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About This School

Parkwood Elementary is a public elementary school in Durham. The principal of Parkwood Elementary is Michelle Bell, who can be contacted at michelle.bell@dpsnc.net. 629 students go to Parkwood Elementary and are mostly Asian/Pacific Islander; Multiracial; and Black, non-Hispanic. 73% of the 629 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Parkwood Elementary is 13:1. Alston Ridge Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Drawing painting
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • P.E. classes
    • Softball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 3%
Multiracial 6% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 51% 51%
Asian 5% 2%
Hispanic 24% 24%
White, non-Hispanic 15% 19%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.2%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 73% 66%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    I am surprisingly pleased with Parkwood. My son is in Kindergarten. He is struggling. My son has special needs and the genuine care and concern by his teachers and therapists is wonderful. They communicate VERY well with me and often point out issues and suggest strategies for improvement. They are open to my suggestions as well. They want him to succeed.

  • (3 years ago)

    i love that parkwood reviews things over for eogs and the websites help the kids and explain

  • (3 years ago)

    We've been at Parkwood for four years now and it just gets better and better each year. The new principal is young kind and enthusiastic plus has wisdom and understanding beyond his years. The teachers are wonderful - they really work with students as individuals keeping the best interest of each student at heart rather than doing what's convenient or easy. I've been amazed at teachers' flexibility across the board. I highly recommend Parkwood!

  • (3 years ago)

    I love Parkwood because they work hard to prepare our children for the 21st century!

  • (3 years ago)

    I love this school this is the first year my kids have been in public schooling. The teachers and staff are very pleasant and approachable. They truly care about the students education and well being.

  • (3 years ago)

    Great teachers administrators and students!

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter is a Kindergartener this year at Parkwood. She loves it! The new principal has done a great job & very involved. We love the teachers & staff there. Go Panthers!

  • (3 years ago)

    There is excitement in this school for education community and family. It is exhibited from the principal teachers assistants students and parents. I am thrilled to have my child attend this school.

  • (3 years ago)

    Great Sense of Community. The Principal is very involved and accessible. My daughter has loved this school!

  • (3 years ago)

    i love parkwood because all my children have attended this school. all of them have stayed honor roll students because the education they received since the beginning of their lives!! thanks parkwood for all of your ongoing support for our students and our community!!

  • (3 years ago)

    I love Parkwood because of the connection to the community and the staff. It is so important to be able to connect with staff at the school. The school challenges the children at all levels. It is a school that stays connected with the community which I find very important. Our oldest son attended Parkwood for 6 years and our youngest is now on his 3rd year. I believe with the connection of the staff and the support of the parents it is what makes this school so successful.

  • (3 years ago)

    Great teachers staff and parent volunteers!

  • (3 years ago)

    Parkwood Elementary keeps their campus clean and bright in appearance. The new principal is very enthusiastic! My child is in the first grade there and I have been very pleased with the teacher who is receptive to my concerns and proactive in helping my child as she adjusts to first grade. I hope more parents and others in the community will support this school it really is a great school.

  • (3 years ago)

    The new year has had a rocky start with the new administration in place. It is said to parents that their involvement is essential but it seems that there is every effort being made to barr parents from the school. I was told by my son's kindergarten teacher that she "really doesn't have parents in the classroom." There is more communication this year--telling parents what they can not do and asking for them to buy or sell things but I want to know how my children are doing in school. I hope the test scores are improved this year because nothing else has. I am considering taking my kids out of Parkwood.

  • (3 years ago)

    No Communication by Teachers to Parents. Some Teachers care but too many teachers & Administration don't want Parents to ask Any Questions at all. AYP Reading and Math goals not reached 3 years in a row (look this up at www.ncreportcards.org). There are Parents Teachers & Administration at this school that need to communicate & work harder at seeing that the students here meet adequate yearly progress in the areas of reading and math. Too many staff (Not All Staff) at this school don't like Parents to ask them Anything & treat the kids& Parents like a Paycheck. My child's 1st grade teacher & one of the Leading Administrators Growled at me when I had an important concern about the Appropriate Care of my child & other students. Some teachers AVOID talking to Parents at all. The caring teachers are outnumbered by the Non-Caring Teachers & Staff @ this school.

  • (4 years ago)

    I was in the first 6th grade class the year the school opened. We were so glad to leave Lowe's Grove and have a lovely new facilitty. It was a great school when I attended. Perhaps you should look at what you have let the neighborhod become since then.

  • (4 years ago)

    There is a feeling of family in Parkwood. The teachers staff and administration are caring and the children enjoy learning.

  • (4 years ago)

    Parkwood is on it's way. Teachers and administration are working hard with students and helping them achieve.

  • (4 years ago)

    I love parkwood because the teachers and administrative are very caring not only for students but for each other. Peer support helps us get through those not so good days. Our students are great because they are respectful and tries really hard to do well.

  • (4 years ago)

    I love Parkwood Elementary School because we have the best principal teachers and students. We all work together as a team and it shows! Last year we were one of the schools with the highest growth in our school district. It would be great if we were to win this honor!

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