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Waxhaw, NC
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10101 Waxhaw Manor Drive
Waxhaw, NC 28173

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(704) 290-1505
(704) 243-3812
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January 10, 2013
The current principal started last year, which was our first year. I question a few things she has done. Because the school is growing, she decided to pull children out of their class four full months into the school year last year to reduce class sizes ( just as these children got settled they get to start all over). I understand the need for smaller classes but waiting 4 months to do it is insane. She also has no communication skills. I went to a family fun night because I thought it would be a good time to meet this new principal (which was advertised in the flyer that came home) and I went up to her and she just blankly stood there as if she would rather be home sleeping or something. Yesterday, I was at the school and this principal saw me from about 25 feet away and as we got closer to each other instead of looking at me and saying hello or at least smiling to acknowledge me she decided to look down at the ground. This year my child was physically bullied and the principal had not made the child's parents aware of the incident (had my child not tell me about it I would never have known either). She doesn't get my vote as principal of the year (two years in a row)

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2012
My son attended this school in first grade and literally had nightmares about it for over a year after we pulled him out. I now live in another state and when I tell people here what we went through jaws drop. It is hard to even express the level of disrespect, the lack of professionalism and the degree of abuse in which the staff operates. This is definitely not a healthy environment for children. Run, don't walk away from this place!

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2012
This is our second year at Sandy Ridge and Union County Public Schools. Prior to that we were in Mecklenburg County and then the last 7 years in Collier County FL. I read the other reviews prior to responding and feel there is a lot of truth in the feedback. We are currently experiencing some of the issues mentioned. I don't feel my child is challenged, his home work is quick and doesn't require much thought. I do believe the required testing takes up valuable teaching time. I do believe the school is run in a non-emotional environment in an effort to easily control the masses and cut down on the bullying by limiting interactions. In the long run it doesn't teach them valuable life skills.. I strongly believe socializing in and out of school is a life lesson and should be encouraged, not discouraged and punished. I would like to see the school use the feedback collected here to reassess their strengths and improve on a better environment for our children.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2012
My kids have had the pleasure of attending Sandy Ridge for the past 3 years. We have had a principal turnover and a few teachers come and go, but throughout my experience at Sandy Ridge parental involvement has been strong and the quality of the teachers and administrators has been outstanding. I love my kids' school and would strongly recommend to anyone thinking of sending their kids there. Sandy Ridge demands a lot from its students, but the teachers are very supportive and go out of their way to make sure every student is developing good study habits.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2011
We moved from SRES last year to New Jersey, but I have to admit that SRES is an excellent school. The AIG program is fantastic there and I miss that here in NJ!! The teachers here in NJ said my daughter adjusted easily to a difficult curriculum here in NJ, not knowing about SRES standards and AIG program!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2011
This is our last year at Sandy Ridge, my daughter will be starting Middle School this fall. We have had a very positive experience at SR. Mr Childers is an excellent principal. We have been very fortunate to have had great teachers, with the exception of one year. Our 5th grade math and science teacher has been fantastic. Overall, I would give this school very high marks. Keep up the good work Mr Childers and the staff!

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2011
My children have been happy at Sandy Ridge. Neither has had any issues with the school being too strict. As far as pulling "cards" - even my perfectionist child does not find this system to be a problem, since they get to start over daily (enforcement varies greatly by teacher as is typical in most schools.). Besides, who wants a classroom of 25 kids "freely expressing" themselves all at the same time? My shy daughter has made plenty of friends at school and has time to chat with them at recess or the second half of lunch. Our experience is that Tom Childers takes very seriously the individual needs of each child. Each year you get to fill out a questionnaire about your child - your chance to "request" a certain type of teacher (not by name but by teaching style that works for your child.) Academics- our children are in the AIG (gifted) program and the (Singapore) Math program is very strong-wish they had AIG for all subjects. They take EOG standardized tests seriously because of the implications if they don t. This school is probably as good as you are going to get around here unless you spend the $10-20K for private school ($3K-13 more than public schools has to work with.)

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2011
Sandy Ridge Elementary is indeed strict--it is not a country club. There are high expectations for learning here. This place is a blue ribbon school for a reason! My child enjoys going to school each day, and yep--he gets card pulls. It's all how parents address these tickets at home that can either make learning here stressful or you go with the flow. Kids are kids and often have a hard time focusing or staying on task. If your child comes home with a card pull, you should understand that they are like most of the other kids at SR. Don't take the cards so seriously, our teacher gives them to my son (and most others in the class) but he comes home with great grades on his report card, etc. Parents need to chill out with these cards--they are not the end of the world. We've been at this school since the beginning, and have not seen a decrease in quality. Overall, this a top-notch school. It isn't perfect, but it's as good as it gets for free education in the U.S. We feel pretty lucky to have our kids go here and not have to pay a dime for it. It's elementary school, people! Our kids have a long way to go before we get all twisted up about a few cards and other minor things.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2010
My daughter was at this school a few years ago. when it first opened it was the greatest year my daughter has ever had. by the time she was about to graduate, the school was like a military compound. I agree with the person bellow me. no free expression aloud. ridiculous. no reason for it. these were well behaved children and now they are stifled. all the good teachers got transfered and left the school. I don't know what its like that. the better choice is Rea View in that area.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2010
People always make the mistake of thinking a school is itself good or bad. the 10 schools are excellent because of the children that go there. airlift the school into downtown charlotte and lets see the test scores. that being said, this is not the school for open, free spirited children. don't think your child will meet any kids here because they are essentially unable to speak, look at, or smile at another child without drawing the card. can't speak in the bathroom, don't dare get too close to the walls and touch them(cards) . just sit for six hours (this is kindergarten) and fold your hands, don't move and do as the teachers tell you. do not squirm or you will draw a card. i originally couldn't understand why so many neighbors had all their kids at latin school and paid for education, now i see why.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2010
I think this school is fantastic! The faculty and staff are very professional and care so much about their students. The teachers go to great lengths to provide the best education possible and really care about their students. As for the comments about reading, research shows that children learn more from reading alone then they do from any other curriculum. How are students suppose to practice what they are taught during lessons if they are not given time to read on their own. Not to mention students are not really reading alone that long, the teacher gives a lesson, then conferences either with a group or individually. In my child s class the assistant helps out and so do any parent volunteers. Plus this reading program was created in the Northeast, so students taught up there should be very familiar with the program and it would not have changed test scores when the school first opened. The spelling program could be stronger, but it is the same all over Union County and students are tested for this aside from reading. I have been very pleased with this school overall and know that the teachers are doing their very best for our children!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
I took the time to point the Principal of Sandy Ridge to the comments here and had the pleasure of speaking with him... He called me within minutes of the email I sent. What's unfortunate is that he wasn't aware of these 'issues' or 'complaints' since he never received a call or email from the parents who are making these negative remarks. I would encourage anyone with concerns to make the administration of the school aware.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 30, 2010
I was disappointed to see that the reading test scores for the school have gone down over the past couple of years. There is a large population of kids that have transferred from schools in the Northeast, most of which used a more traditional reading curriculum, often a Scholastic reading textbook that correlated with vocabulary and spelling . I can't help but wonder if the students' test scores were higher in the first year or two they attended Sandy Ridge because they were transferring in with a solid reading foundation. If the students' reading scores continue to decline, it would suggest that the current reading program is not giving them the skills they need. Though the school selects strong choices of books for independent reading, the reading curriculum itself is weak.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 18, 2010
My child attended this school for first and second grades. Their reading program is non-exsistent. Whoever heard of 7 and 8 year olds sitting at their desk reading silently? How can you learn from this? My child was always below grade level in reading. We asked that our child get extra reading help with the reading specialist but the teacher said that her reading score was too high for help, but she's below grade level??? We moved back to Mecklenburg county and my child is happier even though she had to repeat the second grade. She is also getting the help she needs at her new school. The reading and spelling programs are excellent. The children have a reading textbook and read aloud everyday. My child also gets extra reading time with a specialist and reads AR books. I am so glad that we made the move to CMS.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 08, 2010
I just received a newsletter from this school. Apparently the writer does not know the difference between there, their and they're. So think twice please, do not make the same mistake we did.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2010
I also agree with the past few reviews. My child has just been moved up in the spelling program due to his high level of reading not because he can spell the words. When I come to the school to volunteer the moral of the teachers seems low. The math is very basic and most of the time takes my son 5 min to do. While the Music, PE and Spanish programs are great the current Art program is below average at best. My child comes home with crayon drawings, and a lot of folded paper. This is causing a problem when it comes to creative writing and creative thinking. On paper this school looks great, but if you look past the fluff the school has gone down hill these past few years.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2010
I quite agree with the previous 2 reviews. I have a 4th grader, and feel like I have to run a parallel home school, since the teaching is so inadequate. The teacher has been absent at least once every two weeks. There is hardly any differentiated instruction, be it math or reading. Language arts is barely covered. Spelling is not up to grade level. The school has no graded reading curriculum, no reading text book is recommended, nor does the school have an acclerated reader program. This school is not as great as it made out to be.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2010
I have mixed feelings about this school. I have a daughter in 2nd grade and a lot of time seems to be spent in testing the kids --- testing for spelling groups, testing for reading groups, testing for math groups. By the time everyone is all evaluated and put in their correct group very little learning is accomplished before the process seems to start all over again! (They seem to try to regroup at least 3 times per year). In addition, the reading groups are practically non-existant and consist mostly of children reading silently to themselves. A group might meet with a teacher maybe once a week. In math, very little emphasis is placed on learning the material, only understanding it. Be prepared to work with your child at home if you want them to memorize anything. The spelling 'sort' program is also weak and many parents are unhappy with it.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2009
Sandy Ridge Elementary is a first-rate school. The Sandy Ridge educational system provides a great foundation for high-level reading, writing, math, science and critical thinking skills for children. The parents and nearby community are very involved with assisting school officials. Because of this, Sandy Ridge must be one of the finest elementary schools in the country.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2009
I feel that this school is a great school. My girls have been attending SR for a few years now and have always enjoyed going. We did loose a few great teachers due to county 'mixing things up'. One being the Art Teacher who was one of my daughters role models. We will just have to see how the year goes, till now we have loved the school and felt like we where getting a top education.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2009
An exceptional school where there is a high level of learning happening. One of the top elementary schools in the state. In k-garten our child was doing multiplication, reading/writing and talking about things like photosynthesis. He truly loves the school. The one small negative I can see is that things are a tad rigid, as with daily ratings for how each child does (red for a great day, white for an infraction, blue for something really bad, and so on). I do believe this rating system is a bit heavy-handed, but can see how it might help a student perform better the next day in the hopes of not getting a negative rating. Many say that these ratings cause stress for the child and household, so I wish they could come up with something more positive based. Overall, a fantastic school. Never heard of EOG thing poster mentions...

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2009
We have been very happy with Sandy Ridge. The principal is very understanding and helpful and truly cares about students. I do not understand the 1 star review re: EOGs.....please point to any ps in the state of NC that does not focus on EOGs.....the schools' ratings are BASED on them! I can't say I wish it weren't so, but it is and this is not particular to Sandy Ridge at all.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2009
My children had a horrible experience at this school. They learned nothing except to take eog's.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2009
the teachers are wonderful and they make learning fun for the kids. I have a rising first grader and he absolutely loved his first year of school last year.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2009
We have a special needs child and could not be happier with his progress and the wonderful supportive environment provided by the school. The principal, Tom Childers, is excellent and as he has a special needs child of his own, he and his staff could not be more understanding and responsive. If you are looking for an excellent school where children are valued, encouraged, academically challenged and shaped into well-balanced, community-minded citizens, then this is the place for you.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 16, 2009
The PE program was goodlast year but is now definitely the worst area of the school. Classes are combined but not according to grade level so there are different ages in each class. Unfortunately, the older students have to 'play down' to the younger students' level. Also, there is no skill teaching going on in PE, just tag.

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February 04, 2009
I was glad to hear parents are also upset about the PE program this year. They come home after PE tell me they have not learned any skills, they only play games . It is a more roll out the ball method . My other child has the 2nd art that comes to Sandy Ridge. She has been out more than been at work. My child has not brought home any Art this year. My child comments about the work the other classes are making and it breaks my heart that they are missing out. If we don t contact the principal then nothing will change. So contact him and tell

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2009
My children s experience at Sandy Ridge has been great for the most part. This year we have run into a few little bumps. The idea of what the school considers a positive Physical Education program is a bummer. The program has been extraordinary and so beneficial for the students in the past. Another bump has been due the amount of classes in the school the main related arts teachers can t see all the classes in a week. To help this Union co has other related arts teachers come in during the week. My child has had a hard time with this. Absences have been a problem along with consistency. On a more positive note the newly introduce Art Club has been a great outlet for my children. I hope it stays around!!

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2009
A note to the previous parent posting. I am sorry you feel that way about our school. Everyone has their own way of handling children. I happen to love the idea of quiet time during lunch. At first, when my son told me about this rule, I had to think about it. But then it occured to me, the reasoning behind the rule. The school is enforcing manners, healthy digestion (by not laughing and talking while trying to eat), and also safety. I was a sixth grade teacher in South Florida, and I experienced a child choking to death in front the entire cafeteria. The kids in this particular school, had a cafeteria that was out of control. The child choked while simply laughing and talking. So look at the positive! The school isn't negative at all, we parents have to be the positive ones.

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August 06, 2008
I'm a former teacher (from a different state) and my children attend Sandy Ridge. I couldn't be happier. They are receiving a wonderful education from a very happy, upbeat and caring staff.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2008
Excellent school. Great pincipal. This school runs and feels like a private school. What a difference coming from an'top rated' public school in South Florida.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2008
The best school I've ever been in. The children receive a fantastic education and are pushed to be high achievers. Each student matters and they know they are important. The bar has been raised with this school, it's excellent!

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2008
Our experience with Sandy Ridge has been good. The school is run very efficiently, but we have run into a few teachers that have been less than supportive of the children. They are so focused on the EOG scores, that the school year gets dominated by the preparation for these tests. The overall environment for the children is very good and most teachers go out of their way to make your child's elementary years a wonderful experience.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2008
Sandy Ridge is one of those rare environments where all seem to be truly content and joyful entering the building. The enthusiasm begins with the teachers and administration, and continues through the support staff and most importantly the children. It is a wonderful, safe, school that my children have attended since its opening in 2005. The teachers are skilled and interested in tailoring the curriculum to suit each child's needs. Sandy Ridge is a top-knotch school that constantly strives to improve. I could not be more pleased with the experiences we have had thus far.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2008
You couldn't ask for a better school! This is our first year at Sandy Ridge Elementary, and very pleased with the teachers, staff, and principal. We recently moved to this area, because of the schools, and are reassured every day that we made the right decision. My children enjoy going to school to see there teachers, and that is priceless! This truly is a top notch school.

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no rating December 11, 2007
This is our first year at Sandy Ridge since we just moved here from Palm Beach County Florida. I am so pleased with the academics, the teachers and especially Mr. Childress. The drop off and pick up is done in such an orderly and safe manner and everyone is so pleasant (especially for 7:15 in the morning.) Her teachers have made her transition so much easier and the counselor was extremely helpful as well. The school is run so efficiently and I feel the academics are even better then the Charter school and private school that we have been affiliated with back in Florida. Sandy Ridge is definitely top notch and I am very happy that we are able to be a part of it.

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2007
Great school! Teacher and parents work together for the children. I am very pleased at the quality of the staff and the progress they have made as a new school is only 2.5 years. Thinking of moving to Union County? This school is the cream of the crop!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2007
My children are new to this school and so far it has been a very positive experience. The principal is very involved and that makes a big difference. While the academic curriculum is good, I would like to see the students challenged more esp grades 3-5. This school needs to model itself after the top rated Hawkridge Elementary esp in Math and reading to achieve academic success. I am sure this school will continue to grow and improve each year. I would like it to be the best school in the district

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no rating July 24, 2007
My daughter began kindergarten the first year SRE was opened and we couldn't be happier with the teachers, administration, parent involvement and the great group of kids. We are so pleased.

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Sandy Ridge Elementary School
10101 Waxhaw Manor Drive, Waxhaw, NC  28173
(704) 290-1505
Last modified Sandy Ridge Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sandy Ridge Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top