Current & Prospective CMS Families, Save the Date!

The CMS School Choice Magnet Office invites you to attend this year’s CMS School Choice Magnet Fair! This event will offer you the opportunity to meet school and district staff and gather information about the school options CMS has to offer.

Date: Saturday, October 14, 2023

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Location: West Charlotte High School, 2219 Senior Drive, Charlotte, NC 28216

Important Things to Know

  • Registration: It is not required to attend the event, but it does help us to know how many people to expect.
  • Event time: You can stop by the fair anytime between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.
  • Interpreters: Interpreters will be available on site.
  • New student enrollment: For families with children who will be new to or re-enrolling in CMS for the 2024-2025 school year, you will be able to get assistance with completing enrollment applications on site.
  • Lottery: Get your lottery questions answered!

School Choice Lottery

  • This year’s CMS School Choice Magnet Fair will be held before this year’s School Choice Lottery period. The fair will allow you to meet school staff and make some decisions about which schools to include in your lottery application.
  • Come to the fair, get all the information you need, and meet staff from schools hoping to win a spot in this year’s lottery!

This Year, We’re Adding Something New!

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools wants to ensure that every student is ready for the next step after high school, whether that step is college, career, or military service. Career & Technical Education helps prepare students who want to embark on a career trajectory while still in high school. Students can choose from over 20 pathways, each with three to four sequenced courses. Some pathways can result in industry certifications while still in high school. Others provide early credit toward a post-secondary degree. All of them offer the opportunity to connect with future employers through job shadowing and internships.

So, if you want to get a jump on the job, CTE offers you a pathway to that head start. Whether you’re interested in architecture or automobiles, cosmetology, or computers – there’s a pathway that will allow you to acquire deep career knowledge, gain industry-recognized certifications and test-drive your career in a summer internship.

For more information on how CTE works, click here or visit our website at

Family Fun & Food Trucks

There will be fun things to do for the entire family!
Food trucks will on site from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Menu items will be available for purchase.
School performances from magnet schools

A Call for Volunteers!

Are you a CMS magnet parent, a community member, or a CMS student who needs volunteer hours? Volunteer to help others find their dream School Choice magnet school!

The Office of School Choice Magnet Programs is in need of volunteers at our upcoming CMS School Choice Magnet Fair on Saturday, October 14, 2023 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. We know that our visiting families would love to see your smiling faces. If you aren’t a CMS employee or already registered as a CMS volunteer, please register here. There are plenty of jobs that can be done at any point during the day. Click the button below to sign up and choose your preferred volunteer job!