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Union Elementary School - Shallotte, NC

The Sun is Always Shining at Union

The Sun is Always Shining at Union

Union Elementary, "Home of the Dolphins," was born in 1950 and serves 600 students in grades k-5 from the Shallotte and Ocean Isle Beach communities. There is no mistaking the family atmosphere in our school! Students are called by name and are at the heart of every decision made. Student writing, artwork, and framed action photos of our students create dolphin pride which is evident as you talk with students and staff and visit classrooms. Our PTO supports school pride by providing each student and staff member a school shirt to wear on Fridays.

We educate the hearts and minds of our students through PBIS and rigorous instruction in academics as well as the arts. Our proficiency and growth are a result of our highly qualified teachers, collaborative planning, and differentiation. We utilize guided reading and math groups which allows teachers to meet individual student needs. Students' leadership skills are developed through clubs such as Student Council, Dolphin Dashers, Writing Club, Science Olympiad, Battle of the Books, and Equestrian Club. These clubs provide our students with one more reason to love school.

One of the greatest challenges we are addressing is the transiency of our students which creates gaps in their learning. Our parent facilitator works to generate resources through community organizations such as backpacks of food, clothing, and school supplies. We have over 150 volunteers who provide tutoring and support services for students and their families.

Come visit us to see why "The Sun is Always Shining at Union!"

Union Elementary School

180 Union School Road, NW
Shallotte, NC, 28470-4002

(910) 579-3591

Mrs. Vickie Arrowood Smith, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Brunswick County Schools District

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Union Elementary will teach the hearts and minds of all children through character education and rigorous academics to make them successful in a global community.

Student Demographics

  • Black/African American: 9%
  • White: 65%
  • Hispanic: 18%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 5%