2017-2018 Student Assignment Review
Student Assignment Review At-A-Glance

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Upcoming Engagement Opportunities

2/1/2017Community Engagement Begins for Phase II of the Student Assignment Review

One of the Board of Education’s most important responsibilities is to develop a student assignment plan for students enrolled in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. The plan determines how students are assigned to schools, often based on where the student resides, as well as how they may access schools and programs of choice. 

The Board conducts a comprehensive review every six years, making changes to the plan as necessary to meet the needs of our growing community and prepare every CMS student for success after graduation. Mecklenburg County is a growing, vibrant community and the CMS student body continues to grow and change from year to year. The world is also changing. Students in CMS today will require an increasing range of knowledge, skills and experiences to be successful in college and today’s globally competitive workforce. ​


The review began in October of 2015 and will conclude in November of 2017.  Throughout the process there will be multiple opportunities for community feedback.  The review involves the following steps​:

Project Phase​​ ​Beg​ins ​Board Vote​
Preparation:  The Board defines goals ​and guiding principles​​ ​that ensure the plan will align with the CMS vision and mission.​Oct. 2015​Feb. 2016
​​​​​​Phase 1:  The board defines access to school options and magnets in light of the​ goals and guiding principles.  The board will explore:  ​
  • ​Transportation zones that define​ who can apply to each magnet school and school option;
  • Lottery criteria for acceptance into magnet schools and options; and 
  • Creation and expansion of school options and magnets.​
Mar. 2016​Nov. 2016
​​Phase 2:  ​​The board defines home school boundaries​​and high school feeder patterns.Jan. 2017Nov. 2017

Detailed Timeline​ available in 5/24/16 Student Assignment Review Presentation.

Next Steps

1/4/2017Phase II Begins
1/6/2017First School Options Lottery Opens Using Revised Criteria
2/1/2017Community Engagement Begins for Phase II of the Student Assignment Review
6/13/2017Board Votes on Final Student Assignment Plan including Home School Boundaries

​​Progress to Date

11/9/2016Public Hearing and Vote on Interim Changes to Student Assignment Plan and Policies
11/7/2016​​Coffee & Conversation with Ann Clark, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
11/7/2016Town Hall Meetings at 7pm at East and West Meck Highschools
11/1/2016Coffee & Conversation with Ann Clark, 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
10/25/2016Public Hearing and Update on the Student Assignment Review
10/17/2016Town Hall Meetings held at North & South Meck to Discuss Proposed Phase I Changes
10/11/2016Board reviews proposed Phase 1 changes
10/10/2016Policy Committee Reviewed Proposed Ammendments to Student Assignment Policy and Student Assignment Plan Lottery Guarantees and Priorities
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