Letter from Ann

Dear CMS families,

During its meeting on Nov. 9, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education unanimously approved phase I of a new CMS student assignment plan that is more focused than ever on ensuring more students in our community have access to school options and magnet schools that match their unique interests, talents and potential. I am writing to share important next steps for families interested in these CMS school options and magnet schools for the 2017-2018 school year.

Key Facts About the New CMS School Choice Plan

More options and better access. CMS will offer more school options and magnet seats in the upcoming year, along with reconfigured transportation zones that create access for more families across the community.

Assignment guarantees remain. Home school, sibling and continuation guarantees remain in place. Students currently enrolled in a magnet program are automatically assigned to the next school level within the magnet program.

New lottery priorities. Open seats for school options and magnet schools will be assigned through a lottery process that is open to all school-age families. Two new lottery priorities increase equitable access.  The socioeconomic status (SES) priority assigns available seats in school options and magnets to achieve the greatest socioeconomic diversity possible.  The school performance priority provides increased access for students attending schools designated by the state as low performing for 3 consecutive years.

Quick facts about school options and magnet schools

  • Phase I leads with choice. CMS will offer more school options and magnet seats – a total of 3,630 new seats resulting in a total of 22, 444  choice seats available fall 2017.
  • Phase I focuses on choice options for students and families. The plan expands the number of school choice options and seats, reconfigures transportation zones and reflects an innovative new school options lottery process that will promote socioeconomic diversity in school options and magnet schools.
  • Assignment guarantees remain in place. Sibling and continuation guarantees remain in place. Students currently enrolled in a magnet program are automatically assigned to the next school level within the magnet program.
  • New school lottery priority. Two new lottery priorities increase equitable access.  The socioeconomic status (SES) priority assigns available seats in school options and magnets to achieve the greatest socioeconomic diversity possible.  All enrolled students will be assigned a socio-economic status (SES) priority based on demographic data and self-reported income.  The school performance priority provides increased access for students attending schools designated by the state as low preforming for 3 consecutive years
  • Transportation Zones have been consolidated.  Reducing the number of transportation zones from four to three gives students within the zones greater access to school options and magnets.  The new zones offer greater socioeconomic diversity than the previous 4 zone configuration.
  • Phase I has no impact on home school assignments.