McAlpine Elementary

Summary:

McAlpine Elementary is a public elementary school in Charlotte, North Carolina, serving students from pre-kindergarten to 5th grade as part of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools district.

McAlpine Elementary consistently outperforms the district and state averages in standardized test scores, with significantly higher proficiency rates in Mathematics, Reading, and Science across all grade levels. The school has maintained a strong statewide ranking, placing it among the top elementary schools in North Carolina. McAlpine's diverse student population, with a significant representation of minority groups, has not hindered its academic excellence, as the school has demonstrated exceptional performance across different student subgroups, including students with disabilities and English Language Learners.

When compared to nearby schools, McAlpine Elementary stands out. Olde Providence Elementary and Hawk Ridge Elementary have outperformed McAlpine in academic measures, while Polo Ridge Elementary and Rea Farms STEAM Academy have consistently ranked among the top 1% of North Carolina elementary schools. However, McAlpine's performance is still exceptional, particularly in comparison to schools with similar demographic characteristics, such as Smithfield Elementary and Pineville Elementary, which have significantly lower academic outcomes.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 9100 Carswell Ln
       Charlotte, NC  28277-3561


(980) 343-3750

District: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
306th of 1,502 North Carolina Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,386 Help


Students who attend McAlpine Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    South Charlotte Middle
High:    South Mecklenburg High School

Student/teacher ratio:  17.1 Help
Number of students:  564

Racial breakdown:

White:
48.4%
Hispanic:
20.0%
African American:
18.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  23.8% Help


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Compare Details McAlpine Elementary ranks better than 79.6% of elementary schools in North Carolina. It also ranks 29th among 109 ranked elementary schools in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 75.88. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at McAlpine Elementary is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (48.4%), Hispanic (20%), African American (18.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 23.8% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at McAlpine Elementary is 17.1. 83 elementary schools in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at McAlpine Elementary is $10,386, which is the 42nd highest among 109 elementary schools in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

McAlpine Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks McAlpine Elementary 306th of 1502 North Carolina public elementary schools. (See McAlpine Elementary in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools 129th of 243 North Carolina school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for McAlpine Elementary

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Rank History for all students at McAlpine Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 79.32 184th 1276 85.6%
2007 86.21 76th 1293 94.1%
2008 79.86 185th 1324 86.0%
2009 73.98 316th 1354 76.7%
2010 62.57 562nd 1363 58.8%
2011 76.03 271st 1381 80.4%
2012 70.58 391st 1388 71.8%
2013 77.27 265th 1403 81.1%
2014 82.47 199th 1390 85.7%
2015 81.51 210th 1440 85.4%
2016 85.26 151st 1425 89.4%
2017 88.10 109th 1429 92.4%
2018 67.22 461st 1434 67.9%
2019 73.61 335th 1473 77.3%
2021 80.90 231st 1489 84.5%
2022 63.32 534th 1514 64.7%
2023 75.88 306th 1502 79.6%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at McAlpine Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 77.61 56th 497 88.7%
2022 51.60 179th 485 63.1%
2023 50.91 206th 514 59.9%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at McAlpine Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 58.50 525th 1332 60.6%
2019 71.58 286th 1361 79.0%
2021 50.02 584th 1329 56.1%
2022 38.86 867th 1366 36.5%
2023 45.45 806th 1437 43.9%
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Rank History for Female students at McAlpine Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 61.71 550th 1405 60.9%
2019 69.66 395th 1424 72.3%
2021 79.54 233rd 1440 83.8%
2022 64.77 463rd 1458 68.2%
2023 77.47 258th 1459 82.3%
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Rank History for Disabled students at McAlpine Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 63.60 226th 897 74.8%
2019 79.66 83rd 878 90.5%
2021 88.27 30th 646 95.4%
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Rank History for Gifted and Talented students at McAlpine Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 64.78 16th 69 76.8%
2019 52.76 418th 612 31.7%
2021 68.54 132nd 494 73.3%
2022 41.71 419th 500 16.2%
2023 60.27 276th 582 52.6%
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Rank History for Male students at McAlpine Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 70.91 373rd 1413 73.6%
2019 74.68 291st 1430 79.7%
2021 79.10 250th 1444 82.7%
2022 59.33 579th 1464 60.5%
2023 71.49 345th 1461 76.4%
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Rank History for African American students at McAlpine Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 50.94 433rd 927 53.3%
2019 64.26 266th 949 72.0%
2021 64.65 196th 896 78.1%
2022 42.11 521st 927 43.8%
2023 60.89 295th 933 68.4%
See the entire list of Best North Carolina Elementary Schools for African American Students!

Rank History for Hispanic students at McAlpine Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 60.50 285th 851 66.5%
2019 81.87 87th 865 89.9%
2021 63.24 224th 843 73.4%
2022 49.41 413th 893 53.8%
2023 52.98 387th 915 57.7%
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Rank History for White students at McAlpine Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 59.17 498th 1178 57.7%
2019 64.68 402nd 1183 66.0%
2021 81.27 167th 1172 85.8%
2022 62.76 405th 1194 66.1%
2023 70.75 311th 1183 73.7%
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Data source: test scores: North Carolina Dept of Public Instruction, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Data source: North Carolina Dept of Public Instruction

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by a parent
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Open Quote one year you have awesome teachers and the next year they suck. VERY inconsistent. the school has trouble getting qualified teachers. every year they have at least one class that starts school without an assigned teacher. it's obvious something is not right Close Quote



Enrollment information for McAlpine Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 608 284 10 4 2 n/a n/a 0 908
1989 616 270 9 4 3 n/a n/a 0 902
1990 634 298 16 2 3 n/a n/a 0 953
1991 538 242 19 4 3 n/a n/a 0 806
1992 565 217 18 0 1 n/a n/a 0 801
1993 563 150 39 12 1 n/a n/a 0 765
1994 416 142 38 12 1 n/a n/a 0 609
1995 458 162 33 32 2 n/a n/a 0 687
1996 458 162 33 32 2 n/a n/a 0 687
1997 523 26 29 15 2 n/a n/a 0 595
1998 655 38 42 14 2 n/a n/a 0 751
1999 802 46 53 11 4 n/a n/a 0 916
2000 621 43 57 9 2 n/a n/a 0 732
2001 579 52 43 8 3 n/a n/a 0 685
2002 565 85 53 42 3 n/a n/a 0 748
2003 565 85 53 42 3 n/a n/a 0 748
2004 502 106 65 49 2 n/a n/a 0 724
2005 535 97 67 63 3 n/a n/a 0 765
2006 519 129 62 78 1 n/a n/a 0 789
2007 543 93 62 77 1 n/a n/a 33 809
2008 518 104 45 64 2 n/a n/a 29 762
2009 380 109 28 67 5 n/a n/a 0 589
2010 332 97 25 56 3 n/a n/a 0 513
2011 346 72 24 49 3 0 25 0 519
2012 332 85 22 48 3 0 13 0 503
2013 349 86 27 42 1 0 13 0 518
2014 345 78 34 44 2 0 16 0 519
2015 333 83 29 49 0 1 8 0 503
2016 334 75 31 64 0 1 10 0 515
2017 294 71 31 67 1 2 9 0 475
2018 295 90 43 80 2 2 14 0 526
2019 285 88 40 88 1 2 18 0 522
2020 273 99 48 84 1 0 29 0 534
2021 243 101 43 78 1 0 26 0 492
2022 246 89 38 95 3 0 27 0 498
2023 273 103 51 113 2 0 22 0 564

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at McAlpine Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 908 34.0 26.7 18.7
1989 902 45.0 20.0 19.4
1990 953 45.0 21.1 21.8
1991 806 42.0 19.1 25.8
1992 801 42.0 19.0 15.9
1993 765 34.0 22.5 19.1
1994 609 31.0 19.6 19.2
1995 687 40.0 17.2 16.6
1996 687 40.0 17.2 16.6
1997 595 34.0 17.5 23.4
1998 751 40.0 18.8 2
1999 916 40.0 22.9 2.4
2000 732 40.0 18.3 2.9
2001 685 40.0 17.1 4.1
2002 748 40.0 18.7 12.7
2003 748 40.0 18.7 12.7
2004 724 40.0 18.1 15.7
2005 765 40.0 19.1 16.7
2006 789 40.0 19.7 18.4
2007 809 n/a n/a 14.8
2008 762 49.4 15.4 15.3
2009 589 38.5 15.3 20.4
2010 513 34.4 14.8 23.2
2011 519 32.6 15.8 25.4
2012 503 34.1 14.7 27.2
2013 518 32.0 16.1 24.3
2014 519 30.5 16.9 24.3
2015 503 33.0 15.2 24.5
2016 515 32.0 16.0 22.9
2017 475 32.1 14.7 25.5
2018 526 32.4 16.2 26.6
2019 522 34.7 15.0 26.4
2020 534 34.3 15.5 26.8
2021 492 32.8 15.0 18.3
2022 498 29.8 16.7 11.8
2023 564 32.8 17.1 23.8

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio McAlpine Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 908 34.0 26.7 18.7
1989 902 45.0 20.0 19.4
1990 953 45.0 21.1 21.8
1991 806 42.0 19.1 25.8
1992 801 42.0 19.0 15.9
1993 765 34.0 22.5 19.1
1994 609 31.0 19.6 19.2
1995 687 40.0 17.2 16.6
1996 687 40.0 17.2 16.6
1997 595 34.0 17.5 23.4
1998 751 40.0 18.8 2
1999 916 40.0 22.9 2.4
2000 732 40.0 18.3 2.9
2001 685 40.0 17.1 4.1
2002 748 40.0 18.7 12.7
2003 748 40.0 18.7 12.7
2004 724 40.0 18.1 15.7
2005 765 40.0 19.1 16.7
2006 789 40.0 19.7 18.4
2007 809 n/a n/a 14.8
2008 762 49.4 15.4 15.3
2009 589 38.5 15.3 20.4
2010 513 34.4 14.8 23.2
2011 519 32.6 15.8 25.4
2012 503 34.1 14.7 27.2
2013 518 32.0 16.1 24.3
2014 519 30.5 16.9 24.3
2015 503 33.0 15.2 24.5
2016 515 32.0 16.0 22.9
2017 475 32.1 14.7 25.5
2018 526 32.4 16.2 26.6
2019 522 34.7 15.0 26.4
2020 534 34.3 15.5 26.8
2021 492 32.8 15.0 18.3
2022 498 29.8 16.7 11.8
2023 564 32.8 17.1 23.8

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for McAlpine Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $944 (9.1%) $9,443 (90.9%) $10,386

Data source: North Carolina Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on McAlpine Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 335th of 1473 Elementary schoolsRanks 306th of 1502 Elementary schools
 2.4%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Mathematics (McAlpine Elementary)86.580
 6.5%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools)69.661.3
 8.3%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (North Carolina)64.361.1
 3.2%
3rd Grade Reading (McAlpine Elementary)79.271.8
 7.4%
   3rd Grade Reading (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools)57.346.4
 10.9%
   3rd Grade Reading (North Carolina)56.848
 8.8%
4th Grade Mathematics (McAlpine Elementary)69.770.8
 1.1%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools)63.255.2
 8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (North Carolina)57.355.3
 2%
4th Grade Reading (McAlpine Elementary)61.860.4
 1.4%
   4th Grade Reading (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools)52.551.5
 1%
   4th Grade Reading (North Carolina)57.355.3
 2%
5th Grade Mathematics (McAlpine Elementary)72.367.9
 4.4%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools)65.457.9
 7.5%
   5th Grade Mathematics (North Carolina)60.255.9
 4.3%
5th Grade Reading (McAlpine Elementary)57.453.1
 4.3%
   5th Grade Reading (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools)5045.8
 4.2%
   5th Grade Reading (North Carolina)54.648
 6.6%
5th Grade Science (McAlpine Elementary)74.370.4
 3.9%
   5th Grade Science (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools)72.862.2
 10.6%
   5th Grade Science (North Carolina)72.665.3
 7.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students522564
 8%
African American88103
 17%
American Indian12
 100%
Asian4051
 27.5%
Hispanic88113
 28.4%
Pacific Islander20
 100%
White285273
 4.2%
Two or More Races1822
 22.2%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients26.4%23.8%
 2.7%


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Students who attend McAlpine Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : South Charlotte Middle
High : South Mecklenburg High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 564 students attended McAlpine Elementary.

McAlpine Elementary ranks 306th of 1502 North Carolina elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students at McAlpine Elementary are 48% White, 20% Hispanic, 18% African American, 9% Asian, 4% Two or more races.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the North Carolina Dept of Public Instruction.

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