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Welcome to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Magnet Programs!

Please use the red links to the left to navigate your way through the Magnet Programs section on the CMS website. You may return to the CMS homepage at any time by clicking on the cms logo in the upper left hand corner.

School Options Lottery Application

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Schools with Available Space click here

Results are subject to change and seats may not still be available at the time of application.  Programs included in this list may have limited availability and placement in these programs is not guaranteed through either the lottery process or the Request for Reassignment/Transfer process.

 

For all students not currently attending a CMS school:  Students must be enrolled in CMS to apply to a magnet program. To enroll your child in CMS, please visit the Student Placement department page here for more information.

For students currently attending a CMS school or who are already enrolled for the upcoming school year:  The 2014-2015 lottery is now open. Please click link above. For more information on applying to a Magnet School in CMS, please visit us here.

VISION:

CMS magnet students attain the highest levels of academic preparation and achievement within carefully tailored learning environments crafted to maximize opportunities for personal cognitive growth and skill development.

MISSION:

CMS Magnet Programs provide public education options emphasizing specialized learning environments and innovative instructional programs to promote excellence in student achievement and growth.  This is accomplished by attracting students to unique and distinctive, diverse, and engaging theme-based learning environments specifically designed to capitalize upon and to nurture and enhance students’ abilities, aptitudes, interests and talents.

What is a magnet program?

In a magnet school, it is not what is taught, but how the teaching is done. Magnet programs are theme-based to promote students' interests, abilities, and talents. In CMS, the Common Core and NC Essential Standards (formerly known as the North Carolina Standard Course of Study) curriculum specifies the standards, goals, and objectives to be taught to students at each grade level for each subject. This content is organized and taught in magnet schools using the magnet theme as a catalyst to deliver instruction.

CMS offers various magnet themes, such as Visual and Performing Arts, World Languages, STEM, Montessori, International Baccalaureate, and many others. Parents are encouraged to consider their child's abilities, aptitudes, and talents when considering the magnet theme offerings in CMS. Researchers have noted that magnet programs promote innovations in teaching and learning, increased parental involvement, greater student engagement, and diverse student bodies that, when added together, can lead to higher student achievement.

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Magnet News:

The 2013-2014 Magnet Schools of America Merit Award winners have been announced.  Click here for a list of CMS Magnet Schools who won!

Congratulations to our 7 Schools of Excellence and 8 Schools of Distinction!

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The Magnet Programs Office is located in the Smith Family Center at 1600 Tyvola Road, Charlotte, NC 28210. Our hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 7:00 am – 5:00 pm. 

For information about changes to magnet transportation as of the 2013-2014 school year, please click here.

*CMS intends to provide all programs described on this website. However, if serious budget constraints for the 2014-15 school year occur, then bell schedules and transportation service may be subject to change. In this event, parents will be informed of the impending changes.

For updated information or questions, visit the website at www.cms.k12.nc.us/magnets or telephone 980-343-5030.