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The Raleigh School

Private | PK-5 | 440 students

We are best known for child-centered, integrated, hands-on learning.

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $300,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $800.

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted Thursday, April 10, 2014

We had a nightmare experience with my son in the 2's class - which is common and keeps happening at TRS/Preschool. My son attended 1.5 hours out of the 4 hour school day for 5 months and then I decided it was enough after his teacher asked me in class if my son was planned or a mistake. Really, a mistake. That was the last day of TRS for my son. Not only did the teacher constantly have something to say about how my son behaved wrongly, he ate the wrong way, put his fingers in his mouth too much, tried to dance during Music (which you're not allowed to do in the Music class). Wake Up TRS, get your facts straight and stop judging/labeling kids when you obviously keep getting it wrong. Good to know we are not the only ones this has happened too. Since leaving TRS my son has attended an amazing school where he can dance in Music class and his teacher isn't constantly scolding him and he has a longer day and no complaints nor problems w my son. Not too mention we paid full tuition for my son and they did not offer on working anything out w us even though he only attended 1.5hour for 5 months. Ridiculous.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2013

The Raleigh School is the finest educational institution I have ever observed. I went to ten schools growing up and I have lectured at four institutions of higher eductaion. TRS's new administration has taken the school to an even higher level. The parent, teacher, student community is strong. If your child has a learning disability or has behavioral issues, TRS might not the right place for you. It is a small school without the resources for some issues that larger schools and school systems have. The teachers are experienced, excellent and involved. My children (one current and one graduate) loved school and learned so much about learning and life at TRS. If you can make the sacrafices necessary to afford TRS, do not miss this extraordinary opportunity. It is an outstanding family opportunity to interact with people who love learning and teaching. A Raleigh School family is a special family that has sought out the Raleigh School experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2013

TRS is a fantastic gem. We have a large family and all of our kids went or are going to TRS. They really do foster a love for learning and they leave there well prepared for wherever they go to middle school. The teachers are great and create a respectful, positive learning environment. We have found the administration to be open and available with logical solutions to the (few) issues that we have had. We are so fortunate to be a part of this community. It is fun to go into the classrooms and see the kids so engaged in what they are doing. There are a lot of field trips and outside learning which we have really enjoyed. One thing they could do a bit better is offer some type of family discount for the siblings. Love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2013

My family had a fantastic experience at The Raleigh School. Our youngest child graduated this year and after being at the school for over a decade we are going to miss the supportive and innovative environment. I can't say enough about the dedicated teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2013

The Raleigh School offers a wonderful, warm, engaging elementary school learning environment. We have had children at the school since 2003 and could not be more pleased with the quality of their education. The Raleigh School is so much more than just a school, it truly is a community. Our oldest child is now in middle school and has been extremely well prepared by the solid background, both academically as well as socially, that he received from his years at The Raleigh School. As far as the "teacher turnover" that the previous reviewer mentioned, this has nothing to do with the financial stability of the school....This year two teachers happen to be retiring after lifelong careers at the school, other than that the school has very little teacher turnover ever. This school is truly excellent in every way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2013

This school depends intensely on parent participation -- which is generally a good thing -- however in this case it is due to a lack of funding for basics like landscaping, IT, accounting, and legal services. Parents are more involved as "workers" rather than in value added activities involving their children. The education is good, but not exceptional -- there is teacher turnover and again this seems related to financial stability. The experience is highly variable depending on the teacher involved -- which is indicative of a lack of maturity in the overall curriculum -- although the preschool has been around for many years, the elementary school is a relatively young endeavor. There is also what appears to be a lack of innovation in curriculum -- for example, language choice is limited to Spanish. The administration does not appear actively engaged in this type of thinking. The school is secular, which can be a positive for many. Overall, our general feel is that there are better private and public school experiences in the Triangle area and we are actively seeking to move our children once we are done evaluating options.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2012

Our family had a wonderful experience during our 12 years at The Raleigh School. Both our children attended the preschool for 3 years and then the elementary school for 6 more. Upon graduation we chose to enroll in a public middle school and the transition was smooth. We love the parental involvement of the school and the administration and teachers have always been supportive. We highly recommend that you consider The Raleigh School for your children. We are thankful to have been part of the school community for so many years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2012

I read through the negative reviews and I am a bit surprise. As parents - do your homework before signing up your children for private schools. As part of the interviewing process it is well known that parents are supposed to be involved throughout. It is also a small school so it definitely do not have resources to handle 'exceptional cases'. On the other hands - teachers are great and my kid loves it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2012

Our family's experience at The Raleigh School was a nightmare. While the school's "educational philosophy" of child-driven learning looks great in a brochure, in practice we found that any preschooler who didn't immediately fall into line was flagged as a problem student. After learning of our two year old's moderate speech delay before school even began, the teacher was convinced he was autistic. After multiple professionals determined autism was not a concern and our son was developing normally, his teacher remained unconvinced and came to us with never-ending lists of concerns, pushing a cascade of intervention. The administration provided no support at all, condescendingly dismissing our opinions and requiring a costly and unnecessary full-time classroom aid (despite the high teacher to student ratio). After months of worry, we realized we weren't dealing with a problem child, but with a stubborn case of confirmation bias. As you can see from other negative reviews below, our experience isn't unique. We're aware of other families driven from TRS under similar circumstances. Our child is now thriving at a new preschool where the teachers have had no concerns or complaints.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2011

I have over 15 child years of experience at the Raleigh School. I give it three stars because the pre school is so outstanding - rated apart, the preschool would receive 5 stars with the warning that there is a lot of volunteer time expected. The upper school was great for one of my children. My above average, first child did fine there. However, when we moved on she did need to learn grammar, how to study and brush up on fast math facts in order to keep up. In my experience, TRS did not spend quality time on these issues. Also, like one reviewer mentioned, TRS does have two to three teachers to avoid unless your child is way above grade level. One teacher condoned and supported a bullying situation which ended in the bullied child permanently leaving. That said, they have some teachers who are truly amazing and gifted. Also, the parents at TRS are wonderful. It is a culturally diverse, friendly group. -Very liberal however and not afraid to show it. Other reviewers said that the administration seemed to have a "take it or leave it" attitude. This was certainly the case in our last years there. TRS upper school is a specific school for specific children. Careful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2011

Our children attended The Raleigh School for several years. We found the preschool experience to be wonderful and on par, we suspect, with any school in the Triangle. We had generally good experiences with the teachers at elementary school, although we heard from other parents that there is significant variability among the caliber of teachers. This was not our experience. Our biggest concerns were the lack of responsiveness on the part of the elementary school administrative staff and a general "take it or leave it" tone to correspondence that we did receive. When making decisions regarding a child's education, in particular when the cost of that education is in the $10,000 range, many parents will vote with their feet when confronted with indifference or arrogance ... as we did.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2011

This is the most wonderful school. The teachers are great, the classrooms are wonderful and the administration really cares. I cannot imagine a more wonderful school to attend. My son is so happy there and we look forward to all his years there. The parent involvement is a lot, but so worth it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2010

Our experience at The Raleigh Preschool was very disappointing. We found that if your child is not perfectly behaved that they do not want them. The teachers who are all supposed to be expertly trained are quick to refer to an outside counselor(at your own expense) to find out the problem. Also the amount of parent involvement is a huge amount of time and money(always bringing in food,party supplies,gifts for teachers) considering the amount of tuition is quite high. I feel that The Raleigh Preschool does a great marketing job but does not follow through with meeting the needs of individual children and helping families. I was amazed at the lack of enthusiasm and involvement the teachers provided in the classroom while the "helping parent" (a different parent in the classroom daily) played with kids
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2010

The Raleigh School is a special place. My children can't wait to go to school each day and are excited for the new school year to begin. The teachers are outstanding and create fabulous integrated and hands-on learning in a beautiful campus environment. The administrative leadership is thoughtful and highly qualified. There is a great sense of community with involved parents and a terrific group of kids. I would highly recommend the school to parents seeking a quality education for their children where they will truly love to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2010

The school is held back from its potential by its administration. The overbearing and unnecessary force used by the school administration hampers a great community of teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2010

Not worth the money or aggravation. Head of School needs to retire and allow fresh leadership and thought to carry forward. This is a school that talks about open minded thinking and diversity, but practices neither. Teachers are dedicated, but hampered by administration that is rude and arrogant.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2008

This is an amazing school. Our son spent three years in the preschool & is now in kindergarten here and we could not be happier. The school is beautiful--the 'outdoor classrooms' in the preschool are wonderful--and the teachers are first-rate. Our son loves to go to school everyday & teachers work well with each child making sure he/she is challenged and happy. Parent participation is a must (and big plus!) at this school & it truly has a wonderful 'community' feel. Our only minor complaint is the introduction of computers in the kindergarten classroom--felt like that could wait a couple years, but they are only used sparingly. We highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2008

The Raleigh School is a wonderful environment to nurture the love of learning for children. The teachers are highly skilled, and foster an environment where each child is treated as an individual and encouraged to excel and grow at their own rate. The differences of each child is celebrated and the focus is in supporting loving and challenging each student as they need. I love this school -- my only complaint is that it does not go beyond Grade 5.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2008

Superb secular school. Teachers are devoted and gifted. Very happy with all aspects of the school, and it is a relative bargain @ $8,000 a year in our area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2006

My children are eager to go to school everyday -- it's a wonderful environment for learning. The teachers are experienced and enthusiastic. Parents can be as involved as they wish and the vast majority of parents choose to be very involved through parent committees. The Raleigh School offers preschool through grade 5 and prepares the children very well for their next steps. Visit and you'll see why this school should be on your list!
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 76% 53%
Two or more races 10% N/A
Asian 9% N/A
Black 3% 32%
Hispanic 2% 11%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

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Art teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
School psychologist
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Blue Ribbon School of Excellence (2007)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Jump Rope for Heart (2013)
  • Jump Rope for Heart (2012)
  • Jump Rope for Heart (2011)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Bud Lichtenstein
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Fax number
  • (919) 546-9045

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Project-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None
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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
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
More from this school
  • The Raleigh School emphasizes hands-on integrated learning in a respectful, creative and challenging school environment.
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$1000 - $11000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Cary Academy
Daniels Middle School
Martin Middle School
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1141 Raleigh School Drive
Raleigh, NC 27607
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Phone: (919) 546-0788

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