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York Elementary

Public | K-5 | 514 students

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Posted September 25, 2013

I have been a happy parent at York for 5 years. We are always warmly welcomed by students, active parents and teachers alike. The lovely, small school atmosphere makes our family feel at home.With two children, each has very different personalities, strengths and challenges. Both of them have been met in a unique and wonderful manner. Academics is very important to us. Social and emotional development are, as well. York challenges all these areas in a multitude of areas ensuring our kids our challenged and enriched. This school has an incredible PTA that works really hard at making a positive impact on everyone that walks through the school doors.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2012

My grandson has been at York for 3 years. This is a great school tucked in a beautiful neighborhood. The teachers there are awesome and do a lot to inspire the kids. We work closely with his teachers as he has ADHD and the team spirit is great. They are supportive, communicative, and always have time for meetings. They challenge these students in a fun environment and always make the kids feel important in their learning environment. They make it their mission to get to know the kids. It is also a very safe environment. I cannot say enough good about this school.


Posted February 3, 2012

Our two children love this school. They entered two years ago and have received amazing affirmation, support, and encouragement. They are excited to go to school each day and even say they miss school during break. The school's attention to their particular learning needs and challenges has been amazing. We are deeply grateful for the experience they have had here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2012

York Elementary is a sweet little school and has established itself as high-performing and fun-loving all at the same time. The excellent teachers and leadership drive the school to be great, but all it takes is a quick look around and you will see that the kids are really happy. We have 2 children at the school and can't say it's always been that way, but at present, we couldn't be more pleased. The kids are challenged at just the right level and rate, and there is a lot of positive support. The proof is in the pudding with the terrific test scores from last year--out performing peer schools in the area. The size of the school is just right and allows for the kids and staff to get to know the kids. If York is a choice school for you, you really can't do better!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2012

I am a parent of a first grader, and I can't say enough about how happy we are with our experience at York!! The new STEM curriculum and the new principal have made a good school a GREAT SCHOOL. I am very impressed with teachers and the different techniques they use to teach each child. They really do make learning fun, my daughter can't wait to come home and tell me about her day. I truly love being part of the York family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2012

York is having an excellent year in 2011-2012. I have two children there, and have to say that this year is the best yet. Key changes include: a) York is now a STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) School, meaning they have lots of themed curriculum at all grade levels. There is a part-time STEM coordinator who helps teachers implement STEM resources in their classrooms, and we also have an ipad card for each grade. Each cart contains 30 ipads full of apps the teachers have selected to enhance what they are doing in the classroom. York also has STEM nights, STEM Expos, Science Fairs, Science EdVentures, and field trips. b) The new principal is very good. He leads by example, listens to parents and teachers, and has gained the respect of everyone associated with York in a very short amount of time. c) Enrollment is up. Right now, in January 2012, the enrollment is at 530 students. d) The PTA is thriving. Fundraising has been great this year, and teacher s grant requests, media center requests, the Fifth Grade Sound to Sea Overnight requests have all been funded. e) The excellent, seasoned teachers were, and still are, the best thing about this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2010

My daughter just completed her Kindergarten year at York; she had a terrific teacher and a classroom full of wonderful children. She absolutely loves school! I remain impressed with the way the teachers manage the classroom and know how to motivate and engage each child. I've noticed how riveted and involved the children are with whatever is being taught--they barely notice when I enter the room. I find in my interactions with students of all ages that they are warm, friendly and respectful. The principal was Principal of the Year in the county she moved from when she came to York a few years ago. She has been responsive and has a strong passion to reach, educate and understand each child. She is open to fresh ideas and is a real community builder. It speaks volumes that each student demographic performs above the district for their group--rare even for Wake!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2010

We have had a spectacular Kindergarten year this year. Our teachers were amazing, and my children are both reading/writing above grade level. They have blossomed at York, and we could not have asked for a better experience. York also has a very active PTA, the Principal and staff are wonderful, and the campus is safely nestled in the middle of a beautiful neighborhood. It's truly a sweet, neighborhood school with a great community of families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2010

We couldn't be happier with a school. In our years here we have found excellent experienced teachers and involved parents and PTA. This is truly a great neighborhood school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

We are so glad to be a part of the York Family. I have had several kids at York over the years. While we have had our ups and down like any school, things are great now and getting better all the time. If you are looking for a school and York is your base, count yourself lucky.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

The teachers and the staff make York Elementary an excellent school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2009

My son is a kindergartener at York, he is reading above grade level, math is above grade level and he has tremendous team spirit for York . He is proud to be a Bull Dog and this comes from quality teachers and staff. I am very happy with my decision to send him to York Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2009

Our son has attended York for two years, and we are extremely pleased with his educational experience. His teachers have been excellent, and he has a had a well-rounded experience. We love the family atmosphere and small, well-kept campus. The specials are great, and he has gained a lot of confidence here. Also, the PTA is very active, and there are all kinds of activities and events for families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2009

York Elementary School has undergone a transformation this past year, starting with a new principal and smaller size due to the implementation of a school re-assignment. Things couldn't be better at York, which has wonderful teachers and solid direction under the new administrative leadership. The PTA is very active and provides great support to the school. The atmosphere is a positive one and the children are sincerely happy. You couldn't find a better small neighborhood school than York Elementary School--a school that is back on track and one of the best in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2008

My son has just started school at york and I have to say I am very pleased with my choice. I have heard stories from other parents about other schools in the district, but I honestly have nothing bad to at ALL!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2008

I must agree with the most recent reviews that were added. York Elementary has been given some unfair reviews by some parents who were disappointed in things that teachers can t control. I will tell you that the teachers at York are dedicated professionals who give their students everything they have. In my class I have such a diverse population when it comes to race as well as ability levels. No matter whom it is I make sure they have the best education possible. I work hard and spend a lot of my own money to make sure that I can make things interesting and fun for them. I m a teacher who has a deep passion for our children and am willing to do whatever it takes to give them the tools they need to succeed. I wouldn t have movie nights nor go roller skating with my kids outside of school if I didn t love my job. There are things we don t like or agree with on a daily basis, but we need to find the positive and keep improving what we can. York is an exceptional school that offers a warm caring climate. This amazing school has events like an annual talent show, picnics, carnivals, eat out nights which show school support, and an out-of-this-world PTA who keep us all going. I m proud to call York my home.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 23, 2008

This is my 6th year at YORK with 2 children. It is a great school. If you are looking for a school that your children will love and you will become a part of YORK is it! Our teachers are the most caring and well trained you will find. They challenge our students at every turn. As with any school or place of employment, there are some bad apples...but believe me a couple of bad apples does not destroy this school. We have so many oppportunities for children that are excel academically. Our AG teacher challenges them starting in Kindergarten with additional resources she make available. Both of my children get enrichment 4 days a week! This DOES not happen at other school. Children who need extra help are also very lucky to have a wonderful assortment of very very well trained teachers that can help them reach their potential.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2008

After evaluating all the ratings, I beg to differ on our teaching stars. We work hard, morning, days, and nights. I care about all races, genders, and kids. We need to stop pointing fingers and unite together. York has a dynamic group of teachers, who do the best they can each and everyday for your children. I needed to step up and allow those who read this to know that teachers now have a voice. We may not be happy with certain aspects in the school, but we make the best of every situation. Most importantly we care and want parents to know how three stars isn t rating teachers, but only your unhappiness with higher authorities. I am sorry you feel this way, but rest assured the school is safe, and I teach everyday to all types of kids and challenge them, and see growth that you would need to be in my classroom to believe is true! Lets be positive and come together, that is how anything changes. Giving up, just lets everything crumble.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 16, 2008

I have had my children at York Elementary for a total of 6 years. We have had wonderful teachers for both of my children. As with any school in Wake County I feel we are having some growing pains. I do feel that the turnover has been high over the past few years. Overall we have been happy at York but as noted by other parents the lack of control and discipline decisions have been a concern. But instead of heading for another school we will stay at York and support our teachers in any way we can. My child who went to middle school this year is doing extremely well academically, so that must say something for the education received at York.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2008

This school has gone from bad to worse. The discipline is out of control. Many of the teachers and both principals are extremely unprofessional. We are getting out just in the nick of time.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
69%
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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
>95%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
62%
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 Students39%
Female42%
Male34%
Black33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities8%
Non-disabled students45%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English41%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant39%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students42%
Female49%
Male34%
Black40%
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities23%
Non-disabled students46%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English45%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant42%
Academically gifted85%
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 Students56%
Female51%
Male60%
Black26%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities33%
Non-disabled students63%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English58%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant56%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students48%
Female54%
Male43%
Black30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities11%
Non-disabled students59%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English50%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant48%
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 Students48%
Female43%
Male52%
Black23%
Asiann/a
Hispanic19%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities29%
Non-disabled students52%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English50%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant48%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students41%
Female46%
Male37%
Black10%
Asiann/a
Hispanic6%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities7%
Non-disabled students48%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English43%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant41%
Academically gifted83%

Science

All Students53%
Female51%
Male54%
Black26%
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities7%
Non-disabled students62%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English55%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant53%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 40% 52%
Black 32% 26%
Hispanic 22% 14%
Two or more races 4% 4%
Asian 2% 3%
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 59%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • School of Distinction (2011)
  • High Growth School of Progress achieving AYP (2010)
  • High Growth School of Progress achieving AYP (2009)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Watershed Stewardship Award (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Speech and language impairments

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Girls on the run

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

School start time
  • 9:15 am
School end time
  • 3:45 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mr Keith Richardson
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (919) 881-1338

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • AIG
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • North Carolina State University
  • Wake Soil and Water Convervation District
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Gardening
  • Girls on the run
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Student council/government
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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Raleigh, NC 27612
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