School Details

Union Elementary

180 Union School Road Northwest, Shallotte, NC 28470
(910) 579-3591
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 625 students 17 students/teacher (NC avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

56%
47%
47%
56%
46%
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
  • Brunswick County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

59%
42%
48%
58%
44%
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
  • Brunswick County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

67%
45%
48%
59%
39%
40%
59%
41%
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
  • Brunswick County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Union Elementary is a public elementary school in Shallotte. The principal of Union Elementary is Ms Vickie Smith, who can be contacted at vsmith@bcswan.net. 625 children attend Union Elementary and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 58% of the 625 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Union Elementary is 17:1. Academy of Coastal Carolina is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 9% 16%
White, non-Hispanic 72% 68%
Multiracial 3% 4%
Hispanic 15% 10%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 0.5%
Asian 1% 0.6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.8%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0% 0.9%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.07%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 58% 63%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I am pleased with this school I can tell you Ms Jarmen is one of the best she goes the extra mile for her students and for the parents.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am very happy with Union- my daughters are new to this school 1st and 5th graders. A difficult time for my older daughter to change schools but all of her teachers have been supportive and open in all effort to help her transition with ease. I am very happy with the school. I am not one to be involved in parent politics so I can't really comment on this. My younger daughter enjoys her time here too and I am excited to see how she continues to develop and learn at this school.

  • (2 years ago)

    Union is one of the best rated schools in the area but suffers from a good old boy mentality. Friendships among volunteers and staff supercede the needs of the kids and result in problems. For instance a boy with a disability was forced to transfer after the teachers and administration continued to not address his needs. Volunteers even made fun of him outside of the school. If one teacher doesn't agree with you then they all won't. I've also noticed that if you are not from the area you are an outsider and the needs of your child may fall to the wayside even quicker. As kids grow up Elementary should be the most positive learning environment. And Union does have several terrific teachers... you just have to know someone and pick them. Unfortunatly the lack of attention to the needs of their students by the administration and a few teachers and the lack of concern when problems arise makes it a school to avoid. The bullying and lack of discipline mentioned in other comments I would agree is accurate.

  • (2 years ago)

    I have been a volunteer at Union for several years. During that time I have not observed the atmosphere described in some recent posts. My experience is that teachers go out of their way to provide the best education possible for each member of the very diverse student body. The atmosphere is warm and caring but that warmth should not be confused with a lack of discipline. Instead there is encouragement and support for each student to grow and learn as quickly as they are able. I have worked with more than a few teachers at Union and find them to be highly motivated resourceful and dedicated. I know that the school day for many of them starts well before the morning bell and ends long after student dismissal for the day. While order must naturally be maintained at school we can't expect elementary students to be automatons. The students are after all young children who have to get to school very early have a rigorous daily academic schedule in school and then homework after they get home. They need to be given a little room and flexibility as they learn interpersonal skills along with the academic program. I think Union provides a very good balance.

  • (2 years ago)

    Lack of instituyional control of kids No disclipine of kids Extreme instances of bulling among students. Theft and coersion among kids. Academically slightly above average; however the lack of discipline and teacher control & engorcement makes this a school to avoid!

  • (2 years ago)

    While academically pretty successful this school does not compare to other great schools of the same rating. They are not technologically similiar they do not foster a positive environment for the students and safety is a concern. The prinicipal leadership is warm and friendly but many of the teachers do not assist the children with positive social and behavioral skills. Thus many of the problems at this school are concentrated around disciplinary issues. This school needs to adopt in action a behavior based curriculm that is positive and helps the children to be successfull. To date I have yet to see a positive approach to issues such as language fighting or bullying. I'm not sure I will continue to allow my child to attend.

  • (3 years ago)

    This is such a wonderful school. All of our teachers have been amazing especially Crystal Fleming. We can't imagine our children going anywhere else and feel so blessed to be a part of Union's community of learners.

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter has attended Union since Kindergarten and is now in 3rd grade. I could not ask for a better school. The teachers are fabulous the office staff is on top of things and the Principal Ms Vicky Smith is a blessing! Parents are encouraged to visit/help and made to feel wanted. Thanks Union for a great job! UNION ROCKS!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    just cant say enough of this school miss vicky the headmaster of school is wonderful lady and the teachers are so very helpful great school

  • (5 years ago)

    Great staff - great volunteers

  • (5 years ago)

    My family just moved here and comparatively speaking this school is not quite up to our standards from the last school our daughter attended. Every function to date we've attended has been terribly disorganized and information is not communicated properly. However what the school lacks in logistics it makes up in spirit. The Staff is friendly and has the kid's interest at heart. Still we'd love to see some improvement. In particular the parking situation is a nightmare. There is no doubt in my mind there will be an accident one day. I'm not sure if we'll keep her in here or send her to private next year.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have been working as a teacher at Union for several years. I am very excited about my own children attending this school. I can't imagine they could receive a better education anywhere else! The atmosphere at Union is warm and friendly; we are all like family here! It is a wonderful place to work and a wonderful place to learn. I feel strongly that the staff of Union goes above and beyond to ensure that all students get the education that they deserve in a safe and caring learning environment.

  • (5 years ago)

    I find Union to be a wonderful school. I have two issues that I am concerned with though. The security is lacking at this school. Whenever there is an awards program many will go to the office to check in but many just walk on to campus. I see children walking around with no supervision and that worries me that one could get grabbed and no one would know. Also this week there has been a book fair. In itself that is good. The only problem is that most of the items available are high priced. I know there are many kids that would like to get something from the book fair but prices make it out of their reach. It would seem to me in the current financial situation that there would be some other way to make items available at lower prices.

  • (5 years ago)

    Our child is under a IEP and this is his first year with Union. We are so pleased with his progress. He is a very nervous child who does not adapt to new environments and change well. The staff at Union has been fantastic at making him feel cared for. I am writing this the day after Christmas vacation and he still seemed more than happy to head to school. Parents are always welcome to come and visit anytime.

  • (5 years ago)

    Now that one of my children has been to Union Elementary and moved on to the middle school I have realized even more so that this is an excellent school!! I still have one more at Union and I plan to enjoy every minute of it!!

  • (5 years ago)

    I am so pleased with the reading ability that my child has learned from her teacher Donna Smith. She is in first grade and by her teachers words she has realized that the sky is the limit for learning! Union is a great school and my child looks forward to going everyday..

  • (7 years ago)

    Union Elementary is an excellent environment for learning. My child was exposed to high expectations and wonderful learning experiences in Ms. Gaskins' second grade class.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a 'grandparent' of a student in second grade and she is in Ms. Lewis's class. I had a chance to meet this teacher and she is wonderful. She seems to have a great rapport with the students and her personality is exceptional.

  • (7 years ago)

    My son has attended Union for the last four years and I have been very pleased with the teachers and curriculum. The teachers keep the parents informed of students progress and always welcome the parents to visit the classrooms.

  • (9 years ago)

    I have put 2 children through Union Elementary and have 1 remaining and I am pleased with the competence of the teachers and the involvement of the administration. The children have loved their teachers and assistant teachers especially the most recent team of Ms. Stanley / Ms. Lori. The ongoing school construction projects have produced and is still producing a beautiful school as well. Thank you.

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