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Weddington Elementary School10

Matthews, NC | Union County

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January 16, 2015


Our two children are thriving at WDES. Our kindergartener is getting a good balance of learning, life skills, and physical activity. She is reading and making friends. Our second grader is getting advanced math exercises that test her spatial/pattern reasoning and 'real' problem solving. That is exactly what I want her to be learning; not just memorizing 0 through 12 multiplication. The teachers are caring, responsive, and structured. The new principal (Fall 2014) is receptive to constructive criticism and ideas. Not sure about the negative reviews listed here, as that has definitely not been our family's experience in any way.

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April 5, 2014


Attended the new family tour this week and the Principal was so kind. She answered everyone s questions and we were all very impressed by her professionalism and knowledge of instruction. We are excited to become Wildcats!

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April 5, 2014


My family has had a positive experience at Weddington. Upon moving here, we met with the Principal and she was very welcoming and informative. She has a solid handle on instruction and that made us feel at ease. Having one student that excels and one student that requires academic support, we have a positive relationship with the Assistant Principal. She is caring, energetic and answered ALL of our questions about how to best support our child. She assured us that the educational resources at Weddington would fit our child s needs and she was correct. The Assistant Principal attends our IEP meetings, is very knowledgeable in the resources provided and has made our child s year a success. Teachers are energetic and committed to helping the kids be successful. My children s teachers communicate regularly and I appreciate the time they spend to keep us in the loop . When I volunteer or come for lunch, the office staff is kind and very upbeat. The school may be older but it is well organized. I hope that the playground equipment is updated soon and more is added.

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April 1, 2014


We heard great reviews regarding WDES. Unfortunately, this has not been our experience. The administration is poor as both the assistant principal and principal are lacking in relational and effective communication skills as it relates to the parents. There are indeed quality teacher's and assistant teachers at this school; however, they are numbered. For those teachers that need supervision and re-training, reports made to the administration regarding the lack of appropriateness by part of those teachers is of no avail. These poorly functioning teachers continue to function in their poor capacity. Moreover, there are some serious confidentiality concerns that need to be addressed at this school. I have found the administration and especially the staff discussing the lives of children within the hallways and front office. It is embarrassing.

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March 21, 2014


This school is a disaster because of the principal. She does not listen to parent feedback, thinks she knows what is best even though she only has 2-3 years teaching experience, is incredibly stubborn, and has no idea what is going on in the classrooms. She doesn't require lesson plans from teachers, which means they do what they want (which may include nothing). There is no consistency between different classes in the same grade. She hedges questions and won't answer anything directly. If you have a gifted child - forget it. They don't read, they don't do vocabulary, they do far less than the regular classrooms. Although this has been an issue for 2 years now-it's not addressed. For those being switched FROM this school with the redistricting - they are jumping for joy. This school was great until the current principal started running it. It is impossible for me to believe this is the number 6 school in the state based on current practices. This school TEACHES TO THE TEST - that's how they get high test scores. You often even hear teachers say "that's not on the EOGs". STAY AWAY from this school unless you want high test scores with no real learning behind it!!!

Submitted by a parent

January 9, 2014


We moved into this school district because we read all the reviews of Weddington Elementary being an "award winning" school. So far, the only reason I can see that they win awards is because they teach the kids how to test, and that is about it. If your child is in the median, they will do just fine. If they are above or below the median, they suffer. I have seen some poor decision making on the administration side without consulting parents, as well as a complete lack of communication between administration and staff, causing administration to fumble for an excuse for their mistakes instead of owning up. The academics are mediocre, at best. There is a lawsuit between the school board and the county, that is in the appeal process, with $92M in unanswered funding which the county refuses to pay. This hurts the school, the children, and the academics. The gym has leaks that they can't fix, which is dangerous for the students. Overall, I am disheartened to see that this school has a 10 rating only to find out that they are more like a 7. Luckily, there is a lot of parent involvement to put a positive vibe into the school. Otherwise, it would be a pretty drab atmosphere.

Submitted by a parent

October 27, 2013


Weddington Elementary is a great school with wonderful teachers that truly care about our children and has supportive parents.

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October 21, 2013


My daughter has attended this elementary school for kindergarten and now first grade. She loves the school, the teachers and the faculty. Each and every one of the teachers are caring and supportive. They KNOW my daughter. Her first grade teacher is VERY in tune with her emotional and mental state and its incredibly reassuring to know my daughter is well cared for and is getting the best education at a highly regarded school.

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October 20, 2013


Weddington Elementary is an amazing school! The teachers and parents go above and beyond every day. They care about ALL the students not just their own. My 4th grader loves to go to school and my 4 year old can't wait to be in kindergarten next year. Keep up the good work WDES!

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October 20, 2013


WDES is a great school! The teachers and staff go above and beyond to allow our children to grow and learn as individuals. The parents help make that happen!

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October 18, 2013


This is by far the best place around for students to learn and grow. Teachers work hard to make sure that each student's needs are met. The principal is visible, strategic, and communicates consistently. I feel confident in sending my child to Weddington Elementary!

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October 18, 2013


I am so impressed with Weddington Elementary School. My eldest daughter is a kindgartener and this is my first experience with Weddington's public school system. Prior to the school year Principal Blanchard hosted all kindergarten parents and introduced us to the school's approach, she's outside every morning to greet students, and present at every non-school-hour event. She really cares about her students and it shows. The teachers are equally impressive. They have gone out of their way to keep us involved and informed in our daughter's education. We've received personalized emails with updates and have had open dialog about her progress. My daughter regularly receives friendly encouragement and adores her teacher. I am so pleased with Weddington Elementary School and am really glad that this is where my daughter's education has begun.

Submitted by a parent

October 18, 2013


Excelent school,great teachers and staff.If you look for excelence this is the right place for your children's.

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October 18, 2013


We moved to this school 2 years ago and we were warmly welcomed into the weddington family. We have attended 4 different elementary schools because of moving, and although all schools were wonderful, this one is definitely the best. The staff is very helpful and kind, they encourage and appreciate parental involvement. The interactions I have had with my children's teachers has always been positive. The principal is very involved and loving towards the children. My children are really happy at WDES, and I'm grateful for that!

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August 21, 2013


We have a 2nd Grader who has had an excellent experience at Weddington Elementary thus far. He came into kindergarten needing services out of preschool from prior evaluations; and we felt he was borderline on no longer needing OT. In kindergarten, team decided to discontinue services. His kindergarten teacher was awesome, as was 1st grade. He finished first grade reading at end-of-2nd-grade expectation; largely due to the teachers keeping him challenged. Principal seems focused on academic growth and individual achievement, so at times it seems like the BEST students may get a little less attention to fly higher than the struggling students to achieve expectation. But that's also considering on-going budget cuts throughout the district and state, so it makes sense that's probably the better imbalance to have. Parents are very involved, and welcomed to be involved. Couldn't ask for a better public school.

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