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About This School

Farmington Woods Elementary is a public elementary school in Cary. The principal of Farmington Woods Elementary is Ms Anne Winston Pierce and can be contacted at awpierce@wcpss.net. 794 students attend Farmington Woods Elementary and are mostly Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 28% of the 794 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Farmington Woods Elementary is 14:1. Briarcliff Elementary is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Football
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 6% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 53% 49%
Hispanic 16% 15%
Black, non-Hispanic 13% 24%
Asian 12% 6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.3%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.1% 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 28% 35%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    My daughter started Kindergarten at Farmington Woods this year and we couldn't be happier! I was a little concerned about the size of the school (over 800 students) but all of the teachers seem to know my daughter's name and her academic skills have skyrocketed. Though she is advanced for her age she is well challenged in this environment. I would strongly recommend this school to anyone - and have.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school has good academic and physical programs.The teachers are understanding and caring.The school overall has a well rounded program for development in all areas of learning .

  • (2 years ago)

    I strongly disagree with the previous comment. I obviously cannot speak for the experience of all parents; however my child has special needs and not only have I never felt bullied in any way but every request for assistance i've ever made has been addressed immediately -- almost warp-speed. Other parents with children requiring accommodations -- all across the range of need -- have expressed the same opinion to me. My daughter's teachers always keep me "in the loop" and have done a wonderful job. It is a large school and of course there have been a couple of staff members with whom I was less than pleased -- but those staff members were gone the next year and replaced by people who were both WONDERFUL. My daughter has loved all of her teachers and I've been pleased with them as well. The multiculturalism is fantastic. The principal is extremely involved and very accessible.

  • (2 years ago)

    The culture of the school has appeared to change with the new principal. However the new principal does not get rave reviews with all parents. Some parents have felt bullied while trying to advocate for their child's special needs. The diversity of families is great & missed at many other schools. Unfortunately there is no IB Middle School for these students to continue on with.

  • (2 years ago)

    Great School in every aspect; Leadership teachers diversity both on an international and social level. Teachers are way above dedicated Principal is a sweet heart and having things under superb control. Very warm loving cozy and highly academic atmosphere.. just the best fit for all My kids and I LOVE LOVE LOVE and ADMIRE this wonderful school..

  • (2 years ago)

    This is my daughters 2nd year at the school and we absolutely love it! The teachers are amazing! She loves going here and we love all the international exposure she is receiving. Love it!!

  • (3 years ago)

    I agree with the previous comment about 7 being MUCH too low for this school. My child is going into his 4th year at Farmington Woods and with the exception of his kindergarten teacher we have been thrilled with the level of expertise that the teachers have. We have been fortunate enough to now have been named the #1 magnet school in the nation and it is well deserved. The curriculum is top notch the administrators are accessible (I particularly like "Wednesdays with Winston" which is the principal) and the overall "feel" of the school is wonderful. I love the extra after school programs they offer as well as the day to day academics. The students as well as the teachers are incredibly respectful of others and I have yet to hear about any incident with students that wasn't handled quickly and properly. It has been wonderful being part of FWES. The only problem I see is that it doesn't go up to 12th grade!

  • (3 years ago)

    Farmingtonwoods IB/PYP Elementary School was recently named one of the 5 best magnet schools in the country. It was visited by a team of evaluators and may soon be named THE BEST MAGNET SCHOOL IN THE COUNTRY. A score of "7" seems far below how this school should be rated. It is an outstanding school staffed by incredibly dedicated teachers and supported by a tremendous number of passionate volunteers.

  • (3 years ago)

    This is my child's first year and we can already tell a difference with her school experience! The children say hello to each other in the halls and they are courteous and friendly to the adults. The teachers explain things that a student is having difficulty with and seem to really care how they are doing. There are clubs and Spanish class and the whole school really feels like a family. Coming from another school my daughter seems to be behind but I have no doubt with the exceptional teacher she has she will quickly be caught up. We absolutely love this school!

  • (3 years ago)

    I've been very happy with Farmington Woods. I love the spanish program that they have and the IB units that the children do through the year. I feel this school makes a student "think outside the box" and does a great job!

  • (3 years ago)

    I have had children at FWES for 7 years now. I love this school. The diversity is amazing. We have wonderful teacherts and a new principal this year who is outstanding. My oldest went to middle school OVER prepared. This school has an amzing PTA and a great support system for kids and parents.

  • (3 years ago)

    The cultural studies and diversity.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school has it all! Excellent principal and teachers along with great PTA.

  • (3 years ago)

    Excellent teachers and adminstration; hardworking dedicated PTA; International Baccalaureate magnet school

  • (4 years ago)

    I also agree with the comment below. Please review normal childhood development kindergarten teachers!!! . My first experience with a child in kindergarten has not been the pleasant experience I was looking forward to either.

  • (4 years ago)

    The Kindergarten teacher certainly knows the material which needs to be covered which is top notch. However the problem is the lack of child psychology wearing blinders when problem arises related to behavior among classmates. Stating "that's not my area of expertise" does not suffice. Teachers need to know the whole child as much as possible. With growing class sizes and shrinking budgets I don't see how that will be feasible. My first experience with a child in kindergarten has not been the pleasant experience I was looking forward to. Private Preschool and preK did not prepare me for the not-warm-and-fuzzy kindergarten experience I'd hoped for.

  • (4 years ago)

    Both of my kids loves going to Farmington woods elementary. The teachers are doing great. I happy with the education that is provided here. I do have some concerns with the Principals leadership qualities. She does not have the IB attitude which they are trying to teach in the school. Thank God she is leaving the school. She does not address the parents concerns/needs. I do not want to be very specific but if you ever have an issue don't bother seeing her as she will not address them or will ask you to talk to the Vice Principal. Although her signature will be there in the papers she does not know what she is signing. I rate the school principal leadership 0%. The good thing that is going to happen is that she is leaving to a new school. I wish the new school will have a miracle.

  • (4 years ago)

    Awsome school I recomend this school for any child k-5.They are so caring and nice here and have really helped my 2 girls every step of the way. Thank you for having such great People run this lovely school!!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    My son just started kindergarten and so far I am loving the school and so is he. The teachers are great. He has learned so much since he has started school.

  • (5 years ago)

    My child has learned a breadth of skills and content here. He receives very good instruction in art music technology PE and Spanish in addition to his regular classroom subjects. Regarding behavior the students are held to a high standard. Afterschool clubs are offered which doesn't happen in many elementary schools.

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