At South Topsail Elementary School, students will be actively engaged in 21st century learning utilizing current technology. Our students will take ownership of their learning and value their education while respectfully working collaboratively with their peers. By striving to do their best, our students will experience high success and growth. South Topsail students will be prepared to learn, excited about their learning, and have their individual needs met.

At South Topsail Elementary School, teachers will be respectful, encouraging, and supportive of their students and colleagues. Our teachers will openly share and collaborate effectively. South Topsail teachers will be present and actively monitoring students to ensure their needs are safely met. By setting data driven goals and communicating them openly, our teachers will guide student learning and ensure high academic success for all students.

At South Topsail Elementary School, the environment will reflect a sense of safety that allows all staff to create, advocate, collaborate, and persevere. This will be sensed through a happy, positive, and respectful environment, where students and staff share loving and nurturing relationships. Bright colored hallways will display samples of students’ success, while engaging classrooms will model the prevalence of technology.


It is the mission of South Topsail Elementary to be a leader in developing future-ready students for life in the 21st Century.

School History

In 1955, Annandale School was built for grades 1-8. In 1968, it was renamed Topsail Elementary School and served grades 1-5. In 1979, the school's name changed to Topsail Primary School and served Kindergarten through second grade. In 1992, a new structure containing classroom wings, a multi-purpose area, an office suite, and a cafeteria were built and now house grades Kindergarten through fifth grade.

In January of 1998, as a result of rapid growth in the Hampstead area, the school was split into 2 schools and North Topsail Elementary opened its new site . The South Topsail school remained in the existing building through the end of the school year. During the summer of 1998, a brand new facility was completed for South Topsail Elementary, on Hoover Road, just in time for the first day of classes in August while Topsail Middle School moved into the old elementary school building. Now, in a brand new building, South Topsail Elementary still retained the faculty and staff that helped earn recognition as a North Carolina School of Distinction in 1998.