CMS School Choice offers families a menu of magnet and theme-based programs and schools designed to meet your child’s unique interests, talents and learning styles. Use our calendar to find opportunities to visit our schools!

School Choice Lottery Information Sessions

  • Virtual – The School Choice lottery opens January 16, 2023! Choose one of these virtual information sessions to hear about the lottery application process and ask your questions. These sessions are presented by members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Magnet Team.
  • In-Person – The School Choice lottery opens January 16, 2023! Choose one of these in-person information sessions to hear about the lottery application process and ask your questions. These sessions are presented by members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Magnet Team.

School-Based Lottery Events

  • Open Houses – Visit an open house to talk to school staff (usually administrators, coordinators, & teachers), ask your questions, and possibly tour the campus! You may also have the opportunity to visit classrooms that are in session, depending upon the time and location of the session.
  • Information Sessions – Visit information sessions to learn more details about a school’s magnet theme from school staff (usually administrators or coordinators). Parents are usually given the opportunity to ask their questions following an informational presentation. Schools may choose to hold information sessions in-person or virtually.

Note: Open Houses and Information Sessions for 2022-2023 school year will be added here as they are scheduled.

Jan
31
Tue
Lottery Help Session @ iMeck Academy at Cochrane
Jan 31 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Staff will be available to answer questions as parents navigate the lottery process.

Lottery Help Session for Families @ Central Piedmont Early College
Jan 31 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Open House @ Hawthorne Military, Global Leadership & Public Safety Academy
Jan 31 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Session will include a general information session and tour of the campus.

Open House @ Hawthorne Academy of Health Sciences
Jan 31 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Session will include a general information session and tour of the campus.

Feb
1
Wed
Open House @ North Mecklenburg High School
Feb 1 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Please register for this event using the ticket.

Open House @ Randolph Middle School
Feb 1 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Please note that participants have been asked to complete a Signup Genius and a Google Form for registration. Both links were included in the response about registration.

Sign-up Genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0844A4AF2FABFC1-randolph

Google Form: https://forms.gle/Tzt7K8ECmexAPJpA8

Campus Tour & Q&A @ Northwest School of the Arts
Feb 1 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Tours are held during the school day, and are designed to give prospective families a glimpse into some of our arts classes and facilities. We will also answer questions about academics and auditions. We will not visit academic classes, but will walk through an academic hallway. The tours are approximately 1 1/2 hours long. Prospective students are encouraged to attend. You may park in any visitor space. You are also permitted to park in the bus lot no earlier than 9:20 and no later than 3:30. Please use caution in the bus lot, especially in the morning. To provide the safest possible environment for your visit, we have instituted the following safety guidelines for campus visits: TOURS ARE LIMITED TO 2 GUESTS ONLY INCLUDING THE PROSPECTIVE STUDENT (ie. 1 adult & 1 prospective student) No guests under the age of 10 yrs. allowed on the tour.

IB Showcase @ J.M. Alexander Middle School
Feb 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The JMA Showcase will be held in the J.M. Alexander gymnasium. Drop in anytime between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to learn more about our curriculum, course offerings, extracurriculars, and the IB magnet. Meet teachers, staff and students. School tours will be available!

Open House @ North Mecklenburg High School
Feb 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Please register for this event using the ticket.

Feb
2
Thu
Open House @ Elizabeth Traditional Elementary School
Feb 2 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Please sign in at front door upon arrival.

Lottery Help Session for Families @ Central Piedmont Early College
Feb 2 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Virtual Information Session @ Merancas Middle College High School
Feb 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Feb
3
Fri
Open House @ Highland Mill Montessori
Feb 3 @ 9:45 am – 11:00 am

Please register for this event using the ticket.

School Tour @ Levine Middle College High School
Feb 3 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Open House @ Blythe Elementary School
Feb 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Please be prompt as we will be touring our building as close to 6 p.m. as possible. This is not a drop-in event.

If you need an interpreter, please e-mail [email protected] to see if we can accommodate your request. Thanks!

Feb
6
Mon
Open House @ McClintock Middle School
Feb 6 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Open House @ Charlotte East Language Academy
Feb 6 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Virtual Open House @ Piedmont Middle School
Feb 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Please use the ticket to register for this event.

Attendees will receive the link once they register.

Virtual Open House @ McClintock Middle School
Feb 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Feb
7
Tue
Campus Tour and Q&A @ East Mecklenburg High School
Feb 7 @ 7:45 am – 9:00 am

Please sign up using the ticket.

Families are asked to park in the bus lot and to not arrive prior to 7:30am.
Students will be provided an excuse if they will be late for school.

Information Session @ West Charlotte High School
Feb 7 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Please register for this event using the ticket.

Prospective Parents may also contact the IB Coordinator, Mrs. LaDawna Robinson to learn more about the IB Programs at West Charlotte 980-343-6060 or via email [email protected]

Open House & Tour @ Central Piedmont Early College
Feb 7 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Open House @ Hawthorne Military, Global Leadership & Public Safety Academy
Feb 7 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Session will include a general information session and tour of the campus.

Open House @ Hawthorne Academy of Health Sciences
Feb 7 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Session will include a general information session and tour of the campus.

Open House @ Irwin Academic Center
Feb 7 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Open House @ Idlewild Elementary School
Feb 7 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Open House @ Mallard Creek Elementary School
Feb 7 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Virtual Information Session @ Idlewild Elementary School
Feb 7 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
School Tour and Info Session @ West Charlotte High School
Feb 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Please register for this event using the ticket.

Prospective Parents may also contact the IB Coordinator, Mrs. LaDawna Robinson to learn more about the IB Programs at West Charlotte 980-343-6060 or via email [email protected]

Tour and Info Session @ East Mecklenburg High School
Feb 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm

Please sign up using the ticket.

This event will start in the East Meck Media Center.

The campus tour portion of the evening will start promptly at 6pm.
The information session portion of the event will start at 6:45pm.

Feb
8
Wed
Open House @ Randolph Middle School
Feb 8 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Please note that participants have been asked to complete a Signup Genius and a Google Form for registration. Both links were included in the response about registration.

Sign-up Genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0844A4AF2FABFC1-randolph

Google Form: https://forms.gle/Tzt7K8ECmexAPJpA8

Showcase @ Piedmont Middle School
Feb 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Please use the ticket to register for this event.

This event is our Showcase event. Students, parents, teachers will be there for this Early Release Day.

Virtual Information Session @ Harper Middle College High School
Feb 8 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Information Session @ Cato Middle College High School
Feb 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Virtual Information Session @ J.M. Alexander Middle School
Feb 8 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Virtual Information Session @ Oaklawn Language Academy
Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Feb
9
Thu
Open House @ Charles H. Parker Academic Center
Feb 9 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Please register for this event using the ticket.

Please arrive by 9:20 am and bring a government-issued ID in order to sign in at the front office. The Open House will begin promptly at 9:30 am. A tour of the building will follow an Information Session in the media center.

Open House @ J.M. Alexander Middle School
Feb 9 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Information Session @ Harper Middle College High School
Feb 9 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
School Tour @ Merancas Middle College High School
Feb 9 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Please use the ticket to register for this event.

Virtual Lottery Help Session @ iMeck Academy at Cochrane
Feb 9 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Please use this link to access the virtual session: https://bit.ly/imeckzoom

Staff will be available to answer questions as parents navigate the lottery process.

Open House @ Piedmont Middle School
Feb 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Please use the ticket to register for this event.

Open House @ Randolph Middle School
Feb 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Please note that participants have been asked to complete a Signup Genius and a Google Form for registration. Both links were included in the response about registration.

Sign-up Genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0844A4AF2FABFC1-randolph

Google Form: https://forms.gle/Tzt7K8ECmexAPJpA8

Feb
10
Fri
Virtual Open House @ Piedmont Middle School
Feb 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Please use the ticket to register for this event.

Attendees will receive the link once they register.

Feb
16
Thu
Open House @ First Ward Creative Arts Academy
Feb 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Feb
21
Tue
Open House @ J.M. Alexander Middle School
Feb 21 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Feb
23
Thu
Open House @ Huntingtowne Farms Elementary School
Feb 23 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Feb
24
Fri
School Tour @ Lansdowne Elementary School
Feb 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Mar
7
Tue
Open House @ J.M. Alexander Middle School
Mar 7 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Mar
21
Tue
Open House @ J.M. Alexander Middle School
Mar 21 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Mar
31
Fri
School Tour @ Lansdowne Elementary School
Mar 31 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am