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Combs Elementary
Leadership , STEM Schools Collaborative Network
 Calendar: Traditional

Information for the: 2014 - 2015 school year.

For information about Magnet Programs and how to apply for them, visit our online Magnet Programs Center.

Principal, Grades & Calendar

Principal - Muriel T. Summers

Grades - k - 5

2014-15 School Schedule - 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Instructional Calendar

Combs Elementary runs on the Traditional calendar. Currently, the following Traditional calendars are available for download:

2014 - 2015 Traditional Calendar (PDF)

2014-15 Care Programs

Before School:  WCPSS

After School:    Check with school about third party providers

Contact the Combs Elementary directly for full information about its before- and after-school care programs. For general information about before- and after-school care programs across WCPSS, go here.


Phone - (919) 233-4300

Fax - (919) 233-4042

Website -


Address - 2001 Lorimer Road, Raleigh, NC 27606

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A B Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary School is based on two core foundations - "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" based on Stephen R. Covey's best selling book and Baldridge practices based on Edward Demmings' work in the business world. The principles behind Covey create an environment that allows every individual to feel valued for their unique gifts and talents. By developing the WHOLE child - socially, emotionally, academincally, and ethically - the program fosters a climate of principle - centered and personal leadership.

Decisions based on data and research - from world-reknowned educators and within our building - keep us highly successful by all academic standards. Our teachers and administration have worked for over 5 years to create this model that balances keeping traditions alive with continuously re-evaluating ways to be more efficient and effective in teaching. This model is in alignment with practices and principles from the following: 7 Correlates of Successful Schools (Larry Lozottee), 55 Essentials (Ron Clark), Professional Learning Communities (Rick DuFour), Rigor and Relevance (William Daggett), Brain Research (Mel Levine), and Emotional Intelligence (Robert Cooper).

We live our mission statement everyday, "Developing Leaders One Child at a Time". Our school has procedures and events in place to ensure we reach our desired outcome - Data Notebooks, Social Etiquette Classes, Leadership Day Oral Presentations, Community Service Projects, Leader of the Week Program and Daily News Broadcasts. Please visit us to learn more about the unique components of our model.

In April 2006, AB Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary School was awarded the Ronald P. Simpson Award by the Magnet Schools of America organization recognizing it as the top magnet school in the United States. The school's story is also featured in Dr. Covey's book on the 8th habit and the school has partnered with the Covey Organization to write a book on leadership development as it relates to elementary aged children.

Curriculum: Leadership

The truth is that good leadership requires more than natural ability. With its emphasis on 21st century leadership and character development, students at the leadership magnet learn to communicate effectively, collaborate, make ethical decisions and motivate others. They show initiative and participate in service learning. See their mention in Stephen Covey's book The Leader in Me.

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