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About This School

Bruce Drysdale Elementary is a public elementary school in Hendersonville. The principal of Bruce Drysdale Elementary is Ms Christine M. Smith, who can be contacted at csmith2@henderson.k12.nc.us. 424 students go to Bruce Drysdale Elementary and are mostly Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 80% of the 424 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Bruce Drysdale Elementary is 14:1. Hendersonville Elementary is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 7% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 42% 71%
Hispanic 34% 20%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Black, non-Hispanic 16% 4%
Asian 1.0% 1%
Pacific Islander 1% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% %
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0% 0.2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 80% 55%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    My children 3rd and 5th grade have gone to two other schools (in a different state) and both of those schools had higher "rankings" on this site. I LOVE this school. So do my children. I couldn't possibly hand pick better teachers for all three of my children Mrs. Smith is everything I think a principal should be and more. Mrs. Whitaker made us feel welcome instantly Mrs. Holt greeted my children individually on their first day and made her services available to us at any time. I thought the feel of a good caring school was lost in the hustle of raising test scores but it is alive and well at BDS. So glad we are here.

  • (9 months ago)

    Bruce Drysdale is a wonderful place for children to learn. I have been a staff member at BDS for 7 years and I know I couldn't find a more dedicated staff. The teachers work hard to help their students whether they are behind or ahead. We have great leaders and a whole other crew behind the scenes to help us analyze and create lesson plans to help every student achieve. Our door is always open to parents students and community members. You will be amazed at all the good things you see.

  • (9 months ago)

    Bruce Drysdale has a tremendous staff. Each teacher goes far beyond what some other teachers would be willing to do. If a student is academically low the staff spends that extra time to help that student in any way they can. If a student is on the higher end the staff also makes sure they have activities and lessons that will challenge them. My youngest duaghter is about to finish 5th grade and my older went through BDS as well. I wouldn't have had it any other way. If you have any questions about test scores call the school and Mrs. Smith is always happy to address your concerns. Especially now - You should see the strides these kids have made. A lot of changes have been made over these past several years and the changes have proven to be effective.

  • (1 year ago)

    i dont really care for this school.i pulled both my kids out of this school.the lady behid the front desk has a terrible attitude and the car rider line is crazy with those guards.thers no other schools that have that problem with how to pull up at the school.!!!my sons grade dropped tremdously but now they have picked up and he is a A B student and is happier.theres not alot of great teachers out there and the test scores compared to the other schools prove it!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    I am new to this school but in the short time I have been here I have learned a great deal about what makes great learning. The teachers here are remarkably dedicated and spend hours before and after school working on ways to help all of their students learn. The administration provides support and feedback to make sure that strong teachers are made stronger. The hardwork of all Bruce Drysdale's staff is evident in the growth students have made and I expect us to see more of the same by the end of this year.

  • (2 years ago)

    I HAVE TWO CHILDREN ENROLLED AT BRUCE DRYSDALE IN THE TEACHER ARE WONDERFUL AND CARING. I HAVE TWO MORE KIDS IN THEY WILL ALSO ATTEND THIS SCHOOL.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is the first year I have had any contact at Bruce Drysdale School I feel like my grandson is really making a lot of progress there his teacher is so positive and presents that positivity with him and also lets him know what he should do to work on his needs and not throw negativity his way. Of course I realize she has a lot on her plate and i feel like she is doing a wonderful job along with her aide and i commend the staff there with all they have to do given the space and the need to provide everything each child needs on a daily basis. So for the time i have been involved at this school I have to rate it as a 3 star but it is still early in the year so I just say Thanks for the support that each child gets.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have a student with special needs. I appreciate the care the teachers and aides have for my child yet it is extremely difficult to persuade the district to provide funding for the overburdened classroom's needs.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a new teacher at bruce Drysdale. I have been a teacher for five years and I have working in High and Middle Schools also. I am really enjoying my experience at this school we have a new prinicpal who is very supportive there is more parent and community outreach than I have experienced at any other school. Teachers stay late many a night but it is very worth it. I think we are all working towards being a great school!

  • (8 years ago)

    yes i have a grandson that attents Bruce Drysdale school plus also a grand daughter my grandosn has autism and my grandaughter can't talk or any thing i think that the teachers there have helped with my kids the best way they can do .As for me i would love to spend time there to help out in reading and helping with the special needed children with maybe reading and what ever the teaher would like for me to do i think that it would be wonderful to get involved with my grand kids on how there progress is doing and watch them learn and grow as they become older and get ready to go on to a higher grade in school .Special needed children would be very helpfull for me also i can learn.I would love to come and help thank you

  • (8 years ago)

    Very poor parental involvement. Teacher's aides harsh.

  • (9 years ago)

    The students were so disruptive our daughter could not concentrate on academics. She was threatened with violence by students after requesting that they be quiet. The staff in the autism program are untrained and inexperienced. The principal creats an atmosphere of anxiety with the autism staff. Parents are given limited access to their special needs students. Working relationships between parents and staff within the autism program are thwarted. Parental involvement is encouraged within the typical classrooms (there is very little parental involvement) but is discouraged within the autism program.

  • (9 years ago)

    Wonderful caring nurturing .

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