About Us
Fast Facts 

Vision and Mission

Vision: To provide all students the best education available anywhere, preparing every child to lead a rich and productive life.

Mission:  To maximize academic achievement by every student in every school.

(All data reflects information for the 2012-13 school and fiscal years unless noted otherwise.)

Our Budget

Operating budget

$1.2 billion

Per-pupil expenditure

$8,473

Beginning teacher salary

$35,418

Average budgeted classroom teacher salary

$44,600

Our Schools

Enrollment

                                                          142,612

Total number of schools

160

Elementary schools

89

Middle schools

39

High schools

28

Alternative schools

4

Mobile/modular classrooms

1,133

Acres of school/district grounds

5,100

Magnet Schools

Number of magnet-school programs

9

Number of magnet schools

37

Graduates

Total number of 2013 graduates

8,941

Scholarships Received by CMS Students (2013-2014)

Academic/Athletic

$93 million

Scholarships earned by students

more than 2,000

Our Employees

CMS is one of the largest employers in Mecklenburg County.
Total number of employees

18,143

Total number of teachers and support staff

10,798

 

Total number of administrative/office staff

1,161

Total number of certified teachers

9,180

Total number of teachers with advanced degrees

3,547

National Board-certified teachers

1,237

Average years of teaching experience

10.5  years

 Student Ethnic Distribution

American Indian/multiracial

3%

Asian

5%

African-American

42%

Hispanic

18%

White

32%

Diversity in CMS

Native languages spoken by students in CMS

175

Countries represented in CMS

158

Other Information

Child Nutrition

Approximate number of breakfasts served daily

30,000

Approximate number of lunches served daily

94,000

Approximate amount of after-school snacks served daily

8,500

Meal Cost

Pre-kindergarten

breakfast-$1.00 lunch-$1.90

Elementary, middle, high school

breakfast-$1.25  lunch-$2.15

Adult

breakfast and lunch - a la carte

Transportation

Total number of buses

955

Total number of daily routes

5,800

Average daily miles

107,000

Average number of students assigned to buses

123,000

 

Advanced Courses  (2012-2013)

Students taking AP exams

4,196

Total number of AP exams taken by students

8,416

IB diplomas conferred (2012-13)

102

Total IB candidates (2012-13)

249

Volunteers

Number of volunteers

91,267