School Details

Northwoods Elementary

8850 Chapel Hill Road, Cary, NC 27513
(919) 460-3491
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 530 students 15 students/teacher (NC avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

60%
61%
47%
58%
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

49%
59%
48%
56%
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

84%
62%
48%
50%
51%
40%
65%
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

Northwoods Elementary is a public elementary school in Cary. The principal of Northwoods Elementary is Ms Robin Wahl, who can be contacted at rwahl@wcpss.net. 530 students go to Northwoods Elementary and identify mostly as Asian; Multiracial; and White, non-Hispanic. 44% of the 530 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Northwoods Elementary is 15:1. Kingswood Elementary is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 9% 6%
Multiracial 5% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 41% 49%
Hispanic 23% 15%
Black, non-Hispanic 22% 24%
Asian/Pacific Islander 12% 6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.3%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.2% 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 44% 35%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    I have twin daughters who attend this school. We have moved around frequently and have been to Alston Ridge and Turner Creek elementary as well. Those schools would appear on the outside to be more "elite". They were not... they were just new and less demographically diversed. My daughters have LOVED this school more then any other school. Most importantly they have had more projects have learned more this year then any where else. Their grades have come up and their reading has sky rocketed. I would recommend this school to anyone and also warn parents to not judge schools based on demographics or the "newness" of the school. (Ms. Turner 1st grade was a wonderful teacher)

  • (1 year ago)

    This is our first year at Northwoods with 2 children attending. I am underwhelmed. You never see the principal. As a title one school I think there are a lot of hardworking parents who don't have time to volunteer at the school or feel uncomfortable because English is not there first language. One of my child's teachers is great and the other seems to be a nervous wreck around children. Food for thought. We are looking at other schooling options.

  • (1 year ago)

    We loved this school so much that when we bought our house in a different section of Cary I decided to drive my children to Northwoods everyday. It's about 10 min from our home to the school and at a minimum of 4 times a day that adds up! The teachers are caring and hard working. The PTA and parents are very involved and welcoming. I have one child in the Academically Gifted program and another receiving Speech Therapy who also suffers from an anxiety disorder. So I have seen this school from all different sides...and they have never disappointed me. We are a Northwoods family!

  • (1 year ago)

    Great school my 3 daughters and I love it. I'm very happy ti choose this school

  • (2 years ago)

    This is our base school and I was hesitant when we started for Kindergarten but my expectations have been exceeded above and beyond. The teaching staff is awesome! we've had 3 different principles over the years but that hasn't impacted the quality of teachers or staff ( the AP has been successful in keeping all of that stable- to her credit). The PTA is awesome and very involved. Parents are very much involved in the school and it is appreciated and encouraged.

  • (2 years ago)

    I can tell you my child spent two years at this school in special ed. and it was awful. They had the mentality that my child should be locked in a classroom in the back of the school and never get to go to the playground the cafeteria assemblies and anything social. My child can't talk so they were able to hide many things from me. It took me weeks to put things together and get an accurate picture and when I did all they did was bring in senior admin people to fight a lawsuit. We ended up getting private evaluations done and it clearly showed how poorly performing my child's teachers were. Avoid at all costs.

  • (3 years ago)

    Our family has been at Northwoods for 7 years now and I've never been more excited about the opportunities for my children's education. Many new clubs science fair as well as positive classroom experiences has made NW a great choice for our family. The NW community is welcoming and sincere. The staff keeps getting stronger and stronger. My last child is starting K and I expect her to have the best experience yet at NW!

  • (4 years ago)

    I was cautious about going to our base school because I had not heard good things. However our experience over the last 2 years has been EXCELLENT. My child has HF autism and the resource and regular ed staff are wonderful. The former principal went to bat for all the resources needed for my son to be successful at Northwoods. The principal has changed however the new principal appears to have the same values and goals as the last principal so the transition has been smooth. So far we love it there.

  • (4 years ago)

    Northwoods is no longer the school it was 6 years ago. The teachers are all fantastic and the administration is young vibrant and heading in the right direction. The school has a very active PTA and the parents when they can be are very involved in school activities. Also every classroom has up to date technology in the classroom and there is a large fleet of SmartBoards that children use daily. Awesome school.

  • (4 years ago)

    Northwoods is a very nuturing positive enviornment. I am very impressed with the staff. The communication from the teachers and from the office is outstanding. I am always aware of events and assignments. Great place to send your kids!

  • (4 years ago)

    Northwoods is an outstanding school! It is a home like atmosphere where children feel loved and safe. The principals are very visable and involved with all of the children. Dr. Chisnall has brought a lot of new technology to Northwoods which has also benefited my son's education. Overall I could not be more pleased. My son is getting a quality education and the confidence he needs to succeed in life!

  • (4 years ago)

    We moved to Morrisville in Aug. 2010. My daughters love there new school. they felt very welcome. The teachers and staff are great and friendly

  • (5 years ago)

    Great school!! Thank you to all the staff of this wonderful school.

  • (5 years ago)

    Because of my Board of Ed experience in my home community and also due to my extensive coaching high school varsity athletics I feel can critique Northwoods. From Mary Swann down to the Head Custodian Shawn I am convinced that this school is being efficiently and professionally administrated. The teachers and classrooms are impressively prepared and the parent-teacher relationships are most creditable. Northwoods meets or exceeds all learning needs and is a definite credit to both Cary and Wake County. M. V. McNamara

  • (6 years ago)

    We moved from the other side of Cary because our child had been assigned to 3 schools in 3 years. This is our first year at Northwoods and we love it. The school has more diversity then other schools in Cary so the base students never get reassigned like the rest of Cary. The teachers are great. Our teacher this year was more attentive with us and our child then at any of the other three Cary schools. The principal seems friendly. The PTA had the same programs our other schools had and there was no fighting over who could have volunteer time. The PTA makes room for all parents without being clique. Our child especially loves the GT teacher and the wonderful projects the GT teacher puts together for the kids. At our other schools the kids who were ahead were given extra work to do outside unattended in the hallway the kids taught themselves. At Northwoods the GT teacher makes sure all the kids who are ahead have work on their level and she leads them through the work. I also have a friend whose child is in the AU room and she says the AU teacher is the best !!!!

  • (6 years ago)

    Our 2 kids started mid-year after coming from out of state. We were pleased with the level of attention given to students here. It's clear that education and moral fiber are both important here - thanks to the faculty and staff of this greatly diverse school.

  • (7 years ago)

    Northwoods is a really great schools. they have really nice teachers too.

  • (7 years ago)

    Northwoods New Principal is not very good. She has facilitated the lowering of services to many children that receive educational services. She refuses to allow other children who are ahead in subjects to receive instruction in upper classes. The teachers are great the parents are involved but the leadership of the school is again an issue.

  • (9 years ago)

    Northwoods has been a great place for our kids. We don't want to move from the Northwoods district because the teachers the boys have had actually care. They have gone the extra mile to encourage and inspire our kids. The kids are motivated to learn and do not like to miss a day of class. The teachers keep the parents informed and challenge our kids everyday. Northwoods has been a blessing to our family.

  • (10 years ago)

    Three of our children have attended Northwoods Elementary from K-5th grades. We have found the quality of the academic program to be excellent. The teachers overall are caring and well qualified. Parental involvement is very high and the PTA does a wonderful job. Extracurricular activities are somewhat limited except for an incredible 5th grade chorus (Northstar) that consistently outshines most choruses throughout the entire Wake County school system.

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