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School leader Mrs Helen Gross
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141 Carolina Forest Boulevard
Jacksonville, NC 28546

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(910) 346-1778
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4 stars
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April 24, 2014
My 2nd and 5th grader attend Carolina Forest International Elementary School. We moved back to NC and I was very excited for my children to attend CFE since the school was excellent in the past. I cannot speak about every teacher at CFE however, the teachers that my children received this year are substandard. My daughter's 5th grade teacher is extremely unorganized, will not answer questions in class and is known as the teacher that yells a lot. It takes weeks to find out a test grade and we never have the opportunity to see the incorrect answers. My child cried the entire first week of school. My son's 2nd grade teacher does not seem to be able to communicate with parents. The only feedback I receive is he is on grade level. At the end of each report card period he receives a pile a work without feedback. Since returning to CFE I feel this school has become so focused on end of the year test scores and their image as an "international" school that they have lost track of the the importance of teaching within the classroom. Our family has experienced many schools and from personal experience this school does not meet the standard of 8/10 school.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2014
I just read all of the comments below and I think people need to realize that common core has reared its ugly head, and the teachers are having to bend over backwards to meet all of the requirements. To blame test score solely on the teacher is just ridiculous. We have been at this school for 3 years. We love the CFIE family and have been very pleased. Parents have to step up and fill in the gaps at home.. sometimes it is hard to do, I get it... but there is only so much a teacher can do. "They really need to step up their test scores".. Come on! This is by far the best elementary school in town! I do agree that the traffic is a little ridiculous, but once you figure out what works for you (walker, car rider, etc..) it's doable.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2014
What happen to these tests scores? Did you they fire the best teachers or something? 2012 G-3 (95%) to 2013 G-3 (55%). What happen? Carolina Forest is the best school in these area. They just really need to step up there test scores. Or have teachers work a lot harder to get test scores up.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2014
Wonderful school! Wonderful neighborhood too! The teachers are amazing (that doesn't mean everybody is amazing but 80% of the staff is good!!!) and that's really hard to find in jacksonville town! Principal is wonderful too! She is the rock of that school. And that is why she won the award as "The principal of the year". This is the second year for my children to attend CFE. And I can just tell you that you would not regret it. Is not any private or public school that match this school quality. I'm a proud mom to have my children's and this amazing school! Go Eagles!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2013
Ok, but not what I expected!! Some of the staff behavior towards the kids are sometimes inappropriate. Some staff members are yelling and screaming at kids for no reason. Kids also should be able to relax and talk in the breakfast line at least prior to 8 am, but they aren't allowed to. Most of the teachers are cordial and reasonable with the students.The principal is cordial most of the time, but she works her agenda through her staff. Gossip and sarcastic remarks about parents needs to stop. I'm very familiar with other schools in the county and this one is not at the top of my list. I really love when my child has homework, but I do feel that it can be a bit excessive (2-3 hours) for a 3rd grader. Kids are asked to remove their cotton covers from their heads as soon as they step a foot into the building. Can they warm up on their way to class? I think most of the staff does a great job with having at least 27 to 28 kids in some classes! My child has attended a school that has over a 1000 kids to, but everything ran a little smoother. The car drop off line and dismissal times weren't so long. Waiting in the car line in the evening for almost 30 minutes is unreal!

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2013
My children have been attending Carolina Forest Elementary school for 4 years. We couldn't be happier with their education. The teachers and support staff are amazing. I had some concerns and when I reached out to see what I can do to help it opened my eyes. This school keeps growing my the minute because we are rated one of the best schools. I am amazed how the principal and staff work and operate on such a tight budget. Congrats!! and we are looking forward to another great year at the forest.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2013
I have had the privilege of teaching at Carolina Forest Elementary School since the doors first opened in 2004. We have a large and diverse population of eager learners and have been awarded the "Honor School of Excellence" due to inspiring administrators, committed staff members and involved parents. Our student population has grown from approximately 400 students when the doors opened in 2004 to over 900 students last year and we are "busting at the seams" this year. We have added 7 international teachers to our school and will begin a Spanish immersion class this year. As we continue to strive to help all of our students become 21st century competitive learners and educationally advantaged in their global world we need to add more technological tools (laptops, netbooks, e-readers, etc.). All students need access to technological devices both in the classroom and at home in order to bring the latest knowledge and research to their finger tips. With budget constraints, being awarded grants will certainly assist us in meeting these challenges.

- submitted by a teacher
August 15, 2013
It is horrible!!! No talking at lunch, no talking in the hallways, recess seems to be optional. If the kids are bad they have to walk laps rather than play. The PTA is almost no existent. The teachers very knowledgable are unhappy. The stress to make sure the school rating stays up has come at the price of happiness, and learning. There is too much stress put on the kids to pass the end of year test. Teachers tell students not to tell the parents what happens in school. I have witnessed on several occasions students being screamed by the staff. Being a military mom my children have gone to 4 different schools from private to public in other states. This is by far the worst.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2013
My daughter has just completed her 3rd year at Carolina Forest. We couldn't be happier with the quality of the education she received. It is truly a great school, with fabulous teachers and a very involved principle. We are sad to be leaving the district, but know she has a great foundation to build upon because of this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2012
Before we moved to jacksonville I had used the community ratings to decide on where we where going to move. I was very overwhelmed because my children where in pensacola christian academy. I have to say everything was fine great school great teachers.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2012
I have searched schools and thought CFE was perfect for my kids. I think they are too concerned with gossip and making sure kids are at school. Being that I am in school for my Ph.d I kow schools. There should be more programs funded through the school because they are always asking for money for something but no programs are ran by the school itself. Then they are more strict and negative than they are supportive and wanting to motivate the kids. I hope things get better here because so far they are not that great and I went out on the ledge for this school ith my kids.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2012
Our family just recently moved into the area. Our daughter is currently attending CFE. We heard really good things about CFE from other parents in the neighborhood, but our experience thus far has been anything but. There is too much emphasis on appearance and the negative aspects of a child's personality and not enough rewards for good behavior. Also there is not enough encouragement for the children to do better just rigid control over behavior. I think there should be more focus on academics. Very disappointed. I had high hopes for this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2011
We were really excited when we moved and put our children in CFE, however soon after we started noticing disturbing trends. While we were pleased with the structure, sometimes the expectations were too high. Some of the teachers reminded me of "tiger moms." Upliting a child is crucial at this point along with discipline. Some of the reasons for punishments were absurd.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2011
Being a military family, my children have gone to seven different schools. I like CFE the best for various reasons: the agendas in which students learn responsbility as well as inform the parents daily of assignments; the STAR binders which also teach student responsbility and they are very organized; the telephone notification option in which the school calls the number you list to inform parents of upcoming important dates, weather make-up days, non-school days, etc.; the website that allows parents to look up weekly assignments for their childs class; and I also like how they have 5th graders start changing classrooms during the day to help transition their move to middle school. Overall, I think this is a great school and I m glad my children are attending CFE.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2010
Our child attended 1st through 3rd grade. The teachers were nice and very involved. Average student per teacher were 20 to 23 (this also includes a teacher assistant in the class as well). Our child enjoyed all of the teachers/students and loved the playground and the library. The only thing our child did not enjoy was the barbecue sandwiches during lunch. The only bad thing about this school is when it came to picking up your child; the traffic was awful but the camaraderie of the students were great. We were glad our child experienced a wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2009
i love this school becase they have a good teacher my son learn alot from here.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2009
My son is in kindergarten this year. His teacher was quick to realize that the classwork was too easy for him and arrainged (with my approval) for him to go to first grade for reading and math. He is being challenged and getting smarter and smarter every day! The teachers I've had to deal with are doing a great job and care about the students. So far, this isn't just a 'cookie-cutter' school. The only minor complaint that I have is that the school programs (volunteering) and relaying information to parents is not organized well at all.

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- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2008
The school building is nice and clean always! The teacher's at school - I feel are very stressed and it effects the way our children are treated. They are always getting punished for something. Why not reward good behavior??? The others may follow later. If one child gets in troulble then the entire class gets silent lunch or they may have to walk extra laps. I feels prisons get treated better than our children. I've watched children with clipboards write sentences at lunch. Isn't lunch important for the children? Physical Education is required for the children and they aren't allowed to write sentences when they are supposed to be exercising. Why isn't lunch time important? This maybe the only hot balanced meal the child receives all day. I'm sure if they don't eat they want feel like making the grade. Does anyone have any suggestions? I've asked for lunch free x-homework?

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- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2006
I'm not sure of many of the academic programs as my son was there for 5th grade and my middle daughter was there for 1st in 2004-2005. (This was there first year CFE was open.) They both excelled very nicely. Principal was at MOST if NOT ALL assemblies, volunteer breakfasts and so forth. My middle daughter was there for 2nd grade and youngest was there for K in 2005-2006. Parent involvement: I was ther a LOT, volunteering for the Book Fair, in my girls' classrooms this pass year AND worked the Duolog Reading Program. They also have a DO NOT Bully policy, of course, I don't know if it was necessarily used, as my middle daughter was bullied on the bus, that's when I decided to drive the girls to school.

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Carolina Forest Elementary
141 Carolina Forest Boulevard, Jacksonville, NC  28546
(910) 346-1778
Last modified Carolina Forest Elementary is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Carolina Forest Elementary Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 24 reviews.