International Baccalaureate

The IB program is a rigorous program of study that focuses on critical thinking and international mindedness. The program seeks to develop the whole child — intellectually, personally, socially and emotionally — through teaching of cultural understanding, language development and volunteerism. Designed to reinforce a positive attitude, the program teaches students to ask challenging questions, reflect critically, develop research skills and become active learners. The continuum of education spans the years from Kindergarten to grade 12.

IB schools maintain high standards by actively training and supporting teachers in the IB curriculum. IB schools are also evaluated and authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization in order to receive the designation of an IB World School (

Special Features

  • Study of world languages starting in Kindergarten
  • Emphasis on advanced study skills, including time management, goal setting, advanced research skills, test-taking, note-taking and independent study
  • Required research assignments and community service
  • Instructional techniques and strategies to extend depth of knowledge in content areas


IB-Primary Years Program (PYP)

For grades K-5, PYP introduces specific vocabulary and concepts, including inquiry-based learning, PYP attitudes/character traits, and the learner profile. School staff members develop units of inquiry that connect subject areas, so students can view their studies holistically. The PYP emphasizes academic development, international understanding and service to society. The curriculum framework includes five essential elements: Concepts, Actions, Skills, Knowledge, and Attitudes.

IB-Middle Years Program (MYP)​​​​

For grades 6-10, MYP emphasizes the learner profile and focuses on an intensive study of core subjects integrating concept based learning through global contexts and key concepts. Students study a variety of disciplines and how these relate. MYP students complete Community & Service hours, and a Personal Project is the culminating assessment for the program.

IB-Diploma ​​Program (DP)

For grades 11-12, DP is a two-year curriculum and among the most academically rigorous programs offered in high school. The program emphasizes intellectual and international understanding, as well as responsible citizenship and community service. Students are encouraged to sit for international exams with the opportunity to earn the IB Diploma, a highly esteemed qualification widely recognized by institutions of higher learning. Students in the DP are also required to complete Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) hours, the Theory of Knowledge course, and an Extended Essay​

Trans-​​portation Zone​ ​School (Grade) ​Program(s) ​Transportation ​Entry Grades ​​Requirements
​Primary Years Program ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​Neighborhood Stops ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​ ​ ​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​None​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​
​Blue ​Billingsville (K-2) Cotswold (3-5) ​K-5 ​​ ​​ ​
​Blue ​Huntingtowne Farms (K-5)
​Green ​Lansdowne (K-5)
​Violet ​Blythe (K-5)
​Violet ​Statesville Road (K-5)​
​Green ​Albemarle Road (6-8) ​Middle Years Program​ ​​ ​​ ​ ​6-8 ​​ ​​ ​
Entrance: Level III Reading and/or TD continuation and/or PYP continuation;
Co​ntinuatio​n:Pass world language;
complete community service hours

​Violet ​JM Alexander (6-8)
​Violet ​Piedmont (6-8)
​Violet ​Ranson (6-8)
​​Blue, Green ​Randolph (6-8)
​Blue ​Harding (9-12) Middle Years Program; IB-Diploma Program ​​ ​​ ​ ​​9-12 ​​ ​​ ​  

Entry at 9th grade: Level III Reading and/or MYP continuation 
Entry at 10th grade: pass English I and Math I or II with minimum C 
9th & 10th grade continuation: Pass three MYP courses; complete 10th grade project 
Entry at 11th grade: transcript review 
11th grade continuation: students may opt to complete IB content certificates if they are not on track to complete the IB Diploma at the end of 11th grade
​Blue, Green ​East Meck* (9-12)
​Blue, Violet ​West Charlotte (9-12)
​Violet ​North Meck (9-12)


*(11) East Mecklenburg is the IB high school for students whose home high school is Ardey Kell or South Mecklenburg.

**Transcript Review​

D​ue to the specialized sequence of coursework taken in the IB-Diploma program, the online lottery application will not permit rising 11th or 12th graders to apply. Interested families of 11th and 12th grade students must submit a request for Reassignment/Transfer. To ensure a prospective student has the academic foundation to transition into the IB-Diploma at these grades, a transcript review is necessary before a request for Reassignment/ Transfer can be processed. Students in Grade 12 must also be currently enrolled in an IB Diploma program. 

To apply using the transcript review and request for Reassignment/ Transfer process:

  • ​​​​Contact the IB school directly to arrange an appointment for the transcript review.
  • Obtain an official transcript from the current school and bring it to the appointment in a sealed envelope. The prospective student’s transcript will be reviewed by school staff. If the result of the transcript review indicates that the student has the necessary prerequisites for entry into the grade desired, acknowledgment of transcript review approval will be provided on school letterhead.
  • Complete the online Request for Reassignment/ Transfer form. For this form to be accepted, the family must indicate that they have reviewed the applicable Magnet Expectations Agreement. The family submits the school’s letter of acknowledgment as supporting documentation to accompany the online Request for Reassignment/ Transfer form registered with the Student Placement Office. Request approval is dependent upon grade level space availability.
  • Contact the CMS ESL department at (980) 343-0432 for transcript review assistance for students new to CMS from outside the USA.​