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About This School

Morris Grove Elementary School is a public elementary school in Chapel Hill. The principal of Morris Grove Elementary School is Ms Amy Rickard, whose e-mail is 561 students go to Morris Grove Elementary School and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 26% of the 561 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Morris Grove Elementary School is 13:1. Elizabeth Seawell Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Chorus
    • Drawing painting
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • P.E. classes
    • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 9% 12%
White, non-Hispanic 60% 52%
Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 13%
Multiracial 5% 7%
Native American or Native Alaskan 3% 0.1%
Hispanic 13% 14%
Asian 13% 15%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.9% 0.5%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.04%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 26% 27%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    Love MGE so thankful we are here! Amy Rickard is a phenomenal principal who knows every single childs name and makes them all feel important. There was a lot of change in 2012-2013 but that was state wide -- the start of the new year has been extremely impressive and we are excited for another great year!

  • (1 year ago)

    I loved this school at the start but that is waning! The teachers are getting burnt out already with all of the new rules and tests and behavioral problems in the classroom. There is differentiated teaching but the gifted children don't receive a significantly different education than they would without a Gifted Teacher being present in the school. The PTA is very diverse (not just Lake Hogan Farms) but it is getting more political. All around just not the joyful cohesive school it once was.

  • (1 year ago)

    We have 3 children at Morris Grove and have been very pleased with the school. Teachers are excellent--very dedicated and well prepared. The principal is also very committed and a wonderful leader. Downsides are some very large class sizes and some students with excessive behavioral problems. Also there could be more of an emphasis on building community amongst parents.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am a parent of 2 Morris grove students and I can honestly say this school has been a blessing. Great principal excellent caring teachers and a very welcoming environment... My kids love going to school everyday!

  • (3 years ago)

    MGE has exceeded our expectations. The principal is amazing facilities top-notch and our child's teacher is nationally board certified. We have loved the diversity at the school and appreciate the involvement of all families with a vibrant PTA. Redistricting will solve a lot of the crowding issues (some grades have no issue here at all) but having come from a small private school background our child has thrived even in a larger classroom size (studies show that it's better to have a great teacher in a larger class than an average one in a smaller one).

  • (4 years ago)

    I love Morris Grove because of the teachers. They are the best!

  • (4 years ago)

    Our children love Morris Grove but the district's zoning choices mean that Morris Grove is going to be the elementary school with the largest enrollment for several years to come. The Principal Amy Rickard does an excellent job structuring the learning environment and communicating with parents but the rapid growth in enrollment means that there are many very young teachers who are learning on the job. Also the reviewer who mentioned the overwhelming influence of Lake Hogan Farms (a nearby housing development with many very high-cost homes) is correct. The school culture is slightly different at Morris Grove than at other schools that include a more socioeconomically diverse population.

  • (4 years ago)

    We have been absolutely thrilled with our experience at Morris Grove Elementary. The leadership is fantastic creating a very positive learning environment. The staff is highly motivated and professional. My child looks forward to going to school.

  • (4 years ago)

    Fantastic principal and staff! New and beautiful.

  • (4 years ago)

    Morris Grove has alot of parentand staff participation not only during the school day but afterschool hours and on the weekends.They have 2 system level special ed classes with developmentally delayed students that are part of the school in every way.The principal is very active with all the students and staff and is very easy to approach about anything.

  • (4 years ago)

    We left Carrboro Elementary for this Morris Grove thinking it would be a much better school because it was new and everyone was so excited about it. I wish we had stayed at Carrboro. At Morris Grove there is a divide between the haves and the have nots. It is completely run by the 'haves'. The entire PTA is made up exclusively by Lake Hogan Parents. No one else is made welcome. At Carrboro there was a great diversity and everyone counted

  • (4 years ago)

    Our son came to Morris Grove from a private school setting. We were very impressed with the leadership at the school. The principal Amy Rickard has a very hand on approach and very willing to meet with parents and listen to them. She always follows up with any meetings and had great advice to help your student. The teachers at Morris Grove are superior to the teachers we had in a private school setting. The only negative point as with any public school is the class size and trying to teach to students with such a wide range of ability.

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