Magnet Programs

Welcome to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Magnet Programs!

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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.

Schools Options Lottery Application click here


First Lottery Results

Second Lottery: March 9th-June 5th


*Please see the 2015-2016 Key Dates to the left for information regarding the next lottery schedule.*

For all students not currently attending a CMS school:  Students must be enrolled in CMS prior to Jan 12, 2015 to participate in the first lottery which is used to seat students in the magnet schools. 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:  For more information on applying to a Magnet School in CMS, please visit us here.



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.


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.


Magnet News:

Our schools are getting recognitions and prizes all over the country!

Oaklawn Language Academy was among 78 Title I schools in North Carolina recently recognized as Title I Reward Schools for 2014-2015. Schools are chosen because, based on the most recent data available, they’ve been identified as being among the highest 10 percent of all Title I schools in one of two categories: Highest-Performing School or High-Progress School. Oaklawn was among the highest-performing schools. Two schools will be selected to represent North Carolina in the national Title I Distinguished Schools Program. To see the list of schools, click here.

Collinswood Language Academy has been recognized by Education Week for earning some of the district’s highest math scores. Collinswood students receive math instruction in Spanish but take the End-of-Grade tests in English, and the article noted that the school is spurring others to launch similar programs. Read the article here.

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 or telephone 980-343-5030.