Learning Communities
West Learning Community Superintendent

​Dr. Curtis A. Carroll

Dr. Curtis A. Carroll, who oversees nine schools in the West Learning Community, has experience that is both broad and specific to the task. Dr. Carroll manages the schools in the West Learning Community – and he served as principal at Harding and Berry before assuming his current responsibilities.

“There is nothing more gratifying than helping students to succeed beyond their wildest dreams,” said Dr. Carroll. “I believe that every student can learn. In my time at Harding and Berry, I have seen students turn struggles into success, time after time – and I look forward to making that happen in my new role, too.”

A native of Flint, Michigan, Dr. Carroll first came to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in 1993, working as an assistant principal at West Mecklenburg High and McClintock Middle. In 1997, he became principal at McClintock, then moved to Harding as principal in 1999. He accepted a director’s position with Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville, Florida, in 2006 but returned to CMS in 2007 to serve as the area superintendent of the Achievement Zone. Dr. Carroll oversaw 11 schools in the Achievement Zone, which was established to serve low-performing schools with high needs. In that capacity, he worked with the Parthenon Group, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Harvard to increase achievement. During his tenure, proficiency rates on state tests rose 22 percent at West Charlotte, 24 percent at West Meck and 28 percent at Wilson Middle, as well as increasing the number of schools meeting federal Adequate Yearly Progress targets.

In 2010, the district returned the Achievement Zone schools to their geographic learning communities. Dr. Carroll returned to Phillip O. Berry as principal, leading the school to high academic growth and a 95 percent cohort graduation rate.

Before coming to CMS, Dr. Carroll worked as a teacher and administrator in Flint, Michigan, and taught middle school social studies in Evanston, Illinois.

Dr. Carroll holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in school administration from Eastern Michigan University. He holds a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. He is married with two children.