School Details

Davis Drive Elementary

2151 Davis Drive, Cary, NC 27519
(919) 387-2130
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 966 students 16 students/teacher (NC avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

87%
61%
47%
80%
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

90%
59%
48%
82%
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

92%
62%
48%
82%
51%
40%
95%
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

Davis Drive Elementary is a public elementary school in Cary. The principal of Davis Drive Elementary is Mr James Mack, whose e-mail is jmack@wcpss.net. 966 children attend Davis Drive Elementary and are mostly Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 5% of the 966 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Davis Drive Elementary is 16:1. Chesterbrook Academy Of Cary is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 6% 15%
White, non-Hispanic 56% 49%
Asian 33% 6%
Multiracial 3% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 26% 6%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 24%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0.3%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 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 5% 35%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    Two weeks into school year and teachers are doing a good job but slow to respond (understandable)... Pick and and drop off is atrocious... In line for drop off 20min before the bell and so slow.... School stops the drop off and tells all kids left in the line to get a late pass... Unacceptable... Pick up is as bad... Each car have a 4 digit number that the kid must memorize when the parent pull up the number is read over a loud speaker (I could not understand the number with the windows down neither could half the kids)... 4 kids at a time... When you have hundreds of kids being picked up and it takes over 3 minutes for 4 kids you would understand my frustration at the complete lack of efficiency in this process. My advice to parents; if you can walk do it... If you are not the first kid to get picked up or the last to get dropped of take the bus... To davis drive elementary wake up and take notice looks at other schools around you; forget the number and get the kids name listed use 5th graders to help in the car pool and use 8 to 10 pick up spots since you have the room...

  • (12 months ago)

    I find this school to be a really good school. Like any school you have good teachers and you have bad teacher. My child was have issues with reading and worked with us. Now he is reading at above level and proves great motives for continue success. They expect parents to help their child academically. I have seen parents expect all their child s academic needs to be resolved during schools hours. There will be a rule awaking. The administration is every helpful to fine resources if you get a bad teacher. Our second year at the school we had a bad teacher and met with the principle to work on a plan to get what my child needed. You will not like this school if you are not an involved parent with your child education. They have parental expectations.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have three children who attend DDE. We love the school. The teachers are nurturing caring and keep children engaged. While I do agree that the school is academically demanding we have seen that encourage out children to do their best. They have each excelled in different areas math athletics and the arts. They have all been praised individually and allowed to grow in their strengths. We cannot say enough good things about the administration and their daily involvement in lessons and character building as well.

  • (1 year ago)

    We moved to a specific house to be close to DDE. Don't love the house but the school is worth it. The teachers and administration are involved and invested. I would't be there otherwise. In this day of mult choices for schools I feel DDE is a gem. I'm lucky to be there. The teachers work really hard to engage the kids which excites the kids about learning. I wish I had teachers like this when I went to school.

  • (1 year ago)

    The "10" high rating on this school is deceiving. It is a very high pressure school that is way way over crowded. If you child is not perfectly behaved and also advanced academically then your child will eventually feel as if they are not as "normal" as the highest achievers. We spent 5 years in this school. We watched it get so over crowded that eventually special groups had to get cut 4th grade chorus and all of the jump rope teams. If you are lucky to get a great teacher then that's good for you but with 6 classes per grade level you only have a 1 in 6 or a 2 in 6 shot at getting a good teacher each year. Instead of spending hours doing homework the kids should have been taught those topics during the school day but how could they if they spent most of their time waiting in line walking etc? During one of the years I was having to re-teach all of the topics every week. Thank goodness my kids won't be going onto overcrowded DD Middle school and onto "Green Dope" High school where I hear the pressure gets even worse...and there are only 2 paths either excel onto an Ivy League college or end up on drugs due to the high pressure.

  • (1 year ago)

    My kids went to this school for 2 years. If you have an average child or a special needs child then this school is NOT for you. Too much focus is placed on high achievers and parents of average children are forced to seek tutoring. My son started at a 6 reading level and ended at a 7 while the rest of the class finished at a 23. Too many issues between administration teachers and PTA. No unity.

  • (2 years ago)

    I have gone to this school ever since kindergarten to fifth grade and this school has left behind lots of wonderful memories. The teachers are caring and thoughtful and quite funny. Plus the environment is quite friendly. I would recommend this school to anyone.

  • (3 years ago)

    If you are already a winner this school might help. I am feeling sorry to write this but for my son who is in his current 3rd grade (2011-2012). English is not his mother tongue . He is having difficulty in reading comprehending the stories beyond couple of pages. We understand he is struggling at his class. The teacher in stead of showing us ways to to cope up the difficulties she sends in the complaints everyday and blame him for not following the class. The way I look at it is that the teachers are just 'covering' the subjects and do not care individuals if falling behind. The more they are stuck the more they will be neglected without helping. We moved from California last year and are facing the issues only this year. This means he was good in his 2nd grade and is having tough time this year for his 3rd grade. I have no other choice than pointing out his teacher. She may be good her own pace. But may not be a right choice for kids that need help and support. If the race is only for the top students then I say it is not fair. Some may be in the second layer and need little push. In a way this forces us to spill out extra money for tuitions outside teachers. But why?

  • (4 years ago)

    Davis is a school of excellence year after year. Its students always come first. The teachers are selfless and donate their time and talents to acheive exceptional students. The staff and teachers are truely helping students well on their for lifes challenges and be be great societys contributors.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have nothing but good things to say about DDE. The teachers are all as far as I know great they seem to work as a team the academic standard is high the new principal is organized and well liked - any changes to the school he's helped put in place seem to be good ones. Our kids have enjoyed attending Davis Drive and the many activities organized by the PTA. They welcome parents visiting and being involved in children's learning. There is not a crazy obsession with EOG's but those that seem to need extra help/practice do get it. The teachers we have had have been fabulous with stressing reading and creative writing skills. Thanks!

  • (6 years ago)

    I've had two children go throught Davis Drive Elementary and they both graduated elementary well above the other students in our area.

  • (6 years ago)

    I really researched the area when we moved here from a great school district in Pennsylvania. I read the rave reviews here and really looked at the test scores. But they don't tell the full picture. DDE is an excellent school if your child has no learning impairments or disabilities. Several times I was called in for a conference regarding my child only to be belittled and scolded d for not appropriately teaching her at home. In reality my child has a hearing issue and she has very little confidence in large classrooms. And her kindergardten classe was plenty large - with 22 kids. For tFor a number of reasons we have elected private school for next year.

  • (7 years ago)

    This is an awesome school! My two boys attended for two years 1st and 2nd and 4th and 5th. The teachers work very hard the students are committed to learning and the administrative support is awesome.

  • (7 years ago)

    Excellent school super learning environment. Parent involvement is an important part of the success. We relocated from New York and have found the level and quality of education our child is receiving to be superior to what was received in New York. Communication is the key to DDE's success. The communication throughout the school is excellent within both the teaching staff and administration. We could not be happier!

  • (8 years ago)

    Wonderful school teachers atmosphere etc. And there will be additional parking soon! Yeah! This is my child's 2nd year there and she is very very happy and has many friends. The standards and expectations are very high for everyone - teachers parents and students. If you are looking for a 'slack' school this isn't it.

  • (8 years ago)

    We absolutely love the school. Our daughter has been going there for 2 years. The atmosphere quality of work and the warmth and friendliness of the staff is A+.

  • (9 years ago)

    An outstanding school! Superb parent involvement outstanding leadership and teachers--one of the best!

  • (9 years ago)

    Davis drive is a wonderful school. The principal sets high standards academically and the teachers are great. The parents are really involved and my son was extremely happy here. I would highly recommend Davis Drive.

  • (9 years ago)

    Excellent Presidential Blue Ribbon school. Voted School of Excellence year after year with a strong curriculum continued high student scores leading school in the Wake County with 100% parental participation.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am very pleased with DDE. This will be our 4th year at the school. All of our teachers have been terrific. The volunteerism has a very positive impact on the school. And Mrs. Andrews runs the school with authority and kindness. Our scores tell the story. It is a well run and incredible learning environment for our children.

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