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Turner Creek Elementary

Basic Information

  • Address - 6801 Turner Creek Road, Cary, NC 27519
  • Phone - (919) 363-1391
  • Fax - (919) 290-2011
  • Website -
  • Principal - Lisa Spalding
  • Grades - k - 5
  • Bell Schedule - 9:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
  • Directions - End of Page

Curriculum: Year-Round

Unique Features

* Traditional 180-day school year divided into nine-week quarters with a three-week break at the end of each quarter

* Continuous cycle of learning

* Remedial and acceleration programs offered during track-out as resources permit


Turner Creek Elementary operates on the year-round calendar. Students at the year-round schools are divided into four groups, called tracks, with each track having its own calendar. In a year-round elementary school, the traditional 180-day school year is divided into nine-week quarters with a three week break at the end of each quarter. Students are in school the same number of days as their counterparts in traditional schools; the days are simply redistributed thoughout the year. The reorganized schedule is called a 45/15 - 45 days in school, 15 days off.

Schedules are staggered so that, at any given time, three tracks are in school and one is on break. These staggered schedules make it possible for the school to serve up to thrity-three percent more students than its intended capacity.

Year-round schools provide a more continuous learning process. Since students do not have long summer vacations, major reviewing in the fall is eliminated. Students and teachers are more energized throughout the year due to regular breaks. The three-week breaks provide frequent enrichment and remedial opportunities for students during the year.


Take HWY 64 West to HWY 55 (Williams St). Turn right on HWY 55 toward Durham. Continue on HWY 55 and at the 3rd stoplight (Turner Creek Road), turn left. School will be on the left. Take the second entrance (on the left) to enter the front parking lot with access to the school's main office.

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