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9601 China Grove Church Road
Pineville, NC 28134
Courier #: 550
P: 980-343-3636  |  F: 980-343-3743 
Principal: Emily Miles
LC: Southwest
Bell Schedule: 8:45 AM - 3:45 PM
Grades: PreK-5
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Frequently Asked Questions at Sterling 


What does the school day look like?

Our school day is 8:45am - 3:45pm.  Breakfast is served free of charge in the cafeteria from 8:15am - 8:40am.  Please arrive early if you would like to take advantage of the free breakfast program!

How do I enroll my student?

You need the following forms (also available at the school):

  • 2019-2020 School Year Enrollment Packet - English (print only) | Spanish 
  • Birth Certificate (no hospital, souvenir or Mother copies)
  • Three Proofs of Mecklenburg County Residency
  • Safe Schools Enrollment Declaration English | Spanish  (Required for students transferring into CMS)
  • Current Immunization records (Complete record required by 1st day of school entry)
  • Health Assessment (Required for new pre-k and kindergarten students by 1st day of school entry)

Fill out all the forms and bring them to Sterling Elementary.  Our summer hours are Monday - Thursday 8:00am to 4:00pm.

If you have any questions about enrollment, please contact the school at 980-343-3636 or visit the Student Placement webpage.  Student placement can also be reached at: 980-343-5335 or

How does transportation work?

We have car riders, van riders, bus riders and walkers. 

Car Rider Procedures

·         You may begin parking in line on our campus for pick up beginning at 3:15 pm. Also, please remain in your vehicle. If you arrive before 2:45 pm, please do not idle your automobile while waiting. School is dismissed at 3:45.

·         While waiting to pick up your student, please remember that we are a smoke free and tobacco free campus.  Please refrain from the use of tobacco products while on school grounds.

·         Parents must remain in their vehicles. Please do not wait on the sidewalk by the school or in the school lobby. This causes confusion for students when exiting the building. Students will not be released to parents who are not in their vehicle.

·         If you need to enter the school to see a teacher or for any other matters, you should plan to park and wait in the main office until after ALL children have been released.

·         If your child is not picked up by 4:00 pm, you must come in to the school and sign your child out with the office staff.

Bus Procedures

Families will receive bus stop pick-up and drop-off times in the mail about a week before school starts.  Make sure you review your bus stop location and time – some bus stops may have changed. Once families receive their student’s bus schedules, it is important to review the information with the child.  We encourage parents to walk to and from the assigned bus stop.  All Pre-K students must have a parent at the bus stop.

Who do I call for ___?

CMS has created an easy page for all the frequently called departments in the district.  Click the link below to get to the page:

P.O. Box 30035
Charlotte, NC 28230-0035
Phone: 980-343-3000
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