School Details

Poe Elementary

400 Peyton Street, Raleigh, NC 27610
(919) 250-4777
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 360 students 11 students/teacher (NC avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

41%
61%
47%
44%
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

44%
59%
48%
35%
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

35%
62%
48%
31%
51%
40%
46%
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

Poe Elementary is a public elementary school in Raleigh. The principal of Poe Elementary is Ms Annice Williams, whose e-mail is awilliams3@wcpss.net. 360 children attend Poe Elementary and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and White, non-Hispanic. 57% of the 360 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Poe Elementary is 11:1. Hunter Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 45% 24%
Multiracial 4% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 27% 49%
Hispanic 21% 15%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
Asian 2% 6%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.3% 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 57% 35%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    Poe has been our home for 3 years now. My son began in kindergarten just as the school was culminating its Montessori magnet. For 2 years we have witnessed the change to the GT magnet and it has been a true blessing. While Poe has indeed lost some dearly loved Montessori trained teachers we have also gained a number of well-trained fabulous GT teachers and specialists. My son's teacher in particular was AMAZING! He sent out weekly updates via email offered parent-teacher conferences every quarter and (most importantly) has helped my son improve leaps and bounds in all areas. This year especially my son has developed a love of books that I know will benefit him the rest of his life. Additionally the electives that were introduced this year have really given the children something extra to look forward to in school. And if any parent disagrees with this I urge them to get more involved so that Poe can continue to grow with the help of more parents and faculty alike.

  • (9 months ago)

    My son is just completing his first year at Poe in the Pre-K program. I am completely in awe at my son's growth and development in this school in just one year. His teacher has over 25 years of experience and it is truly a joy to watch her interact with these children. Her enthusiasm warmth and thoughtful guidance has provided my son with a love of learning that I know he will carry with him for a lifetime. He started this year as a 4 year old and was reading and writing by Thanksgiving. But more than that he is excited about his work and excited about going to school. My son has made the sweetest group of friends and we as parents have found some life long friends within the Poe community that we truly cherish. I have found the administration and staff to be kind open caring and welcoming. Before the school year started I had concerns about my son's transition and the principal and asst. principal were both willing to sit down with me to hear and address my concerns and I was honestly very impressed with that. I so appreciate the support and wonderful experience we have had at Poe and I would highly recommend Poe to any parent.

  • (9 months ago)

    Poe Elementary offers highly-trained committed compassionate teachers who are skilled at developing personalized instruction for each child. I have kids on opposite ends of the personality spectrum-- one very shy and thoughtful; the other very outgoing and creative. Both have thrived at Poe and have become confident students who love to learn new things. The small-school environment at Poe fosters a close-knit collaborative environment with an emphasis on respect and kindness to others. The school's transition from Montessori to GT/AIG basics magnet seems like a natural progression to me teachers already provide superior differentiated instruction to their students and are able to provide each child with leadership opportunities. The new magnet status will be just one more step to enhance teachers' abilities to strengthen their classrooms as a whole. My family owes so much to Poe and its wonderful staff. My children are happy confident independent learners and I highly highly recommend Poe Elementary as the place to be for elementary school in Wake County.

  • (9 months ago)

    It is regrettable that this wonderful school has gotten a such a negative review because it is certainly not the school my daughter attends. I am a former educator that is now a Pre-K parent. Starting public school was a scary process for me and difficult to just be a parent. However my experience at Poe was fantastic from top to bottom. I felt well informed by the teacher and teaching assistant about my child's progress and behavior. I was given conference options twice a year. When I learned about the change in Magnet programs I was able to have personal meeting with the principal so I could make an informed decision. I joined the PTA at the beginning of the year and that allowed me to stay involved in both classroom and whole school activities. The monthly newsletters were wonderful and let me know about upcoming fundraisers programs and family fun nights. The specials teachers were MAGNIFICANT and provided a variety of experiences that supported a well-rounded education. And it is my expectation that this exceptional learning environment will continue throughout my child's elementary school years AT POE.

  • (9 months ago)

    We've sent two children to Poe and have had a wonderful experience. Our older child has had the opportunity to go through the Montessori program and now take some of the electives as the school transitions to its new format (GT magnet). Our younger child has followed him through the Pre-K/Kindergarten program and established her own identity in a small school. They also have had a wonderful affordable after-school program. Poe has helped them thrive and the teachers have genuinely cared for our children.

  • (9 months ago)

    This school has been going downhill tremendously for the past few years. They have dropped the Montessori program and cannot seem to get their stuff together. My child has had a horrible time at this school and is also not being educated in any way. Many of the teachers seem to be quitting and parents are pulling out their children. I DO NOT advise putting your child in this school until they turn things around. They also do not seem to have any of the school events that make school fun for kids. No field day no family fun nights of note. The communication with parents is horrible (I have to beg for a conference) and nothing comes home.

  • (5 years ago)

    It's a public Montessori school. The Montessori method is fabulous and the teachers at this school are really amazing. My child started there in the Pre-K program and was reading at about a second grade level before the age of 5.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is one of the finest schools we've know. The teachers and administration are exceptional and make a point of making the children feel special. Within a week they knew both my children by name throughout the school. Teachers are very approachable and keen on the children's individual development. I've never been so pleased with a school -- after having been APPALLED with an ES in Wake Forest.

  • (5 years ago)

    my son goes to Poe elementary and we hate it. We hate his teacher we have been trying to get her say a simple 'hello' to our son when he comes to school in the morning unsuccessfully. As for the program we feel that the child has lost an entire year doing nothing. Teacher mostly spends time with couple of kids a day while the rest of them are just running around being 'independent'. And they are penalized if they don't behave as if a 4-year-old can just sit in the chair and wait for the teacher to make time for him/her. Our son hates going to school saying that the teachers are 'mean' to him which looking at his teacher I don't doubt that is true. We absolutely hate hate hate the teacher and the school's educational philosophy.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son is in Miss W's kindergarten class and loves going to school. I cant believe how much my son has learned in one year at Poe. I only have one child and maybe kids at this age just learn alot but from what i noticed he has grown alot in every way.

  • (7 years ago)

    My son loves this school. He's excited about learning and thrives on the Montesorri environment.

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter went to Poe from K-5 and absolutely loved it! She thrived in the Montessori environment and had a great learning experience.

  • (11 years ago)

    This school's enrollment is from all over the county so it can be hard to get classmates together for after-school events. The principal is *very* strong and supportive of the families and the students. The PTA does not do traditional fund-raisers instead focusing on imaginative yet effective methods to raise money. Very committed teachers and it's not unusual to see parents tutoring in the hallways or cooking with kids in the teaching kitchen. Children with special needs are warmly welcomed. Ad hoc committees of parents and teachers address special opportunities for improvement that come up.

  • (11 years ago)

    A great school if your child can work independently. My daughter loves it here and has learned so much!

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