School Details

Ballantyne Elementary

15425 Scholastic Drive, Charlotte, NC 28277
(980) 343-0413
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 833 students 16 students/teacher (NC avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

71%
50%
47%
76%
47%
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
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

82%
52%
48%
73%
45%
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
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

72%
51%
48%
69%
41%
40%
81%
47%
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
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Ballantyne Elementary is a public elementary school in Charlotte. The principal of Ballantyne Elementary is Dr Sharon Ann Mazurek, who can be contacted at p437@cms.k12.nc.us. 833 students go to Ballantyne Elementary and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian. 16% of the 833 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Ballantyne Elementary is 16:1. Elon Park Elementary is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 56% 32%
Multiracial 3% 3%
Asian 17% 5%
Black, non-Hispanic 15% 42%
Asian/Pacific Islander 14% 5%
Hispanic 10% 18%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.5%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0% 0.5%
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 16% 57%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    I am pleased with personalized attention my children receive from their teachers. As a result they are performing way above average.

  • (7 months ago)

    We just moved from out of state to Ballantyne Elementary this year. I have had the worst school year so far. This is the first school where I have had to physically go in and speak to the principal because my daughter is not getting the proper instruction. We are coming from a school district that cared about their students more than tests scores and the teachers were nurturing and fabulous at instruction as well.. Here they have a very militant way of teaching and expect all kids to be cookie cutter and learn exactly the same way. I am looking to move her or our family out of the CMS school district! They suck!

  • (9 months ago)

    Very diverse and very progressive with technology. Wish the building was large enough to accommodate all students however. Most of the staff has been great.

  • (9 months ago)

    We moved to the Ballantyne area 5yrs ago specifically to attend BES based on early test score research and tried to ignore the negative reviews we heard thinking its all in the individual experience-but unfortunately they are all true. And now you can see it in the declining test scores too. The main problem seems to be the Principal and her leadership. More than 1/2 of the staff is not happy and does not feel supported therefore turn over is higher than avg at this school and ultimately the kids suffer. If you are looking for a rich warm caring environment--look further b/c unfortunately BES is not at all the school we envisioned for our kids-we are exploring options for private school if this yr is another disappointment. To the admin at BES listen to your parents staff and most importantly kids after all it should be a community not a dictatorship.

  • (9 months ago)

    lunch is only 18 minutes as supposed to 30 minutes. My kids complain about their stomachs hurting and admins all they can say is " it's the teacher's fault". They don't do anything to correct the problem. In the meantime students are suffering because they don't have time to eat properly.

  • (11 months ago)

    I'm afraid the negative reviews are accurate. The school lacks a warm caring environment in which young children can thrive. In general there is a lack of proper communication at all levels. From my experience I found my child's teacher very uncommunicative. None of the progress report cards I received this year had a single word of teacher remark on it and I cannot understand how that can be. I can only attribute it to a lack of interest and indifference on tne part of the teacher. The children are not challenged enough. Discipline and good behavior are not enforced. I was terribly disappointed with my child's year at school and my impression was it was neither productive nor enjoyable for her.

  • (11 months ago)

    A kindergarten teacher is supposed to be nurturing and help foster a life long love of learning. Not my daughters teacher . I moved her out of this school after the winter break. The admin and teacher were awful. Not caring at all.

  • (1 year ago)

    All of the negative reviews are 100% accurate. My son has been attending BES for 3 years but this will be his last as we will be sending him to private school in the fall. The principal is horrible. She is rude and unapproachable. She treats her teachers poorly and the lack of morale is very apparent. There is a high turnover rate in teachers and student behavior problems are brushed aside. Some children belong in a detention enter rather than an elementary school. Children can't keep their hands off each other and discipline and consequences for poor behavior are nonexistent. Test scores have dropped tremendously. The principal needs to go and then maybe this school will be the great school it should be. Good riddance.

  • (1 year ago)

    I wish I had better reviews for this school. As a parent who was going to place their two children here it stopped at the front office. Sadly all of the negative reviews are very true here....the front office staff less is than welcoming not helpful in the least and rude rude rude on both of my encounters with them! I really tried to make this school work but I can't imagine being an actual parent there and having to speak with them about something important.....And it seems as if it trickles down from the principle. I can't imagine sending my children here.....what an unfortunate circumstance.......and the test scores have plummeted over the last few years as well! Something is clearly wrong here...to those who have great experiences here I am thankful you do but clearly this school isn't for everyone.

  • (1 year ago)

    Ballantyne Elementary is a PROFOUND DISAPPOINTMENT. We were a part of the school from its opening in 2008 until last year when we pulled our youngest out and sent her to private school. There is no mystery about what is wrong. The PRINCIPAL is the poorest excuse of a leader I have EVER seen. I'm a former teacher. Read all the reviews. The office staff IS abysmal. There is a problem with the overall poor quality of the teaching staff. I feel sorry for the two or three excellent teachers still there however the high number of INCOMPETENT staff is unacceptable. There is a serious MORAL PROBLEM and a higher than average employee TURNOVER RATE. Look for ratings and testing scores to continue to DECLINE until the PRINCIPAL is replaced. The right administrator could make a PROFOUND difference. This school is an embarrassment in a district with an EXCELLENT MIDDLE and HIGH school. The ineffactiveness in addressing bullying and other significant behavioral issues results in a school that isn't safe. The one star rating is for the few good teachers on staff. The rest of the school warrants a rating of zero stars. ALL CHILDREN DESERVE BETTER THAN THIS PRINCIPAL.

  • (1 year ago)

    The teaching staff and administrative staff are abysmal. Pushing the common core standards and not really engaging with each child's learning styles. Every interaction I have had with a faculty member has been unpleasant as they are unhappy and it is reflecting on how they treat parents and students.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son started attending BES this year and he is in Kindergarten. He is very very unhappy. His teacher is not friendly caring or supportive. She does not communicate with us effectively. We hope to switch classrooms. However we have hear horror stories of parents trying to change teachers. We are very present in the school and have seen all of the staff act unpleasant and unhappy. It is very unfortunate as we feel kindergarten should be a fun learning environment for the kids. The administrative staff are rude and not helpful at all. We are currently looking for other schools to send our son to. What a shame.

  • (2 years ago)

    Overall we have had a mixed experinece with this school. We recently moved to the area and started w/ a first grader and a 5th grader. Just like anything in life the teachers are a hit or miss. Our daughter loves her 5th grader teacher which we've noticed in the type of work given to the kids and w/ our interactions w/ her teachers. Unfortunately we had to pull out 1st grader out of this school after 4 months and put him in private because his teacher was not that involved w/ her students. Tried to talk w/ the principle but you get a lot of burecrocy and red tape. The staff in the front office is abmisal and not very helpful as well. Overall a mixed experience but would have expected more given the property taxes we pay to support these schools.

  • (2 years ago)

    we have gone to Ballantyne since it opened and love it. Teachers are great a lot of parent involvement.I shall miss it.

  • (3 years ago)

    Great school constantly fundraising for our kids. PTA communication of fundraising events was often disorganized and felt like left to the last minute by sending kids home with a sticker on their shirts about that evenings event.

  • (3 years ago)

    i agree with the poster regarding the PTA PRESIDENT this year. She is sweet and approachable. I cant say the same for all of the PTA but it seems to be helping the school. .

  • (3 years ago)

    The school is just great this year. The PTA has done a great job. My daughter loves the new shade structure on the playground. Thank you Susan Swartz for a great year so far.

  • (3 years ago)

    The office staff at this school are very unprofessional and are given too much authority (eventhough they are not trained to care for our young cjildren). Why is the secretary placing the students into classrooms? Isnt this the principal's responsibility? Open House was a disaster.....very unorganized. My main issue is the office staff including the principal.They are very harsh and do not have the students' best interest in mind as they try and run the school. The atmosphere at this school is so very cold and heartless. They are marking kids tardy as they walk to class in the morning from eating breakfast (even if they are a seconds away from the door and the teacher is standing there watching them walk in the hall). They are made to go to the office and get tardy slips. This is so heartless! I am so disappointed with the school and the behavior of the staff.....they have no compassion for our small children and their families. I am serously considering removing my child and sending him to a school which has a more caring and positive environment! Parents do not send your kids here if you can help it!

  • (3 years ago)

    I would NOT recommend Ballantyne Elementary School to any of you parents; especially minority families. You d never think that teachers can be mean selfish ignorant and prejudiced but you ll find some with these behaviors at Ballantyne Elementary!!! So sad but true! Also don t be tricked by the Bullying prevention assemblies they run at this school. Bullying is going on regularly at Ballantyne especially by their teachers!!! If you love your child consider sending him/her to a school with a warm atmosphere where the staffs are caring and friendly.

  • (3 years ago)

    My son was a 1st grade student last year. We are happy with the school. Lots of technology bought for parent s donation. There are lots of clubs for the children (choir acting chess photography orchestra Odyssey of the mind cub scouts golf tennis). These just some I can remember. Great parental involvement lots of opportunities to volunteer. Staff is very friendly. We had an episode of bulling from a 5th grade student. I talked to the principal that student was identified soon and the situation was handled by the school. I want to buy a home in this area just because of the school.

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