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2001 Brassfield Road
Raleigh, NC 27614

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(919) 870-4080
(919) 676-5022
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April 28, 2014
My kids absolutely love Brassfield! I have been so impressed with the teachers and the administration. We have found them to be dynamic, friendly, engaged and totally committed to the well-being and education of our kids. We especially appreciate the leadership and vision of our Principal. Brassfield always ranks as one of the highest in academic performance for Wake County elementary schools, and we believe it's because of the teachers and staff! We are extremely pleased with the education our children are getting a Brassfield!

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2014
I transferred my Kindergartener to Brassfield mid-year from Cary Elementary. I was super excited to start Brassfield because of the seemingly great reputation and stellar reviews by most parents. Unfortunately, it has been a rough transition and I am left disappointed in the staff, from the desk personnel to the Kindergarten teacher. There is very little communication and being new parents to Brassfield AND Year round school, I often feel like I don't know what is going on with my daughter. Her first week, she came home crying 3 of they days and I was told she wasn't focused, was having trouble listening and following the rules. DUH, she was 6yrs old in a new school. They did NOTHING to help her transition and wouldn't even give her extra help in finding her way from the bus drop off to her classroom when she started riding the bus. I do not like the way her teacher speaks to her and the homework expectations for Kindergarten are outrageous. It has only been 4 months and I do not want to leave the school too hastily, but I am seriously considering pulling her out. Additionally....student: teacher ratio is 24:1.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2013
Brassfield is one of the best schools ever! My son has had all the best teachers he could have gotten based on the grade levels. They automatically selected him for being smart and have always pushed and helped him so much! He is so smart and thanks to them he has so many oportunities to continue to be great! If I had to do it again I would choose Brassfield no doubt. He is in 4th grade now.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2013
Brassfield is good for NC, but up in CT, where we moved from, it would be mediocre at best. Yes, the school has lots of technology and committed parents, and several of the specials teachers (particularly Spanish and Art) as well as "general" teachers are very good. However, advanced kids are dependent on their individual teacher for whatever enhanced instruction they want to provide because of a lack of systemic support. There's a new AIG teacher who is bureaucratic and rigid, and she does not seem passionate about feeding the kids' intellectual enthusiasm. Also, the new principal, while energetic, is more about rules and process than remembering that kids need to have fun while they learn. My kids are bright and never a problem behaviorally, but after she arrived, they started being less enthusiastic about school. There were just too many new rules - silent lunch for all grades except for 10 min of talk and assigned lunch seats?!? She also seems to have driven out several of the good older teachers. Yes, Brassfield's good for Wake County, but don't set your expectations too high. Ultimately, we moved our kids to a AIG magnet and are happy we did.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
This school is an amazing community that any family would love to be a part of. The teachers are approachable, smart and love the kids. The PTA is very active, there is a great variety of clubs for the students of all grade levels to participate in and the school environment is very conductive to great learning. You will not regret the choice of Brassfield!

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
Brassfied Road Elementary is a wonderful year-round public school in Raleigh, NC.The PTA appears to be very active, and there are a lot of great after school programs. My son is only in kindergarten, yet I love the fact that he is getting exposed to foreign languages and computers at such a young age.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2013
Brassfield is wonderful. I believe the Principal and AP are very approachable. Mrs. MacWilliams truly wants to hear if a parent has concerns. I have come to her personally with one and she was very professional and fair with the handling of it. . I also believe the Administration has a very family freely mind set. For example, home work has been streamlined and even a back up option was given to kids that had swim meets during the "meet the teacher" evening. I love how they are also very immersed with digital media and puts that into the learning. They also have a very active and involved PTA. I would highly recommend Brassfield Elementary School if you were looking to move in this area!

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2013
I have two children at Brassfield and have been at the school for 6 years now. I'm also a very active volunteer and spend a lot of time in the many activities the school has to offer. There are a multitude of clubs including Art Club, Green Team, Ballhandling, Legos, Robotics. The atmosphere is that of a small school, welcoming and friendly the principal is dynamic and energetic, bringing positive energy to the school. My two children have different personalities and widely different learning styles, but Brassfield has never failed to accommodate each if their particular needs. When my 5th grader moves on at the end of the year, we will both be sad to say goodbye to his fabulous teachers but we are so thankful to all of them for their hard work and dedication.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2012
I have two children at Brassfield, one is a good strong student academically and one has been well advanced of the grade level since 1st grade. While there are various programs to help kids that need more help to meet standards or have special needs, I do not feel that advanced students are properly challenged in creative ways beyond an extra worksheet. This creates frustration and boredom for these children. It does not keep them on an equal trajectory of learning from their baseline at the start of the school year. AIG starts in 4th grade and this type of experience seems to be sporadic at best in K-3rd grade.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2012
I have two daughters one is 24 and recently graduated collage and my other one is a 1st grader in Brassfield. We are very proud of my oldest daughter's recent graduation from Harvard Univirsity in Boston. She got a Master's Degree in Buisness and currently is a buisness executive. She went to Brassfield Elementary for elementary school. She says she thanks Brassfield for her education. Brassfield is the #1 school in the world. My 1st grader LOVES Brassfield. The teachers are nice and the education is top knotch. Highly recommended school

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2012
I'm a Track 4 4th grader at Brassfield. I've been going to Brassfield since I started kindergarten. Brassfield Road Elementary is a amazing school. The teachers are EXTREMELY nice and the school has amazing education. The recess playground is HUGE and really fun. And another great thing is we don't have to wear uniforms. No school in the universe is better then Brassfield Road Elementary. The teachers are amazing, the education is amazing, the school library is really cool, the PE gym is really cool, and the music room and the art room and the Spanish room are really cool. My favorite part of school is Specials, each day we have a different special the specials are PE, Art, Spanish, Media, and Music. I give it INFINITY stars!!!! BEST SCHOOL EVER I WILL NEVER CHANGE MY MIND!!!! VERY highly recommended school. It's just so amazing.

- submitted by a community member
August 27, 2012
Brassfield is a extraordinary school. One thing I love about it is that it's for everyone and they have special programs for kids. Like the AG class for Academically Gifted kids, the Learning Lab for Academically Challenged kids, and the special class for kids who have really bad chronic illnesses who can't communicate or talk. That class is one of the top things I love most about Brassfield. That they have a special class for kids with chronic illnesses who can't communicate. A great school has a kind of class like that. My daughters love Brassfield. They love the amazing food on the lunch line, the amazing school enviorment, the AMAZING nice teachers, and the wonderfully nice students. There is no better school then Brassfield Road Elementary. I love that the parents are allowed to volunteer on ALL field trips. I also love that the children don't have to wear uniforms or a certain color or colors everyday. This is the best school ever. A million stars for Brassfield. BEST SCHOOL EVER HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2012
My children just transferred from a nearby school, to Brassfield. I couldn't be happier. I love it that in carpool, they have students as safety patrol, open the car doors and tell the parents to have a nice day/evening. I like both the teachers, and the principal is very approachable, energetic, and in charge. Great school, we're very happy we changed.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2012
My children attended Brassfield for a short time. Although the school is academically sound, the methods of discipline are questionable at best. I had two children attending, one of them in second grade. In the second grade class if a child did something wrong they were made to pick a stick and walk 5 laps around a track as punishment. Not only was this type of discipline way off track since my daughter has asythma and it creates a risk for her health, but it creates a strongly negative environment for the children. As parents, I feel it is important for us to participate with our children, especially on field trips. However, at Brassfield on two of the field trips that my wife and I were eager to attend with our son, we were informed that parents were not allowed to come. We got the distinct feeling that the school was trying to exercise a level of control over our children that did not make us comfortable as parents. Most schools I have had experience with welcome any opportunity to have parents as chaperones and to assist on field trips. Our children are in a different school now and are very happy even though it doesn't have a 10 rating.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2012
The aforementioned principal is no longer with our school, the new principal is so wonderful and actually sends a broadcast voicemail every Sunday to update parents on what's going on in the coming week. She even hand wrote congratulations notes on both of my children's report cards. She must have done that for every child?! That means so much to them. There are a couple of teachers who have bad reputations, but for such a large school with four tracks that's pretty good. We could afford to send our children to private school but love this school so much we don't see the point. Like a previous reviewer said, the parents and families are truly wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2012
Great teachers, great kids, great parents. They do a great job teaching the kids, and when you watch the kids enter the school, the kids are happy kids. The parents are mostly all smiles too! The curriculum is challenging and if your child isn't being challenged, then they'll look at how to meet your child's needs.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2011
This is a great school and most of the teachers are simply excellent. Unfortunately the most recent principal Dr. Pamela Kinsey-Barker is completely out of touch. She is difficult to deal with and more concerned with the politics of the central office than the success of the children. Until she breaks this school and is eventually removed the students will suffer.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2010
We have a son with Special Needs and so were very careful in our selection of where we would live based on the school in the area. Reading a review and seeing a 9 out of 10 is great yet there is still a concern on if the school will really live up to the hype or not. I can say, without reservations, that Brassfield is one of the top schools i have ever had the opportunity to work with. My wife and I have fought many battles with schools in another part of the country to get that school to adhere to the IEP that is in place. Wakefield not only excelled at meeting his IEP yet also put processes in place that we did not even expect or think of. I cannot recommend this school more. Great teachers with a Princple that always has her door open with fantastic leadership. 11 out of 10

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2010
I'm a parent of two kids in third and fourth grade. I find this school to be excellent. The teachers are very caring.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
My husband and I feel very lucky that Brassfield is our neighborhood school, which was one of the reasons we moved into the neighborhood. The school has a great reputation for it's educational ratings and staff, the parents and teachers are very involved with the student's everyday needs and home life, and the school has a very diverse student body. But, most importantly, the other day I was in the carpool line in the morning to drop off my 3rd and 5th grader, and my 5th grader said, 'I'm so glad I go to Brassfield' and my 3rd grader said, 'Me too.'. Enough said.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
I absolutely love Brassfield Elementary School. It is such a wonderful school, with excellent teachers, and the best students. The education is great and the opportunities that are endless at Brassfield. The parents are also magnificant and volunteer and help out whenever needed. My boys love Brassfield, and love going to school everyday!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 18, 2008
Our son attended this school when it became year-round. I heard very positive feedback about the school from my son's previous school. My son had an IEP in place. The team at Brassfield has embraced him. I have a strong team in place with all the resources available. They are dedicated to his success and it is easy to advocate for him. They are compassionate and willing to help, offer advice and support. I am in regular communications with my team. However, I am the type of parent that wants this type of relationship. It has been easy to feel supported. My son's IEP main teacher is his lifeline to catching up in school and staying on track. The PTA is very active and proactive in raising funds for the school. For example, they submitted the largest amount of box-tops of any school in NC last year.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 04, 2008
Our daughter attended this school from 2nd through 5th grade and had a great experience. Teachers were competent, caring, and challenging. The classes were structured and focused on learning (as was the whole school). She was previously in a private school, so we were apprehensive about what Brassfield would be like, and we were very pleasantly surprised at the high quality of the education she received. She's getting straight A's in middle school now.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2008
Good basic school for most. Safe environment. Small feel. Not a great place for high level learners, those that need additional challenges to stay engaged, or those that are AG qualified.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2007
This is an amazing school with a well-qualified staff and excellent leadership. Dr. Barker is very approachable and open to new ideas. Students are well-behaved and smart. Students are encouraged to think outside the box and teachers work hard to meet the needs of all the children. This is the best kept secret in Wake County - it's worth moving to the area to attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2007
Both my sons have attended Brassfield for the past 5 years. My oldest son is in the AG class for Reading/Math and until this year, I was not impressed with their curriculum. A new principal started last year and a new AG teacher this year, and it seems to have really improved. He is actually getting homework for AG! We are very pleased with the teachers and new principal. As in any school, there are a few teachers we weren't impressed with, but overall, we think it's an excellent school!

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2007
Great school for most kids. Not run efficiently for Gifted Children who want to go to school in a safe neighborhood. Top end kids will not be challenged. Must push Hard to get any help. There is lot's of parental involvement at grades K-3.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2005
This school may be one of the best in Wake County, but NOT for a gifted child. If you have a child that is advanced in their education or ability to learn, this is not the school for them! The principle will simply not take a pro-active role in helping to challenge or push a child. Simply achieving grade norms is the goal, and not seeking to advance, challenge or grow the minds of those that need and want more challenge. The advanced classes are limited to one 40 minute session per week, and are only offered beginning in 4th grade. And then the 4th grade teachers are inaccessible to parents.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
My son attended Brassfield and I found the quality of his education exceptional. Both principals were accessible and understanding. The few conflicts I had with teachers were easily resolved. Questions and concerns were always addressed professionally. In my experience children were treated with respect and genuine affection. My son graduated with strong work habits and good character values and adjusted easily to middle school where he is now an A student who expresses a sincere love of learning. The pta is involved in all aspects of the school. Also as a teacher of a contained classroom I can attest to the fact that the principal and faculty work hard to ensure that all students are treated fairly and as individuals. The staff promote a commitment to teaching children of all learning styles while having high expectations for growth.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2005
I have had three children at Brassfield for the past five years, one is a 'special needs' student. I have nothing but praise for all the teachers, principal and staff. Teachers I have found are extremely confident and communitive with the parent. I am sorry the other respondent to this survey had such an awful experience. I clearly have not. This is my last year at Brassfield, and I and my child will miss it greatly. My other children that are now in Middle School are doing extremely well and get mostly straight A's. I feel this was their foundation of learning they recieved from Brassfield. I love this school!

- submitted by a parent
December 29, 2004
As one of the few neighborhood schools left in Wake County Brassfield offers an excellent second and third grade team each. However, at all grade levels the physical education and music programs are poor, lacking stimulation and demand for quality. Again, as is the norm in Wake County public instruction students at either end of the scholastic spectrum do not have their needs met due to the principal's lack of knowledge. (yes, that means ADHD students) 'Buyer Beware' is my advice to those considering enrolling for the upcoming school year. Parental involvement is limited by personality conflicts with the principal. You may not be permitted to volunteer at any level or observe. Ms. Corporan, the media specialist is a genuine asset to the enthusiasm of the learning environment. Health issues with mold are being addressed. However, the trailers continue to have many problems. Communication is nonexistant with the fourth grade teams.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2004
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Brassfield Elementary
2001 Brassfield Road, Raleigh, NC  27614
(919) 870-4080
Last modified Brassfield Elementary is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Brassfield Elementary Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 32 reviews. Top