School Details

Brassfield Elementary

2001 Brassfield Road, Raleigh, NC 27614
(919) 870-4080
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 762 students 17 students/teacher (NC avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

79%
61%
47%
77%
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

77%
59%
48%
66%
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

81%
62%
48%
66%
51%
40%
69%
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

Brassfield Elementary is a public elementary school. The principal of Brassfield Elementary is Ms Elizabeth MacWilliams, who can be contacted at emacwilliams@wcpss.net. 762 students attend Brassfield Elementary and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 12% of the 762 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Brassfield Elementary is 17:1. Baileywick Road Elementary is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 9% 24%
White, non-Hispanic 73% 49%
Multiracial 4% 4%
Asian 4% 6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 6%
Hispanic 10% 15%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.3% 0.3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 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 12% 35%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    Brassfield is one of the best schools ever! My son has had all the best teachers he could have gotten based on the grade levels. They automatically selected him for being smart and have always pushed and helped him so much! He is so smart and thanks to them he has so many oportunities to continue to be great! If I had to do it again I would choose Brassfield no doubt. He is in 4th grade now.

  • (1 year ago)

    Really surprised to read the less than stellar below rating of Brassfield! We have found it to be fantastic! Another family recently from CT. said it has been absolutely wonderful for their 3 kids. Every family has there own preferences but I would imagine that 99% of the families at Brassfield are very happy to be there! Yesterday I spoke to a parent who appealed to the School Board so that her children could go to Brassfield! She is thrilled to be there! We certainly are too!

  • (1 year ago)

    Brassfield is good for NC but up in CT where we moved from it would be mediocre at best. Yes the school has lots of technology and committed parents and several of the specials teachers (particularly Spanish and Art) as well as "general" teachers are very good. However advanced kids are dependent on their individual teacher for whatever enhanced instruction they want to provide because of a lack of systemic support. There's a new AIG teacher who is bureaucratic and rigid and she does not seem passionate about feeding the kids' intellectual enthusiasm. Also the new principal while energetic is more about rules and process than remembering that kids need to have fun while they learn. My kids are bright and never a problem behaviorally but after she arrived they started being less enthusiastic about school. There were just too many new rules - silent lunch for all grades except for 10 min of talk and assigned lunch seats?!? She also seems to have driven out several of the good older teachers. Yes Brassfield's good for Wake County but don't set your expectations too high. Ultimately we moved our kids to a AIG magnet and are happy we did.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is an amazing community that any family would love to be a part of. The teachers are approachable smart and love the kids. The PTA is very active there is a great variety of clubs for the students of all grade levels to participate in and the school environment is very conductive to great learning. You will not regret the choice of Brassfield!

  • (1 year ago)

    Brassfied Road Elementary is a wonderful year-round public school in Raleigh NC.The PTA appears to be very active and there are a lot of great after school programs. My son is only in kindergarten yet I love the fact that he is getting exposed to foreign languages and computers at such a young age.

  • (1 year ago)

    Brassfield is wonderful. I believe the Principal and AP are very approachable. Mrs. MacWilliams truly wants to hear if a parent has concerns. I have come to her personally with one and she was very professional and fair with the handling of it. . I also believe the Administration has a very family freely mind set. For example home work has been streamlined and even a back up option was given to kids that had swim meets during the "meet the teacher" evening. I love how they are also very immersed with digital media and puts that into the learning. They also have a very active and involved PTA. I would highly recommend Brassfield Elementary School if you were looking to move in this area!

  • (1 year ago)

    I have two children at Brassfield and have been at the school for 6 years now. I'm also a very active volunteer and spend a lot of time in the many activities the school has to offer. There are a multitude of clubs including Art Club Green Team Ballhandling Legos Robotics. The atmosphere is that of a small school welcoming and friendly the principal is dynamic and energetic bringing positive energy to the school. My two children have different personalities and widely different learning styles but Brassfield has never failed to accommodate each if their particular needs. When my 5th grader moves on at the end of the year we will both be sad to say goodbye to his fabulous teachers but we are so thankful to all of them for their hard work and dedication.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have two children at Brassfield one is a good strong student academically and one has been well advanced of the grade level since 1st grade. While there are various programs to help kids that need more help to meet standards or have special needs I do not feel that advanced students are properly challenged in creative ways beyond an extra worksheet. This creates frustration and boredom for these children. It does not keep them on an equal trajectory of learning from their baseline at the start of the school year. AIG starts in 4th grade and this type of experience seems to be sporadic at best in K-3rd grade.

  • (2 years ago)

    Brassfield is a extraordinary school. One thing I love about it is that it's for everyone and they have special programs for kids. Like the AG class for Academically Gifted kids the Learning Lab for Academically Challenged kids and the special class for kids who have really bad chronic illnesses who can't communicate or talk. That class is one of the top things I love most about Brassfield. That they have a special class for kids with chronic illnesses who can't communicate. A great school has a kind of class like that. My daughters love Brassfield. They love the amazing food on the lunch line the amazing school enviorment the AMAZING nice teachers and the wonderfully nice students. There is no better school then Brassfield Road Elementary. I love that the parents are allowed to volunteer on ALL field trips. I also love that the children don't have to wear uniforms or a certain color or colors everyday. This is the best school ever. A million stars for Brassfield. BEST SCHOOL EVER HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

  • (2 years ago)

    I have two daughters one is 24 and recently graduated collage and my other one is a 1st grader in Brassfield. We are very proud of my oldest daughter's recent graduation from Harvard Univirsity in Boston. She got a Master's Degree in Buisness and currently is a buisness executive. She went to Brassfield Elementary for elementary school. She says she thanks Brassfield for her education. Brassfield is the #1 school in the world. My 1st grader LOVES Brassfield. The teachers are nice and the education is top knotch. Highly recommended school

  • (2 years ago)

    I'm a Track 4 4th grader at Brassfield. I've been going to Brassfield since I started kindergarten. Brassfield Road Elementary is a amazing school. The teachers are EXTREMELY nice and the school has amazing education. The recess playground is HUGE and really fun. And another great thing is we don't have to wear uniforms. No school in the universe is better then Brassfield Road Elementary. The teachers are amazing the education is amazing the school library is really cool the PE gym is really cool and the music room and the art room and the Spanish room are really cool. My favorite part of school is Specials each day we have a different special the specials are PE Art Spanish Media and Music. I give it INFINITY stars!!!! BEST SCHOOL EVER I WILL NEVER CHANGE MY MIND!!!! VERY highly recommended school. It's just so amazing.

  • (2 years ago)

    My children just transferred from a nearby school to Brassfield. I couldn't be happier. I love it that in carpool they have students as safety patrol open the car doors and tell the parents to have a nice day/evening. I like both the teachers and the principal is very approachable energetic and in charge. Great school we're very happy we changed.

  • (2 years ago)

    My children attended Brassfield for a short time. Although the school is academically sound the methods of discipline are questionable at best. I had two children attending one of them in second grade. In the second grade class if a child did something wrong they were made to pick a stick and walk 5 laps around a track as punishment. Not only was this type of discipline way off track since my daughter has asythma and it creates a risk for her health but it creates a strongly negative environment for the children. As parents I feel it is important for us to participate with our children especially on field trips. However at Brassfield on two of the field trips that my wife and I were eager to attend with our son we were informed that parents were not allowed to come. We got the distinct feeling that the school was trying to exercise a level of control over our children that did not make us comfortable as parents. Most schools I have had experience with welcome any opportunity to have parents as chaperones and to assist on field trips. Our children are in a different school now and are very happy even though it doesn't have a 10 rating.

  • (2 years ago)

    The aforementioned principal is no longer with our school the new principal is so wonderful and actually sends a broadcast voicemail every Sunday to update parents on what's going on in the coming week. She even hand wrote congratulations notes on both of my children's report cards. She must have done that for every child?! That means so much to them. There are a couple of teachers who have bad reputations but for such a large school with four tracks that's pretty good. We could afford to send our children to private school but love this school so much we don't see the point. Like a previous reviewer said the parents and families are truly wonderful.

  • (2 years ago)

    Great teachers great kids great parents. They do a great job teaching the kids and when you watch the kids enter the school the kids are happy kids. The parents are mostly all smiles too! The curriculum is challenging and if your child isn't being challenged then they'll look at how to meet your child's needs.

  • (3 years ago)

    This is a great school and most of the teachers are simply excellent. Unfortunately the most recent principal Dr. Pamela Kinsey-Barker is completely out of touch. She is difficult to deal with and more concerned with the politics of the central office than the success of the children. Until she breaks this school and is eventually removed the students will suffer.

  • (3 years ago)

    We have a son with Special Needs and so were very careful in our selection of where we would live based on the school in the area. Reading a review and seeing a 9 out of 10 is great yet there is still a concern on if the school will really live up to the hype or not. I can say without reservations that Brassfield is one of the top schools i have ever had the opportunity to work with. My wife and I have fought many battles with schools in another part of the country to get that school to adhere to the IEP that is in place. Wakefield not only excelled at meeting his IEP yet also put processes in place that we did not even expect or think of. I cannot recommend this school more. Great teachers with a Princple that always has her door open with fantastic leadership. 11 out of 10

  • (4 years ago)

    I'm a parent of two kids in third and fourth grade. I find this school to be excellent. The teachers are very caring.

  • (5 years ago)

    My husband and I feel very lucky that Brassfield is our neighborhood school which was one of the reasons we moved into the neighborhood. The school has a great reputation for it's educational ratings and staff the parents and teachers are very involved with the student's everyday needs and home life and the school has a very diverse student body. But most importantly the other day I was in the carpool line in the morning to drop off my 3rd and 5th grader and my 5th grader said 'I'm so glad I go to Brassfield' and my 3rd grader said 'Me too.'. Enough said.

  • (5 years ago)

    I absolutely love Brassfield Elementary School. It is such a wonderful school with excellent teachers and the best students. The education is great and the opportunities that are endless at Brassfield. The parents are also magnificant and volunteer and help out whenever needed. My boys love Brassfield and love going to school everyday!

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