Students enrolled 682
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School leader Ms Donna Susan Spivey
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District Wake County Schools
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4 stars
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September 10, 2013
Our kindergarten bound daughter started here a week ago and the experience has been terrific. She comes home tired but very happy and they are challenging her mind already. The questions she asks are far more creative and deep than they were just a few months ago. She has made new friends and looks forward to going every morning.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2013
The staff is rude, unwelcoming, inpatient, and not helpful at all. I have not had a good experience with my son in this school so far and he was in Kintergarden. This year he will be in first grade and I want to switch him to another school, but I work so I need the bus to drop him off to the babysitters which is very close to Douglas. If it wasn't for this reason I would have switched him already. Teachers there are so rude and have no patience with the kids. Ifyour going to be a teacher and work with other peoples children you have to have patience and to love being around kids. I am so ready to get him out of this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2013
My son is special needs and just completed his second year at Douglas. Last year he was in the afternoon Pre-K with Ms Beth, and this year in the CCK class with Mr Cerveny. What a great experience my son has had, and he actually learned a lot this year! He adored his teachers and really tried hard to learn and please them. His teachers were also great with communication and relating issues with me with a positive outlook. My son's year wasn't easy, but with patience and understanding, he came through and made progress, and never felt pressured or ashamed. I also felt when it came to my son's path with his IEP, I was very fortunate to have two teachers that listened and understood where I was coming from and also respected decisions I made for my son. On a lot of issues, we were on the same page, and I always felt supported - by the teacher, the asst. teacher, the principle and any staff I encountered. On more than one occasion I was able to attend field trips and my son's class would team up with mainstream classes. On these trips I observed the other students (who were used to my son coming into their classroom for specials) cheering on and supporting my son!! Amazing!

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2012
I went to Douglas K-5 and i absolutely loved it. The teachers there seemed to honestly care about how i did in school and my happiness at home. They were very supportive. The magnet program added a lot to the school. The electives like art, dance, and music really made it fun to go to school. We had and extra science class that was very hands on and added a lot to the whole experience. There were a lot of extra curricular activities like Oddessy of the Mind, Lego Club, a dance and art club and a club about service projects. It's a super safe environment. There were never any fights or problems and I never saw much bullying. I loved this school- it really makes you think!

- submitted by a community member
October 01, 2012
I've had nothing but good experiences with the staff at this school. The only problems we've had in the past four years is with one incident of bullying which was investigated & dealt with quickly. All of my child's teachers have been wonderful.They've communicated with parents about what the children are currently studying, they make themselves available if parents have questions or concerns. I have nothing but respect for them. They've been great. The principal of the school is very visible, friendly and approachable. Perhaps my favorite thing is the fact that they have what I will call fluid math and reading groups within a gradelevel. As a child improves they can get moved up to a higher group or if they need to work at a slower pace they can be moved down to a group that is working slower. There is no rigid structure where the teacher is limited for the whole year teaching to the student that is having the most problems while the ones are the top spend that class bored out of their minds.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2012
Was thrilled to get my child out of this school. Lack of communication, support, patience, and teaching strategies caused frustration. Elementary schools should be fun, loving, safe, and friendly. That was not our experience here.

- submitted by a community member
February 17, 2012
The school offers great advanced classes and student structure, but I have three complaints. 1) There is no computer lab (actually just no teacher) class for students to use on a daily/weekly basis. 2) There is lack of communication regarding the cirriculumn (besides the homework sent home). 3) I feel that the office adminstration is rather unwelcoming and unfriendly (whether I'm there to volunteer, check out my child or join my child for lunch). I have considered transferring my child back to Joyner Elementary, which I highly recommend to any parent!

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2011
This a a great school. I am satisfied that I transferred him into this school. The teachers are caring and actually show you that they wanna help your child do better in learning and following the many rules they have. I respect their rules for the children of all ages because it forms discipline and helps to control them even when leaving school. I have no regrets in comparision to Wilburn which is a horrible school. A new building won't change the interior of the place.

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2011
Douglas has been such a blessing. My son is ADD and quite smart. However, he was really struggling in our neighborhood school and the staff just wanted "more meds". All the staff have helped my boy to be above grade level in all areas, now. They seem to understand how he learns and the teaching philosophy makes school interesting for him. We love the teachers, support staff and the administration.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2011
I was very disappointed in this school and dont recommend it for anyone.My child was advanced at his other school and challenged and when we came to Douglas it was a total disappointment! They are poor in academics and we are very excited to be leaving!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2010
Because everyone there seems to really care about what is best for the kids!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2010
Douglas was a God send for us and our children. We had been at another school when one of my children was diagnosed with ADD andwas having problems. We applied at Douglas and got in. Both of my children have thrived at Douglas. Their methodology and theology of teaching have made my children excel far beyond what I imagined. And the ADD child is now in AG/gifted classes! We are so happy with the teaching staff at Douglas they are all wonderfully gifted and talented!! We feel blessed!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
We moved took our children out of their base school because it didn't/wasn't working for us. One of my 2 children was diagnosed with ADD and was having a hard time with the way the base regular school taught. Douglas is a Creative Arts and Science Magnet. Their theory of multiple intelligences teaching been a blessing for us. Both of my children are thriving at Douglas. The way they incorporate every theme and topic that they are learning about in their 'specials' like dance, drama and art in great! They literately/figuratively danced up a storm and hurricane complete with wind and clouds, like cumulus, was genius! To combine Science with Dance, Art and Drama is amazing and makes learning fun for the kids! Which is the way it should be. The principal, teachers and stall are all wonderful. Each with their own unique qualities that bring allot of knowledge to the table. From going Green to helping in the community Douglas is a great place to learn.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
Douglas is a small, neighborhood elementary with a true, old fashioned, community atmosphere. Beautiful grounds, building and exceptional teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 02, 2010
I debated private school for my child but after learning what Douglas had to offer, decided to give it a try. Since, we have been extremely pleased with the magnet program in terms of development. We have a rising 2nd grader and she is learning foreign languages, arts, drama, science, computer skills, and so much more. Overall, the teachers are quite good and work as a group to help each student reach his/her potential. My daughter started Kindergarten at Douglas and is now headed into 2nd grade. So far, a positive experience in terms of catering to my child's learning style.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 02, 2010
I debated private school for my child but after learning what Douglas had to offer, decided to give it a try. Since, we have been extremely pleased with the magnet program in terms of development. We have a rising 2nd grader and she is learning foreign languages, arts, drama, science, computer skills, and so much more. Overall, the teachers are quite good and work as a group to help each student reach his/her potential. My daughter started Kindergarten at Douglas and is now headed into 2nd grade. So far, a positive experience in terms of catering to my child's learning style.

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2009
As of summer 2009, I have a rising 2nd grader and one entering kindergarten at Douglas. Overall, we have found the teachers at Douglas to be very good. The PTA seems to have had some politics and drama during the 08-09 year. The administration seems involved and responsive to concerns. Finally, the arts and sciences magnet program has done wonders for our older child's development.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 19, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2006
My first child entered Douglas in 1994; my last 'graduated' in 2006. The Magnet Program really does seem to cater to different kids' different learning styles. For each of mine, the experience was one of happiness and achievement close to the fulfillment of their potential; they did not want to leave! They were were well-prepared for Middle School. Their talents were recognized and encouraged, and weaknesses were acknowledged and worked on; I was informed of areas of difficulty so could help them at home. The teachers and other staff are talented, dedicated, approachable, and do much more than their job descriptions require; I have seen a lot of help given to new families, not just to settle in to the school, but also to settle in to the city. Other parents have been helpful and welcoming. Several fun and challenging extra-curricular activities available. (Principal new so have not rated).

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2006
Prior to transferring to Raleigh my children were in a private school in Charlotte where I was very happy.I decided to try Douglas since I had heard great things and both of my children are extremely happy. The parent involvement is exceptional and the teachers also very supportive and want your students to learn.

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Douglas Elementary
600 Ortega Road, Raleigh, NC  27609
(919) 881-4894
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Douglas Elementary Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 20 reviews.