid measures of the success of a leader/manager of a school or business is wrong! Furthermore, the reviewer noted that accountability was another marker of an effective leader and went on to say that they were not seeing this in the present administration. I could not agree more with the person who composed that review and wish they would repost their comments. Nevertheless, I want to add to the discussion by pointing out that attrition rates are important indicators of job satisfaction. Are teachers happy/unhappy in their work environment? Is the system they are employed within working well? Looking at Barnette's attrition rates this school year ( 9 teachers and 1 assist. principal gone since Sept.), one could conclude that teachers at Barnette aren't very happy and the system, in which they function, isn't working very well!

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2011
Enough is enough. I was a part of all the initial drama after a fifth grade teacher chose to resign. After sitting and talking with the fifth grade team and administration I am almost embarrassed for the way we have treated the staff and administration. All of the things we did to the principal was while she was with child and I feel horribly for this. My child comes home and tells me that there have been several members of the administrative team in his class along with the teacher aides. I know that this is his third teacher but finally I get that he has had three other teachers all year. The members of the fifth grade team have taken on this class and I am thankful for them. I am officially removed from all of negative comments about this school. I will work to make the best of the rest of this year and work with the school. I regret acting the way that I did. I would advise the rest of you to wake up. We need to support this team, administration, and most importantly, our kids.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2011
The work-load for teachers and students is exorbitant this year! Teachers are working later and longer than I've ever seen before. My children are working on homework till bedtime! I can't imagine having to grade the volume of homework that my children complete nightly, times 23 other students, and then have to log it in Parent Assist; In addition to all the other student data that our teachers have to record. Our school has become so data-driven, that it is no longer people-driven. The passion and creativity is being sucked right out of our teachers and the enthusiasm for and curiosity of learning is draining from our children. All for the sake of achieving "the numbers". Yes, we just may achieve those EOG numbers that are being so desperately sought after, BUT AT WHAT PRICE? FUTHERMORE, THE ESSENCE OF LEARNING FAR SURPASSES MERE TEST PERFORMANCE!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2011
Our family has been in two different elementary schools in Huntersville and find Barnette to stand out among them. They have a nice mix of experienced and young professional and extremely dedicated teachers. We hated seeing some of them leave for sure but do not at all understand how the administration is to blame for those individuals' decisions. We have had many conversations with the principal and find her to be extremely dedicated to all of the students and staff. She has helped to breathe a life into the school that it was probably lacking in it's first year. Our community is lucky to have her. We have looked into the allegations that some are making on this website and find them completely unsubstantiated and exaggerated. I would encourage anyone who is looking at this website to help in determining whether or not they purchase a home in one of our neighborhoods - visit the school - meet the staff - check out our test scores!

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2011
Is it me or does it seem like the same people keep making the negative posts? Giving the illusion that folks are unhappy with the school (all 20 of them...or is it 1 or 2). I have been to a handful of events this school year and mostly everyone in attendance seem to be happy and enjoying themselves, especially the students. The bottom line is that most parents and likely the overwhelming majority of students are happy at Barnette. The same goes for the teachers. And the sad reality is, no matter what the school does there are going to be a few who just choose to be unhappy and work against what the school is trying to accomplish.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2011
We love Barnette! We love it's administration! We love our teachers - those who have been there for all three years, those who have chosen - of their own accord to leave and, YES, those who are new and were selected among many, many applicants as the best to replace those who have chosen to leave their classrooms in the middle of a school year. We are happy and proud to support them every chance we get! I have read these negative comments and am ashamed to be even a small part of a community that continues to create drama where there is none. I would encourage anyone with any amount of sense and is trying to navigate around all of this slander to reach out to find for themselves the truth. It can easily be found - if you don't trust the word of current staff or administration - go to our regional district supervisor, contact information is easily accessible on any CMS website. I can guarantee their answers will not support a majority of these negative - inciting comments.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2011
It is a sad day for any school when the parents are just waiting for a disastrous school year to come to an end. But please remember we are only half way into the school year. Moreover, most of the kids will have to come back next year because they do not have a choice. Not every one will get in Charter schools, not every one can effort private schools & not everyone can move. If this is your home school, you are stuck with Barnette. We need to think in terms of solving the problem. Does any one have any idea how to get CMS to address the problems in Barnette?

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2011
I have definitely learned something there are a lot of people at Barnette in denial especially those in leadership. There is definitely a problem and instead of talking the parents in circles, use that time and energy to find and resolve the problem. Stop trying to pretend that there is not one. The parents (or some of us) are much too intelligent to fall for that. We know how to do research and we know what is and is not going on at other schools. I think it is fantastic for the students who have bounced right back. But what about the ones who have not? If eight teachers have left since school started this year, how many students have been impacted by this? For rounding sake, let s say 8 classes X 20 students per class. That s 160 students! That s over 20% of the student population. Who thinks that this is acceptable? And once the new teachers come in to take the place of our outstanding, beloved old teachers does that make it all better? Here is a little food for thought. New does not mean better. It just means new. And, sadly, sometimes it means worse as I have found to be the case with the new leadership.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2011
Today was a sad day at Barnette! My child came home upset , because today was the last day for one of her favorite teachers. I understand that it was quite emotional for the children, as well as for the teachers. My child also said that today was the last day for another teacher. We have never had this teacher, but she was always a cheerful and encouraging presence in the halls. I hope these teachers know how much they will be missed and that Barnette and its' children have suffered a great loss with their departures. I feel ashamed of myself that I have not been more vocal about the teacher losses. I tried to speak up earlier in the year and nothing was accomplished. Then, I chose to remain silent, hoping someone else would speak up! Shame on all of us parents for not advocating more for our school and it's most valuable resource - THE TEACHERS!

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2011
Wow? These aren t the families I've met at PTA mtgs, volunteering, at Principal Coffee's or the fabulous family events at BES. We couldn't be happier with our school. We ve seen nothing but positives come with ea. change and turnover. This attrition isn t out of the ordinary - except to say that there are now"real life" situations that are hitting even our teachers ... in the past 3 yrs we too have been directly affected by staff turnover - and can assure that any teacher leaving mid-year for any reason other than "real life" situations outside of CMS, - we were better off for their departure. Anyone who complains that the Prinicpal is not in touch with staff or students, does not know what they are talking about - this is a principal who seems to know every student and their academic record randomly - she is in the classrooms, hallways and planning rooms working and pushing right alongside her staff. Perhaps instead of posting negative, unsubstantiated slander - these parents might want to try attending a PTA meeting, Principal's Coffee or make an appoint. to discuss their concerns with the principal directly.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2011
"Dysfunctional" is the best word to describe the environment at Barnette. The teachers are some of the best around, but they are leaving at an alarming rate. The ones that are still there seem tired and unhappy. The administration is either completely out of touch with their staff or they just do not care. Some parents have been voicing concerns about loss of so many great teachers, especially part-way through the school year. However, it is disappointing to see the apathy of so many parents who, either have not been directly effected by the losses or aren't connected enough to the teachers to care.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2011
As of today Barnette is about tobe hit like a ton of bricks. I am so angry and disgusted with this school. These teachers are leaving for a reason and as of today we will all know why. My son was affected today and that was the last straw for me

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2010
Barnette is consistently loosing at least one teacher a month!!!!. Don't know what it takes for CMS to pay attention. This will keep on happening till some changes are made at the top management of the school. Would love to send my kids to another school but unfortunately, it is our home school so cannot do a thing

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2010
We have a first grader at Barnette and are very happy with how she is challenged and growing. We know exactly what reading level she is on and the communication with the teachers is great. Very pleased that the school has built a community atmosphere. We came here from another state with much better test scores but were very unhappy there. We now know why - they didn't challenge the students nearly the way they do here and their facilities were not nearly as nice or kept up, there was no pride or community. I haven't met the principal yet at she is on maternity leave, but have been extremely happy with the staff, teachers, and PTA. I'm still not sold on the whole county-wide school district, but overall we are very pleased with our daughter's scholastic experience.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2010
We have to move and are soooo sad to leave Barnette. Brand new school designated School of Distinction first year open. GREAT staff and leadership. Two children there. Couldn't have been happier. Principal wants one years growth - from everyone no matter their level. If they enter 3rd on a 4th grade level - then they leave 3rd on a 5th grade level.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
My son is in K, his teach is awesome! want to thank her every day for all that she does for the kids, facility is excellent, principal is new but seems active, got to wait and see what she brings to the school. over all great school.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2009
Beautiful new school next to North Meck Soccer fields and is located in quiet rural part of Huntersville! Kids love it, great parent envolvement and school spirit!

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2009
Very happy with the teachers performance!

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2009
The school itself is clean, new and nice. My son has an amazing 4th grade teacher also. My negetive feelings though are for the Principle and front staff. Also I do not feel the Mecklenburg county schools have a good angenda for the students. They seem to just be passing each year. I am not thrilled at all with the county system as a whole, but this school on its own is pretty good.

- submitted by a parent
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Barnette Elementary
13659 Beatties Ford Road, Huntersville, NC  28078
(980) 343-0372
Last modified Barnette Elementary is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Barnette Elementary Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 44 reviews.