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9100 Carswell Lane
Charlotte, NC 28277
Courier #: 449
P: 980-343-3750  |  F: 980-343-3759 
Principal: Dina Modine
LC: Southwest
Bell Schedule: 7:45 AM - 2:45 PM
Grades: PreK-5
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All About McAlpine

 McAlphine Elementary School Eagle Logo Resting on letter M.
McAlpine Elementary School

Every student matters. Every moment counts.

Welcome to the McAlpine Elementary School family! McAlpine Elementary opened its doors in 1986, serving the South Charlotte area of Mecklenburg County. At McAlpine we strive to make sure that students are engaged in a rigorous program, and that all students meet their potential. 

A day in the life of a McAlpine Eagle


K-2  and 4th grade classes are self-contained…meaning that the students remain with their homeroom teacher for the entire school day. Our 3rd and 5th grade teachers are departmentalized…meaning that students change teachers throughout the school day. After elementary school, our students attend either JM Robinson Middle School or South Charlotte Middle School.

All students attend “specials” throughout the week. Our specials classes include art, music, media and PE. Our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade music program includes teaching students the basics of performance through the incorporation of recorders.  Chorus is offered in the Fall for 3rd through 5th grade students. Drama is offered in the Spring for 4th and 5th grade students interested in acting and singing. 2nd and 3rd grade classes perform annually for the school family. Each Spring McAlpine hosts Pizza and Picasso, featuring students’ art work in a “gallery crawl.” Twice during the year McAlpine hosts a school-wide book fair, keeping our focus on the importance of reading. Students also participate in a book swap twice a year…sharing books with one another. All students have 30 minutes of physical activity daily…a healthy body supports a healthy mind. K-2 students have two recess times daily. 3rd - 5th grade students have an extended one-hour lunch/recess break each day.

Students access technology in a variety of ways. McAlpine is equipped with i-Pads, desktop computers, and Chromebooks. All 3rd - 5th graders will utilize Chromebooks throughout the school day to access technology. 

McAlpine Elementary offers services for Exceptional Children (EC), English Language Learners (ELL), and Talent Development (TD) students. The program for Exceptional Children at McAlpine Elementary is designed to offer a range of services for students, including K-5 resource and inclusion classes. McAlpine Elementary features three self-contained classes for students with Autism. Our ELL teacher is on campus part-time, providing language support for our students who require English-language support. Our TD teacher is full-time at McAlpine, utilizing the Catalyst model to provide K-5 differentiated instruction for both identified TD students and those performing above grade-level expectations.

McAlpine offers three preschool classes. Two of the classes are part of the NC Bright Beginnings Program. We also have an Exceptional Children Preschool Program for identified students who require extra support. McAlpine provides a drive-in program for preschool students identified in need of speech services.


What Makes McAlpine Elementary Special

You can feel the excitement when you walk into McAlpine Elementary. We are truly a family of students, teachers, support staff, and parents working together to bring out the best in every child. All of our staff and students are a member of a “House” at McAlpine. Our houses were named for the Swahili words virtue (Fadhila), passion (Hashiki), honor (Heshima), and dream (Ruya).  Our goal is to make sure every student has an adult advocate and feels like they are a part of the McAlpine family.


Challenging Our Scholars

McAlpine Elementary will continue to offer Personalized Learning and Paideia Seminar during the 2018-2019 school year.


Mission Statement

  • CMS - Maximize academic achievement by every student in every school.
  • McAlpine - McAlpine Elementary will collaborate as a community of professionals to ensure that every student engages in high levels of learning and achieves academic growth.


  • Students must feel safe from bullying, supported and motivated by their teachers in order to excel as scholars.
  • Academic excellence will be achieved with instruction and assessment aligned with the Common Core and Essential Standards.
  • Designing integrated lesson units and incorporating project-based learning opportunities increases rigor, relevance, and student engagement for higher levels of learning.
  • Daily classroom learning experiences must provide equal access to every learner as well as motivate, engage, and provoke students to think at higher levels.
  • Responding to every student’s performance with prompt and descriptive feedback increases their chance of success.
  • Healthy partnerships with parents, volunteers, and community stakeholders support our efforts in laying the foundation of good character and responsible citizenship.


  • CMS - CMS provides all students the best education available anywhere, preparing every child to lead a rich and productive life.
  •  McAlpine - McAlpine Elementary will be a preferred school of choice where parents want to bring their children, students want to attend, and middle schools are excited to receive our students.

Student Populations

  • Current student enrollment is 560.
  • Ethnicity: Hispanic-15.9%
  • Race: African American-18.8%, Asian-8.6%, Multi-racial-3.4%, and White 52.9%. 

Grading System (3rd-5th grade)

  • A = 90-100
  • B = 80-89
  • C = 70-79
  • D = 60-69
  • F = Below 60


School Colors

Green and Yellow      



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