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825 Cooper Road
Raleigh, NC 27610

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(919) 250-4750
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June 25, 2015
My son began Kindergarten at Bugg Elementary this year, and we are so excited to be a part of this school and community. His teacher is enthusiastic, kind, capable, and caring. From the first day, my son was excited to go to school. He attends music, art, drama, dance, PE, 21st Century, STEAM Lab and Media Center regularly and he is so excited to tell me about all of that he is learning. My son came into Kindergarten reading and writing, and he was identified immediately for an enrichment class with the AG teacher, where he is being challenged in reading and math. I have been so impressed by how the Kindergarten team havs supported my son exactly where he is. The new principal is amazing and I so appreciate her openness and attention to parents. She went out of her way to communicate to me that her door was open for any questions or concerns that I may have. I have been very impressed by Mrs. Williams' hard work and dedication to the school, staff, students and parents, and I am feel confident that she will be a wonderful principal at Bugg Elementary. I am very excited to see all of the wonderful things in store for my son in our upcoming 6 years at Bugg!

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Strongly agree
June 25, 2015
Bugg teaches students through Arts integration, science and technology. My son is 6 and he is very active, loves sports and needs to move. At Bugg, he does not sit in one classroom or at a desk all day. He is engaged in multiple ways through art, music, dance, drama, science and technology. Movement is an integral part of the curriculum here at Bugg, I love that. Because the school "meets him where he is" and discovers the way he learns and teaches to that, he is calm kind, empathetic and respectful, because his needs are being met. In his Kindergarten classroom, the teacher discussed character traits with the students, and one character trait was chosen each day to "practice." This trait was discussed and demonstrated throughout the day in a variety of activities and situations. The principal chose a character trait each week for the children and teachers to integrate into their instruction school-wide. I love this school, the teachers and the principal. Ms. Williams has been very accessible and open with me as a parent, and I appreciate that so much. Kindergarten has been a great year for my son, and I am excited to see what 1st Grade has in store for him. He loves his school and his friends. I also love the afterschool classes in Bugg University. My son took Basketball last year and it was great for him to socialize with students in other classrooms and grades. He is excited to take a Bugg University class next year that the NC State students conduct that teaches the kids healthy living through sports.

- submitted by a parent
Develops respect: Agree
June 24, 2015
My daughter was an active part of her class which is just one way to demonstrate respect. She felt like she mattered and was important.

- submitted by a parent
Develops empathy: Agree
June 24, 2015
My daughters show compassion, are caring and have empathy. This was reinforced by their teachers.

- submitted by a parent

June 24, 2015
I have had 2 students graduate from Bugg Elementary and I have two currently attending. They have thrived at this school and are continuing to thrive, academically and socially. There are pros and cons to everything in life. You can choose to have a positive outlook on things and have a growth mindset or you can choose to have a negative mindset. I know that my children are receiving an excellent education that is being integrated with Arts and with caring teachers. Kudos to the hard working staff and involved parents.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Agree
June 24, 2015
Both of my daughters have had terrific school years where the character traits of honesty, integrity and fairness were naturally built in to their classes by their teachers.

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Somewhat effective
June 22, 2015
The ones that are trying are appreciated. But unfortunately there are some who have given up.

- submitted by a parent
Amount of homework: Not enough
June 22, 2015
My child completed homework each night in less than 5 minutes. Only 3-4 math or reading questions each night.

- submitted by a parent
Develops respect: Disagree
June 22, 2015
I saw a teacher arguing back and forth with a student while I was there visiting. The teacher my child and I were talking to at the time said that "this was normal".

- submitted by a parent
Develops empathy: Disagree
June 22, 2015
While some of the teachers do and show it on a consistent basis some of the teachers have given up due to lack of administrative support.

- submitted by a parent

June 22, 2015
My child has attended this school for the past 4 years and the 214-2015 school year has been BY FAR the worse. In my opinion this school as rapidly declined in morals and values. What was once a family oriented school under the awesome leadership of Mr. Armstrong is now an unorganized mess. Mr. Armstrong is no longer the principal. He was absolutely amazing. The children respected him and knew him because he was very hands on. I have stopped by the school several times this school year and never once saw the principal. I just saw her for the first time two days before school was out for the summer. Some of the children have no clue who she is. I am so very disappointed at how far gone this school is. I have randomly spoken to some teachers at the school and the 6 that I spoke to all stated that they are doing everything they can to transfer to a new school to teach. These teachers all have at least 6 years of teaching experience. Some have already found teaching jobs elsewhere. None of the teachers that have been there since my child started stayed to teach this year. The turnover rate is ridiculous. Please do your research before sending your child to ANY school but especially this school. If your child is in school here please do regular unannounced visits. I hope that this school turns around FAST.....because at the rate that it is headed....HELP us all. These children are not getting what they need. -Disappointed Parent

- submitted by a parent

September 11, 2014
When Mr. Micheal Armstrong left the" family oriented" feel of the school left with him. First, the incorrect time for the "meet the teacher" had parents waiting for at least and hour in the heat. No one came to apologize, greet the parents, or at least allow parents to wait in the building from what I saw and experienced. School website has not been updated, I was even able to find the teacher's email due to the page for my student's grade level having the incorrect teachers and their email. Meet the teacher previously had great informational sessions informing parents of what to expect during the year, this year it was more of a "hi take your paper and bye" situation. Communication has been a great disappointment. Usually before testing parents would receive a message stressing the importance of the children being on time and just keeping us up to date in general--did not receive any of that at all for the recent testing. I understand this is a transitional period but as a new principal to this school I would have partnered with the existing principal to keep the momentum going. Does not seem as if that was done in this case.

- submitted by a parent

March 19, 2014
My daughter attends Bugg Elementary. The staff is amazing and the school itself is great! It is definitely lacking diversity .If it had more diversity I think the school would have better ratings. Mr. Armstrong is an outstanding principal and goes above and beyond for the school.

- submitted by a parent

March 14, 2014
Bugg is AMAZING! Arts, science, diversity-- you name it! I have been involved with Bugg for 6 years now and I would never switch schools! I'll be so sad when the experience is over :( I love it! Oh and kuddos to Mr. Armstrong!

- submitted by a community member

March 11, 2014
The rating does not do this school justice. My sons have attended a neighborhood school in North Raleigh and I am WAY more satisfied with Bugg from the first year than I was ever was in the other school. I see reviews that claims this school lacks diversity,if by diversity you are speaking of race, this could be due to the screwed up school districting and the fact that it is located in an actual neighborhood. I am here to tell you they are very rich in culture. You will not be able to find a family oriented environment like this one. One of my sons performs above level the other below and this school has the resources to adequately accommodate both of them. The teachers make me feel as if it is a partnership and the staff actually seem to like working there! Mr. Armstrong is a great principal. I am glad my boys are there! The oldest is shy and with his participation in the ball handlers club and morning news, I am seeing more confidence in him. Also, alot of parents at this school are working class so there is no favoritism shown towards the child of the "classroom mom" who usually is a stay at home mother that remains in the classroom (all the time) with her child.

- submitted by a parent

October 09, 2013
My grandson attends Bugg Elementary. He and his parents are very satisfied with the school. He likes his teacher. He enjoys the learning activities.

- submitted by a community member

March 24, 2010
Bugg Elementary is a good school. The teachers and administration are very engaged with our students. Diversity is an issue not because of the school but a symptom of the changes in the magnet school system assignment. If you think this is an issue, wait until all schools (not just the magnets) suffer at the hands of the current Wake County Board of Education's lack of vision on diversity. We have been at this school for several years. My belief is that the education is only as good as the partnership and participation of the parents. All of the tools are there for your child to succeed (quality teachers, sound administrative practices, etc), the question becomes what do you as a parent bring to the equation?

- submitted by a parent

March 12, 2010
Bugg is a wonderful school. My two children are so excited and can hardly wait to go to school each day. They have wonderful teachers who trruly care about my children. Bugg has so many programs that are academically sound and exciting for my children. This year, the have had an Evening of Stars. My child also participates in the Ball Handlers Club and is on the Step Team. The principal is always trying to improve the school. She knows our children and is works hard to provide the best for them. I wish that there were more schools like Bugg Creative Arts and Science Magnet School.

- submitted by a parent

September 03, 2009
I am very troubled to hear these comments about the 'terrible diversity problem.' What in the world does this mean? Since when is diversity a problem? This is very offensive to me. Bugg is a great school. My daughter has been there since kinder and is not in 3rd grade and doing magnificently. Every school has problems. This school has a fantastic principal and teachers that truly care about the kids. I know - because I am a very involved parent!

- submitted by a parent

December 27, 2008
the diversity is a terrible problem but otherwise the school is good true it does have some discipline problems but this year that is improving and that iswhy my child loves it

- submitted by a parent

May 01, 2008
Bugg Elementary is not a diverse school! The test scores show this! Under the current administration, the staff, students, and discipline have falled down the tube. The current admin. has not received any magnet awards like they did in previous years. I am ashamed to say my child attends this school!

- submitted by a parent

April 10, 2008
Each week my child comes home raving about the Spanish teacher Sr. Bryant. She sings songs that she learns from him-in Spanish! We love it. He always has fun, challenging, and varied approaches from art, music, dance, and drama. You should see all of the work in her Spanish folder.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
March 27, 2008
Bugg is a great school! It is very bothersome to read negative reviews about the teacher turnover rate. The majority of teachers that leave do so because of reasons other than not being satisfied at Bugg. I taught at Bugg for 6 years. During that time, I noticed that some of the teachers that left (with a negative attitude) were teachers who themselves had issues and always complained. Go figure? The current principal, Mary Page, is excellent! The vice principals have been excellent as well.

- submitted by a community member

September 07, 2007
Bugg has been a great place for my kids to learn! I am very happy with the administration and teaching staff. Bugg is an awesome school!

- submitted by a parent

September 07, 2007
As a former employee of Bugg, let the comments (prior to 'abundance' of amazing reviews from August 28, onward) speak for themselves. The school is no longer 'diverse' as a magnet school should be. The discipline problems and test results speak for themselves. There is a reason why this school lost nearly half their teaching staff last year!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating
August 31, 2007
I have been at Bugg for almost 10 years. I have seen the school decline in the last 5 years under the current administration. There is absolutely no disipline in this school at all. The diversity of the school is non excitant. I don't recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent

August 28, 2007
Bugg has been an excellent place for my child. He has been there for 3 years and his academic growth has been excellent. I am very happy with all aspects of the school; the administration, the teachers, even my child's classmates. I am very involved with the PTA and volunteer with his class. I have found the administration to be fantastic and more than fair in their decision making. His teachers have been excellent! I have no complaints about this school at all. The school has received national recognition as The Best Magnet School in the Country (with the current leadership). There is not another school in the county where I would send my child and I highly recommend this school as a parent and former educator.

- submitted by a parent

August 28, 2007
I love Bugg and my kids love Bugg! I am surprised at some of the negative comments that have been posted, but you know you can't please everybody. There has been teacher turnover, but several of my kids teachers got married and a few have retired! Turnover should be expected with any school and it's what a school needs to grow. A school with no change is a school that is stale as old bread; no new ideas, no energy. From what I see, the teachers that have left have been replaced with bright, intelligent, new teachers. What more can you ask for!Bugg has great leadership! I have found that they have been fair; listening to all sides rather than just one side of the story. The principal has been an awesome force and she is an excellent advocate for the education of our students.

- submitted by a parent

August 28, 2007
I am personally offended that someone would say they were afraid for their child's safety at Bugg! Bugg is an excellent school with excellent leadership! I have had kids in this school for years and was a parent prior to our current leadership. We should thank our lucky stars with the administration we have now! Prior to our current leaders, we had administration turnover every year! Teacher turnover is to be expected, not administrative! That would be a problem. We now have had good, steady leadership for a while. Bugg has only changed for the better! Bugg is a very diverse school!

- submitted by a parent

June 09, 2007
Some teachers at this school are top notch, however, administration allows others to do as they please. The teacher turnover rate is evidence that there is a problem with this school. The magnet program in theory is wonderful, but is not evident in most classrooms. Also, there is no diversity evident in the student population, which is not what I expected from a magnet school. Four years ago, this was a diverse school. My youngest will not be attending Bugg as my others did. However, with new leadership and staff changes this school has great potential.

- submitted by a parent

June 01, 2007
This school is in dire need of new leadership, and as a parent i fear for my child's safety. We will be leaving the school the end of this year.

- submitted by a parent

May 09, 2007
I pulled my kids out of this school after being there 5 years. Any school that has the teacher turn over rate this school has then beware. When the current principal was hired, this school started heading down hill. Every year we watched a mass exit of good teachers and students. This is not a safe place for children. The administration looks the other way with discipline problems. I was amazed this year to find out that other schools actually teach and challenge the kids.If you want your kids to get a good education, then look at another school. My kids begged to leave and I'm glad I finally listened.

- submitted by a parent

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Bugg Elementary
825 Cooper Road, Raleigh, NC  27610
(919) 250-4750
Last modified Bugg Elementary is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Bugg Elementary Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top