School Details

Highcroft Elementary

5415 Highcroft Drive, Cary, NC 27519
(919) 460-3527
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 846 students 15 students/teacher (NC avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

87%
61%
47%
84%
57%
45%

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Wake County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

82%
59%
48%
79%
54%
44%

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Wake County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

86%
62%
48%
77%
51%
40%
86%
57%
45%

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Wake County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Highcroft Elementary is a public elementary school in Apex. The principal of Highcroft Elementary is Mr Matthew Gamble, who can be contacted at mgamble@wcpss.net. 846 children attend Highcroft Elementary and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 7% of the 846 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Highcroft Elementary is 15:1. Mills Park Elementary is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 68% 49%
Multiracial 6% 4%
Hispanic 5% 15%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 24%
Asian 17% 6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 13% 6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.3%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 7% 35%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    HDE offers a lot of positive things including a solid understanding and commitment to core instruction. However it lacks in quality of its special classes and few extracurricular clubs compared to surrounding elementary schools. Although the principal exhibits strong leadership and the school boasts an active PTA the front office presents an unfriendly and almost negative first impression of the culture of the school. More positive presences would be welcome in a children's learning environment.

  • (1 year ago)

    I like the school very much it has lot of good qualities to tell about the school.The number one about the school is it has good rating about from the beginning of the school and the other is good teachers and the principal who monitors the school very good rating and even the parents also show the same responsibility.they even has good reputation for the high croft school.My son likes the school which is so important as a parent

  • (1 year ago)

    Highcroft Elementary School has done a phenomenal job preparing my child for middle school. A great neighborhood school with a strong sense of community the teachers build strong study habits in the children and a love for learning. Couldn't be more pleased.

  • (1 year ago)

    I had to contact the school to fix a messup the school has made to my son. Both the front desk and the assistant principal were not helpful at all. Very disappointed. It seems the school has a serious issue with the management.

  • (1 year ago)

    Our daughter went through Highcroft Drive Elementary and has been on a great trajectory ever since with top honors through middle school and now also as ninth grade in high school. Our son is currently in 1st grade and we still feel both the school and community are excellent.

  • (2 years ago)

    Horrible School.If your child has any kind of disablity do not consider this one at all.My son had a speech issue and was shoved in the class for autism where the teachers were too occoupied with the ones that created trouble than to really pay attention to what my son was doing.We had to get private speech /OT as the school hardly did any at all.The teachers had NO idea what my son could do and continue to label him as "borderline functioning".Luckily he aged out of the class in 2 years and is now in private school in regular class with no issues all.run away in the opposite direction if this one is offered to you !

  • (3 years ago)

    Our daughter attended Kindergarten at HDE. We loved the area and the whole "neighborhood school" concept. We actually liked the year round school at that time. I believe that they are on a single track program now. Unfortunately my daughter had 3 different teachers during her Kindergarten year. Although it was beyond anyone's control we were very disappointed. The principal did not communicate very well and was just not available. For example when my daughter started first grade in San Antonio they had to transfer her teacher after the first week due to decrease class numbers which meant she would have a new first grade teacher. Although I was very upset at first it was only the first week of school. I received a phone call directly from the principal AND the counselor spoke to the students!! At HDE my daughter had her first teacher for almost 6 mos 2nd for about the same time. We only received a letter stating that she would be having a new teacher. We have since moved to San Antonio Texas and have been more than impressed with the principal and teacher involvement which I didn't feel we had at HDE.

  • (4 years ago)

    Sorry I have had kids in the school for several years and am underwhelmed. The academics each year have been pretty far behind what the above average kid should be able to do. They do have an Academically gifted program for those supposedly at the top (but it was not a big deal) but they have nothing for the bright or above average kids. I had to supplement my children's education to overcome the schools academic weakness. I think that this is a school where the kids-of-moderately-well-to-do-professionals go. (There are many indian kids that are really at the top of their classes.) If you are a professional and don't mind having to push your bright child to study outside the school you can do worse than this safe well maintained shiny new school attended by well-off kids. Don't kid yourself though. For top academics try Endeavor or Magellan Charter Schools.

  • (4 years ago)

    We love this school. Having come from CT we're finding that our kids are challenged here. This must be a good indication for this school system because we came from a very highly rated school back home. It's been 2 years and the kids are well adjusted and love their school. Mrs. Hughes is efficient and level headed. We've always felt our kids are in good and loving hands.

  • (4 years ago)

    Our two children have attended Highcroft since they were in Kindergarten. One is now in 4th grade the other is in 2nd. We have been extremely happy with our school. The teachers are kind and effective. The staff including the principal are friendly and helpful. No complaints here!

  • (5 years ago)

    I'm not sure what bad reviews are about. Highcroft is a great school. I have one child in Highcroft now and one who attend from 1st - 5th grad very well prepared for middle school. As for the principle how many do you know that would actually attend the 5th grade trip to Camp Don Lee and participate in the activities with the kids side by side. Very pleased with this school.

  • (5 years ago)

    The sense of community and mutual caring between fellow parents and teachers is palpable. The children are well cared for and the school is a nurturing atmosphere. It is the ideal school for our children. Our parents are very involved in the classroom.

  • (5 years ago)

    The teachers are very caring. Everyone is very respectful to the children so the children act respectful. There's a lot of parent involvement and sense of community.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am very disappointed with Higcroft. We have been here for 3 years and have one super teacher. Most staff is pleasant but the principal is hardly ever seen and very unavailable I am surprised by some of the comments posted because under the 'stepford appearance' I think lots of staff and parents are unsatisfied. There is good parent involvement but I don't think teachers or parents get the support that I have experienced in the passed. If it was not for the test scores there would be nothing to the school.

  • (5 years ago)

    Surprisingly disappointing school. This principal is very disconnected from the students and at times does not seem to be able to answer basic questions about school operations. Our child attended for two years one teacher was absolutely fantastic the other was very weak. It was clear the great teacher did great things in spite of the administration not because of it. The feedback we heard from other parents and several teachers was that staff was afraid to speak out because administration wasn't interested in their concerns about how to improve the school. We were reassigned to Turner Creek and could not be happier - what a huge difference! TC Elem is a breath of fresh air by comparison.

  • (6 years ago)

    Awesome school with great test scores. My 2 children are in their 3rd year and I have been very happy with teachers every year. The principal runs a tight ship and has a great staff. Very high parental involvement and participation in school activities.

  • (7 years ago)

    Awesome! My husband and I have been so pleased with our first public school experience @ Highcroft. My daughter is thriving in kindergarten and is very excited about going everyday! Very pleased!! Very supportive teacher and principal!

  • (7 years ago)

    Excellent school. Teachers are very supportive Principal is great & parents love to volunteer. Though fairly new school it exceeds all the expectations of parents. I feel very fortunate that we are a part of this great school.

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