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2816 Oberlin Road
Raleigh, NC 27608

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(919) 881-4860
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December 03, 2014
This school is driven by the haves and the have nots. There is a constant plea for money. Before school even started there was a newsletter sent out that was about 7 pages long, over half were asking for money in some way. One of the ways the school asks for money is to make a straight up donation. I know of no other school in the Wake system that does this. With certain donations you get a sticker for your car for the "Blue Jacket Club" and your name on the wall in the gym. There are students that can't afford lunch and it's necessary to have families names posted on a wall because they donated over $1,000? I kid you not, this is an amount. There is no mention of where this money goes. I am all for a Fundraiser maybe twice a year, but donations as if it were a college or a private school is unfair. Not only are the student cliquey, the parents are just as bad. The ITB families make the others feel bad for not being like them. When picking up Fall Fundraiser items, the PTA ladies were rude, barely spoke to me and definetely never thanked me for supporting the school. I am giving the school 2 stars only because my student has so far had great teachers she likes and challenge her.

- submitted by a parent

October 28, 2014
My son started 6th grade at Daniels this year, and I've been impressed so far. The transition to middle school has been seamless. His teachers are very good and there have been no concerns about safety, discipline, etc. The students at Daniels seem to be a great group of kids. The homework load is adequate but not overwhelming. We are very happy there!

- submitted by a parent

September 29, 2014
We have been completely underwhelmed by this school. Our daughter has not been challenged academically. She is supposed to be in AG classes, but the school has not scheduled her for any. She keeps getting scheduled for the same electives because "there is nothing else available." Really? Everything from simple communication to parent conferences have been disorganized, and nobody seems to care about doing things in the best interest of the students. Even when going into the school to pick up my child, the office staff sighs and rolls their eyes as though I am ruining their day.

- submitted by a parent

August 05, 2014
I was a student here for 3 years I just left in the 2013-2014 school year here is a brief view of daniels middle school: bad teachers (and I was in all advanced classes), students are split up in 2 groups (preps,and ghetto), did not have good grade principals (epically the 8th grade principle), school did not know how to spend there money, teachers don't know how to control student, and will pull you out of class for an hour to tell u to walk around and get money for the school instead of studying, and it will be hard for you to fit in if you arnt the Carolina country club type.

- submitted by a parent

November 13, 2013
I have two children at Daniels and am more or less pleased. The teachers are average in terms of responsiveness. The class curriculum seems challenging enough.

- submitted by a parent

June 18, 2013
So far I have finished 6th and 7th Grade. Academics are exactly what everyone explains great. But really if I had a child I would NOT send them here. You are judged by how rich you are, your clothes, and the size of your house. If you don't wear Lilly Pulitzer and Nike socks and shorts you mine as well commit social suicide. Yes I have friends and they are great friends but if you plan on sending your child here the first thing you should worry about on the first day of 6th Grade is what they are wearing. I am already looking at other high schools besides Broughton where everyone in my grade is going. I love the teachers, sports, and electives but the students make middle school exactly how it is in the movies, clicky.

- submitted by a community member

April 11, 2012
I am very disappointed with my son's first year in Middle School at Daniels! I have always been a very involved parent since my kids started school. When I first walked into the front office at Daniels it was so cold and the front office person was not friendly at all. I understand that in 6th grade the staff expect the students to be more mature and independent, but there is almost no contact with the teachers unless you initiate it. I emailed my son's team leader about scheduling a conference and it took almost a month to get it set-up. I can honestly say that I am not at all thrilled with this school so far this year.

- submitted by a parent

December 13, 2011
This school is a ITB, clicky school, and huge so for someone that needs a smaller community and surrounding i do not reccommend this school but overall, the teachers are okay, could be a little more challenging, the electives are great along with sports, but the surrounding of people is definately not the best..

- submitted by a community member

June 24, 2011
I have had two children at Daniels, which is best characterized as an elite, inside the Beltline neighborhood school. (It is no longer a magnet.) We transferred in at 7th grade and found the school to be superior to our other magnet choice. Our child was challenged academically and given support when struggling or challenged to take more advanced classes without our having to ask. Classrooms are orderly. Problem students tend to be removed from class so learning can continue. Quite a few male teachers here, rare these days. Teaching expertise varies here as anywhere. Our second child has had engaged teachers with high expectations and at least one who gave credit for merely turning in homework regardless of accuracy. Counselors have been accessible and excellent, although I can say that transitional counseling to high school is heavily weighted toward Broughton, for which Daniels is a feeder school. Overall, Daniels is a superior learning community. An involved parent can advocate for their child and get results. Extracurricular activities (sports, fine arts presentations, student recognition programs are high quality. Your experience here will be what you make it.

- submitted by a parent

April 04, 2011
My child attended this school for sixth and part of seventh grade. The low academic expectations, poor administrative leadership, and lack of respect adults showed children of all backgrounds was very disappointing. We have since moved schools and the curriculum is a good year ahead of what Daniels offered (despite my child being in the top academic courses at DMS). We are surprised that an Inside the Beltline school demonstrates only mediocrity at best.

- submitted by a parent

April 24, 2010
Great adminsitration, excellent teachers, overall good functioning school for many years.

- submitted by a community member

March 09, 2010
We moved here from NYC. My oldest daughter was entering middle school and we found Daniels. This has been a really positive experience overall. My daughter made friends easily and continues to build friendships at Daniels. The teachers provide ample means for communication and offer help when needed. Some of the classes could be a bit more challenging, but I have enjoyed watching my daughter really put effort into her work at Daniels. My youngest daughter is looking forward to being there next year!

- submitted by a parent

November 14, 2009
I love this school my time here could not have been any better I will be sad when I have to leave.

- submitted by a student

October 11, 2009
I love this school. I have made great friends with the kids and the teachers. I love it, everyone is nice and no one will leave you behind.

- submitted by a student

August 24, 2009
This is the last yr in middle school for my oldest child. We have loved Daniels. It has been the most positive experience a parent could hope for. We lost our magnet status last year and then we were redistricted as well. We will be relocating to a node which falls under Daniels when my others arrive at middle school level. Dr. Battle and staff are the best you could ask for!

- submitted by a parent

March 28, 2009
It's such a wonderful school. I lovE it there. The teachers there are excellent.

- submitted by a teacher

March 23, 2006
My child has been very happy at Daniels Middle School. School to parent communication has improved tremendously this year thanks, in part, to a very competent PTA board. Discipline problems have been dealt with promptly. PTA attendance is low, but that is usually a sign that everyone is happy. Issues still to work on: technology use, including better design and use of the school website, and challenging gifted students academically.

- submitted by a parent

March 01, 2006
My child had really enjoyed middle school. Daniels has a great group of caring and highly educated teachers. This year there is a new principal who is very good for the school! Parent school communication has increased- a big help!

- submitted by a parent

January 03, 2006
The parents here are highly involved with their childrens education and dedication to the school. They spend a lot of time making sure their children have the best possible education facility they can get. The availability of arts and sports is just amazing. Daniels is well known for having great athletic teams. Anything you want to do outside of school, is availabile. All of the teachers there are very high educatated people and take pride in their students and love to teach. As a student for 2 years, I have witnessed all of this first hand, this is a great school and if you are wondering about what it is like, just call them, they will lend a helping hand anytime! GO BLUE JACKETS!

- submitted by a student

September 17, 2005
Daniels was a nice school. I was a student so I know first hand. When I was first there everyone greeted me and help me around the very large school. Teachers would stay after school for a long time to help. Even at 6:00am there would be teachers there. All work was easy and teachers helped me a lot. I only been at that school for 1 year and the whole time there were no fights and if you were a problem they would handle you before anything got out of hand. I was there during the gas leak and one was hurt and they did a good job making sure we were safe. I loved that school very much, I recently moved out of the state, but I wish I could go back just to be at that school. Daniels was great! In fact I love all of raleigh schools!

- submitted by a student

June 27, 2004
Students have a good time at Daniels. Parents focus more on athletics (team uniforms, condition of the football stadium, basketball court) than on the academic program, condition and of computers, science labs, test scores, etc. Attendance at PTA Board meetings is shockingly low. Parents are very adept and successful at fundraising - a wealthy PTA. Communication from the principal's office, (especially 2-way communication) and from school to home is very poor, and often last minute. Daniels was recently designated an IB magnet. My students/children enjoyed their 3 years at Daniels, but they were not challenged academically.

- submitted by a parent

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Daniels Middle
2816 Oberlin Road, Raleigh, NC  27608
(919) 881-4860
Last modified Daniels Middle is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Daniels Middle Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 27 reviews. Top