"We are best known for child-centered, integrated, hands-on learning."
Students enrolled 400
Hours 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
School leader Bud Lichtenstein
Transportation options None
After school Yes

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1141 Raleigh School Drive
Raleigh, NC 27607

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(919) 546-0788
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4 stars
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September 22, 2014
My younger daughter is in 5th grade and my elder daughter is a Raleigh School graduate. The Raleigh School has been a spectacular place for both of my girls. They have learned how to learn. They have learned the art of kindness. They have thrived. The school is a wonderful community for the entire family. I will miss this wonderful, protective place where curiousity blossoms. I attended 10 schools, college and graduate school. Of all the institutions I have observed, the Raleigh School stands out as the most caring.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2014
Our child had the worst experience in the 2's class. The teacher is a total nut and has extreme mood swings. Give our child a chance to grow and learn and stop the negativity. I have heard this consistently happens w this certain teacher. Too bad TRS, I hear you have great potential - but this teacher is the worst. The preschool is not working w us in any way to help our child and the problems w the teacher. Always an excuse so they can keep your money.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2014
Our child loves The Raleigh School. She has had nothing but wonderful teachers in a stimulating environment. She truly loves to learn and cannot wait to come back to school each year. She is challenged at her level and is paired with classmates for group project work that will help challenge her. She is never bored and always excited about school. Some days, we have to drag her out of the after school care program because she's not ready to leave. She also enjoys the summer camp program as it is another way to be with her friends at TRS. She is in a caring and supportive environment and it is a great place for her to start her journey as a lifelong learner.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2014
The Raleigh School has become such a special part of our family's life over the past few years. I have been overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness and creativity that the teachers have displayed, both in regard to both my and our child's learning experience. The teachers have a flexible attitude when it comes to approaching each child and their learning styles/personalities differently. This is where the value of skilled teachers really comes into play, as I ve seen many instances where the they have bent over backwards to take advantage of a learning opportunity that came up in class when a student asked a question or showed interest in something other than what they were doing. The admin team has always been available, and has talked with us at length about how to deal with the pitfalls of early childhood education. They have been knowledgeable and kind, offering direction that has worked at school and home. In addition to all of this, they seem to always be looking for ways to improve. They have done wonderful work on the physical grounds to make the space more creative and developmentally appropriate. I look forward to continuing our children s educations through 5th grade.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2014
The Raleigh School has become such a special part of our family's life over the past few years. I have been overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness and creativity that the teachers have displayed, both in regard to both my and our child's learning experience. The teachers have a flexible attitude when it comes to approaching each child and their learning styles/personalities differently. This is where the value of skilled teachers really comes into play, as I ve seen many instances where the they have bent over backwards to take advantage of a learning opportunity that came up in class when a student asked a question or showed interest in something other than what they were doing. The admin team has always been available, and has talked with us at length about how to deal with the pitfalls of early childhood education. They have been knowledgeable and kind, offering direction that has worked at school and home. In addition to all of this, they seem to always be looking for ways to improve. They have done wonderful work on the physical grounds to make the space more creative and developmentally appropriate. I look forward to continuing our children s educations through 5th grade.

- submitted by a parent
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
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
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
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
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
April 09, 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
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
November 08, 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
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
February 02, 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
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
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
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.

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April 07, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
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
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
October 09, 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
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.

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February 11, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 05, 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
September 11, 2004
I thought I had a child who 'just didn't like school'. Fortunately, we discovered The Raleigh School and now have an enthusiastic learner who loves school and has blossomed both academically and personally. The Raleigh School is truly a place where children are nurtured, listened too, and taught HOW to learn in an incredibly fun, interactive, and 'team oriented' environment. The teachers are awesome,....observe a class sometime...you will be blown away. Even my child commented during the first week of school 'mom, the teachers actually listen to the kids. They think what we have to say is important!' Field trips are many, meaningful (and great!), tying in completely with the course of study at the time. Not just another few hours (or a night!) away from school here! Entire staff is college degreed, ratio low with assistants in every classroom, test scores are up there with the best of the best!

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The Raleigh School
1141 Raleigh School Drive, Raleigh, NC  27607
(919) 546-0788
Last modified The Raleigh School is a Private school that serves grades PK-5
The Raleigh School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 26 reviews. Top