Phase I of the student assignment review is about choice. The focus is finding ways to increase students' access to school options and magnet programs. CMS is committed to providing every family and every student at least two high-quality school options. In addition to home schools to which every student is assigned according to his/her home address, CMS offers a number of school options. Each option has a signature theme or program that provides unique educational opportunities designed to engage students’ interests and talents. CMS school options include magnet programs, career academies, early and middle colleges, and other distinctive school models. Each option focuses on ensuring students are prepared for college and a career, while exposing students to different learning approaches, leadership preparation, and engaging curriculum.
On November 9, 2016 the Charlotte Mecklenburg Board of Education unanimously approved the Phase I Student Assignment Recommendations. The specific items approved include:
Amendments to Policy JCA-E, Student Assignment Plan including:
Lottery Priorities: Students are assigned to school options and magnet schools through a lottery which prioritizes students based on a set of criteria. CMS is maintaining the sibling guarantee and continuation guarantee. However, starting in 2017-18, the lottery will prioritize socioeconomic balance within the schools and will give priority to students attending a home school designated by the state as low performing for three consecutive years..
Method for Designating Socioeconomic Status: The board's goal to reduce concentrations of poverty required that CMS develop a methodology for designating a student's socioeconomic status. The approved methodology considers family reported information including Household Income, Number of minors in household and Parent Educational Attainment. It also looks at census data for the student's community including percentage of people with limited English, living in single parent households, and home school performance.
Consolidation of Transportation Zones. The four transportation zones in effect during the 2016-17 school year will be merged into three transportation zones. For more information review the
Recommendation to Reconfigure Transportation Zones and view the new Transportation Zone Map. The new transportation map achieves a better distribution of high, medium and low SES students in each zone which has the potential to result in better SES balance in the school options and magnet programs.
Adding 3,405 new magnet seats as follows:
Establish a Computer Science/Coding full magnet elementary school in the University Area at 8601 Old Concord Road in Charlotte, serving students in grades K – 5. Students in the Violet Transportation Zone and the Garinger and Rocky River high school feeder areas from the Green Transportation Zone, will have transportation and priority for this school. The continuation guarantee is to the STEAM or STEM middle school magnet serving the student’s home school attendance area.
Establish a STEM and health sciences partial magnet school at Billingsville Elementary School in the Blue Transportation Zone, serving students in grades K – 5. The continuation guarantee is to the STEAM or STEM middle school magnet serving the student’s home school attendance area.
Establish a Computer Science/Coding partial magnet school at Paw Creek Elementary School serving students in grades K – 5. students from the Violet Transportation Zone and students living in the portion of the West Mecklenburg attendance area in the Blue Transportation Zone will have transportation and priority for this school. The continuation guarantee is to the STEAM or STEM middle school magnet serving the student’s home school attendance area.
Establish an Early Educators Early College School Option at UNC Charlotte. The program will open with ninth grade students in the 2017-18 school year and will add one grade level a school year, through grade 13, for students who wish to have an extra year to earn additional college credit. Transportation CMS will provide bus transportation for this program. Note: This option will be available pending approval as a cooperative innovative high school by the North Carolina State Board of Education.
Middle College School Option at the Merancas CPCC Campus. The program will open with grades 11 and 12 and will add grade 13 in the 2018-19 school year for students who wish to have an extra year to complete an Associates degree. CMS will not provide bus transportation for this program. Passes for CATS bus transportation will be available as provided by the Board in each year’s budget. Note: This option will be available pending approval as a cooperative innovative high school by the North Carolina State Board of Education.
Establish a Montessori secondary school magnet school at the J.T. Williams school campus and relocate the Montessori magnet program currently at Sedgefield Middle. The Montessori secondary magnet school will open with grades 7 – 10 and will add one grade level a year, until it serves students in grades 7 – 12. This school will serve as the guaranteed continuation school for all 6th grade students in CMS Montessori magnet schools.
Note that the students in the Montessori magnet program at Sedgefield who wish to remain at that school in the regular school program may apply for a transfer through the reassignment/transfer process. Turningpoint Academy will be relocated from J.T. Williams to the campus of the former Pawtuckett Elementary School.
Establish a Countywide K – 8 International Baccalaureate Magnet School at Marie G. Davis and Relocate High School Magnet Programs at Marie G. Davis to Hawthorne Academy and. See the Details of Proposed Changes for further information.
Establish a STEM Partial Magnet at Winget Park Elementary School and relocate the STEM Partial Magnet Program at Palisades Park Elementary to Winget Park Elementary. The continuation guarantee for 5th grade students in the magnet school at Winget Park will be the STEM or STEAM magnet school serving the student’s home school feeder area. Transportation and priority for admission will be given to students from the Blue Transportation Zone.Note: 4th and 5th grade students may choose to stay at Palisades Park Elementary and keep their continuation guarantee to Kennedy Middle School however, there will be no sibling guarantee for siblings of students selecting this option.
Committing to Continue the Rolling Four-Year School Options Planning Process. To see the current four year rolling plan, review the Board Motion
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