Welcome to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Magnet Programs!
Please use the red links to the left to navigate your way through the Magnet Programs section on the CMS website. You may return to the CMS homepage at any time by clicking on the cms logo in the upper left hand corner.
CMS magnet students attain the highest levels of academic preparation and achievement within carefully tailored learning environments crafted to maximize opportunities for personal cognitive growth and skill development.
CMS Magnet Programs provide public education options emphasizing specialized learning environments and innovative instructional programs to promote excellence in student achievement and growth. This is accomplished by attracting students to unique and distinctive, diverse, and engaging theme-based learning environments specifically designed to capitalize upon and to nurture and enhance students’ abilities, aptitudes, interests and talents.
In April 2014, Magnet Schools of America (MSA) was requested to submit a proposal to conduct a Study Visit for 38 of their district magnet programs. In January 2014, MSA was contracted to complete the Study Visit process and deliver a report to the Magnet office in May 2015 that answered three essential questions:
1. Are CMS magnet schools diverse?
2. Are CMS magnet schools promoting achievement?
3. Are CMS schools "magnetic" (attractive to students and families)?
The purpose of the Study Visit was to provide Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools with a strategy to build upon its strengths and leverage challenges as opportunities. By doing so, the public and members of the community now have a more complete picture of how the magnet schools are a vital part of the system itself. Please click here to access the full report.
What is a magnet program?
In a magnet school, it is not what is taught, but how the teaching is done. Magnet programs are theme-based to promote students' interests, abilities, and talents. In CMS, the Common Core and NC Essential Standards (formerly known as the North Carolina Standard Course of Study) curriculum specifies the standards, goals, and objectives to be taught to students at each grade level for each subject. This content is organized and taught in magnet schools using the magnet theme as a catalyst to deliver instruction.
CMS offers various magnet themes, such as Visual and Performing Arts, World Languages, STEM, Montessori, International Baccalaureate, and many others. Parents are encouraged to consider their child's abilities, aptitudes, and talents when considering the magnet theme offerings in CMS. Researchers have noted that magnet programs promote innovations in teaching and learning, increased parental involvement, greater student engagement, and diverse student bodies that, when added together, can lead to higher student achievement.
Our schools are getting recognitions and prizes all over the country!
Oaklawn Language Academy was among 78 Title I schools in North Carolina recently recognized as Title I Reward Schools for 2014-2015. Schools are chosen because, based on the most recent data available, they’ve been identified as being among the highest 10 percent of all Title I schools in one of two categories: Highest-Performing School or High-Progress School. Oaklawn was among the highest-performing schools. Two schools will be selected to represent North Carolina in the national Title I Distinguished Schools Program. To see the list of schools, click here.
Collinswood Language Academy has been recognized by Education Week for earning some of the district’s highest math scores. Collinswood students receive math instruction in Spanish but take the End-of-Grade tests in English, and the article noted that the school is spurring others to launch similar programs. Read the article here.
The Magnet Programs Office is located in the Smith Family Center at 1600 Tyvola Road, Charlotte, NC 28210. Our hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 7:00 am – 5:00 pm.
*CMS intends to provide all programs described on this website. However, if serious budget constraints for the 2014-15 school year occur, then bell schedules and transportation service may be subject to change. In this event, parents will be informed of the impending changes.
For updated information or questions, visit the website at www.cms.k12.nc.us/magnets or telephone 980-343-5030.