Students enrolled 902
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School leader Mrs Kay Ferrell
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District Harnett County Schools
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2626 Ray Road
Spring Lake, NC 28390

(919) 893-8151
(910) 436-3686
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3 stars
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June 10, 2014
I have had children at this school now for 5 years. I have had nothing but good experiences with the amazing staff. Our teachers every year have been awesome and I know they work very hard to make each child successful. Granted, my children do not have any learning or behavioral issues and are your average run of the mill kids in Elementary School so I do not have to interact with the teachers for any special issues. I think the key to our success has been to be as involved as possible in the school- volunteering, PTO, and supporting those teachers as much as you can. Not having any family around I can't tell you how important it has been to have such loving, kind, caring and friendly faces that go over and above for the students. We are so grateful for the staff that are committed to the school. Yes, in such a transient military community there is turnover of staff but there are also enough permanent staff to make my kids feel safe and happy to go every day. We are very lucky to have a huge support staff too. We are truly blessed to have such a sensible and level- headed principal who is dedicated to student success and a fun learning environment for our kids.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
My child attends this school for kindergarten. His teacher and the assistant teacher are A-MAZING! Her name is Mrs. Taylor and the assistant teacher is Mrs. Mellish. They are a PHENOMENAL team. I have observed their interaction with not only my child but the other children in the class. They provide the students with direction and structure that is required for a foundation for their education. Being an active parent falls on the parents' responsibility and not the teacher. I am actively engaged in my child's class and participate in their programs without having to be a member of the PTA. I am a full time military parent and find time to be there when volunteers are needed for field trips. They send the children home with a notebook that dictates how the child behaved during the day. Both teachers are easy to approach and talk with if I have a concern or question about my child or their work. I do not see their principal often or even speak with her. In the mornings, I do not have any interaction with her and at times, the office staff can be rude and abrupt regardless if they are busy or not. They are can be rude to both parents and students.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2014
Terrible School. DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD HERE. The principals do absolutely nothing when you have a concern with something at the school. We will try to get our son on a school on base next year. Note: The teacher is alright, but the class size is also very large.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2014
Seems that all this school cares about is making money. If it is not box tops it is selling cookie dough, or providing them with a bunch of addresses. As if they don't get enough money from the government already! My kid is there to learn, not be your money maker! That is what my property taxes are for! That is what your PTO is for! Not the children. As for teachers go, I am disappointed in the lack of communication between teachers and teacher's aids. Does the aid run the classroom or the teacher? I have gotten phone calls home to motivate my child! Seriously, how can a fifteen year + experienced teacher not manage these issues? No not all children are the same, find ways to individualize lesson plans to help specific needs!!! This school is terrible.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2013
I feel bad for the teachers at this school with three terrible principals/assistant principals putting so much on their shoulders. You can tell the administration makes them uneasy. The principal is horrible. You can't take a horrible principal and put her in a new school to give her a new start. The teachers all hate it there and you can see it in their faces and how the interact with the kids. I hope the district opens up their eyes and get with it and fixes the administration soon!

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2013
My children attended OES for 1.5 years. We have lived in a lot of different states as a military family and this was by far the worst district we have ever lived in. The school is incredibly over crowded, the teachers are not there because they love to teach, and the principal had extremely poor leadership skills. My oldest child has a 504 plan that the school couldn't manage to follow. He only requires preferential seating and I was told time and time again the trouble makers had to be seated in the front so the teacher could keep an eye on them. Absolutely pathetic, in my opinion. My kindergarten child was behind in reading and when asking for him to be tested for a learning disability I was told that he's reading at a C/D level which is average. And they have too many behavioral issues to deal with average students who are technically passing. My 3rd grader at the time was in a class of 29 students to 1 teacher. After tons of issues regarding the lack of supervision and education and getting nowhere with the teachers or administration, we ended up pulling our children and putting them into private school. This school needs a LOT of improvement.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2013
OES is the only school my son has known. We've had great teachers the entire time. Each year, I know that I can send him to school without worrying about his safety or him being challenged enough. We've had Ms. Bruner, Ms. Hume, and Ms. Fowler...each of them have taught my son wonderfully. They have all treated him with kindness and compassion. He has a couple of medical conditions that have required some extra attention and compassion the last couple of years and I am grateful for the teachers he had. They always kept me informed and was never negative about the extra attention he required during these times. Read school reviews with an open mind. My thought is that you will get out of a school what you put in. There will always be teachers or administration you don't particularly care for...even in the "best" schools; public or private.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2013
This is not an indictment on the school but on the county. OES is 176% over capacity and the county will not fund new school construction. Schools were one of the most important factors when we were house hunting. We bought our home but did not understand the poor state of the schools. Avoid Harnett county until this gets fixed, unless you're okay with your kids riding a bus for a couple of hours per day.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2013
AWESOME!! My son attended K under MRS. B. THOMAS and boy he was challenged. She was very caring, loving and motherly to the children and treat them like her own. My child excelled in academics more than I expected. His ONLY weakest point she can't fix is his handwriting, haha. Even when she's sick, she thought of her kids than anyone else. My son's 1st Grade year was also amazing, thanks to MS. LANGS and MS. RAY. Again, my son was challenged and he wholeheartedly accepted it and he's one of the top of his class. At times he gets bored because he already knew the topics, i.e. Math, so Ms. Langs would have him take some extra Math problems home. Homework are consistent, Quizzes on Fridays are anticipated, Reading logs are mandated which is very good. I've no complaints when it comes to academic aspects. One complaint about school though, Overcrowding and we're being assigned to a much farther school for SY2013-14. I refuse to. ACP or South Harnett are 7 miles more farther than OES.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2013
Obviously people have different perspectives. I believe OES does a great job spotlighting many different kids. In fact, I commented after Leadership Day how awesome it was to see so many faces. It was nice to see kids in the halls that aren't necessarily the "top" in the class academically or otherwise. Student leaders are chosen at the beginning of the yr for a variety of programs such as the "Lighthouse Team," OES TV & student gov't. The teachers, as well as classmates, chose participants based on their attitude,interest, & other achievements. Most of these children were chosen by teachers who did not know the parents. Let's give our teachers more credit. Of course these kids will be seen more b/e of the nature of what they do. I don't believe that a group of parents can intimidate a Principal as strong as ours. Our Principal is the leader at our school, who needs support from staff & parents. I appreciate all the volunteers hrs given by parents regardless of where they live. Personally I have worked w/wonderful ladies from many different neighborhoods & we have a great time while helping out OUR school. By the way, when is it not okay to be your child's greatest fan?!

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2013
My son attends Overhills Elementary school. I have personally logged the most amount of Volunteer hours at the school this year. I am up there to "Promote" a FABULOUS school full of AWESOME Teachers, Staff, Administration and Volunteers. My son is NOT one of the "Primary" kids in everything...and that is ok. Volunteering is not about accolades, it is about giving back. I see many different kids included in all events. I feel that the school is fair in spreading the spot light. If you want your child to be more involved but don't have the time to be there, I promise there are other parents that will be glad to help you with that. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Danielle Sykes, and she can point you in the right direction. Don't let hear say run you off from a Great school. OES is BEST! - Lisa Clifford

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2013
Overhills Elementary is a great school if you are able to volunteer and promote your kids. I have to work full time to support my kids. My kids make excellent marks and are in the top of their classes. You will see that the same 5-10 kids are in every thing. The click of certain volunteer Moms from a certain neighborhood is horrible. They are rude and make just enough comments to run off the other people who want to be involved. The principal is scared of this group and will do nothing about them even though it has been going on for the past couple of years. People warned me that this group is allowed to run the school. I now see what they were talking about. Avoid this school unless you can be up there every day to promote your kid.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2012
I am rating this school 4 out of 5 because Ms.Callahan, the second grade teacher was phenomenal. However, if I had to rate the school based on the attitude and teaching ability of Ms.Hume I would have to rate it 1 out of 5. She has a horrible attitude toward the children and parents. My child hated going to school each morning. I could tell a drastic change in his attitude because we switched schools in the middle of the year after moving from Georgia where he loved his school there. I am still confused as to why she is in this profession. That being said, Ms.Callahan clearly loves teaching and loves her students. My second grader's grades improved throughout the year because of her uplifting attitude and encouragement toward her students.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2012
I've had great experiences so far with the school, teachers. I'd like to give kudos to Mrs. Aras (4th grade) and Mrs. Land (Pre-K). They both communicate well with me. I can call them or email if I have problems, concercns or questions and I'm never ignored.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2012
WORST SCHOOL EVER! We are a military family. My kids have been all over the states, from Kentucky, TN, SC, Kansas and NC. This is the worst school my kids had ever been. Ms. Tuggles is the worst third grade teacher ever. Kids are intimidated by her. One kid on her classroom had a little accident just because he was too scare to ask if he could go to the bathroom. My son's work was used as an example on how not to do a skeleton craft they did on class, which of course made him cried. When I asked the teacher about this situation, she argued she never meant to hurt my kids feeling and said she has over 22 years of teaching experience which of course doesn't proof anything at all. Most teachers were in schock when she won "Best teacher Award on 2011". This is just discouraging to other teachers. Overcrowding issues!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2011
I was hoping from the great reviews this school had gotten that my fears would be put to rest. However, I am saddened to say this school is HORRIBLE!! No communication between teachers and parents(not the ones my children have anyway). I requested a conference a week ago and have not heard a word from the teacher. The only thing that has come home informing me of what is going on in the classroom are the agendas the kids write their homework in and a folder with work to be signed from the week before(that by the way has a review for the teacher to complete each wk. which has remained BLANK!!). I am used to having newsletters at the beginning of each week informing parents of everything going on that week from activities to test!! This school is a JOKE compared to what we are used to. I have to say that I agree totally with the comment posted from a teacher at another school who has children at this school. I am currently researching homeschooling!!

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2011
Love the school!! Ms Parker is an awesome Kindergarden teacher!! She always challenged my daughter. Now my daughter is advanced in 1st grade.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2011
My daughter was in Mrs. Thomas's kindergarten class last year and I can say without any hesitation, that my daughter THRIVED in her classroom. Communication was excellent, and my child was excited to go to school everyday and learning new things gave her the drive to continue. She is about to start first grade. My middle daughter is now about to start kindergarten and I have high hopes for another excellent year.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2011
My 10 year old daughter had the best school year of her life after moving to Anderson creek area. She just finished her first year at Overhills Elementary School and her 4th grade teacher Mrs. Joyner was the greatest, most caring and passionate teacher my daughter has ever had. My 4th grader could not wait to go to school every day. She enjoyed learning and her test scores were wonderful at the end of the year. She cannot wait to return and start 5th grade at Overhills Elementary School.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2011
My kids have been going to this school for the past two years. I have been very happy with it so far. The teachers communicate well with the parents and encourage the students to strive for the best. I like the fact that they have Teacher Assistants in the classroom as well. The class sizes are anywhere between 18-22(Kindergarten through 2nd grade).

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2011
Overhills Elementary is not a good school to me. I feel like they don't focus on the kids enouph, and they do not keep you informed in the AGENDA that they give our kids. We know our kids potential and I don't feel as if they even care. It's probally because it is way too many kids at the school. For the record I know that you guys are not baby sitters, but if my child is not doing okay and I am the school EVERY week and you tell me that my child is doing fine I expect to see that on his REPORT card. If my child is not doing good I expect the teacher to tell me. I am an educator at a different school and I let my parents know at the end of every week how the child is doing and I think that SOME teachers at Overhills would care to do the dame thing.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2011
I think the teachers at this school go above and beyond to help children that need to be challenged or need extra help! I have a child that is in 3rd grade (Mr. Breyer, an EXCELLENT teacher) and she needed to be challenge to stay focused and I couldn't have asked for a better teacher that was willing to work with her! Needless to say she LOVES him!!! I have another child in 3rd gr too that is "slower" and they have really worked with her as well! I am very impressed with kingergarten too! We have had our children in many schools b/c of the military (including DOD schools which I feel are VERY behind) and I am so pleased with this school. Do not go by the rating, this school is much better than a 4. Do not hesitate to enroll your child here!!! I live too far for my kids to take the bus and I am more than willing to drive them to overhills b/c I know they are getting an excellent education. We have had a wonderful experience and my children love it at Overhills!

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2011
This is the second year for my son and first year for my daughter at Overhills and I will say I love this school. In the two years my son has been going here I have not heard once from him that he did not want to go to school. My daughter is just to excited to know that she is going to school the next day,, and if it is the weekend she gets all upset. The teachers they have had are wonderful and very caring. I am so glad we moved over this way and that this is the school they got.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2011
you guys are something else. Why am I not surprised that the principal is what I thought. She i sprobably doing a good job but you guys just can' t handle her authority. She doesn't have to be nice to you. The question that I have are are your children learning and excelling at this school? YOu are are all worried about the wrong things. She doesn't have to be your best friend just be the best adminstrator she can be. To think I was about to not even consider this school until something told me to go to the main website to read her credentials. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2011
We have lived in Anderson Creek Club for 5 years now and have no complaints about the elementary schools. My children are in the Accelerated and Gifted program and are challenged daily. Overhills Elementary is only in its 2nd year and the diverse student body shows promise as it settles in to a new administration. There is a large community involvement in the school. I feel like when I read the bad reviews, its because someone didn't get something they wanted....rather than the school failing to educate their child. My children are safe, cared for and educated here. Anderson Creek Primary/South Harnett Elementary are also nearby and are very caring schools as well.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2011
I am very disapointed in this school, I thought my children would love it there. My children have been there, this is their second year and they nor I am happy anymore. I have had trouble with the bus driver since last year. Not fair to punish a few children, to me it's all of none. The principle is hard to get along with and some of the teachers are rude. My son has a wonderful teacher but my daughter's teacher has one big attitude. I know the school year is about over but I will be switching schools come next week. I can't take it anymore, it's like they pinpoint my children and pick on them for everything just bacause I am a caring mother and I speak my mind.....

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2010
When we first moved to Anderson Creek Club, the students went to Anderson Creek Primary and we LOVED it! Overhills Elementary just opened and we were assigned there. The teachers were all relocated from other Harnett County schools and they are loving and caring. My children are now K, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, so I have experienced a variety of teachers over the last 5 years. My kids excel here, are AG, and love going to school. When you read the AYP scores, it can be misleading. Overhills did the best out of all the Harnett County schools, but we missed 1 area for a particular ethnic sub-group in Math. Don't avoid a beautiful gated golf course community like ACC because you see the stats. Come and talk with the neighbors here, ACC parents are very involved in the school.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2010
We were new last year, I appreciate al the programs that they have for the kids. My son had a great teacher and we are looking forward to next year.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2010
We have been very disappointed with the leadership and education quality of this Elementary School. We have multiple children attending. One of our children has been through 3 teachers in the same classroom and the other through 2! The Principle was less than helpful in attempting to find a permanent solution to provide our children with stability and consistency. We are also having to supplement reading and math work through a private agency to ensure our children stay at or above grade level. Our children will be attending Private School until we move again!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
I have had an awful experience with both teachers and the principal of this school. The Principal covers for lazy teachers and redirects blame to the students and parents. Messages are not returned, and the teacher's morale is obvious. They are not happy for whatever reason and it surely shows in their approach this year. What a terrible experience. 2 thumbs down and very happy we are moving.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
I have had an AWFUL experience with both teachers and the principal of this school. The Principal covers for lazy teachers and redirects blame to the students and parents. Messages are not returned, and the teacher's morale is obvious. They are not happy for whatever reason and it surely shows in their approach this year. What a terrible experience. 2 THUMBS DOWN and very happy we are moving.

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2010
Huge disappointment in this school. The principal is horrible. You can't take a horrible principal and put her in a new school to give her a new start. The teachers all hate it there and you can see it in their faces and how the interact with the kids. I hope the district opens up their eyes and get with it and fixes the administration soon!

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2009
My child is in kdg and we have been blessed with a wonderful teacher who has gone above and beyond. I am kept UTD on school activities and classwork . The people in the office are friendly and helpful. I have had no real dealings with the administration nor principal so I have no opinion on that yet. The only downside is the bus transportation as I have to end up picking my child up from school because it is over a 90 min bus ride back home in the afternoon. I don't know why the commute back home is SO LONG considering we are literally 8 mins away? At first the pick up line was HORRIBLE I ended up waiting 45mins to hour. But they have greatly improved and Im usually in and out 15 mins tops. Some of the other parents picking up their kids are very rude!!

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2009
I have had nothing but great communication with Teacher and other faculty at Overhills. My son has absolutely blossemed at this school, He is eager to do his work each day and loves his teacher whom has been in contact with me since day 1. As far as seeing any pushiness or demands from the teachers, all they ask is the students do to there best ability. I dont think that is asking much at all. The only thing that needs improvement is the parent pick up line, some of these parents just dont care who they cut off just to jump ahead in line and they feel thay need to get as close to your bumber as possible, so if you wanna talk pushy its the parents in there oversized cars that are pushy not the teacher!

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
Yeah williness is not what you get from this new school. I am a parent of a student at this new school and it does not sit well with me yet. You can hardly get a hold of the teachers, the principal or the assist. It is crappy that some of the teachers are so demanding of the students and pushy. I dont like it so far and that the truth.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 21, 2009
I have been highly impressed with everyone's willingness to help at Overhills. From the principal to the teachers - so far this has been a great transition!

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Overhills Elementary
2626 Ray Road, Spring Lake, NC  28390
(919) 893-8151
Last modified Overhills Elementary is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Overhills Elementary Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 37 reviews.