School Details

Kensington Elementary School

8701 Kensington Drive, Waxhaw, NC 28173
(704) 290-1500
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 836 students 16 students/teacher (NC avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

64%
61%
47%
64%
54%
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
  • Union County Public Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

78%
65%
48%
74%
57%
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
  • Union County Public Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

77%
67%
48%
61%
52%
40%
62%
58%
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
  • Union County Public Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Kensington Elementary School is a public elementary school. The principal of Kensington Elementary School is Dr Rachel Clarke and can be contacted at rachel.clarke@ucps.k12.nc.us. 836 students attend Kensington Elementary School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 9% of the 836 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Kensington Elementary School is 16:1. Sandy Ridge Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 80% 68%
Black, non-Hispanic 8% 13%
Hispanic 7% 15%
Asian 3% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Multiracial 2% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0.1% 0.04%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 9% 36%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    RE-posting this review below as it was in the wrong school review section before This school is fantastic. The teachers are friendly and educated and work with the children to figure out how to do their worksheets. My son is in Kindergarten there. All the parents I have spoken with seem to be happy with their children's teachers as well. I haven't heard any complaints-except for the drop off line which can be overpacked in the morning. The teachers are great about communicating with the parents on small details deadlines etc via the "communication folder" that goes home each day. There is also a small amount of homework which I was surprised about but my son is able to handle it better than I thought. I recommend this school if you are moving out to Waxhaw NC! (i'm originally from the NorthEast) There is also a Mandarin immersion program at this school via the Splash Program and available through lottery only. Submitted by a parent

  • (1 year ago)

    Super sense of community. Very involved parents and staff. So far our experiences in K and 1st have been with top notch teachers and staff. Like the communication from the teachers we have had. Principal supports her teachers. She can improve her communication by streamlining what is sent out to families.

  • (1 year ago)

    In my experience the teachers go out of their way to ensure the students are well taken care of and receive the best education and I have seen personally how the principal and asst. principal are very kind and loving to the kids.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is great very impressed with the AIG programs offered. Would be even better if they allowed students to chat at lunch like Rea View is allowed.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have 3 children with varying academic needs and Kensington has done an excellent job with all of them. The program for Academically Gifted children is amazing andeveryone is very happy!

  • (5 years ago)

    Kensington is a wonderful school with a fantastic group of parents and kids!

  • (5 years ago)

    My child went to Kensington for three years and we were very pleased. She is now in middle school and is doing very well so Kensington and its teachers definitely prepare their children.

  • (6 years ago)

    My children are just finishing up their first year at Kensington and I am so pleased with the quality of education they have received there. The school has a strong plan for instruction for each grade level and the faculty works hard making sure the students master their skills. Assessment is a key element and they use it to plan for instruction. They also use a type of instruction called 'round table' where the students are grouped according to skills they need to work on and then are instructed in those specific skills. As an educator who spent years training teachers on effective techniques and strategies to use in their classrooms I was thrilled to see many put to use at Kensington.

  • (6 years ago)

    I think this school is terrible. We pulled our daughter out and put her in catholic school because she was not getting the accelerated reading help that she needed and the math program was laughable. She has done beautifully in her new school environment. I also feel that the principal is lacking in any educational direction for the children. Some of the teachers were good but it was the luck of the draw and if you did not like the teacher that you had any comments (positive or negative) were not looked upon in a favorable light. I agree with the other posting do not be fooled by this school being in the Union County District. This principal runs her school to cater to mediocrity and there is no push for any of the kids to go beyond what is needed to have mid-line test scores.

  • (6 years ago)

    We started our daughter at Kensington this fall and couldn't be happier. Her teacher was a good find and our daughter cannot wait to getup in the morning to go to school ... says a lot about the atmosphere there. Recommend it without hesitation!

  • (6 years ago)

    I have two children at Kensington and have been with the school since it opened in 2005. The school has come a long way --it grew to become a School of Excellence in 2007 expanded enrollment to over 700 students and added a number of talented teaching staff as well as a variety of programs to better meet the needs of students with a range of academic abilities. I have been very pleased with the teachers who seem to really care about our children and work very hard to meet individual needs. I have also been impressed with the level of parent/PTO involvement in creating a supportive partnership with the school.

  • (7 years ago)

    My children both attend Kensington. I have one child that is gifted and one child that is an average student. There is a lot of parent involvement in the school. In my opinion there are too many parents in the school at times. I would rather have my children surrounded by teachers who are there to educate the students and keep the nosey parents out of the classroom. Other than that I a very pleased with the school.

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter is a kindergartner at Kensington and we have had great experiences with all aspects of the school thus far. We moved from a school district in NJ with highly rated schools and what our NJ friends are now learning in first grade the kindergartners are learning at Kensington. There is a very active PTO committee high parent involvement and caring staff at Kensington. Very happy with this school thus far.

  • (7 years ago)

    Kensington was rated Honor School of Excellence (10) for the most recent school year. Tremendous progress was made in all areas of performance in their third year of operation. The teachers are extremely caring and talented. Parent contribution in this school is second to none. Simply a great school for all grade levels!

  • (8 years ago)

    This school lacks a good Academically Gifted Program lacks a Principal who values education and challenge as well as parent contribution in the classroom-- don't be fooled by Union County Schools... they are not equal to other states academic rigors. Change should be demanded by parents in this school or property values will continue to suffer.

  • (8 years ago)

    My children transferred midterm to Kensington and in comparison to their old school this school is lacking in many ways. My children were constantly challenged by their teachers in their old school; here they seem to be over looked. So far I am very concerned at the level of education my children are receiving. I was assured that Kensington had high standards on educating their students but I ve yet to see it. I Hope that it gets better.

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