School Details

Vandora Springs Elementary

1300 Vandora Springs Road, Garner, NC 27529
(919) 662-2486
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 562 students 13 students/teacher (NC avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

27%
61%
47%
35%
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

40%
59%
48%
46%
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

38%
62%
48%
36%
51%
40%
33%
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

Vandora Springs Elementary is a public elementary school in Garner. The principal of Vandora Springs Elementary is Mr Troy B Peuler, who can be contacted at tpeuler@wcpss.net. 562 students go to Vandora Springs Elementary and identify as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 59% of the 562 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Vandora Springs Elementary is 13:1. Timber Drive Elementary is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 4% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 37% 49%
Black, non-Hispanic 32% 24%
Hispanic 26% 15%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
Asian 0.7% 6%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.4% 0.3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 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 59% 35%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    This is our home base school. I couldnt be happier with the staff including the principal Mr Pueler he is visible and hands on everyday.

  • (1 year ago)

    The principal is very hands on knows all of the students by name and goes out of his way to keep parents involved and informed. All of the teachers have been excellent thus far.

  • (2 years ago)

    I love this school every year it gets better. We are like a family we all care about our kids. We are looking forward to the new year to start. Welcome to our new kids on the way in....

  • (2 years ago)

    Loved the principal but did not care for my daughter's teacher. I don't think she should be teacher the grade that she does. I felt that some of the other teachers were not very caring either. We will be going to another school next year.

  • (3 years ago)

    Awesome school. Always meets the standards and the teachers are just great! As a family we are very pleased with Vandora!

  • (3 years ago)

    A great school! We are so glad that we have Vandora to go to for the next five years! It is the best elementary school in Garner.

  • (4 years ago)

    Vandora Springs has the most fabulous principal. He knows the kids by name and is very involved.

  • (5 years ago)

    Due to a move my daughter went from a magnet school in Cary to VS this year. I tried to get her into Timber but didn't get it. After visiting both Timber and Vandora I found the staff at VS more approachable and the atmosphere very friendly and helpful. It put my mind at ease . The principal and staff know the kids and communication with parents is outstanding. I get regular weekly recorded messages from the principal with coming activities and news. They always respond quickly to inquiries. My daughter is happy there likes school and her teacher. The only down sides are they don't teach Spanish not much for after school activities (clubs) and hallways seem a little dark. Overall I do like the school.

  • (6 years ago)

    First year w/2 children at this school. School bus issues were handled expediously and access to speak to Asst. Principal Blair was not a problem. So far I'm pleased and hope to rate this school again at the end of the school year with an outstanding rate! Mom of 2

  • (6 years ago)

    We diligently went through the magnet school process including appeals to the school board. Although dissapointed at the time we're now so thankful our son attends our base school Vandora Springs. It is a wonderful community of students teachers administrators and parents. The principals are extremely accessible and know the children. There are high expectations for behavior and responsibility. Parent involvement and the PTA are strong and that involvement is encouraged by the teachers and staff. There is a variety of activity for the students including the Art Club and an annual Talent Show. My son will be entering second grade this year. We're thrilled that we'll have a child there for eleven consecutive years and continue to see Vandora get better and better!

  • (6 years ago)

    This is the second year that our daughter has been a student at Vandora Springs and I can't say enough good things about this school. We applied for magnet and year-round schools prior to kindergarten thinking that would be best for her. We were devastated when we didn't get chosen for either -- but what a blessing it turned out to be! The principal and assistant principal are incredible -- active involved caring supportive. They know every child there! The teachers are wonderful and really care about the children they teach and their profession as a whole. The PTA is extremely active and does an incredible amount to support and enhance the learning that goes on at Vandora Springs. It is truly a community school something you don't get very often in the Wake County system anymore. I would not want my child anywhere else but Vandora!

  • (6 years ago)

    My two children both go to Vandora Springs and I could not get a better education for them if I paid for it!

  • (6 years ago)

    In 2004 we applied for two magnet schools but did not get in. I was thankful that I had taken the time to go visit VSE before our daughter was to start Kindergarten. I had a peace about me and still do to this day. I I now have two children at VSE and have been veruy pleased. The administration welcomes you at any time and iknows every child and is there to help.

  • (6 years ago)

    When my oldest started Kindergarten in 2003 we prayed about where to send her -- base school charter year round. There were so many more options that when I was a kid! We felt led to stay at our base school -- and what a blessing it has been. I now have two children in 3rd and 4th grade. All my children s teachers have been wonderful! Speaking from a parent's point of view that has a hearing impaired child I have made the effort to get to know the teachers and they have more than reciprocated. Each teacher has been very accommodating with her special needs seating arrangements reduction of classroom noise and much more. In addition the PTA at this school has the most dedicated parents I have ever seen. VSES may be an old school but she is a proud school and she s our school. Go Eagles!!!

  • (6 years ago)

    My son is in first grade and he truly loves school. The teacher is always communicating his progress with me and it amazes me how much he is learning. The things he tells us at the dinner table makes us so proud of what is being taught. He loves science and he does so many hands-on experiments. There is no better way to get a child truly involved in his learning than to truly get in involved in the problem solving process. The administration is very friendly and the specialists truly put the children's learning first. A great school with lots of attention to detail.

  • (6 years ago)

    My children have benefited from a committed administration and dedicated teachers in a diverse classroom environment. I've always found them receptive to questions and engaged with each child. My children have ranged from above average development to special ed requirements and each has flourished and grown beyond my expectations.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is one of the best around. The teachers are very supportive and caring for all kids attending. It's one school that you can walk in and someone somewhere can call your by name. All of the staff and teachers have been there longer than all my kids have and that is a good thing in my eyes. All the way from K-5th I can't say enough to comend them for all they do. Thanks again One of our loyal supporters!!!!

  • (6 years ago)

    In August of 2003 our son began his education in the pre-k program at Vandora Springs. As a special needs student we are proud to say that this year he has been mainstreamed in a first grade classroom. We count our blessings each and every night and honor the teachers at Vandora Springs who have made such a difference in the life of our son. We believe that we have the greatest staff in all of Wake County and are proud to say that our children attend Vandora Springs. Very sincerely John & Carrie Bischof

  • (6 years ago)

    This is my daughter's second year at VSE. We started out trying this school out for the K year and I fully anticipated that we would go on to private school for the rest of our school years but I was pleasantly surprised. I'm glad that I didn't let a few negative comments influence my own judgement and decided to see for myslef. From my first discussion with the principal I had a gut feeling that continues thru to this day--The staff and teachers that we've had all seem to truly care about their students and I for one am very glad that are a part of this school and I look forward to my next child attending here as well.

  • (7 years ago)

    The communication between staff and parents is lacking. This starts with Princapal Peuler and goes right down to the teachers. I would have been happy to support this school but hardly was given the information or time I needed to be involved. My son does have some special needs and it was like pulling teeth to get anyone to talk to me help my son or work with us. Altering from the 'ditto' sheets which were used in excess was a challenge. During the first week of school last year the library shelves were practically empty as was the classroom reading corner. This school needs better leadership and more committed teachers

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