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8808 Old Stage Road
Raleigh, NC 27603

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(919) 662-2472
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4 stars
Based on 15 ratings

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July 06, 2014
We left this school for mostly the feeding pattern back when they did the choice plan. BOY have we regretted it. It is an amazing school. I agree completely with the other parents comments. A very positive school, loving teachers who reward students to motivate them rather than punish them. We never heard teachers yelling at the top of their lungs at students, (yes this happens regularly at our 'newer', 'nicer' school. Don't question if your making a good choice. This is a great school and if it wasn't so traumatic to move my kid back and forth with a younger one that would have to make first time move too I would be back in a heart beat. Miss you guys!

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2013
Pros: The principal truly cares about the students. She is a consummate professional, attentive to parental concerns. She works to make things better immediately, rather than becoming defensive and/or paying lip service. This is a small school, with a family-oriented atmosphere, allowing for kids to be known by name by most of the staff. Many highly creative and compassionate teachers. Competent and proactive special education program. Staff are friendly and helpful. Cons: No real extra-curricular activities to speak of, PTA could be stronger and better-run, more volunteerism and parental involvement is needed, but this is a nice school. It's well-run and my child feels safe and loved.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2013
This school is awesome. The best teachers in the county. A hidden jewel on Old Stage Road.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2011
Vance has been a wonderful experience for my child. Mr. Rose came in from another state as a principle and his leadership has been excellent. Ms. Houghton was my child's 5th grade teacher. He did not want to take his first track out in October because he would miss seeing his teacher. The class did very well on their EOG's. My child said the class felt very prepared and very little pressure prior to taking the test. Great job Vance!

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2011
I think Vance is a great school, the Principal and Teacher are very professiional and make learning fun for the kids. It feels like a family atmosphere where parents feels very helpful.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2011
i am a student at this school i do not this school is a great school becuase people in brasil, peru, i mean any other country is advanced in education more than we are even my cousin in 3rd grade is more advanced than me and i am in 5th grade and what im learning she's learning this school is not good. I recomemend A.B. Combs elementary that is a great school becuase i went there and when i moved to vance the teacher said i was advanced in everything.

- submitted by a community member
June 04, 2010
For our family, was a really frustrating, exhausting and sad experience! The teacher SCREAM to the students and the principal is not helpful. He is old school and is not open to new ideas.... The method of learning is not challenging enough for the children!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 29, 2010
I have two sons at this school and have been very pleased. Most of the women in my family are teachers or retired ones and I always check with them about what is being taught and they are right on track and ahead in some cases. I am worried about the middle school and high schools in Garner, but I have a few years before I send the eldest son. There are issues of course and most of them are taken care of, but there have been some I would have liked to see delt with better.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
Excellent school. We have two children that now attend Vance. Mr Rose, and Mr Ware are excellent administrators. We have had wonderful teachers, and we have really enjoyed our new school.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2009
Not such a great environment. The kids are rough, inner city manners and actions. The principal is unresponsive to parent complaints and student needs.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2009
I love this school. I was verey pleased with the experince. The teachers create a safe fun enviroment perfect for kids this age. The staff is all helpful and kind plus the parnets really get involved and know what is going on in the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2008
One of the top elementaryt schools in the state! very educated teachers and I love the personal attention they give to each parent when visiting the school. They know the children by name and when it comes to safety....They are on top of it! I reccommend this school way over any of the others!

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2008
I love this school. We are new to the area and I am thrilled to have both my children here. Excellent!

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October 27, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2005
We are very pleased with Vance. Small class size, parents are very involved. The principal and assistant have a lot of energy and it shows everywhere. My children are very happy there.

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Vance Elementary
8808 Old Stage Road, Raleigh, NC  27603
(919) 662-2472
Last modified Vance Elementary is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Vance Elementary Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 16 reviews. Top