Dear Albemarle Road Middle School families,
Albemarle Road Middle School is a comprehensive, partial International Baccalaureate (IB) magnet school in east Charlotte. We focus on five characteristics which we believe address our Hornet students and staff holistically: We are invested, we are engaged learners, we are respectful and scholarly, we are effective communicators, and we are family. Albemarle Road Middle School staff members pride ourselves in being focused on meeting the needs of our diverse population of students.
As a partial IB Magnet school, Albemarle Road Middle is home to students interested in matriculating to the diploma program at East Mecklenburg High School and graduating with an IB diploma. But we also focus on serving all students through the IB lens, which enriches the curriculum and helps to improve educational and social outcomes. Performing arts, foreign language and community service are pillars of our academic program and help shape the IB experience for our students. Partnerships with Christ Faith Home for Children in India, Charlotte Next, and the Simmons YMCA/Red Ventures provide opportunities for our students to build citizenship and character. Clubs are offered for every student; some are competitive and interscholastic. Our chorus and orchestra programs have competed in local competitions and our dance team has been asked to perform in recent community events. Additionally, Albemarle Road Middle School is the home of the North Carolina Middle Level Education's 2019 Teacher to Watch!
Last year's state data indicates our school exceeded expected growth, with the greatest increases in reading and eighth-grade science. Math 1 proficiency grew to 100 percent from 96 percent a year earlier. We significantly increased (almost doubled) the percent of students placed in honors-level courses.
Let me tell you a little about myself. I have been in education for 21 years, seven of them as a principal. I received my undergraduate degree in elementary education from Barber-Scotia College in Concord, NC, and my master’s degree in school administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. My career in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools began as an elementary school teacher at Westerly Hills and Shamrock Gardens elementary schools. Then I taught sixth grade math for two years at James Martin Middle before coming to Albemarle Road Middle.
I joined the Hornet family in 2006 as a full-time principal intern, working as the seventh-grade administrator. I have also served as a facilitator and assistant principal.
As a principal, I believe that people can do anything they choose with a strong commitment and the right support team. Our job as educators is to build an environment where students thrive because we believe in them! High expectations, strong accountability and nurturing are necessary for us all to succeed and we work hard to create this environment for the students at Albemarle Road Middle. We want to be the place where students become even better than their aspirations. I look forward to working with you.
Thank you for choosing Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Albemarle Road Middle.
Toni Perry, principal