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Waynesville, NC
Students enrolled: 339

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2238 Asheville Road
Waynesville, NC 28786

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(828) 456-2407
(828) 456-2446
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August 26, 2015
We moved to Waynesville in March of 2015. We were amazed how professional and compassionate the teachers and principal were. They genuinely care for their students and their academic level of achievement through a focus on reading is excellent. Our daughter started Kindergarten and her teachers even came to our home to welcome her and help her know what to expect. They are amazing.

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
August 26, 2015
They are amazing. You can tell the teachers are well-trained yet they're open to learning more and desire to make accommodations for kids with special needs.

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Amount of homework: Just right
August 26, 2015
I don't think schools should assign to much homework as the kids are in school for so long each day. From what I've seen they seem to have a good balance.

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Develops grit: Strongly agree
August 26, 2015
There's no fool-proof way to encourage students, but they provide a supportive environment and their teachers qualifications are second to none.

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Develops respect: Strongly agree
August 26, 2015
All students are expected to show respect both to teachers and to other students. They discourage any bullying which I found was a huge improvement to other elementary schools I've seen previously.

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Develops empathy: Strongly agree
August 26, 2015
Teachers are great examples of being compassion and patient. I would recommend this school to anyone lucky enough to be able to attend.

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Develops honesty: Strongly agree
August 26, 2015
The teachers at Junaluska are supportive and patient when helping our kids make choices. They are consistent and in our opinion are fair with consequences.

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September 04, 2013
This is my favorite school by far.! We moved to the area in February of this year. My son has an autism spectrum disorder, but is also highly gifted. This staff has bent over backwards to acomidate his special situation and educational needs. The teachers and principal are fantastic, and have different but great and educational teaching styles. I love walking in and hear the students asking to read book sin stead of sit and daydream or doodle. They are a large part of the community and are always war and welcoming both in the school and public off campus settings. If I could wish anything for this school it would be funding for more staff. Their nurse is only there one day a week for maybe 4 hrs (est.). There is NO resource officer on this campus which does also bother me, but they do have safety measures in place for added protection. I would like there to be a gifted teacher on staff full time, or at least more than 2/30 minute enrichment sessions every other week.

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December 31, 2010
Our 3 children started this school in the fall of 2010 and we have been very pleasantly surprised at what a great school this is. Children who do well academically are very much rewarded (under the new principal) and encouraged to excel. Our son, who is a year ahead and in the academically gifted program just loves it. His teacher, realizing that she had an unusually high number of "smart" kids in her class this year actually went out and got books and educated herself on how to engage and challenge these kids while still properly serving her other kids. We give Junaluska Elementary five stars - and we are picky parents!

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April 27, 2010
Principal Leadership is horrible. The Principal actually believes it's not a good idea to reward children for doing well in school. She says 'children shouldn't be rewarded for doing what they're supposed to be doing'. Yet, she believes that children who don't do so well, should be given opportunities to do better. For example, children who don't do well in school and have bad conduct hold student governent positions and are made bus monitors. Unbelievable!!!! This isn't how the real world works. She's not helping to prepare our children to go out and be successful. She's teaching our children there's no reason to try and do well, because it just doesn't matter. I still believe children who do well academically should be rewarded. I'm so happy she's retiring.

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April 29, 2009
This school encourages parent/ grandparent involvement more than any my children have attended. Therefore there is better communication in how your child can reach his highest potential. Teachers and the principal really care and don't view this just as a job.

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August 10, 2008
i have 2 children who go to junaluska one going to 5th and one going to 4th they both have gone there since kindergarden and they love it and so do i the teachers and all faculty members are so great

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May 28, 2008
This is a wonderful school. We are new to the school this year and I was very nervous about the change. My children were at a great school prior to this year and I thought that we would be disappointed. Juanluska Elementary is anything but a disappointment. My children have had a fabulous school year and have seen tremendous growth in their education. I could not be happier!

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March 19, 2004
This is a wonderful school with many experienced teachers! The principal is very dedicated and the school also reaps the benefits of an active PTO and many volunteers. The school offers many innovative programs such as multi-age classrooms, rotating classes (5th grade), work with master gardeners, and many visiting experts who enrich the curriculum.

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Junaluska Elementary
2238 Asheville Road, Waynesville, NC  28786
(828) 456-2407
Last modified Junaluska Elementary is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Junaluska Elementary Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 17 reviews. Top