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Underwood Elementary

Public | K-5 | 543 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted October 27, 2013

I am a grandparent who volunteered for two years in my grandchild's classroom. After seeing up close the dedication and deep daily commitment of both teachers, my view of their character-driven sacrifice for their classes impressed me deeply.


Posted September 27, 2013

My son hates this school. They are not very nice to their kids. I thought we would be going to one of the best schools but I was wrong. They have very antisocial policy's that cuts children's fun out of their life's. All I wanted is my kid to be happy, and how can he do that in a school that will not let him invite friends to a birthday party. If your new to this school look out your kid will not be happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2013

I have a 3rd grader and two 1st graders at Underwood. The principal and teachers are all tenured, dedicated, and passionate about teaching. The electives offered each quarter truly enrich our children's learning and we feel very fortunate that we can attend through the WCPSS Magnet Program. The PTA is very active too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2013

Underwood is a great school. The chance to take a variety of electives in addition to core classes has really given both of my children a broad education at an early age.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2012

My daughter is first grader at Underwood. We love the teachers, principle and Assistant Principle, and all the awesome electives. They have conscious discipline classrooms and our daughter is thriving at Underwood. All the teachers have been there several years. It is a warm and supportive environment!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2011

The atmosphere is welcoming and cozy, the teachers and staff are top notch. My daughter has had a wonderful experience here. We feel incredibly fortunate that Underwood is our base elementary school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2010

Just stop by and visit...walking in the door and down the halls at Underwood, you'll see learning at all levels.Not only are basic academics encouraged, but also 21st century skills including the arts, foreign languages, social skills, and health/physical education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2010

Underwood Gifted and Talented Elementary School is full of talented, life-long learners. At Underwood, students get to explore their gifts and talents and get the individualized, differentiated instruction that grows young minds. Students have the opportunity to take orchestra, band, dance, foreign language, horticulture, technology, physics, and much more. The teachers genuinely care about the success of all of their students and their passion is evident every time I walk through the hallways.


Posted December 14, 2009

This school is a good choice if you can afford to live within walking distance. If you are looking at it as a magnet option, the reduction in elective choices combined with the poor quality of the administration means it's probably not worth the 1.5-2 hours per day your child will spend on the bus. There are some wonderful teachers here, but the vast majority were hired by previous administrators. I would be concerned about whether the current principal will be able to attract teachers of the same caliber if any of these teachers leave.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2009

This school has gone downhill in the past few years. Electives have been cut down and there is very little choice now. It is a shame because we have gone through a lot of trouble to get our child to this school every day. We have had great experiences with the teachers and it is a shame to hear them feel so frustrated with the lack of support they receive from administration. There is a lack of proper discipline for disruptive students and teachers bear the burden. I do not know how the last commenter could compliment the current principal. I have seen, nor heard anything impressive about her. Inept would be a more qualifying word.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2008

I have been involved in the Underwood community for almost 10 years, and it has always been a special place. There have been changes in the past couple years that have taken it to the next level. The staff is very strong and truly dedicated to the children. The new principal is amazing...she is an effective leader and very visible at the school. The Assistant Principal has been at Underwood in various positions, and she is clearly invested in the success of the students and staff. PBS (Positive Behavior Support) is in place at Underwood, and lends to a warm, happy, and orderly environment. It's amazing to see children from all backgrounds learning together in a safe school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2006

great school...electives excellent...discipline is still trying to keep up with some tough kids, need maybe better guidance piece. kids happy there..would be nice if they had clubs in spring after school...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2006

I have two children who attend this school and I can't say just how happy we are with it. We use to attend another, non-magnet school, before transferring into Underwood. My husband and I toured it and we were so impressed that we started the transfer process immediately. The teachers don't stop challenging my children once they meet the county's standards. They encourage them to push on and better themselves as far as possible; it follows their philosophy of every child has a gift or talent. Ms. Kearney even made an impromptu meeting during a teachers lunch for us. We are now out of the busing district and I drive them 20 minutes to Underwood, and I don't mind because I know it is worth it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2005

The academic programs are good. We have been blessed with 2 excellent teachers during our time at Underwood. The electives were a big selling point for us. It's amazing how the curriculum is integrated with them. I've found the office and cafeteria staff to be kind and helpful. I agree with the prior observation of the principal-adequate administrator, but lacking the personal touch with parents (probably just a personality thing). Parent involvement is greatly encouraged and needed. Based on my experience with my child's 2 teacher, EOG scores should increase soon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2004

My daughter has been at this school since kindergarten and we've stuck with it through the trailers and finally the remodel of the school. I am very happy with the teachers she's had and she loves the electives. I wish we had more parent involvement, it seems to be the same parents that volunteer over and over. I think the principal is an excellent judge of what makes a quality teacher, but she could improve on her parent relations. The teachers in general need to make a better effort to comunicate with parents about assignments(maybe thru the website) and they need to put more focus on their English program. Overall, a very good school. I'm a Realtor, so I'm very knowledgable about the local schools... and I'm really picky!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
73%
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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
68%
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 Students66%
Female58%
Male76%
Black39%
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students68%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant66%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students69%
Female64%
Male76%
Black31%
Asiann/a
Hispanic15%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students72%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant69%
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 Students78%
Female77%
Male78%
Black31%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities46%
Non-disabled students82%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant78%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students72%
Female75%
Male68%
Black39%
Asiann/a
Hispanic20%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities36%
Non-disabled students77%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant72%
Academically gifted95%
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 Students73%
Female77%
Male70%
Black20%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities29%
Non-disabled students81%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant73%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students75%
Female75%
Male74%
Black47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities50%
Non-disabled students79%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant75%
Academically gifted93%

Science

All Students70%
Female67%
Male74%
Black47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities29%
Non-disabled students78%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant70%
Academically gifted91%
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
White 68% 52%
Black 13% 26%
Hispanic 12% 14%
Asian 4% 3%
Two or more races 4% 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 22%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

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1614 Glenwood Avenue
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