Where can I submit my enrollment forms?
You should submit enrollment forms to your home school or to Student Placement at the Family Application Center.
When is the deadline to enroll for school?
CMS usually starts enrolling for the upcoming school year in October. Families can enroll throughout the year. There are enrollment deadlines for the magnet school lotteries.
Will my child be eligible to ride a bus? Bus transportation will be provided to the following:
- Students who attend their home school. Each Mecklenburg County address has been assigned an elementary, middle and high school known as the home school. Students are automatically assigned to their home school upon enrollment.
- Students who attend a magnet program that serves their transportation zone. The county is divided into four transportation zones. Magnet schools serve one or more transportation zones. These assignments are made through the Student Assignment/Magnet Lottery.
- Students who are assigned to non-Title I Choice schools through the No Child Left Behind Law. These assignments are made through the Student Assignment/Magnet Lottery.
- Students who are impacted by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. For more information, contact your school liaison.
Who should I call for a child with special educational needs?
Exceptional Children Department at 980-343-6960
Who should I call about guardianship questions?
Student Assignment at 980-343-5335 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Magnet/Student Assignment Lottery
How does the lottery work?
The lottery is used to assign students to magnet programs. Families apply using the online application during the established lottery periods. The online application allows families to request up to three school options. The lottery will consider all first choice options first, then all second choice options and lastly all third choice options. Families should always select their most wanted school option as their first choice. Sibling guarantees are considered first and then the lottery runs on the following priorities for magnet placement. Please note that available seats are generally in the entry level grades only.
When there are more students applying to a magnet program than there are seats available, the lottery runs on the following magnet program priorities:
Do magnet programs have entrance requirements?
- Student who live within 1/3 mile of a full magnet school, up to 20% of seats available at that school.
- Students who are assigned to a Title I Choice School, up to 10% of seats available.
- Students who live in a magnet feeder area will be admitted in order of lottery number with the following limits: The maximum number of students admitted under this priority from any one elementary home school area must be proportional to the total number of potential applicants in the magnet feeder area.
- All students who live in the magnet feeder area will be admitted in order of lottery number.
- All students who live outside the magnet feeder area will be admitted in order of lottery number. Transportation will not be provided to these students.
Some magnet programs have entrance requirements that must be met in order to be considered for placement. These requirements are processed during the lottery. Other programs have entrance requirements that must be met in order to maintain the placement obtained through the lottery. These requirements are processed after the lottery. These requirements include scoring at certain levels on the EOG and EOC tests. If entrance requirements are not met, student are assigned to their home school. Notifications for these students usually mail in June. For more information visit magnet programs.
What is the wait pool?
When there are more students than seats in a particular program the lottery assigns students based on their random number and the priorities. After all available seats are assigned the lottery will establish a wait pool for the remaining applicants. Wait pools are accessed by the schools in July. If a seat becomes available, the school will contact the next person in the wait pool and offer them a seat. The student has an opportunity to accept or decline placement. The school will continue to contact students until all available seats are filled. Wait pools are dissolved after the 1st academic quarter of school.
The wait pools are in order based on the student's randomly assigned lottery number. There are no priorities operating for the wait pool.
Students who are placed in a wait pool through the lottery and withdraw or are withdrawn from the district will lose their place in the wait pool.
Why didn’t I get any of my options?
Placement through the lottery is not guaranteed; it’s possible that the final assignment was to none of the options selected. Some magnet programs have far more applicants than seats available, reducing the chances of winning a seat. If not placed in the first option, placement in the wait pool of the first choice is automatic.
I didn’t get the school I wanted, should I request reassignment?
Request for reassignment may be submitted after the lottery notification. Reassignment requests will be considered for one of the following reasons:
Request to attend the student’s home school - placement is guaranteed
Child of CMS staff - placement is not guaranteed
Medical and/or Health Condition of the student – requires completed CMS Medical Packet
Extreme Hardship – requires written explanation and supporting documentation
Reassignment request will not be accepted for schools on the Closed Schools for Reassignment list. Request to closed schools will be processed as transfers.
Transportation is only provided to magnet schools that serve your transportation zone or to your home school.
A change in high school assignment may affect eligibility to participate in interscholastic athletics. For more information, contact the CMS Athletic Department at 980-343-6980.
Students attending a school through reassignment must remain in good standing, adhering to the Code of Student Conduct to remain at the school.
I have been approved for a reassignment/transfer; does this remove me from my previous wait pool?
No. You remain in the wait pool until you are pulled from the wait pool, participate in the second lottery or until the wait pools are dissolved.
Online Magnet/Student Assignment Lottery Application
Why am I ineligible for some schools/programs?
You could be ineligible for any of the following reasons:
- Student does not meet magnet program entrance requirements. (Example: LI/TD programs require that students entering grades 3 – 5 be Talent Development (TD) certified in order to apply).
- Magnet program prohibits entry at desired grade level. (Example: Language Immersion only allows student in grade Kindergarten or 1 to apply for certain languages. IB, Phillip O. Berry, and Math, Science and Environmental Studies programs do not allow rising 11th or 12th graders to apply through the lottery). Students interested in these programs should apply through the Request for Reassignment/Transfer. For more information, visit www.cms.k12.nc.us/magnets.
- IB programs at the high school level are available only to students who feed from the appropriate transportation zone. (Example: North Meck IB serves students from the Violet Zone only, West Charlotte IB serves students from the Grey Zone only, East Meck IB serves students from the Green Zone and South Mecklenburg and Ardrey Kell attendance areas only, Myers Park IB serves students from their attendance area only. Harding IB serves E. E. Waddell and Olympic Community of Schools attendance areas and is available to students county-wide.)
- School does not offer Exceptional Student service needed by student.
Why are only certain schools listed on my application?
Only schools that serve your transportation zone are listed on your application.
How can I apply to a magnet school not listed on my application?
Click the link below the schools list to access codes for magnet schools not listed. Enter the appropriate code into the option box. Transportation eligibility will be indicated after you register the option.
How do I know if I get bus transportation?
After you enter the option code and register your option you will see YES or NO for transportation. You can cancel the option at that time if you wish.
Can I change my choices?
Yes, any time before the application deadline. Each time you enter choices you should receive a new confirmation number.
How do I know my choices were registered?
You will receive a confirmation number. If you do not receive a confirmation number, your choices were not registered.