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3202 Northampton Rd
Raleigh, NC 27609

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(919) 881-4940
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September 25, 2013
My experience this year has been poor with how the school structure is run. I feel it caters to the wealthy kids and makes excuses when it comes to taking care of the rest of the class. It is a beautiful school set in a very nice neighborhood, but the rich parents get whatever they want and their kids get special treatment, and it is just not an environment I want my child around.

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June 04, 2012
Root is the BEST! We have the best principal, PTA, parents and teachers. I have 3 children and of them have or are attending Root!

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January 04, 2012
Great school! My child has received a great education and we love the small size. Top notch media center specialist and music teacher of the year for the state of NC. Parents that have written negative reviews seem to have special needs children. I can only speak to for my child. He AG and has received outstanding services.

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August 25, 2011
I agree 100% with the parent below who posted April 4. This is a very nice looking school and they have a great PTA. But everything else about this school is not great to my opinion. I would like to point out that a certain group of kids that make up the minority of the school are not treated like the majority group of kids. I also believe that some of the teachers at this school do not desire to have the minority group of kids or struggling group of kids in their class and they make it very obvious to both the kids and their parents. I had to fight tooth and nail to make sure my child was being treated fairly. Some of the teachers have poor communication skills with the parents and when very involved parents try to voice their opinion, these certain teachers make you feel as if you re annoying them. I am also one of the parents who are looking to transfer my child to another school. One that is diverse, compassionate, and welcoming.

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May 04, 2011
My children have attended Root as their only school. The new principal is a strong leader and is making positive changes for the bettement of ALL students. The leadership from the administration and parental involvement make this school a great learning environment. The WCPSS overall faces challenges so I think the leadership DOES respond to parents and DOES increase academic expectations. I do think that the faculty is welcoming more parental involvement as far as volunteerism and assistance within the classroom, which is a shift from the previous leadership. It is my sense that Root is a wonderful school, has very caring faculty, staff and families. Meaningful requests from families that genuinely need additional intervention has occured and I know that from first hand experience. Families at Root who have the most success, as in ANY school, are the ones who remain involved with their children's entire educational experience, both at home and in the classroom.

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April 04, 2011
My children attended here for two years, but have since changed schools. Despite a great cohort of students, a strong PTA, a great new school facility, and a few good faculty members, the leadership (new principal and asst principal) consistently disappoint children and families of all backgrounds. My high-performing children were left to languish with little challenge; children from struggling backgrounds were greeted with minimal expectations. Leadership did nothing to help children meet or rise above their abilities. Families who request more for their children are considered "bothers" and met with contempt. There is an increasing exodus of families who are seeking schools, private and public, elsewhere. It started as a trickle last year and now parents are stampeding out the door, looking widely for other educational options. Until leadership improves significantly and academic expectations and capacities increase, I imagine the school will continue to be under-enrolled.

- submitted by a parent

April 07, 2010
We love this school. Staff cares about the students, teachers are wonderful.

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September 16, 2009
This school is full of love, leadership and a desire to learn and educate. Our new principal sings the morning announcements and wrote a school song. Our students are enjoying learning this wonderful song along with the positive energy that he, along with his staff, provide for us all. We are truly a wonderful elementary family that shares in the love of a child to reach the highest potential academically and personally. We are the future leaders of the United States of America.

- submitted by a parent

June 26, 2009
I have a child at this school and I do not understand the comments on the 'large' classrooms?? 20 children with a teacher, an assitant and many parents involved everyday does not make for a large classroom! I myself attended a tiny private school and had 18 in our class with one teacher. I also disagree about the large socioeconomic gap. There are going to be children at EVERY school who have more or less than others. All of the children here mix exceptionally well. I also think that you will not find a place with more well-balanced and polite children anywhere in Raleigh! Root has been known to be an excellent school for many many years. I think the person posting at the bottom had some sort of bad experience and is by far the exception.

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January 12, 2009
This school has a great neighborhood feel and wonderful parent participation. The children seem to all get along well, though there is a big socioeconomic gap. On the downside, the class size is too large for every child to get enough attention. If your child is in the mainstream academically, this may not be a problem, but if your child is exceptionally gifted or has trouble learning, it is problematic.

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September 20, 2008
I am a parent whose son was sent to Root Elementary, and attended for six years. Through my experience, I found that the teacher involvemen was fantastic, and my son always talked about his teachers. I sent my son to this school because of Mrs. Doane and Mrs. Mims, two of my sons favorite teachers. He moved into middle school prepared, and I could not be happier with his elementary school experience.

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March 07, 2008
I'm a substitute teacher and sometimes work at this school. It's a favorite of mine. The worst thing about this school are its large class sizes. Like the last poster said, there's definitely the haves and have-nots- but the kids seem to mix together well enough, and you can get bullies coming from either end of the spectrum. The teachers are some of the friendliest and most engaged I've met so far, and the classrooms I was in were actually well advanced of others in their grade level at different schools. Most classes, even for their large size, are pretty well behaved, and the children that needed it were shown a lot of personal attention from the specialists and resource teachers. Root doesn't look that impressive because because it's an older school, but the environment feels really friendly and I like going back there.

- submitted by a community member

April 09, 2006
After hearing great things about this magnet school I ended up being very disappointed. My children transferred from another school when we moved to Wake County. We found the children at the school to not receive enough guidance on behavior, my children received much more than their fair share of brutal teasing, with little teacher involvement. This is one of those schools that has a clear line of distinction between the have and have nots. I would absolutely not recommend this school to any parent who seeks to raise a well balanced, polite child. Music and art programs are good, academics are good - but talked to many teachers who frankly hate the new 'no child left behind' initiatives and can't wait to quit their job. Class size, too large 25-28 in 4th grade. A disappointing experience

- submitted by a parent
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Root Elementary School
3202 Northampton Rd, Raleigh, NC  27609
(919) 881-4940
Last modified Root Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Root Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 13 reviews. Top