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School leader Stephen Gay
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400 NMC Drive
Zebulon, NC 27597

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4 stars
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March 29, 2014
i have a doughtier in the 7th grade and its ok she has lost her math teacher and her social studies teacher in one year. the new S.S. teacher is amazing. But the math teacher is not all that great her grades have dropped from a 90% down to a 60%. she has had some trouble with some other students. and the middle school office is not very supportive in my opinion. also i think this school only cares about test scores to keep it up at honner school of excellence but don't care about the students the 7th grade teachers are ok but they are not the best i have seen i hope 8th grade is better for my daughter than the 7th grade was

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2014
EWA is a great place to be! My kids love everyday. The new Superintendent has made a huge difference. The school now has direction and he is willing to listen. Looking forward to the new middle school building and what else the new leadership will bring to EWA. Are they perfect - no, but willing to work on it!

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2014
Last year was the only bad year we have had at EWA. The teachers are caring, they get involved with the kids and they push them to reach goals that are higher than standard educational goals.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2014
I am a student at east wake academy. The school has a lot of focus on the EC program and that is the only reason they have high test scores. The AIG program is basically nonexisant the teachers almost handout As and that makes the parents happy. The school also goes through teachers like it is nothing I have had 9 math teachers in the past 4 years.

- submitted by a community member
November 05, 2012
I have had a kindergartener attending here for the 2012-2013 school year. We have had a great experience so far and anticipate for it to continue. Great, caring teachers. Good communication to our family of two working parents. Great opportunities to be involved volunteering with the school. We look forward to many years to come involved with this WONDERFUL school and GREAT staff.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2012
I have read some negative reviews by parents and would like to give my point of view. First, no school is perfect. I agree with this statement 100%. But I guarantee the is not a better charter or public school around the area. The biggest problem with this school is the few parents who think their child can do no wrong and should be catered to. This school tries to teach kids to solve their own problems and to not just throw their hands up and turn to Mommy and Daddy when things don't go their way. It's called building character and teaching self reliance. I feel some parents could take a lesson in these areas. It's always easier to blame someone else instead of blaming yourself or you child for shortcomings. This school does have to worry about money. It's still growing. Everything costs money. The school can't afford a football team or field as of right now. They want more money so that your children can have a greater experience while attending the school. And yes they do worry about grades, isn't that the point? This school prepares it's student for college and I'm grateful my children attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2012
East Wake Academy is top notch! My family loves our school, its teachers and administrators. I have a children in 2nd, 5th and 9th grades. From elementary to high school we could not be more happy. Anyone who has been to any other public schools like we have can appreciate the difference in them and East Wake Academy. I read the recent comments by one other parent that were made on Dec 9th and Jan 8th and 11th. To describe the headmaster as anything but completely professional and delightful would be amiss. I say East Wake Academy should keep up the good work!!! Kelly B.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2012
If I could give this school a zero I would. If you care about your child(ren) please do NOT send them here. The administrators and staff only care about test scores and not the students. This is not a school of choice, but one of last resort. If you have another option please take it, I am stuck here because it is either here or a high crime school.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2010
I love East Wake Academy because? I-My child was graduated from this school and my grand son who is a middle school student in this school. 2- This school exceeding all expectations in education to prepare our students to the high grades of A+. 3-Has an "Excellence Team" of prepared teachers with Ethic and trust. Have the values of passion, dedication,care and safety of all our childrens. 4-They are very organize in different task. Very hard workers. This School provide a friendship between, parents, teachers and students with respect and positive attitude. Always the best. I vote for East Wake Academy to continue support the AIG program to promote more students to success in graduated with high calification grades to qualify for a scholarship and continue a carrier in college. We need more mentors school like East Wake Academy. Thank you.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2010
As a parent I have felt that the K-4 student's needs are not first for the staff. I do not think that the staff does a good job at making the parents feel free to voice conserns and questions. 5-8 I feel does a pretty good job. I only wish they would let the kids express themselves more. The high school has a leader that truley loves what he does and, is great at it. Education is a hard job. You have to love your job and the school's ways. Many teachers do not look like they are happy working at this school. They do not seem like they feel united. They show it on the way they deal with the kids. I feel that this school can be great. The education would improve if they look a different direction with the students. The staff would need alot of help. Trainning.

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October 26, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
no rating October 13, 2009
The administration is good and the teachers have the support of the adminstration which is so rare these days. The teachers CARE and make learning fun even though they do not make as much money as they could at a public school which shows how the teachers are special. The headmaster is brilliant on the way he runs the school as an educational facility but it is also a business and we parents are like employees and held accountable to be involved which also helps the school, teachers and other parents.

- submitted by a parent
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- submitted by a student
April 07, 2009
We came after being in a well known christian school in Raleigh. EWA is by far the school for us. My kids are so much happier!!!

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April 01, 2009
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December 10, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
November 23, 2008
I LOVE EWA - We have been at the school for over two years and it is great. The teachers truly love what they do and care about the kids. The head master is amazing and the programs are varied and challenging and engaging for the kids. Parent involvement is highly expected and appreciated. I can't say enough good things about the school.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2008
My daughter loves going to school! She excels in her classes, she feels challenged but not overwhelmed. The teachers have made themselves available for additional help or to answer questions on a DAILY basis. My daughter says the kids here are nicer and better behaved than at her previous school, and I feel the teachers respond quickly and openly to my comments and questions. What's not to love?

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2008
My children entered EWA from a private school environment. What we learned from the private school is 'show us the money', don't bother trying to be involved in the classroom--we'll take care of your child, and if your child needs additional academic help learning a concept -- that is what 'tutors' are for.... Nothing could be further from the truth for East Wake Academy. There is no cost, no 'class conflicts' because all of the children wear the same uniforms....parent involvement is welcomed and if your child needs help, the teacher's are wonderful to offer it. What a blessing to be able to send my children to the same school from Kindergarten through 12th grade! No concerns of reassignments or children at separate schools or schedules! I wish there were more options like this for parents -- May the Lord continue to bless the school, the teachers and the administrators!

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2008
It is a priviledge to be a EWA family! After waiting for more than two years on the waiting list I can honestly say that its worth the wait! The teachers at EWA are not only certified but they love teaching and most importantly they love the students. The family atomosphere is second to none - the fact that EWA is a free public charter school is amazing. The cost of uniforms is a drop in the bucket compared to what you would pay elsewhere to attend a private college prep k-12 school. Discipline issues are handled promptly and are not tolerated. While the teachers are loving, kind and patient persistant classroom disruptions are not an option at EWA. My children have received afterschool academy services for EOG prep, math tutoring, etc. All of these services are offered by their teachers at no cost....find that somewhere else! EWA = Great!

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2008
EWA has been a tremendous blessing to our family. We have been extremely pleased with the education our son has received. He is in kindergarten and is reading at the 2nd grade level and doing math that other kids do in 1st grade! His teachers, both Ms. McInerney and Ms. Weatherspoon, have gone above and beyond in so many ways to teach our son the skills he needs to grow and develop academically, socially and emotionally. The attention we have received from the principal and other support staff with some particular concerns due to our son's special needs has been phenomenal. They have offered individual time and attention as well as genuine care and concern for the well being of our child. The opportunity to be part of his school experience as an involved parent is wonderful. It is a privelage to be a part of such a top quality school.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2008
My son has attended EWA since kindergarten and this is as close to home as you can get. The teachers and staff along with the students and parents are all in this together!

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- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2007
I am a student at East Wake Academy and have been here for nine years. This school is overall pretty good. My teachers are great and I feel safe here. We do have our share of problems here but every school does. This is a good school and I will be staying here until I graduate.

- submitted by a student
October 16, 2007
As a former student I fill that it is my duty to inform parents that East Wake Academy has equipped me with all the skills that I need not only to be successful professionally,but also emotionally and mentally. The staff is not only concerned with how well you do in class but how well you do in life. Each and every staffer takes there role very seriously, in turn, keeping students serious about their role. My hope is that all parents wish the same for their children. GO EAGLES!

- submitted by a former student
September 25, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 11, 2007
My daughter started East Wake Academy in 5th grade. She is now a Freshman in High School. I wouldn't let her go to any other school. The teachers and staff are wonderful to her. Her grades have raised to straight A's and I am so proud to have a school that cares and loving people to teach my daughter. I have a rising kindergarter for next year and I will be sending her also. The school is the best around anywhere. I rate this school tops and the staff also.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2007
Our son is a Kindergartner at EWA and this is the BEST SCHOOL EVER! He cannot wait to go sto school every day! They really care about the students and the academics is the best. It is a home for your child in which to excel! Our daughter will be going there in 2 years and she can hardly wait.

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August 10, 2007
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- submitted by a student
July 20, 2007
East Wake Academy is the best thing that has ever happened to me and my brother. We love it there! We would never go back to regular public schools. East Wake Academy cares about the students and the parents. This is a great school! My brother and I will be planning to go there until gradation in high school. I so thankful that my mom and dad put me in East Wake Academy!

- submitted by a student
July 12, 2007
My children are entering their 5th year at EWA this month and I am very satisfied with the education they are receiving. EWA is a very family oriented school and strives to involve the entire family. We will definitely be at EWA K-12!

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June 07, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2007
My child has been a student at EWA since the 7th grade. I have been well pleased with the school and the 'on campus' leadership. I believe that EWA is a great school with good campus leadership. I am concerned as others, on the high teacher turnover. EWA's biggest problem is their School Board. The entire Board should be replaced. They are political and do nothing to enhance East Wake Academy.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2007
I have been at this school for a few years now and I can easily say its the easiest school I have ever been to. I hate to say it but east wake academy isn't challenging their students (me). its not that I am gifted or exceptionally smart, its simply that the school isn't putting forth the effort to the education of their students! I believe the headmaster (smith) is too worried about what people think of him and the image he is creating for the public but not worried about the important things. He was hired and came to this school to build a school, and that's all he is good for, building. what happens when everyone realizes we have a great building...but low test scores. I am in high school and will be graduating from east wake academy, and sadly, that is not going to be an accomplishment.

- submitted by a student
April 19, 2007
this is a great school the only thing I have a problem about is the uniform but after begin their for five almost six it just gets better the uniform don't bother me any more and the have a great set of teacher their I love it now I going to be a high schooler and it is going to be even better

- submitted by a student
April 14, 2007
My children have been going to EWA for 4 years and the teacher turn over is very high. We have received less communication from the school as to what is going on and the parents morale is way down.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2007
My daughter is a student at EWA and she loves the fact that she has the opportunity to wear uniforms, she likes all of her teachers and especially Mrs. Baker. My daughter states that she makes learning fun for her. Her grades are always improving, and she seems to be happy at this school. The principal and vice- principal are wonderful, and really make sure that the students are safe and abide by the rules. I do not know what I would have done if my daughter did not get accepted to attend EWA.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2007
The students, parents and other staff are great. The environment is family like and similar to a private school. Unfortunately the principal is not very good. The school has a lot of potential, but in 5 years of his leadership, scores have not gone up as they should have. There seems to be a hostile environment for many employees.

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April 04, 2007
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- submitted by a student
February 23, 2007
I love EWA . The teachers seem very happy there and if the teachers are happy the students excel. I commend the staff for making EWA a warm happy and stimulating environment . I came from a regular public school. and the difference is like night and day .My kids are happy every morning to go to this school and I am happy they are there.April Morton

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2007
My child is in Kindergarten at EWA and we LOVE it! His teachers are very patient and forthcoming with information about his academic and social progress. The staff and teachers are all friendly and helpful. Headmaster Smith keeps the parents informed of school happenings through regular newsletters. My son enjoys the extracurricular activities offered (especially KEEP club). I enjoy being able to be in the classroom with my son. Parent involvement is such a plus! I would recommend EWA to everyone I know. We plan on staying at this school K-12!

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2007
My daughter has attended EWA since kindergarten and is now in 3rd grade. I believe that she is receiving a quality education here. I have found the teachers and administration very approachable. The school is still small enough where the administrative staff know many of the children by name. We now have a new K-5th grade building with a new gym. The new building is beautiful and well designed. Prior to the new building there were limitations on the extracurricular activities available but they are now growing. I fully expect more programs to develop as the school grows. The school encourages parental involvement which I appreciate. My daughter's grandmother even volunteers in the classroom. I believe that EWA offers quality and sustainability to my child's education.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2006
I have been nothing but happy with EWA, my child has been there since its inception. She loves her teachers and she loves the comradery she has with students of all grades and the teachers. I have had my child in a public education setting from the beginning of her school tenure and EWA is a much better place for her to learn and grow. Yes, it is unfortunate that they do not have Football Teams, Homecoming and some of the other activities, but EWA is growing and the future of this school is bright.

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September 19, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2006
My 2 children attend EWA and I could not ask for a better place to send them. My son has learning difficulties and the school has bent over backwards to help him. My daughter is in the AIG-type program and loves it. This school offers something for everyone, whether a student is gifted, learning disabled or anything in between. The teachers at EWA go above and beyond for their students. The field trips and enrichment activities are fun and esxciting for the kids. This school is a great place to be.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2006
At EWA there is a high turn over of teachers. The headmaster is more concerned about the numbers than the education provided to the students. We have become more of a public school that we are all trying to get away from. My childs scores have dropped in the last year due to the teacher turn over. I cant help but wonder why this is allowed to continue. Something needs to be done soon!

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2006
In the last 2 years EWA has become a school more concerned with numbers than the academic excellence it should have after 8 years. EWA is no better than the average public school, without the govermental funding. The headmaster is more concerned with power than he is positive leadership. The certified teacher turn over is proof of this. He has failed to produce quality programs for the academically gifted or the learning disabled. There are few extracurricular programs for the K-5 students. If you choose to enroll your child at EWA, you will need to watch their scores. My daughter went from a 94% reading to a 65% reading in one year at EWA. Teacher certification is only around 13% and the classroom sizes have grow to overcrowding.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2006
This school's academics are substandard. The teacher turnover is atrocious. I don't know how they are alloweed to function as a public school. This school is very much consumed in politics. I truly hate that my tax dollars are being wasted providing children with substandard education. This school does not appear, from my children's experience, to really care about the quality of student they produce but the quantity of students they have. This charter school has completely lost its focus for numbers and money.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2006
This school is good for lower level special needs children. The academically gifted child will greatly suffer by attending this school. My child had a 9 point scale score drop in one year. It is amazing what a disadvantage it puts students at when they are put back into the public schools who were previously in the Gifted program, are now having to struggle to keep up. From experience, they will promise you the world and never fulfill their promises. This was so eloquently put when my friend said '...her child high achiever child had in 1.5 years had been taught to be average'.

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February 02, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2006
My daughter is in the 1st grade at EWA. We chose that school to avoid the possibility of redistricting and to avoid some of the other issues we saw in the public schools. The staff is excellent and Headmaster Smith keeps parents informed via regular newsletters. The new K-5 building is great. I do worry about the lack of extracurricular activities, but think that once my children are in upper grades, there will be more to offer. This will be important to have in their portfolios when it is time to think about college. As far as community perception, I would like the school to have a better reputation. Some think it is a 'school of last resort' for the 'bad kids'. Nothing could be further from the truth! We plan to stick with EWA through grade 12.

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2005
EWA needs a new board and headmaster. The school is a gossip nest where little gets done. I feel bad my tax money goes for this school because it's adpoted a right-wing so called 'Christian' doctorin that last time I checked was un-constitutional.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2005
The quality of academic programs is somewhat well. The music department is great for Elementry school, parent involvment is great.I love the fact parents are allowed to be in class room with there child.Also from my opion it seems the school does not like children with disabilaties in there school.In my opion the headmaster of the school does not want to hire special educators for children with learning problems.If the childs family has money within the family the child will be well liked by the headmaster and his staff.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2004
School board is full of egomaniacs without accountability.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2004
It is a great school. The principal is very competent. The teachers are patient and considerate. The teachers are kind to all the students. The school climate promotes leadership among the students. The uniforms make it less likely that some students will be teased or singled out.

- submitted by a student
May 18, 2004
My child has been at the school for 5 years know. With Mr. Smith in charge now the school is definately heading in the right direction. I am pleased with the results he is getting and for the future plans for the education of our kids.

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September 09, 2003
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East Wake Academy
400 NMC Drive, Zebulon, NC  27597
(919) 404-0444
Last modified East Wake Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
East Wake Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 60 reviews.