Yates Mill Elementary school has a new principal (beginning March 2011) and we are looking forward to many changes. Already, I have seen a great deal of improvement among the staff. If you had asked me during the leadership under the previos principal, I would have told many to find an alternative school, if possible. She was not an effective administartor. I saw her very few times since moving to this area in the two years we have been at Yates Mill. Regardless, there is improvement. The new principal is very visible and front office staff are always willing to help. It is not a great school by any means but has alot of potential. Looking forward to what the new administration will bring to the new school year.
My child previously attended AB Combs and Dillard Elementary in Raleigh. This is our first year at Yates Mill. I have to say that this is the best school of the three. I actually feel like the teachers and admin staff are listening to my concerns. They follow-up to address issues and make sure that parents are kept in the loop. Front office staff are super awesome; even going so far as to lend their own personal money in place missing lunch money. Math and Reading group teachers are phenomenal! Highly recommended!!
I strongly disagree with the three negative posts regarding Yates Mill Elementary. Both my sons have attended Yates Mill and the staff and teachers were excellent on all levels. I think it is very unfair to state that the 'excellent' teachers have left. No one but those teachers themselves can know their reasons for leaving Yates Mill so don't assume it's because of leadership. You won't find a more hands on staff anywhere. Your child's education is a priority there. I think your negative comments prove you have an 'axe to grind'.
Our biggest concern about this school is the principal. She has a my way or the highway approach to managing her staff, which prevents teachers from using there own creative approaches to teaching. If you have an AG student I strongly recommend looking elsewhere, on the other hand if you child has special needs or is a below grade level student this is a good school for them. There is more emphasis put on below grade level kids and there are numerous teachers and staff that specialize in helping those children. The parent involvement seems to be dwindling a little bit each year since we came here and there is a lot of tension between the administration and the staff.
I must agree with this school having poor leadership! My child dreads going to school because of his teacher lack of classroom management! The teacher lacks experience and is very mean to the minority children in her class. I feel that this school needs a new Principal that cares about all the children in her school regardless of creed or color!!!!
Yates Mill Elementary is an excellent school. The teachers strive to push every student to their academic potential. The leadership at the school is superior. No where will you find a more knowlegable, driven or involved principle who strives to make Yates Mill the best experience for all children. I have two children there who are happy and challenged. There is a lot of parental support and a very active PTA which is able to purchase supplemental materials at all levels. The teachers are outstanding and all work together to create the lessons for all classes. Discipline problems are dealt with fairly and swiftly and safety is a priority at the school. We are very happy at yates Mill.
I appreciate the staff at Yates Mill Elementary. New staff members over the past several years have improved the school tremendously. The leadership of the school provides direction and high expecatations which I appreciate as a parent. Most schools that I visit have inconsistent approaches in the classroom. At Yates Mill I can feel good as a parent knowing that all of the teachers are expected to teach the things they are supposed to teach and not just what they want to. Changes in the staff have been good for the school.
I have found Yates Mill to have an encouraging learning environment through diverse activities such as Time To Shine, learning clubs, environmental zones assigned to each grade level, multiple outdoor learning activities and wonderful reading incentive programs supported by the PTA. We have found school leadership to be positive and open to new ideas. The leadership builds a positive climate for parents and our children.