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400 Peyton Street
Raleigh, NC 27610

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October 15, 2015
My son came to Poe through the magnet program. Poe was our first choice (above all other magnets and our neighborhood option, which is a 10 on greatschools.com), and I could not be happier with the school! We were attracted to Poe by the electives, the AIG resources, the professionalism of the principal, the skills and friendliness of the staff, the light and airy feel of the facility, and the joyfulness of the students. The latter was especially important to me. I felt confident that my son would do well academically wherever he went, but I want him to enjoy school and feel engaged enough to do his best. He LOVES this school. It feels like a big happy family where the staff and students are energized all day long. I am amazed to see that even after a long day of work, the staff in aftercare seem to be truly enjoying their time with the kids. The resources are also amazing. The elective options are terrific (Lego robotics, anyone?) and there are even some academically and intellectually gifted (AIG) electives for K-2 students (in non-magets, and in magnets without AIG Basics, kids don't start AIG until they are older and they receive only 45 minutes per week, whereas Poe has daily AIG for older kids and AIG electives for K-2). My son's specials, which include dance, are also fantastic. He enjoys his time in school and his academic skills are quickly advancing. When he entered kindergarten, he was reading but had poor handwriting. Fewer than eight weeks in, his writing skills have improved immensely. Just as importantly, he now ENJOYS writing now in a way that he didn't before he started attending Poe and he ASKS(!) to practice writing before bedtime. Although Poe is no longer a Montessori school, I suspect that the child-centeredness of that approach lives on in the respect for children and commitment to developing their unique gifts. It's a perfect match to the school's current Gifted and Talented/AIG Basics theme. Poe feels like the best of all worlds to me -- a child-centered environment with an experienced and caring staff, electives for all children to explore their unique gifts and talents, extra resources for AIG programming, and a diverse environment where my child can develop relationships with kids from across the socioeconomic spectrum and from a variety of race/ethnic backgrounds. It's a fantastic school! I cannot recommend it highly enough.

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June 08, 2014
Poe has been our home for 3 years now. My son began in kindergarten, just as the school was culminating its Montessori magnet. For 2 years we have witnessed the change to the GT magnet, and it has been a true blessing. While Poe has indeed lost some dearly loved Montessori trained teachers, we have also gained a number of well-trained fabulous GT teachers and specialists. My son's teacher in particular was AMAZING! He sent out weekly updates via email, offered parent-teacher conferences every quarter, and (most importantly) has helped my son improve leaps and bounds in all areas. This year especially, my son has developed a love of books that I know will benefit him the rest of his life. Additionally, the electives that were introduced this year have really given the children something extra to look forward to in school. And if any parent disagrees with this, I urge them to get more involved so that Poe can continue to grow with the help of more parents and faculty alike.

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June 04, 2014
Poe Elementary offers highly-trained, committed, compassionate teachers who are skilled at developing personalized instruction for each child. I have kids on opposite ends of the personality spectrum-- one very shy and thoughtful; the other very outgoing and creative. Both have thrived at Poe and have become confident students who love to learn new things. The small-school environment at Poe fosters a close-knit, collaborative environment with an emphasis on respect and kindness to others. The school's transition from Montessori to GT/AIG basics magnet seems like a natural progression to me: teachers already provide superior differentiated instruction to their students and are able to provide each child with leadership opportunities. The new magnet status will be just one more step to enhance teachers' abilities to strengthen their classrooms as a whole. My family owes so much to Poe and its wonderful staff. My children are happy, confident, independent learners and I highly, highly recommend Poe Elementary as the place to be for elementary school in Wake County.

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June 04, 2014
My son is just completing his first year at Poe in the Pre-K program. I am completely in awe at my son's growth and development in this school in just one year. His teacher has over 25 years of experience, and it is truly a joy to watch her interact with these children. Her enthusiasm, warmth and thoughtful guidance has provided my son with a love of learning that I know he will carry with him for a lifetime. He started this year as a 4 year old and was reading and writing by Thanksgiving. But, more than that, he is excited about his work and excited about going to school. My son has made the sweetest group of friends and we as parents have found some life long friends within the Poe community that we truly cherish. I have found the administration and staff to be kind, open, caring and welcoming. Before the school year started, I had concerns about my son's transition, and the principal and asst. principal were both willing to sit down with me to hear and address my concerns, and I was honestly very impressed with that. I so appreciate the support and wonderful experience we have had at Poe and I would highly recommend Poe to any parent.

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June 03, 2014
We've sent two children to Poe and have had a wonderful experience. Our older child has had the opportunity to go through the Montessori program and now take some of the electives as the school transitions to its new format (GT magnet). Our younger child has followed him through the Pre-K/Kindergarten program and established her own identity in a small school. They also have had a wonderful, affordable after-school program. Poe has helped them thrive, and the teachers have genuinely cared for our children.

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June 03, 2014
It is regrettable that this wonderful school has gotten a such a negative review because it is certainly not the school my daughter attends. I am a former educator that is now a Pre-K parent. Starting public school was a scary process for me and difficult to just be a parent. However, my experience at Poe was fantastic from top to bottom. I felt well informed by the teacher and teaching assistant about my child's progress and behavior. I was given conference options twice a year. When I learned about the change in Magnet programs I was able to have personal meeting with the principal so I could make an informed decision. I joined the PTA at the beginning of the year and that allowed me to stay involved in both classroom and whole school activities. The monthly newsletters were wonderful and let me know about upcoming fundraisers, programs and family fun nights. The specials teachers were MAGNIFICANT and provided a variety of experiences that supported a well-rounded education. And it is my expectation that this exceptional learning environment will continue throughout my child's elementary school years AT POE.

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May 27, 2014
This school has been going downhill tremendously for the past few years. They have dropped the Montessori program and cannot seem to get their stuff together. My child has had a horrible time at this school and is also not being educated in any way. Many of the teachers seem to be quitting and parents are pulling out their children. I DO NOT advise putting your child in this school until they turn things around. They also do not seem to have any of the school events that make school fun for kids. No field day, no family fun nights of note. The communication with parents is horrible (I have to beg for a conference) and nothing comes home.

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September 16, 2009
It's a public Montessori school. The Montessori method is fabulous and the teachers at this school are really amazing. My child started there in the Pre-K program and was reading at about a second grade level before the age of 5.

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May 29, 2009
This is one of the finest schools we've know. The teachers and administration are exceptional and make a point of making the children feel special. Within a week, they knew both my children by name throughout the school. Teachers are very approachable and keen on the children's individual development. I've never been so pleased with a school -- after having been APPALLED with an ES in Wake Forest.

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May 12, 2009
my son goes to Poe elementary and we hate it. We hate his teacher, we have been trying to get her say a simple 'hello' to our son when he comes to school in the morning unsuccessfully. As for the program, we feel that the child has lost an entire year doing nothing. Teacher mostly spends time with couple of kids a day, while the rest of them are just running around, being 'independent'. And they are penalized if they don't behave, as if a 4-year-old can just sit in the chair and wait for the teacher to make time for him/her. Our son hates going to school, saying that the teachers are 'mean' to him, which looking at his teacher I don't doubt that is true. We absolutely hate, hate, hate the teacher and the school's educational philosophy.

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January 09, 2009
My son is in Miss W's kindergarten class and loves going to school. I cant believe how much my son has learned in one year at Poe. I only have one child and maybe kids at this age just learn alot but from what i noticed he has grown alot in every way.

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January 30, 2008
My son loves this school. He's excited about learning and thrives on the Montesorri environment.

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May 16, 2007
My daughter went to Poe from K-5 and absolutely loved it! She thrived in the Montessori environment and had a great learning experience.

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September 17, 2003
This school's enrollment is from all over the county, so it can be hard to get classmates together for after-school events. The principal is *very* strong and supportive of the families and the students. The PTA does not do traditional fund-raisers, instead focusing on imaginative yet effective methods to raise money. Very committed teachers, and it's not unusual to see parents tutoring in the hallways or cooking with kids in the teaching kitchen. Children with special needs are warmly welcomed. Ad hoc committees of parents and teachers address special opportunities for improvement that come up.

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July 13, 2003
A great school if your child can work independently. My daughter loves it here and has learned so much!

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Poe Elementary
400 Peyton Street, Raleigh, NC  27610
(919) 250-4777
Last modified Poe Elementary is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Poe Elementary Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 16 reviews. Top