School Details

Turner Creek Elementary

6801 Turner Creek Road, Cary, NC 27519
(919) 363-1391
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 805 students 17 students/teacher (NC avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

77%
61%
47%
67%
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

78%
59%
48%
68%
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

75%
62%
48%
55%
51%
40%
61%
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

Turner Creek Elementary is a public elementary school in Cary. The principal of Turner Creek Elementary is Ms Lisa Spalding, who can be contacted at lspalding@wcpss.net. 805 students attend Turner Creek Elementary and identify as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 14% of the 805 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Turner Creek Elementary is 17:1. Davis Drive Elementary is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 8% 15%
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 24%
White, non-Hispanic 64% 49%
Multiracial 4% 4%
Asian 17% 6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 6%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.4% 0.3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 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 14% 35%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    This is a very good school the overall commitment of most of the staff by far is excellent. Can the school improve of course but it is a great foundation with some wonderful programs. Is it little ivy league land I don't know but I will say Thank You to all the wonderful people at this very fine school!

  • (1 year ago)

    School lacks effective administrative leadership. Staff and administrators alike are unreliable - don't expect appointments to be kept or commitments to be met. Sadly my 7 and 8 year old children have a stronger sense of personal responsibility than do most of the staff.

  • (1 year ago)

    BEWARE!!!!!! Keep up with your child here because they will call Child Protective Services on you for NO REASON AT ALL!!!! Maybe they are trying to keep their ratings up like other schools by making you feel unsafe at this school just BEWARE!!!

  • (2 years ago)

    I absolutely LOVE this school. From the front door and entering the office I am always greeted with a smiling face. My child has been there for 4 years in this school. The teachers are always smiling and appear to enjoy their job. I TOTALLY disagree that the previous post said these teachers appear "to be bored and not make learning fun". I talk with them and they definitely love their job. The school does a great job at communicating all that is going on through many ways. The Principal may not be what others believe the last one was in the way of cozy but she is a great leader for our children's teachers. Not every 'changing of the guards" is always what the previous has been & I personally don't expect the exact same from someone different. I respect the difference in people and love the vision Lisa has for this school. I've seen her on many occasions at the front door welcoming the kids in the morning. I volunteer in the school regularly and see the product of a loving faculty at Turner Creek Elementary. The PTA has some great events programs and fundraising done at the school to give our kids what they need to stay up to date. Keep up the great work to ALL!!!

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is awesome! You walk in the front door and you feel the love! The front office staff greets you with a smile. Teachers always smile in the hallway and have positive things to stay. The student work in the hallways reflects relevant learning. The teachers are great! My three sons started when the school opened and I am on my last son and all teachers have been hard working dedicated and focused on learning making a positive experience for us all!

  • (2 years ago)

    TCE has lost its way. I agree with the previous post whole-heartedly. It has gone downhill since the previous principal left. My children have been at this school since it opened. We used to see Mrs. Hargrove every day before or after school. I have seen Mrs. Spalding two times in the past 2 years. With the exception of one fantastic Kindergarten teacher every (yes I said every) teacher we have had there seem to be bored with their jobs and don't care about making learning 'fun' for the kids. I don't expect my kids to be entertained all day long but it sure would be nice if these teachers would get some spring back in their steps. My youngest dreads going there everyday. We are so disappointed and unenchanted with this once great school we are thinking about requesting a transfer. Sad.

  • (3 years ago)

    The school has gone downhill ever since Jan Hargrove left. My children have attended since the school first opened. Mrs. Hargrove was incredible and made TCE what it was. A few years ago she left and the school has changed for the worst. To be fair we gave the new principal one year. It was horrible. The new teachers that she brought with her should not be teaching. We complained and never got results. You never see the principal and my children went from loving TCE to disliking it.

  • (3 years ago)

    I wish we had our previous Principal back. Not impressed with the direction the school has taken since she left. Test scores down never seen Principal. When she is seen she is giving her stellar admin staff a hard time.

  • (3 years ago)

    I check and speak with my kids about their school and schoolwork. From what I have seen the materials taught is either one or two grades below what it should be. I understand some kids take time to catch up but this is not the way. Also this hinders the students who can move ahead. Maybe they can start a gifted program or some sort. Also it does not seem like they have much homework either. It is hard for me to assess their level when nothing comes home besides a vague progress report.

  • (3 years ago)

    Although I don't have a lot of time to get more involved in activities at the school I know a lot of other parents do. I have met the teachers for my third grader and Kindegartener and they both impressed me as being dedicated and involved teachers. There are many opportunities to volunteer at the school and to get involved with what's going on there. I am impressed with the school and would recommend it to other parents who want a quality school great teachers and an involved community.

  • (5 years ago)

    Turner Creek is such a great school. The students are taught at their own pace as much as I've seen at a private school. My second grade student is given many challenging activities that do not involve a set of work sheets to simply keep her busy. Whan my son had this same teacher he was given all the extra reading help he needed to catch up to grade level. Both of my children love coming to school every day.

  • (6 years ago)

    Turner Creek is an amazing school - my thanks to Mrs. Hargrove and her dedicated team of teachers and support faculty! My daughter has attended two private schools in the past and the support she receives at Turner Creek far surpasses the private schools. I am very involved in both my children's classes - field trips reader's workshop reading to the class and visiting for lunch. We're thrilled to be part of the Tree Frog Community!

  • (6 years ago)

    Turner Creek is an awesome school! Jan Hargrove is incredible with the students and staff and she strives to make the school environment one in which everyone is successful! The staff is very dedicated and hardworking. Many teachers remain at school into the evening hours and will request the building be open on Saturdays to prepare for the coming week(s). The parents and students seem very happy with the programs available and the support they get from staff and administration. Turner Creek has a wonderful population of parents who are welcome and encouraged to be a part of his/her child's classroom (not observing and critiquing but helping and supporting students and teachers)! I could not be more pleased with the experience I've had at Turner Creek!

  • (6 years ago)

    Turner Creek is a FABULOUS school! The principle is great with being nominated for Principle of the Year several years in a row now as proof! The staff is overall very good with many dedicated teachers. To rate the entire school poorly due to one poor experience with a single teacher is not fair to all of the teachers who do go above and beyond. Great communication parental involvement an active PTA make this a School of Excellence!

  • (6 years ago)

    Turner Creek has not lived up to the hype!! The school was supposed to be the absolute best thanks to the principal and team of teacher's she's hired. Our child's teacher should have been fired years ago for sheer laziness! She doesn't want to grade papers so she doesn't give homework and 98% of the classwork that does comes home is uncorrected. We discovered she can't even answer the math problems she gives her students!! This school year has been a waste of time. Our child has learned so little!

  • (6 years ago)

    This is the best school!! I have never experienced a school where the priniciple knows each student by name. Every teacher is here to help the students learn to their fullest potential. The teachers love to be there because it is such a positive enviroment. This school makes learning fun. The kids want to be here and it shows from their progress each year. Its an honor to be able to attend such a wonderful school!

  • (7 years ago)

    We have had some problems with Turner Creek. The school is fairly new and the principal was transferred to the school from another. We largely wanted our kids to attend this school because of the principal. However what we later learned is that the school really does not want too much parental involvement. We were simply not allowed as parents to sit in on classes for our 2nd grader even though he was experiencing a great deal of anxiety as a result of class. The principal said there was an 'open door policy ' but when it came down to us exercising that policy it suddenly changed. Academically our kids have suffered basically because of the soft curriculum of North Carolina.

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