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Bugg Elementary

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Posted 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


Posted 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!


Posted 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


Posted October 9, 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted September 3, 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


Posted 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


Posted May 1, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted September 7, 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


Posted September 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted June 9, 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


Posted June 1, 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


Posted May 9, 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


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
70%
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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
71%
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.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
62%
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 Students45%
Female45%
Male46%
Black44%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities8%
Non-disabled students51%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English45%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant45%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students46%
Female49%
Male43%
Black47%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities17%
Non-disabled students51%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English48%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant46%
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 Students33%
Female30%
Male36%
Black25%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities29%
Non-disabled students34%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English32%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant33%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students32%
Female38%
Male26%
Black27%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities24%
Non-disabled students34%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English33%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant32%
Academically gifted91%
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 Students32%
Female22%
Male42%
Black28%
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities6%
Non-disabled students37%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English33%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant32%
Academically gifted85%

Reading

All Students25%
Female26%
Male23%
Black22%
Asiann/a
Hispanic9%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged16%
Not economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities6%
Non-disabled students28%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English26%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant25%
Academically gifted77%

Science

All Students24%
Female21%
Male27%
Black21%
Asiann/a
Hispanic18%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities18%
Non-disabled students25%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English25%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant24%
Academically gifted62%
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
Black 79% 26%
Hispanic 9% 14%
White 8% 52%
Two or more races 3% 4%
Asian 1% 3%
American Indian 0% 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 68%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Mr Michael L Armstrong
Fax number
  • (919) 250-4753

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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