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About This School

North Chatham Elementary School is a public middle school in Chapel Hill. The principal of North Chatham Elementary School is Dale Minge and can be contacted at dminge@chatham.k12.nc.us. 601 children attend North Chatham Elementary School and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 37% of the 601 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at North Chatham Elementary School is 15:1. Grey Culbreth Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Japanese
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 19%
White, non-Hispanic 59% 56%
Hispanic 30% 24%
Multiracial 2% %
Asian 2% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 0.7%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 37% 42%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    My fifth grader is extremely happy at NCE and enjoys going to school each day. This is the third elementary school that he has attended and the balance between academics and extracurricular activities seems to be appropriate. The staff is helpful and friendly and his teacher is extremely competent and experienced!

  • (4 years ago)

    My kids love North Chatham. They like the teachers on and off...lol. I really love the new pricipal that took over and I think he is going to continue making the school an excellent learning facility.

  • (4 years ago)

    NCS is fantastic! This is our second year at NCS and we have been very pleased! The teachers are very caring and the school is small so the principal actually knows the students and you arent just a number! The teachers help bring out the best in your child! My daughter loves going to school every day!

  • (5 years ago)

    We are very happy with this school. Great Teacher lots of activites. great after care.

  • (5 years ago)

    hi i go to this school and I am in 7th grade. this school is wonderful! if i have a prob. and i need help trying to solve it they help me...they are great!

  • (6 years ago)

    This is a great school with a diverse population. The teachers are wonderful and hard working professionals who truly care about the children and their education. I'm always welcomed! warmly

  • (6 years ago)

    All three of my children attend this school and all three have seemed to like it alot. On the contrary though my daughter doesn't get the academic differenciation she needs. Overall this is a quite nice school!

  • (8 years ago)

    North Chatham School has provided an outstanding educational experience for my son's Kindergarten year. His class has 18 students and is staffed with both a teacher and assistant teacher. He has had an opportunity to participate in the Science Fair and a Young Author's competition. He loves to go to school which was one of our primary objectives for his first year.

  • (8 years ago)

    I have had the privelege and honor of teaching at North Chatham School for the past 3 years. I have been a part of 4 other school districts in the past and find North Chatham to be an example of excellence. Our staff is truly dedicated to our students everyone from admistration to custodial staff. Our test scores show that we are commited to constantly improving our academic programs and meeting the North Carolina Curriculum of study. We also continue to add to our extracurricular activities in order to meet the needs of our diverse population. We have a wonderful PTA who supports our school tremendously. I was sadden to read such a negataive review of our school on this site. I encourage the parents/community members to voice thier opinions about our school so that we make sure we are constantly striving for excellence.

  • (8 years ago)

    The teachers at North Chatham are extremely devoted to their students. They bend over backwards to provide all children whether they are high low or average students with opportunities to grow. In my experience I have always been kept informed of everything that happens at school and have been welcomed to come to help in the classroom and be a part of their learning experience. I have witnessed the love that those teachers have for their students and the dedication to helping them succeed. My family at one point thought of moving to another county for my husbands job but decided it was more important to keep our children at North Chatham. I can only sing praises of the faculty and staff as well as the students and parents at North Chatham school.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am also a parent of a student at North Chatham School. My opinion about this school however varies greatly from the first message posted on this board. My daughter has attended NCS since Kindergarten and is now in 6th grade. I feel extemely blessed to be a part of this school community. North Chatham has played a large role in helping to shape the interesting intelligent creative and fun person that is my child. Yes there are times when every parent feels that a school could be doing something more or could have made a different decision. But paychecks are never the motivation of any teacher. I respect the teacher's difficult role and do not believe people can criticize unless they have taught themselves. North Chatham School is a blessing to so many. I am sorry for the parent who has encountered something negative to make the outlook so bad.

  • (8 years ago)

    I feel this school does not educate the children it puts that on the parents. The faculty/teachers just collect paychecks. If your child is struggling they will let them fail rather than help. The parent has to initiate any form of getting help by contacting other schools in the area or even going outside of the county to get help. It takes them five months to notify parents that a child is struggling or has failed an assessment that has been performed. I would not recommend sending your child to this school unless you are a teacher &/or you plan to 'take the teacher out for brunch' when they have done testing that week or their pet gets ill. I have found and feel that the only way for a child to succeed at NCS is through 'giving to the school'.

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