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Raleigh, NC
Students enrolled: 626

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1101 Maxwell Drive
Raleigh, NC 27603

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(919) 662-2458
(919) 662-2948
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July 24, 2015
Please keep your kids away from this school! This was my daughter's base school but it was a nightmare. I have horror stories that are sensitive in nature so I don't feel comfortable sharing here. We quickly moved out of this area and into a different school system.

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Ineffective
July 24, 2015
I was not happy with this school. I gave it a chance because it was our base but it was the wrong choice. Stay far far away!

- submitted by a parent

February 07, 2014
Please do not send your child to this school.....please!!! I promise it will be the wrong magnet choice.

- submitted by a parent

September 16, 2013
Smith Elementary is a hidden gem in the wake county school system. The school has a diverse student base and great teachers/faculty. We found the school through the Wake County Magnet fair three years ago and couldn't be happier. Smith boast an International Baccalaureate program that exposes children to a global learning experience. Smith added a Chinese language class to the school this year. This year Smith is celebrating its 50th anniversary! I would suggest Smith to any parent looking for a great family atmosphere where education comes first.

- submitted by a parent

September 16, 2013
Smith Elementary has been in the Raleigh/Garner community for 50 years! The school was authorized as an IB school 2 years ago and was named a Magnet School of Excellence last year. There are caring, knowledgable teachers who make a difference in the lives of students every day. As an IB school staff have to attend IB training and apply the rigor of Common Core standards with IBO expectations. Also, Smith is a PBIS exemplar school, the climate is great!

- submitted by a community member

September 16, 2013
My middle son started at Smith in First Grade. My youngest child just started Kindergarten. The staff and teachers are warm, caring people. They do their best to help every child. The teachers work as teams to find innovative ways to create positive behavior and academic progress. I love that the school has programs to keep the AG students challenged, while working with small groups of kids who struggle. The music, art, and foreign languages are phenomenal for Elementary level students! Principal Lassiter wants to create Global minded children, while bringing their basic academic requirements in to the IB theme. My husband and I are very happy with our decision to move our kids to this school. The biggest thing I would like to see changed, is better communications with parents and more parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent

September 15, 2013
The reason my husband and I decided to send our children to Smith Elementary School was based largely on the International Bacclaureate Program and the goal of encouraging children to be inquirers. This kind of program fosters in our children a desire to ask questions about the world around them and make connections. We also enjoy the fact that the student population is so diverse. We believe our children can learn more about a global society by participating in it directly. We also enjoy the fact that our children have access to learning Spanish and Chinese. We are proud to call Smith Elementary School our children's school.

- submitted by a parent

September 13, 2013
Smith Magnet Elementary is a great school! I have been connected with the Smith Magnet family since the 2011-2012 school year. The teachers and the rest of the staff are very personable and treat you like family. My children love their teachers and are very excited about attending school everyday. This year will be the first time Chinese is being offered to the students which I believe is an exciting opportunity for the children to experience in elementary school. I have also been very involved with volunteering in the classrooms and the PTA. Principal Lassiter is a wonderful principal and is very fortunate to have a such great team of people working for him. I think that improvements can be made on the playground as well as a better AC unit in the gym. It gets very stuffy in there during events held after school. Otherwise, I am happy that my children attend this school.

- submitted by a parent

August 27, 2013
This school promises a Global approach and I do believe they provide this well. The communication is lacking and is very last minute. There is a lack of leadership and the Principal does not evoke strength and leadership. My child had a change of teacher in our first year and the school year declined significantly. The Principal clearly hired based on credentials on a piece of paper and seems blind to the lack of respect this particular teacher recieves from parents, staff and children. Overall I do not feel the school is lead well. There are some excellent teachers and the support staff are wonderful.

- submitted by a parent

October 28, 2012
I have pleased with the school so far. They communicate better than my son's prior school and I am happy with the program so far. My son is taking Spanish classes twice a week, and his learning French in his music class as well. The new gym teacher seems really involved in the school, you can tell she cares about the all around well being and health of the children. PTA needs more active volunteers, both parents and teachers.

- submitted by a parent

April 01, 2009
my son is a first grader and he is doing great. smith has really good teachers!

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Smith Elementary
1101 Maxwell Drive, Raleigh, NC  27603
(919) 662-2458
Last modified Smith Elementary is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Smith Elementary Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 16 reviews. Top