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Charlotte NC Schools--An Introduction

Charlotte NC Schools—An Introduction

“I’m moving to Charlotte NC. Where are the very best schools?”

This is one of the first questions I’m asked by parents who are relocating to Charlotte. Consider this article an introduction to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS). The information presented pertains only to CMS not the school systems serving other counties in the Charlotte region. The source of information is Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and the facts are from the 2010-2011 school year.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is a big school system.

  • CMS serves all of Mecklenburg County, including Charlotte and all of the small towns within the county.
  • CMS has 135,000 students enrolled in 178 schools.
  • CMS is one of Mecklenburg County’s largest employers with over 16,000 employees. Teachers account for over 8500 of those employees.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools provides a variety of educational programs.

  • Most elementary schools have kindergarten through fifth grade although some kindergarten through eighth grade schools were opened in 2010.
  • Middle schools operate with grades six through eight. High schools house grades nine through twelve.
  • CMS has 40 magnet schools with eleven different magnet programs. Read more about CMS magnet schools here.
  • CMS offers both Advanced Placement courses and the International Baccalaureate program. Over 6000 students took AP exams in 2010-2011. 95 IB Diplomas were conferred in 2010-2011.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg teachers have advanced education and experience.

  • Over 3000 of CMS teachers have advanced degrees.
  • CMS has 1092 National Board-certified teachers.
  • Average teacher experience in CMS is 11.2 years.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg graduates do well academically.

  • Students earned over 2000 scholarships in 2010-2011. Academic and athletic scholarships totaled $66.7 million.
  • The average SAT score of the top 10% of CMS students is 1757, compared with 1759 for the top 10% of students in the nation and 1737 for the top 10% of state students.
  • In 2009-2010 State ABCs testing program, there were 26 Honor Schools of Excellence, 42 Schools of Distinction, 2 Schools of Excellence and 108 High Growth Schools.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is an award-winning school system. In September 2011, CMS won the Broad Prize for Urban Education naming it the top urban school district in the United States.

With all of the schools and programs in CMS, how can I choose the right school for my child? Click here to read advice on choosing the right school from Peter Gorman, former superintendent of CMS.

Want to know more about schools and living in Charlotte NC? Request a free Charlotte NC relocation package.

Copyright. 2011. Carol Fox. Allen Tate Realtors. *Charlotte NC Schools—An Introduction*

Posted: Saturday, December 24, 2011 12:02 PM by Carol Fox


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