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About This School

Mcdougle Elementary School is a public elementary school in Carrboro. The principal of Mcdougle Elementary School is Ms Patrenia McDowell, who can be contacted at 533 students attend Mcdougle Elementary School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Asian. 39% of the 533 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Mcdougle Elementary School is 12:1. Elizabeth Seawell Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Chorus
    • Drawing painting
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 54% 52%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 13%
Asian 5% 15%
Multiracial 4% 7%
Hispanic 22% 14%
Black, non-Hispanic 14% 12%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 0.1%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.4% 0.5%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.04%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 39% 27%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    We recently moved to Chapel Hill. I myself grew up moving every 5 years. My mother was a elementary educator for 30+ years. This has honestly been one of the least organized and least parent-friendly schools administration I have ever experienced. If you have a child who lies outside of the norm good luck with getting any help. We had heard such wonderful things about CCHS but we have been so disappointed. We are looking at pulling our oldest out and attempting either the LEAP program or a private school. I certainly hope things will improve but I am not holding my breath.

  • (1 year ago)

    There is strong bullying experience in the school bus usually from elder students toward younger ones. The administration tend to ignore and to find excuses instead of taking care of the bullying. When a parent is complaining about 5th grader bullying a 2nd grader the wise principle will not hesitate to put the responsibility on the 2nd grader. The principle is new and the school suffered from instability in the administrative team. The teachers are great though some are inexperienced teaching less than 2 or 3 years.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school has gone downhill fast with budget cuts and the change in administration. The playground is in disrepair and quite frankly a bit dangerous. Bullying is systemic within the school. I'm glad I don't have to send another child through McDougle Elementary. Many young teachers are hired and not given proper guidance on how to handle challenging situations. They are overwhelmed. The old principal's motto was "NO Excuses". Now its all about excuses. Certain administrators bully parents who try to make things better. Thank goodness for the experienced teachers still there and the receptionist who try to keep it positive! If you are looking for an elementary school in Chapel Hill try Morris Grove where the administrators actually care.

  • (1 year ago)

    McDougle Elementary is a school which has never had much consistency of leadership. The last principal left quickly after receiving her Principal of the Year award after barely 3 years at the job. The teachers are hit or miss. There is no real concern for discipline of children who constantly bully others. The teachers ignore it and do nothing about it. If you report it the administration treat you like you are making up stories. I would recommend sending your child to a different school if you plan to be in the CHCCS district.

  • (3 years ago)

    McDougle is a lovely little school. It does have a high population of Hispanics and Disabled compared to the other schools in our district. It's true in the past it seemed more resources had been dedicated to those students. However this year there has been a considerable turn-a-round and there has been serious improvement. Most of the classrooms have gardens where the students grew vegetables and academic success has become a priority for all students. When you go there you really feel like the faculty and staff love the students and the school. The principal may have well had a rough first year and this year she set the bar high and managed to get everyone pumped up to meet it. I'm really hopeful it will continue to improve!

  • (4 years ago)

    The principle does not care about helping all students. Resources are used primarily on support staff and minority and special needs populations at the expense of all others. As soon as budget cuts are needed teachers for science music art language are layed off. Teachers are hit-or-miss and all classes on the same grade level have different curriculums.

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers who work there truly enjoy their job

  • (4 years ago)

    We have wonderful dedicated teachers. We have a principal who is taking tough steps to get our entire student population achieving. We have dedicated parents who help to enrich the school by bringing in cultural arts adding books to the bookroom supporting our teachers hosting fun family events. McDougle is an awesome place to learn and has an awesome group of families!

  • (4 years ago)

    MES has become a school to be proud of--I'm so glad my kids are here getting a top notch education!

  • (7 years ago)

    McDougle Elementary is by far the best in a an award winning district. Many sources neglect to mention that McDougle is one of the only schools that use 'Team Teaching' to reinforce learning principles. It's a new school and a clean learning environment is highly underrated! The teachers actually care about your child's progress (not to mention they even get financially rewarded for their positive progress in the form of a bonus). My kids love this school and when my son moves on to middle school it will still be convenient for us because it is right next door and is actually connected with a branch of the Chapel Hill Public library right in the connector hallway. We moved from out of state specifically for McDougle Elementary when my son was getting ready to start first grade. Best move we ever made!

  • (8 years ago)

    This is a great school it has everything a kid neads. Great art class gym class chorus/music class plus spanish! this is a great place for a newcomer to go. The teachers are outstanding. Go to mcdougle!

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