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Mcalpine Elementary

Public | PK-5 | 503 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
Based on 6 ratings
2012:
Based on 4 ratings
2011:
Based on 4 ratings

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Posted March 23, 2014

McAlpine is a warm, inviting school where all children are challenged. My third grader does things in math that blow my mind! His teacher works with small groups at their own level so all get what they need. At our previous south charlotte school, the high kids worked on their own because their test scores were secure. At McAlpine they care about teaching and challenging all children. It is refreshing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2014

In response to 03/17/2014 Post: My goodness, Woman, talk to your child. I have autism in my family. I can tell you that as soon as a mother gives up on the difficult task of communicating, the child suffers. Your comments insulting. I have always found the teaching staff at McAlpine among the most caring, loving and professional individuals I know.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2013

McAlpine is the BEST school I have even had my children enrolled in! The teachers are supportive, informative and fun. My Children are on fire for learning! I have one child who completed school there and is in the 8th grade, he loves going back to see his old teachers (my 4th and 2nd grade children still attend) The office staff is helpful and friendly. The environment at McAlpine is one of family and friendship. The children are happy and they thrive. This year a new Principal has come on board and I can't say I like or dislike her as I haven't gotten to know her. She has introduced herself every time she has seen me though and I find that very inviting. She also ended the AR tests (thank goodness! If you have an avid reader you will understand this) Parent involvement could be better but it is not horrible. We are moving at the end of this school year and I am sad to leave! I have recently considered homeschooling the children as we haven't found a school in the entire CMS system that has half the atmosphere. I have a step child who went to a 10 rated school in CMS and I would NEVER send my children to that "stuffy" school. McAlpine is a gem hidden away and kept secret!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2013

McAlpine Elementary might be the best kept secret in Ballantyne, I had three children at this school. Last year was our first year and we fell in love. The level of engagement by the entire staff at this school and the caring about the children that attend has amazed us. We left an IB international school when we moved here, I was very worried about the adjustment, but it was without cause. The teachers here not only made the adjustment achievable, my oldest in 5th went from struggling student with a possible ADD diagnosis to the McAlpine Honor Roll. They had a 504 accommodation in place within 3 months to provide what he need for success. HIs confidence soared and so did his excitement about school work. This year I have a 4th and 2nd grader, and they have blossomed even more. I am continually amazed by the activities in learning that are presented and when I pick up my nine year old and he talks about all he has learned in the day I am speechless. Engaged doesn t begin to cover what is happening with these 4th graders. We have moved enough to know these numbers in the rating are just that, numbers. They do not reflect the experience your child will have. Thank You McA!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2013

This school is fantastic and deserves a higher rating than 7 for sure! The teachers are great and the new principal has brought some wonderful new energy that will surely enable McAlpine go from Very Good to Great. Excited for the year ahead.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

We enrolled our son from Dec 2012 and I must say that it is an excellent school that provides good training to students in a manner they enjoy. They have a balance of learning, field trips and fun. My son loves going to school everyday. The teachers are very dedicated and students love Mr Ashley
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

Two years in McAlpine so far an it's been a great experience. The teachers are dedicated and really care. Principle Saxton is a very involved, energetic leader who is able to connect with the children. Communication with parents is good and parents are greatly encouraged to get involved in a variety of ways.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2013

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: I am a grandfather of a child entering kindergarten at McAlpine. Based on a very well organized and comprehensive "Beginner's Day" presentation by teachers, staff and PTA, I am impressed and confident that the next 6 years of schooling for my granddaughter will be and enjoyable and productive experience for her. I am particularly impressed by the competency and caring of the principal, Ernest Saxton, the three kindergarten teachers who are returning this coming school-year, and the active involvement of the PTA. I'll check-in at the end of the year to give you feedback on how the kindergarten experience turned out...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2012

Five years at McAlpine Elementary has been very good. the principal had good ideas of renovating the 1984 building, and the teacher history there is very good.. Some of Americas best teachers were there. Nice staff, and very good technology. 5 stars!


Posted June 14, 2012

I just finished my first year as a McAlpine parent and it has been wonderful. I think sometimes the negative reviews come from a bad experience or a parent being either too demanding or taking something personally. Our child's teacher has been amazing and the leadership including Principal Saxton has been phenomenal. Interestingly, it's the parents that complain that also are least involved in the school. If you don't like something, get involved and don't hide behind online posts. This is a terrific school and a great sign that public education is alive and well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2012

We are thrilled with our experience at this school. A new principal two years ago brought many new ideas and a new energy to the school. While many people don't like change, the fact is that the new principal has implemented many wonderful programs: from character education to launching a first-of-its-kind Journalism Club run by students to creating a hands-on outdoor science garden. The principal gives teachers the flexibility they need to teach students any way they see fit in order to get the job done, and is focused on making sure that ALL students learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2012

Every teacher that each of my children have had at McAlpine have been excellent. We love McAlpine not only for its quality education but its hometown feel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2011

School going downhill, good teachers leaving and a very poor principal is not a good combination. I had the exact experience as previous reviewer where I felt my child should be held back and the principal will not allow him to. Even the teachers, specialist and doctors agreed he should not advance. This principal could care less about the best interest of the students. He is disconnected and is just trying to advance his career. He doesn't even know most kids names. IMO a big phony...Pathetic!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2011

I gave a 3 star rating for a few reasons. The school itself is nice, McAlpine really does have amazing teachers. I have only come across one teacher that was so BAD, but she has since left on her own. No one is going to love what every teacher does and that's fine. However the leadership/Principal is most times very arrogant and rude. He feels only his opinion is the correct one and puts a good front. Wait until you need to speak with him about ANY issues. You'll see true colors. I really dislike the way McAlpine has changed over the recent years...It's sad. The teachers work hard but it doesnt seem to be good enough for the principal
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2011

So angry at Principal Ernest Saxton right now. I have been a parent of 2 children to go here over the past 7 years. My daughter excelled and so we had no issues. My son has struggled for 4 years and now when we would like to hold him back, he said it wasn't up to his parents, but up to the principal and he said no. He doesn't even know who my son is!! My son is dyslexic and always the smallest kid in the class. He wouldn't even allow me a retention meeting that I requested. NOT HAPPY!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2011

We had ups and downs with this school. The first year we loved it with a teacher that challenged the kids and kept them ALL learning. Then we had a horrendous year with a teacher that shouldn't be teaching young kids. Then we had another wonderful year. This year they did away with the TD catalyst program and the kids aren't being challenged. I am very disappointed in that since our magnet option is Barringer. With 3 kids in this school, I am only hoping that my kids will be prepared to enter junior high. I had to homeschool a bit just to ensure that myself since they are now so negative about challenging kids and having the TD catalyst class. They are only concerned with bringing up the kids that are struggling to keep up their overall score.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2010

This school changed principals 3 times while my children attended. Each prinipal was more apathetic and non-responsive than the last. I had chosen this school during the short time when CMS allowed school choice. I switched back to my homeschool Smithfield when my younger son was entering 3rd grade (2009-2010). What a difference! Wish I had sent them both to Smithfield from the beginning. If your child is average you will do fine at McAlpine. If they are more advanced and need to be challenged, forget McAlpine. Also, leadership is unresponsive, uncaring and often rude. Hopefully things have changed in the last year but I can tell you that from K-2, my son was absolutely NOT challenged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2008

McAlpine is a great school. This is my first year there as a parent and I can't say enough positive things about the school. My child loves school and it makes me happy knowing that she jumps out of bed every day and can't wait to get to class to see her friends and her teacher. The school is made for kids. I love it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2008

I thought McAlpine's curriculum night was very informative. It was different than in the pass and I think the teachers were well prepared. The teachers really care about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2008

This school is the kind you want your elementary child to walk into every day !! The leadership is strong, the Principal is organized, open, friendly and listens and most of all puts the children's needs first. The atmosphere is warm and friendly like a little family, and the teacher's are excellent, many are board certified or working toward it. The teacher's really get to know the child as a whole and help with indiviudal personal success. Very strong parental involvement and PTA. Teacher's had a comprehensive and enriching CE course teaching them how to challenge the students by thinking critically, giving them more skills & tools. Academically challanging, celebrates personal and school successes when one achieves we all achieve ! I know my children are at the right school and wholeheartedly agree with the previous review. McAlpine is special and your child will be nurtured, challanged, prepared and motivated !!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
68%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 48% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
81%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 48% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
84%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students57%
Female64%
Male52%
Black13%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students54%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English57%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant57%
Academically giftedn/a

Reading

All Students51%
Female64%
Male42%
Black19%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students49%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English51%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant51%
Academically giftedn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students43%
Female53%
Male31%
Black14%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students46%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English43%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant43%
Academically giftedn/a

Reading

All Students59%
Female68%
Male48%
Black29%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students64%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English61%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant59%
Academically giftedn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students58%
Female54%
Male63%
Black18%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students63%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English59%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant58%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students66%
Female70%
Male60%
Black27%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students72%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant66%
Academically gifted-95%

Science

All Students80%
Female78%
Male83%
Black46%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students82%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%
Academically gifted-95%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 67% 52%
Black 16% 26%
Hispanic 8% 14%
Asian 5% 3%
Two or more races 3% 4%
American Indian 0% 1%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 28%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

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