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About This School

Vance Elementary is a public elementary school in Willow Spring. The principal of Vance Elementary is Ms Sarah Simmons, whose e-mail is ssimmons@wcpss.net. 483 children attend Vance Elementary and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 34% of the 483 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Vance Elementary is 14:1. Banks Rd Elementary is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Sports

    • P.E. classes
    • Rock climbing

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 55% 49%
Multiracial 5% 4%
Hispanic 25% 15%
Black, non-Hispanic 14% 24%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
Asian 1% 6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.8% 0.3%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.4% 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 34% 35%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Pros The principal truly cares about the students. She is a consummate professional attentive to parental concerns. She works to make things better immediately rather than becoming defensive and/or paying lip service. This is a small school with a family-oriented atmosphere allowing for kids to be known by name by most of the staff. Many highly creative and compassionate teachers. Competent and proactive special education program. Staff are friendly and helpful. Cons No real extra-curricular activities to speak of PTA could be stronger and better-run more volunteerism and parental involvement is needed but this is a nice school. It's well-run and my child feels safe and loved.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is awesome. The best teachers in the county. A hidden jewel on Old Stage Road.

  • (3 years ago)

    Vance has been a wonderful experience for my child. Mr. Rose came in from another state as a principle and his leadership has been excellent. Ms. Houghton was my child's 5th grade teacher. He did not want to take his first track out in October because he would miss seeing his teacher. The class did very well on their EOG's. My child said the class felt very prepared and very little pressure prior to taking the test. Great job Vance!

  • (3 years ago)

    I think Vance is a great school the Principal and Teacher are very professiional and make learning fun for the kids. It feels like a family atmosphere where parents feels very helpful.

  • (3 years ago)

    i am a student at this school i do not this school is a great school becuase people in brasil peru i mean any other country is advanced in education more than we are even my cousin in 3rd grade is more advanced than me and i am in 5th grade and what im learning she's learning this school is not good. I recomemend A.B. Combs elementary that is a great school becuase i went there and when i moved to vance the teacher said i was advanced in everything.

  • (4 years ago)

    For our family was a really frustrating exhausting and sad experience! The teacher SCREAM to the students and the principal is not helpful. He is old school and is not open to new ideas.... The method of learning is not challenging enough for the children!

  • (4 years ago)

    I have two sons at this school and have been very pleased. Most of the women in my family are teachers or retired ones and I always check with them about what is being taught and they are right on track and ahead in some cases. I am worried about the middle school and high schools in Garner but I have a few years before I send the eldest son. There are issues of course and most of them are taken care of but there have been some I would have liked to see delt with better.

  • (5 years ago)

    Excellent school. We have two children that now attend Vance. Mr Rose and Mr Ware are excellent administrators. We have had wonderful teachers and we have really enjoyed our new school.

  • (5 years ago)

    Not such a great environment. The kids are rough inner city manners and actions. The principal is unresponsive to parent complaints and student needs.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love this school. I was verey pleased with the experince. The teachers create a safe fun enviroment perfect for kids this age. The staff is all helpful and kind plus the parnets really get involved and know what is going on in the school.

  • (5 years ago)

    One of the top elementaryt schools in the state! very educated teachers and I love the personal attention they give to each parent when visiting the school. They know the children by name and when it comes to safety....They are on top of it! I reccommend this school way over any of the others!

  • (6 years ago)

    I love this school. We are new to the area and I am thrilled to have both my children here. Excellent!

  • (9 years ago)

    We are very pleased with Vance. Small class size parents are very involved. The principal and assistant have a lot of energy and it shows everywhere. My children are very happy there.

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