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15340 Smith Road
Charlotte, NC 28273
Courier #: 590
P: 980-344-1000  |  F: 980-343-1836 
Principal: Nizy John
LC: Southwest
Bell Schedule: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Grades: K-5
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About Our School

​River Gate Elementary  was built to relieve overcrowding for Winget Park and Lake Wylie Elementary. We opened our doors to students and families in 2009 and is p​art of the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System.  River Gate’s name, mascot, and school colors were chosen by parents and students of the school.  River Gate’s name is derived from this area being referred to as the “Gateway to the River” and it also is synonymous with the River Gate shopping center. ​Our school feeds into neighboring Southwest Middle School and eventually our students will attend Olympic High School. 


  • Approximately 82​​0 students attend River Gate
  • 12 years of average teaching experience on staff.​
  • 52% of our staff have an advanced degree or Masters degrees.
  • 32% of our staff are National Board Certified.
  • We have reached out to various non-profit organizations such as Pasta for Pennies, Loaves and Fishes, and donated food from our garden to Kings Kitchen.

P.O. Box 30035
Charlotte, NC 28230-0035
Phone: 980-343-3000
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools website ( is in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Any website accessibility concerns may be brought via the following, Email the Web Accessibility Team at WebAccessibility or Call: 980.343.0115. In compliance with Federal Law, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools administers all education programs, employment activities and admissions without discrimination against any person on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, national origin, age, or disability. Inquiries regarding compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities, may be referred to the District's Title IX Coordinator at titleixcoordinator or to the Office for Civil Rights, United States Department of Education.