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Hunter Elementary School

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Posted February 10, 2014

Interesting posts from the last couple months. Hunter is struggling, with the loss of many great teachers and the 4th principal since we've been there. Leadership are distant and not visible. There is a disproportionate population and test scores are very concerning, with teachers having to teach to the test now. AG kids may not be challenged (ex. some performing arts moving too slowly) while a child with any needs (no matter how small) will fight to receive any services (resources are strained) and subsequently fall through the cracks. School has not flourished since the loss of excellent principal 4 yrs ago, as seen by many reviews up until the last few (hmmm??). I have witnessed many disruptive behaviors in core classes and electives. PTA involved and works hard, but many hands are tied and I don't see positive change coming in the near future. I am a proponent of magnet schools if they have fair and involved leadership. There are many super teachers here, and many that are not. This school continues to fall below my expectations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2014

New principal, new AP, same great teachers and students,new AIG coordinator who really knows how to work with our highest students (just like the old one--Hunter has been great at that for decades!). You really need to check out this very diverse and very exiting school. Kids come away with so much that is simply priceless and hard to replicate--like critical thinking, a peer group that cares about each other and school, differentiated and targeted instruction, and real independence and self-confidence. Can't say enough about what this school means to my family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2014

Hunter has been great for my kids. It challenges them academically and enriches them socially. The teachers are amazing and the new leadership is wonderful. If your child loves to learn Hunter is the place for them!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2014

I am thrilled with Hunter. It is an amazing school. There are so many opportunities for the kids-- spelling bee, chess club, orchestra, drama, dance. I also love that they start academically gifted programs as early as Kindergarten. I am impressed by the staff on a daily basis. I can't say enough good things about this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2013

Hunter Elementary is the best choice for my son and daughter for their education, social interaction and overall enjoyment of school. My son is now in the 5th grade and has attended Hunter Elementary since Kindergarten. My daughter is in the 2nd grade and she started in Kindergarten as well. Over the past six years my children have been blessed to have been taught by wonderful, caring, intelligent, thoughtful teachers who truly care about their students and their well being. The teachers, staff, children and parents truly believe in Hunter and what it stands for and we couldn't have asked to be at a better school. This year's leadership is absolutely incredible and I believe it's only going to get better year after year. One of the main reasons we originally wanted to attend Hunter Elementary was for the amazing elective program they have. My kids have had the incredible experience of taking classes that suit their specific personality and style and exploring new areas they didn't initially realize they enjoyed. Some of the classes they have taken are Geology, Weather Watchers, Coastal Ecology, Architecture, Clay Sculpture, Blooming Botany, Creepy Creatures and Chess.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2013

As a parent I have been very pleased with our time at Hunter from 2008-present. Their have been some ups and downs, but overall our experience has been extremely positive. The teachers at Hunter are great and truly care about the children that they are teaching. There are teachers here who truly have a passion for the children and the subjects that they teach. My child has taken electives ranging from Architecture to Drama to Rocket Science and has loved them all. We have received superior service as part of the AG program at Hunter and I feel that my child is more than ready to move up to middle school next year. I would not hesitate to recommend Hunter Elementary to any parent who is looking for a great school to provide their child with a solid elementary education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2013

I have two children currently at Hunter and have been very pleased with their experiences there. The teaching staff is dedicated, focused on meeting each student s needs, and has been responsive to my questions/concerns. Some of the teachers are beyond fabulous. I m astounded at how great they are. My children have had phenomenal experiences in some of the electives too. Those experiences, in addition to the solid core instruction, have made the bumps we ve encountered well worth being at Hunter. Hunter also has an amazingly strong PTA that supports the teachers and organizes a number of enrichment experiences for the students. In reading the previous posts, it seems that Hunter suffers from unrealistic expectations. It s a wonderful school for a variety of students, but it isn t perfect. I can t imagine that any school is perfect.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2013

Our family has supported Hunter for over a decade. We love the school. The teachers are committed, talented and gifted. Jenni Johnson, the amazing magnet coordinator, speaks the truth during her impressive tours. The electives are impressive and our children took advantage of trying new things. After six years of elementary education, our children were prepared and excited to start middle school with the ability to work well with others and a sense of community purpose. Hunter is a REAL world school. Thank you for a great start to life long learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2013

Unfortunately, Hunter is no longr the school it once was. Leadership means everything, and it is definitely lacking in this school. The new principal hasn't made one bit of difference at Hunter. She's rarely visible, and her style isn't for a school setting, but more for Dancing With The Stars! Teachers are stressed, and cannot provide a quality education in this environment. Kids that are not AG are swept under the rug. The last 3 three years have gotten worse, worst, and worser! Fortunately, my child will be finishing up this horrible experience in two months time, and this place will be history. I would never recommend this school to anyone - AG or not. It has visibly deteriorated at an accelerated pace. If this were not my child's last year I would be taking him out!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2013

Agree with the review posted December 3, 2012. We used to love Hunter Elementary. We are now on our third principal in four years, and there have been too many changes. With a new principal that is never visible, and the elimination of cluster grouping, if your child is not on the AG track, forget it. The regular classrooms are full of children who are do not behave well. The teachers have their hands tied with discipline. I also question the safety of the students, and how many behavior/fighting incidents are going unreported. If you are willing to put up with all of this just to get the electives (which are wonderful), then go for it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2012

Hunter has an amazing history as the flagship magnet school in Wake County. In recent years, the school has had to weather some challenges, through no fault of its own, but it is persevering and still thriving. The teachers are still excellent, the classroom learning is still far more dynamic and creative than average, and the arts are fantastic. Hunter deserves a lot of credit for serving a diverse student population that includes some of the brightest kids in the county alongside some kids who come to school with many challenges. The leadership has stabilized and the school seems to be heading in the right direction. Come see for yourself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

Awesome electives and AG classes. The teachers are very motivated and encouraging.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2010

I have two boys at Hunter and have been there for six years. It has been an amazing experience! The teachers and parents are deeply committed and passionate about providing the best educational experience, in all ways (academic, cultural, artistic, & humanitarian). I cannot say enough positive things about this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2010

Our son had the opportunity to attend this school as a magnet student for two years. What an amazing experience it was for our entire family! The former principal, faculty and office staff made it more of a second home for our son than a school. Parent involvement is welcomed and appreciated, both in and out of the classroom. The vast selection of elective courses available to the students, and the passion with which the teachers deliver their lessons are only a small part of the school's charm. Our family has lived in Georgia, Iowa, North Carolina and most recently, New York. As a result we have had the chance to be a part of several school communities, and to date, Hunter's excellence remains unparalleled!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2009

My daughter has attended Hunter for four years and we are thrilled with programs at this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2009

A couple of parents got togther and decide that we would post our feeling about this school. So what ever I leave out I'm sure they will touch on it. Where can I begin Hunter is not all what I thought it would be. This school needs to be called out staff is rude you can never get in contact with the princple and having to deal with them is like haveing to take candy form a baby in posibble. This school is one sided the attention lays only on the kids that are not even zone for this school base kids will never get what they need from this school. We all know that teachers cant do it by them selfs but when they make kids feel like nothing you tell me how kids would react to the school less more the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2009

Good day to all I am a parent who indeed has kids that attend this school. I would most diffently have to agree with the post made on Oct 21, 2008. We have been waiting in line to get in this school we finally got in I thought this school was going to be the best but I have to say it is by far not. We are the kind of parents that attend all meeting and volunteer as much as possible what we have seen with our own eyes would shock you. Some of the things we have heard by some of the teachers would shock you as well. This is not a great school this school is only for the lottery picked kids I've sat in class and show how the teachers over look the base kids that attend there We have decide to pull our kids... GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2008

This is my fifth year with a child at Hunter, and it continues to be a wonderful experience. Our children have done many electives: Spanish, Folk Dance, Theatre Production, Behind the Scenes (technical theater & props), Orchestra and Band. Our 1st grader got pulled out to a higher math class starting in kindergarten. The principal is super, and the staff is highly motivated and dedicated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2008

Hunter is not good school. Leadership is not at all on a magent level. Kids are being over looked if they where not lottery pick kids to attend this school and if there parents do not have a ton of money. I am very ashamed that my kids have to attend a school like this. This is not at all a magent school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2008

Hunter is an amazing school with a very strong principal, dedicated, caring staff and great curriculum. Our son finally got in after three years of trying. He is academically gifted and he is being challenged. They care about and understand gifted kids and make sure their needs are served.
—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.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
65%
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.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
69%

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.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
69%

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

All Students56%
Female55%
Male56%
Black26%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities22%
Non-disabled students62%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English57%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant56%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students52%
Female54%
Male50%
Black24%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities6%
Non-disabled students61%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English54%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant52%
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 Students55%
Female57%
Male54%
Black22%
Asiann/a
Hispanic20%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged15%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities10%
Non-disabled students65%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English58%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant55%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students48%
Female47%
Male49%
Black20%
Asiann/a
Hispanic10%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities10%
Non-disabled students56%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English51%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant48%
Academically gifted93%
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 Students47%
Female48%
Male45%
Black20%
Asian92%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged14%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities11%
Non-disabled students54%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English48%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant47%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students45%
Female47%
Male43%
Black16%
Asian83%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged12%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities5%
Non-disabled students53%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English47%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant45%
Academically gifted-95%

Science

All Students41%
Female38%
Male45%
Black15%
Asian92%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged12%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities11%
Non-disabled students47%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English42%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant41%
Academically gifted88%
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 48% 26%
White 30% 52%
Hispanic 10% 14%
Asian 9% 3%
Two or more races 3% 4%
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 47%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

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  • Briana Pelton
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