"Our school is best known for creating the Leadership Model for children."
Students enrolled 933
Hours 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
School leader Ms Muriel T Summers
Transportation options Yes
District Wake County Schools
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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2001 Lorimer Road
Raleigh, NC 27606

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(919) 233-4300
(919) 233-4042
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5 stars
Based on 24 ratings

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June 03, 2014
combs elementary school is an excellent school for children as well as for preschool. i love combs

- submitted by a community member
March 18, 2014
What a wonderful school! Combs Elementary has been instrumental in my child's success. The respect, kindness, love and leadership that staff and students show one another is remarkable. I only wish I had been so lucky as a child. I know my children will be prepared to go to the next level and continue to succeed in whatever path they choose.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2013
My son has been at Combs since kindergarten. He is now in 5th grade and we have loved every year we have been there. The staff go well above and beyond to help the kids. They love the kids at the school and you will find them telling the children all the time that they "love" them. There needs to be more leadership schools just like Combs! We are sad that this is our last year.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
Both my daughters attend A B Combs, they love it there. They are always learning about leadership roles and responsibility. I'm very pleased to send my children to Combs elementary

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2011
I love AB Combs. My son has been there since Kindergarten. He is now in 4th grade. We have had our challenges in that he was first diagnosed with AD/HD and later with high functioning autism. The principal and teacher's have always been supportive and helpful. I'm grateful my children are learning the 7 habits which are normally taught to executives at corporate training seminars. All of the teachers get to go to the training too which is awesome. Read the book and you'll understand.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2010
No school is perfect and Combs is no exception. It's a nice school, but not without its issues. Inexperienced teachers lacking self-confidence can develop misunderstandings with parents. The administration will back the teachers up no matter what. There's an unwillingness to acknowledge fault or shortcomings on their part. The praise this school has received seems to have gone to their heads a bit. Be sure to document everything, especially if you have a child with special needs. Also, ask if your child's teacher has experience teaching children with your child's special need to hopefully avoid problems later. I think this school has some very good teachers, but some could improve with better training on dealing with certain types of students and in dealing sensitively with parents. The administration could definitely learn to deal more sensitively with parents and learn to acknowledge their school is not perfect----there is always room for improvement!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 18, 2010
As soon as you walk through the doors at Combs, you know you are some place special. I love when my son tells me he is 'synergizing' with his brother at home, or 'putting first things first'. He is learning leadership qualities that he will take with him for the rest of his life. Teaching children that they are leaders.... is priceless.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 13, 2010
By far the best public elementary school I have seen. Their emphasis on self discipline and achievement through the Covey Leadership habits is as seamless and invisible to the students as it is effective. And it is incredibly effective! Using these tools the teachers and staff at Combs were able to channel my sons energy and charismatic style into a leadership role rather than seeing it as a problem to be controlled. My daughters kindergarten classroom is doing work that my son recognized from mid-way through first grade without losing any of the fun that year of school. I cannot say enough good things about this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2010
AB Combs is a wonderful school. The Leadership model is a priceless learning tool that enhances both the kids' educations and their leadership skills for life. We are so happy to be part of the Combs family.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 13, 2010
The teachers and staff are phenomenal! We are so lucky our son is able to learn at such a wonderful place and from such talented individuals. Combs prepares our kids to be confident respectful leaders. A++

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2010
A combination of a caring envronment and a school based on the life lessons of Dr Covey is hard to beat. Our teachers are the best in the county and go over and beyond to push each child to their full potential.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2010
Because of it's committment to their children

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 12, 2010
teachers and staff are so supportive and love the students. they empower the students and help them believe tehy are all leaders!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2010
The teachers and parents love to help all students achieve higher levels of education. The teachers and students are expected to always do their best and to be a source of encouragement to others.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2010
The teachers at Combs love what they do. They are totally committed to developing the whole child, not just teaching them about academics. Character is stressed, as are polite manners and doing ones best. I can't say enough great things about the school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2010
The teachers are wonderful. They truly show and teach leadership!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2010
This school is excellent. The leadership taught to my girls shows in everything they do. They love going to school, learning and their teachers. The staff is superb, and love the students. I am so happy with this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2010
After my son started Combs, it was like watching a flower blossom. He soaked up everything like a sponge. He loves going to school every day and I credit the teachers for that. They truly care about my son and want to see him and all the kids succeed.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2010
This school has inspiring teachers, staff, and an amazing way of doing things to positively influence the children. We feel blessed to have the opportunity to go to this wonderful school and as parents we have learned so much to improve our lives at home.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2010
What is there not to love?! Great administrative staff and teachers, wonderful environment, tremendous learning techniques ( we LOVE the Covey habits), diversity and the most important thing we love is how much our daughter loves her school!

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2010
It's a wonderful school, there are great opportunities for every child to do well and tap into their potential. No child is left behind at Combs! We're sad that our eight year long relationship with Combs will end this year with our son moving to middle school. Both our children loved Combs and plan to come back to visit whenever they get a chance!

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2010
Coombs is a very good school. Excelent administers and excellent teachers. Very diverse group of children. I've heard from teachers that it is a hard school to work for because the administration demands so much. I am very impressed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
The leadership model is a phenomenal tool to provide the children with at this stage in their lives. It provides them with the framework with which to organize and integrate all the information that they are learning in school and out. The staff is amazing!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
I love the teachers and the entire Combs staff! Not only is my child getting an excellent education but the overall environment of the school is caring and friendly. My son is challenged in his classes and is learning excellent leadership skills.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2010
This school is so warm and inviting. It is the perfect place for children to learn. The staff is absolutely fabulous. We are truly blessed to have our children here.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
I love the philosophy of AB Combs! The teachers and staff are fantastic! They provide an extremely positive environment, very conducive for learning! My child loves being a leader!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
Great faculty and staff and love the application of the 7 habits to encourage and teach leadership!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
The teaching staff and administration at Combs are incredible! I love that my child is learning the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People at such an early age. I couldn't be happier with our school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
Our child loves AB Combs. Everyone whether teacher or staff goes out of their way to make every child feel special. It's a truly awesome school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
The culture at AB Combs is what makes it special. Kids, Teachers, Parents and Administrators believe in the leadership model that Covey writes about. I wish I could go to school again

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
Our family loves AB Combs. The entire staff cares about the school, the children, and the reputation that AB Combs has built. We are fortunate to be part of AB Combs Elementary School.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
AB Combs develops leaders one student at a time. The culture of the school enstills diversity, respect and leadership. Students are taught to be citizens not just students and these are lessons that are invaluable beyond the classroom. All of the staff and administrators know all of the children by name, even if the teacher does not teach that student. Children are not just valued they are treasured. We are so fortunate to be a part of such a special place.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
Combs is the Best because each child is treated with love and respect.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2010
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- submitted by a community member
no rating May 10, 2010
It is unlike any other Elementary School experience we have ever witnessed. Their expectations of every student, regardless of their socioeconomic status produces well rounded people, not just students. We would relocate into the school's district if we were ever told we could not have our children attend because of their adress.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2010
My husband and I count our blessings everyday that our children attend Combs! We can not say enough about this school, the teachers, principle and staff. The staff is truly invested in each in each individual child. Children learn far more at this school then just the traditional education. The diversity is wonderful. The leadership and goal setting is fantastic. My husband and I talk about how we wish we had attended a school like Combs! We will always be thankful for the education, experiences and life skills Combs has provided our children!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
Both staff and students are great. They have a top notch way of teaching their students so they will not only be self confident but will also have a high drive to learn. GO AB COMBS.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
This school empowers kids to become the best they can be. The teachers and staff are held to a higher expectation and every child matters. They are breeding leaders through their actions and my wife and I feel blessed and honored to have our kids attend Combs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
This in invested in each and every child. They empower the children to believe by striving for their personal best they can accomplish any thing they put their mind and efforts too. Another get gift that they assist in installing is a sense of community and helping others. Every child is helped to cultivated their own leadership skills.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 09, 2010
It is a great school, a pioneer in adopting a leadership magnet program. It has a wonderful principal and staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 08, 2010
It is a great place with some of the most caring people in the world!

- submitted by a teacher
May 07, 2010
Combs offers a wonderful leadership program & it's charter is to develop global leaders one child at a time.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 07, 2010
The Covey/Baldridge leadership principles taught convey to school, home and work. Fantastic teachers and administration. Top rate private education in a public setting.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 07, 2010
I love Combs Elementary because they offer my children more than just a good education. They teach children the soft skills, and they teach them how to capitalize on their unique strengths. My children are also exposed to children from diverse backgrounds, which teaches them to team with different types of people.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 07, 2010
Combs is the happiest place on earth. There is no place like Combs!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 07, 2010
This is so wonderful place. They really cared children. They offer hand-on and project based learning, which gives every child to chance to become a leader. My child is so happy in this school and she learns more than just how to read and write, but how to lead her own life.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
It cares about children more than any other school I have ever seen.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
Combs is a very special school because the students learn about leaderhsip and to practice Covey's habits.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2010
I love Combs Elementary because it is a school that lives out its mission and it is a school where children are loved & taught with a 21st Century mindset!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 01, 2010
I love the dedication of the staff and the way they make each child feel special. The focus on leadership is not just a buzzword, it is truly integrated into the daily activities. The focus on diversity is key also. No one is made to feel isolated by the differences but part of the whole. The parents support the activities as well. There is a feeling of community at AB COmbs.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
This is the first year I have two children at this school and we all have enjoyed it. We've moved often, so my third grader has been to several schools, private and public. She says she likes this one the best. They challenge the children academically but I see their approach to learning as more nurturing and encouraging than a strict must do approach. I see that parental involvement has increased. I continuously get notices/phone calls about upcoming events asking for volunteers and have often been at events where seating is very limited. The actual PTA attendance is usually low however. Overall, my children look forward to going to school each day and I see a lot of positive behavior in the kids as they walk through the halls. I have friends who teach who've all had good things to say about Combs, so I applied and feel lucky to attend.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2008
My daughter is a second grader, & has been at this school since Kindergarten, and loves her teachers. Teacher turnover is a concern, but if the teachers don't cut the mustard they don't get to hangout. The expectations of both students and staff are high which is a good thing. The Leadership program is wonderful, I compared 3 other successful highly sought after schools, and chose Combs because of the positive behavior I saw in the halls as I walked through the building vs other schools where pushing and yelling seemed to be the norm. If we teach our children the right way to act then there is less distraction in the classroom and more academic learning.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2007
I have two children at Combs. My only complaint with Combs is that my oldest child was only taught minimally in writing in kindergarden and it has been an on-going battle to get him to write. While that is not the only reason for his struggles, I do believe it is a major one. Otherwise the magnet program at the school has been beneficial to my children.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2007
I have my children at Combs.Yes they're developing leadership..still I'm not satisfied with the too many new teachers they bring every year! Zero experienced teachers are not always the ones you need! A lot of focusing on events at school and PTA activities than on the academic weakness for children ! And worse of all I feel other cultures or religions are not very welcome ! So sometimes as parents it's not a comfortable place to be in!

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2007
We have two children at Combs. The leadership program has been wonderful for our children. The teachers have been wonderful in working with our girls. As they are getting older we are actually seeing them take what they have learned from the leadership model and apply it to numerous areas of their lives. We will have to agree that the parent involvement is not the best.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2006
We have three children at Combs and we love it! Yes, it is academic challenging but the kids have fun too. They learn to take on responsibility and they benefit from the authentic tasks (hands-on) learning. There is always a waiting list for magnet students at Combs. People have been know to move into the base, so they can have their children at this school. That says something!

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2005
My youngest son began attending this school as a 3rd grader this year. I believe that the school is academically challenging. They are not at all friendly, nurturing, or good at developing a sense of community. Very few parents attend PTA meetings, compared to my experiences with other schools. Discipine is very strict. Children are usually not allowed to talk to each other at lunch. They can help your child pass the EOG's; I am worried about the costs, however.

- submitted by a parent
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Combs Elementary
2001 Lorimer Road, Raleigh, NC  27606
(919) 233-4300
Last modified Combs 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.
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