Students enrolled 556
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School leader Ms Freda Hicks
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District Chatham County Schools
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4 stars
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May 12, 2014
I have two children who attend Perry Harrison Elementary. It is a WONDERFUL school and we couldn't be more pleased. Academically rigorous, STEM focused, many opportunities for recognizing students' achievement, almost zero behavior concerns in the classroom, and truly wonderful teachers and staff. We have enjoyed watching our children progress in their academics, and even receive honors such at the Academic All-Stars game at UNC v Duke, or seeing their art on display at the Chatham Artists Guild. One of the many reasons we moved to this area (and out of Apex/Wake Co) was for the stable, solid schools here in N. Chatham. We are VERY pleased.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2014
When it comes to identifying, remediating and supporting dyslexic students, this school gets zero stars. This school did everything it could NOT to support my dyslexic child. If you have any doubt, try to get the school to use the word "dyslexia" instead of "specific learning disabilities (SLD)". They want to keep "SLD" so that they can get out of giving Orton-Gillingham based instruction. If your child is dyslexic and needs a reading teacher who is knowledgeable in Orton- Gillingham based instruction you will be met with resistance at every turn. Don't waste time. Document everything and file for "due process". This school will not a lift a finger without the threat of court. You don't need a lawyer, learn the law and file yourself. Best of luck! Please see http://www.wrightslaw.com/

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2013
We had a fifth grader honor student and a kindergarten special-needs student transfer here last year. My fifth grader was not challenged, never had homework, and quickly lost interest in anything beyond socializing. His grades dropped from A's to all B's, and I believe it was boredom. My kindergartener had major issues with this school, and the staff and administration did not know how to properly handle the situations, many times causing unnecessary escalations and once even resulting in my child being physically restrained and isolated in a locked room. In three years of public school, my daughter has NEVER had issues like this before. We will not be returning to this school, even if I have to stay at home and homeschool. Period.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2013
Our child attends Perry Harrison and we are very pleased with the school. We've especially been impressed with the professionalism of the teaching staff and the amount of personalized attention the teachers have given to each student. The school undertook a STEM focus this year and that has energized everyone. We listened to the teachers talk about the STEM curriculum for next year, they are excited and have big plans - as one teacher said, it is all about teaching the kids "how to become thinkers and not just expect things to be handed to them." Right on! We also really love the family environment at PHS, there is a lot of parent involvement at all levels and we feel like everyone is welcomed. Bottom line, my child loves his teachers and is excited to tell me what he learned each day... to me, that says it all!

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2012
This is our first year here, and see most of the reviews are older! We have had a horrible time. The classes are overcrowded, the teacher seems very disorganized. I am more than displeased with our experience here. We are pursuing charter schools and private schools. We will not be attending this school next year. I have spent time volunteering in my daughter's class, and the chaos was unremarkable!

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2011
My daughter has spent 1 year at PHS and spent 2 years at Seawell in CH. She actually prefers PHS and has had a brilliant year!!!

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2011
We have been attending this school now for 2 yrs and our first yr was a disapointment. The teachers so far seem rushed to do what they are being told needs to be done and getting a bit frustrated with their job. I do hope this situation changes or we will be forced to look into alternative schools like so many others have done that we know in the area.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2010
Great kids. Great teachers. Great facility.

- submitted by a community member
February 01, 2010
Our son has had a very positive experience at Perry Harrison. We think the primary teachers are great, with a few exceptions. And the new administrators are very committed, involved and are always available to parents. We have been very pleased with this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2009
My 4 kids have attended perry harrison for 1 years. and i'm am not happy they are in grades 5th-8th. and i'm not satisfied. their grades have dropped the first quarter from all A's to C's And D's! The class size is way to big. and the teachers are very unorganized! The school is too small and cramped. there are 8 trailers! the cramped situation is utterly uneceptable. I also do not feel that it is a very safe school enviorment for my children. My youngest daughter comes home crying at least once week complaining that she doesn't like her school and she wants to move. this is not a good situation to be in. I would not send a child to this school, we and many of other parents i know who's children go to this school are not happy with it.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2008
Great community involvement, parent/teacher communication, overall terrific school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 07, 2008
Our son has attended Perry Harrison for the last 7 years and we have had a wonderful experience. He loves to attend school and has had excellent teachers all 7 years. There is strong parent and community support. The administration and staff are strong as well. We feel very fortunate to have such a great school in our neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2008
Our three children have attended Perry Harrison for two years now and we have been very pleased with their academic growth and progress. Prior to Perry Harrison, our children attended school out of state and the resources and personal attention they have received at Perry Harrison have been outstanding! We have found the parents to be very welcoming and supportive of the school and teachers. We feel very fortunate to have found this gem of a school!

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2008
Perry Harrison School has a safe and caring environment which welcomes children and parents. The teachers are focused on children and their individual well being and academic success. Time and time again, I have seen teachers extend themselves for the benefit of the students. The teachers at Perry Harrison School have high expectations for the students and challenge each child to reach their potential. The parents at Perry Harrison are supportive of the school and support not only their personal children, but all the children of the school. Perry Harrison promotes a vision of belonging to a community of learners and future leaders with teachers, parents, community and staff working together to support each child reaching their full potnetial.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 30, 2008
Having been an active parent and volunteer in one of the top school districts in the country prior to coming to Chapel Hill, I continue to be impressed by the quality of education my children are receiving at Perry Harrison. I have found a nice balance of high academics - which are on par with Chapel Hill Schools - while affording my children a more diverse and 'real' experience.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 08, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 06, 2006
K-8: solid academic structure. Liked the transition into upper grades K-8th. Safe and supportive administrative staff. Elementary teachers somewhat inconsistent-some very good, others okay. Middle school teachers very good. Limited after-school sports programs. Music teacher excellent. Brightest kids offered some additional programs but generally typical public school pacing in class. Principals have been exceptional. Area rapidly expanding in population may change/dilute this schools quality. High schools in county are below average standards which is disappointing, which may change as the population increases. Chapel Hill high schools are exceptional/highly competitive and are an option if relocation and higher taxes are not an issue.

- submitted by a parent
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2655 Hamlet Chapel Road
Pittsboro, NC 27312

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Perry W Harrison Elementary
2655 Hamlet Chapel Road, Pittsboro, NC  27312
(919) 967-9925
Last modified Perry W Harrison Elementary is a public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Perry W Harrison Elementary Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 17 reviews.