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12588 U.S. 15
Southern Pines, NC 28387

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(910) 693-7924
(910) 757-0403
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November 10, 2015
I'm very disappointed in this school. I thought it was a good school but it turns out that I was wrong. It's all about test scores, and money. They try to weed out the students that may not score high on the test.

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November 01, 2015
Great teachers, solid academics, well-balanced curriculum. We had a bad experience at our previous school, but couldn't be happier with TAMC! We volunteer in the classroom regularly and get to see first-hand what innovative and caring teachers this school has. It is organized and events are well publicized. We are thrilled to have our children enrolled here.

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Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
November 01, 2015
They are compassionate, creative, and fun. My children are exposed to a wide variety of educational topics and are reading both fiction and non-fiction books. The teachers often think outside the box and this makes them very successful!

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June 08, 2015
Cannot say enough great things about this school! Before I enrolled my son, who just finished first grade, I had my reservations after reading some reviews from years ago. However, after spending a year in Aberdeen schools, this still seemed like a better alternative. It was the best decision I made! My child flourished in academics and now loves going to school! He finished first grade reading above reading level and always earned high remarks on his progress reports. The teachers seem to genuinely care about the students and the learning experience was clearly tailored to the child's specific needs. If you want a school where even the principal knows every student by name, this is it!

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Amount of homework: Just right
June 08, 2015
My child never felt overwhelmed with the amount of homework. The everyday routine was fairly simple. He would do his daily reading on the bus on the way home from school, and then do his spelling words once he got home. He's in first grade, and this seems like the right amount of works for a first grader.

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May 06, 2015
My son is in Kindergarten headed to first grade. Before we enrolled, I read some reviews from years ago and had my reservations on whether this was the right choice for us. We had originally hoped to send our son to Pinehurst or Farm life but ended up buying a house out of those districts. With the choices for public school for us in Aberdeen we chose AOM. I am so glad we did! I would choose this school above all of the other schools in Moore even if we were to have the option. My son is above grade level and I am impressed with the emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math as much as I am with the school administration.

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October 12, 2014
My children have been at this school for three years and we really like the school. I know that some parents really got up in arms over the school pick up policy (parents must stay in cars and be in line to pick up their children) but at the last school my child attended the policy was the same so I don't see any problem. In fact, I noticed the pick up line sped up a lot. As a parent who always stayed in my car anyway, I like that. Plus, it just seems safer nowadays to limit the amount of people going in and out of a school. They offer LEGO Club, after school care, STEM Camps, and other stuff my kids aren't involved in. Last year they had an event in the evening where NC State students came and taught engineering skills to the kids. That was pretty cool. Once my child hit 3rd grade the emphasis on testing was a bit of a shock. The teachers are great, but the state tests seem to be a lot more important that I think they should be. After talking to friends with kids at different schools I realized this isn't an issue specific to The Academy, but all public schools (at least in NC). I wish it was different but I guess I can't blame the school for a state-wide problem.

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May 30, 2014
My son has attended this school since kindergarten and is now entering the fourth grade. Every teacher he had had has been knowledgeable, competent and caring. We have had no negative experiences. No school is perfect but this one far exceeds the Aberdeen public schools. I'm not sure how the clothes the Mrs.Schoen wears affects the school but apparently the last review thought it did. I have never seen here wear anything inappropriate. My family is considered E.D. and every year at Christmas my son receives presents from the school, he gets a snack pack every Friday to take home and they have often helped with uniforms. The education he is receiving is also fantastic. He was learning in 2nd grade what my friends son was learning in 3rd at Aberdeen. We obviously love this school the only thing I wish was different is that I wish it went all the way to 8th like it used to. Looking forward to the next 2 years at the Academy though!!!!!

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April 14, 2014
Seeing negative comments about the most trivial things, makes me very angry. My child was stuck in a dead end school district at a school with horrible test scores and The Academy of Moore has been a saving grace for us. My son has always performed well in school, but I have never seen him so confident. Many of you frustrate parents like myself who have very limited options on where to go for a better education. If you are in Moore County take your pick! You have tons of great schools to choose from if you aren't happy. Don't tear apart the only chance some of us have to a better environment for our children. Think before you post and stop being so selfish. Test scores don't lie. I'll take a 6 over 3 any day.

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March 08, 2014
I was not going to review this school until I saw the December 9th comment. This is the same information I was fed when I first visited the school. This was clearly written by the principal. The only truth to it is that the after school teacher is extraordinary and there are 3 or 4 good teachers. Other than that there is no reason to send you child to this school. The principal is friendly when you meet her, but if you ever disagree with her, or question something at the school you will see her true colors. She is often heard screaming at parents or staff members. She is very unprofessional and not very knowledgeable. I should have turned around the first time I saw her dressed so unprofessionally. Many of the students rarely stay more than a year or two. There is a huge staff and student turnover. Don't take my word for this, ask around in the community, especially the parents of the students that have left. The only people who have anything good to say about this school are the ones that are there. They just have not figured it out yet. My child was a student there for one year and he did not learn very much. Do not expect any rigor at this school. They are teaching to the test.

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December 09, 2013
Both my children attend the Academy and love it! The classroom sizes are smaller and give more individualized attention than a traditional public school. The teachers care a great deal for the students and I ve noticed go the extra mile. The Academy has some great clubs such as Lego Club, Chess Club, Garden Club, in addition to soccer/lacrosse in the spring. The After School program teacher goes above and beyond the duty in assisting the children with their homework and using her own funds to supply a treasure box and snacks. The office manager is friendly, helpful and professional. The principal cares a great deal about each and every student and has an open door policy whereas most schools require an appointment to talk with the principal. I highly recommend this school to anyone looking for friendly, professional and a family centered school.

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November 05, 2013
DO NOT PUT YOUR KIDS IN THIS SCHOOL! I pulled my daughter out mid year this year because the staff is incompetant. As a parent I should have free access to the school and its staff. I was in a car accident on the way to pick my child up from school. I tried for 15 minutes to call the school to give authorization for someone to pick my kids up. The school released my daughter to someone not authorized, without my permission. When I approached the principle about the phones not being manned she made excuses why her secretary was never at her desk. A few days later the school put out a phone call. Parents were no longer allowed to come in the building to pick our kids up. The excuse was it was to noisy and confusing for the teachers. We were told to stay out side and we could pick our kids up at the end of the building. 2 weeks later another computer generated phone call saying we must stay in our vehicles in the car rider line. Once again shows incompetence on the staff not being able to dismiss! The school feels like a prison when you walk in. Its staff is not very friendly and has a small handful of good teachers. There is so much more 904-2435 you can call me!

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May 22, 2013
If you are considering placing your child in this school, I HIGHLY suggest that you speak to the faculty first, to include who your childs teacher will be. When I first enrolled my child, I was impressed with the teacher/student interaction as well as the professional atmosphere in general. My child was happy and we were happy. Within a year, this atmosphere changed to one of arrogance and degraded faculty/staff members. Every child has a different learning style, meaning it is the ethical responsibility of the teacher to work with students to assure they are in a progressive state of learning. No longer the case here. It was brought to my attention that the majority of the original staff I meet had "transitioned" to other schools for personal reasons. In other words, The Academy of Moore lost there best due to toxic leadership and an unprofessional enviroment. Be cautious and do your research first if you are considering placing your child in this school. I removed mine after the apparent realization was made, that my childs well being and education were no longer a priority to this paticular institution of higher learning.

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January 26, 2012
Two of my children attended for two years. I liked the small size of the school and that all the kids know each other. My eldest did great here and went on to middle school with no problems. My younger child who is autistic and has behavior problems was not treated with enough encouragement by the teachers and was told he needed to go back a grade rather than address the true issue which had nothing to do with academics, but special needs. He had an IEP, but the hands on help he recieved was nill. There were not enough people to handle any child with specila needs. I have moved him to a public school where he recieves more attention and is now top of his clas and never neeeded to be held back at all. I recomend this school for people who are looking for a small clicky school where they family of staff is tight. but I do not recomend this school to any one who has a child with special needs!!

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November 30, 2010
Love this school! From what I understand there have been a lot of changes for the Academy over the course of a couple of years, and it has really stepped up and is doing a wonderful job. I have two children that attend, and they have really blossomed academically and socially. The staff is super friendly and loving towards all children. I also like the diversity of the student body, and the fact that this school will challenge those students who are excelling in their studies. The Academy is now a school of progress and I believe they will exceed this status!

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November 09, 2009
The Academy of Moore County has a low student to teacher ratio, classrooms equipped with modern audio/visual devices and the teachers truly care about the success and well being of their students. The curriculum is challenging yet not overwhelming. The facilities are less than a year old and well maintained. While there are no sports programs or clubs at this time, the PTO/PTA is working with the school to establish numerous activities and programs. Transportation is available for most students. If you desire a small school environment and quality education for your child, Academy of Moore County provides an excellent alternative to traditional public schools.

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March 26, 2008
I am pulling my daughter after this year. It was a good idea, but it has not lived up to it's promises. The only good thing left about it is the uniforms. Most of the faculty is friendly, but some consider themselves lord and master of their classroom. Some cannot handle some of the students and resort to bullying. The Principal thinks his educational background make him know EXACTLY what your child needs or is trying to do - and doesn't accept that one child may do something for one reason, while another child could do the exact same thing, but for an entirely different reason. Big disappointment. Looking forward to IB program at Southern Middle - look into it.

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January 15, 2008
Love the small class sizes. More one on one interaction with teacher. Afterschool program excellent. Love it!

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February 07, 2007
Love the small classes. Transportation is helpful. No sport teams! No student government! No Beta Club or Honor Roll! No Black History Month! Teachers tell students about personal details of their lives... Do not feel like teachers really care for students. They talk down to students... Check this school out, don't let the cozy atmosphere fool you.

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October 22, 2005
My child has attended the Academy of Moore County for two years and it has been wonderful. The staff is great, and the teachers has a genuine interest in helping each child become the best that they can be. Though there is not any athletic programs available, the kids still love it. The one-on-one with the teachers is what makes it stand out. The classes are small, so the teachers are able to catch any problems and correct them immediately. There is great Parent involvement and we are always made feel welcome at the school.

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The Academy Of Moore County
12588 U.S. 15, Southern Pines, NC  28387
(910) 693-7924
Last modified The Academy Of Moore County is a Charter school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
The Academy Of Moore County Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top