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Douglas Elementary School - Raleigh, NC

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School NameAddressPhoneGradesCountyTypeDistrict Name
Douglas Elementary School600 Ortega Rd
Raleigh, NC 27609
(919) 881-4894K-5WakepublicWake County Schools

Class SizeGradeYear
21KG2007
1812007
2122007
1832007
1842007
2252007

Ethnic BackgroundPercentYear
White, non-Hispanic53.11422009
Black, non-Hispanic25.60552009
Hispanic19.37722009
Asian/Pacific Islander1.903112009

Students per TeacherYear
12.42009

School Head OfficialYear
Donna Spivey2012

EmailYear
dspivey@wcpss.net2012

DateWhoComments
10/30/2012otherI went to Douglas K-5 and i absolutely loved it. The teachers there seemed to honestly care about how i did in school and my happiness at home. They were very supportive. The magnet program added a lot to the school. The electives like art, dance, and music really made it fun to go to school. We had and extra science class that was very hands on and added a lot to the whole experience. There were a lot of extra curricular activities like Oddessy of the Mind, Lego Club, a dance and art club and a club about service projects. It's a super safe environment. There were never any fights or problems and I never saw much bullying. I loved this school- it really makes you think!
10/1/2012parentI've had nothing but good experiences with the staff at this school. The only problems we've had in the past four years is with one incident of bullying which was investigated & dealt with quickly. All of my child's teachers have been wonderful.They've communicated with parents about what the children are currently studying, they make themselves available if parents have questions or concerns. I have nothing but respect for them. They've been great. The principal of the school is very visible, friendly and approachable. Perhaps my favorite thing is the fact that they have what I will call fluid math and reading groups within a gradelevel. As a child improves they can get moved up to a higher group or if they need to work at a slower pace they can be moved down to a group that is working slower. There is no rigid structure where the teacher is limited for the whole year teaching to the student that is having the most problems while the ones are the top spend that class bored out of their minds.
3/12/2012otherWas thrilled to get my child out of this school. Lack of communication, support, patience, and teaching strategies caused frustration. Elementary schools should be fun, loving, safe, and friendly. That was not our experience here.
2/17/2012parentThe school offers great advanced classes and student structure, but I have three complaints. 1) There is no computer lab (actually just no teacher) class for students to use on a daily/weekly basis. 2) There is lack of communication regarding the cirriculumn (besides the homework sent home). 3) I feel that the office adminstration is rather unwelcoming and unfriendly (whether I'm there to volunteer, check out my child or join my child for lunch). I have considered transferring my child back to Joyner Elementary, which I highly recommend to any parent!
8/31/2011parentThis a a great school. I am satisfied that I transferred him into this school. The teachers are caring and actually show you that they wanna help your child do better in learning and following the many rules they have. I respect their rules for the children of all ages because it forms discipline and helps to control them even when leaving school. I have no regrets in comparision to Wilburn which is a horrible school. A new building won't change the interior of the place.
7/5/2011parentDouglas has been such a blessing. My son is ADD and quite smart. However, he was really struggling in our neighborhood school and the staff just wanted "more meds". All the staff have helped my boy to be above grade level in all areas, now. They seem to understand how he learns and the teaching philosophy makes school interesting for him. We love the teachers, support staff and the administration.
7/2/2011parentI was very disappointed in this school and dont recommend it for anyone.My child was advanced at his other school and challenged and when we came to Douglas it was a total disappointment! They are poor in academics and we are very excited to be leaving!
10/19/2010parentBecause everyone there seems to really care about what is best for the kids!
10/18/2010parentDouglas was a God send for us and our children. We had been at another school when one of my children was diagnosed with ADD andwas having problems. We applied at Douglas and got in. Both of my children have thrived at Douglas. Their methodology and theology of teaching have made my children excel far beyond what I imagined. And the ADD child is now in AG/gifted classes! We are so happy with the teaching staff at Douglas they are all wonderfully gifted and talented!! We feel blessed!
4/14/2010parentWe moved took our children out of their base school because it didn't/wasn't working for us. One of my 2 children was diagnosed with ADD and was having a hard time with the way the base regular school taught. Douglas is a Creative Arts and Science Magnet. Their theory of multiple intelligences teaching been a blessing for us. Both of my children are thriving at Douglas. The way they incorporate every theme and topic that they are learning about in their 'specials' like dance, drama and art in great! They literately/figuratively danced up a storm and hurricane complete with wind and clouds, like cumulus, was genius! To combine Science with Dance, Art and Drama is amazing and makes learning fun for the kids! Which is the way it should be. The principal, teachers and stall are all wonderful. Each with their own unique qualities that bring allot of knowledge to the table. From going Green to helping in the community Douglas is a great place to learn.
4/13/2010parentDouglas is a small, neighborhood elementary with a true, old fashioned, community atmosphere. Beautiful grounds, building and exceptional teachers and staff.
4/2/2010parentI debated private school for my child but after learning what Douglas had to offer, decided to give it a try. Since, we have been extremely pleased with the magnet program in terms of development. We have a rising 2nd grader and she is learning foreign languages, arts, drama, science, computer skills, and so much more. Overall, the teachers are quite good and work as a group to help each student reach his/her potential. My daughter started Kindergarten at Douglas and is now headed into 2nd grade. So far, a positive experience in terms of catering to my child's learning style.
4/2/2010parentI debated private school for my child but after learning what Douglas had to offer, decided to give it a try. Since, we have been extremely pleased with the magnet program in terms of development. We have a rising 2nd grader and she is learning foreign languages, arts, drama, science, computer skills, and so much more. Overall, the teachers are quite good and work as a group to help each student reach his/her potential. My daughter started Kindergarten at Douglas and is now headed into 2nd grade. So far, a positive experience in terms of catering to my child's learning style.
7/8/2009parentAs of summer 2009, I have a rising 2nd grader and one entering kindergarten at Douglas. Overall, we have found the teachers at Douglas to be very good. The PTA seems to have had some politics and drama during the 08-09 year. The administration seems involved and responsive to concerns. Finally, the arts and sciences magnet program has done wonders for our older child's development.
8/30/2006parentMy first child entered Douglas in 1994; my last 'graduated' in 2006. The Magnet Program really does seem to cater to different kids' different learning styles. For each of mine, the experience was one of happiness and achievement close to the fulfillment of their potential; they did not want to leave! They were were well-prepared for Middle School. Their talents were recognized and encouraged, and weaknesses were acknowledged and worked on; I was informed of areas of difficulty so could help them at home. The teachers and other staff are talented, dedicated, approachable, and do much more than their job descriptions require; I have seen a lot of help given to new families, not just to settle in to the school, but also to settle in to the city. Other parents have been helpful and welcoming. Several fun and challenging extra-curricular activities available. (Principal new so have not rated).
2/9/2006parentPrior to transferring to Raleigh my children were in a private school in Charlotte where I was very happy.I decided to try Douglas since I had heard great things and both of my children are extremely happy. The parent involvement is exceptional and the teachers also very supportive and want your students to learn.


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