How do I apply?



To apply, for the 2019-20 school year your child must be age 4 on or before August 31, 2019 and live in Mecklenburg county. You may schedule a screening appointment by calling 980-343-5950 or by clicking here.

Para aplicar, para el año escolar 2019-20, su hijo debe tener 4 años de edad antes del 31 de agosto de 2019 y vivir en el condado de Mecklenburg. Puede programar una cita de evaluación llamando al 980-343-5950  haciendo clic aquí.



The following documents are required for application:

  1. Pre-K Student Application

  2. Proof of date of birth and legal name  

( Please see options below)

  • Original or Photocopy of Birth Certificate
  •   Passport
  •   State-Issued Identification Document
  •   US Department of State (I-94 Arrival/Departure Record)
  •  Refugee Resettlement Letter (Local sponsoring agency, US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement)*
  • Decree of Adoption
  • Student's Driver's License
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • A certified copy of any medical record of the child's birth issued by the treating physician or the hospital in which the child was born
  • A certified copy of a birth certificate issued by a church, mosque, temple, or other religious institution that maintains birth records of its members
  • Previously verified school record

3. Current Proof of Mecklenburg County Residency

( Please see options below)

ONE (1) of the following documents must be shown:

  • Copy of residential deed OR record of most recent residential mortgage statement
  • Notarized Residency Affidavit AND copy of mortgage statement, deed or lease from homeowner/leaseholder affirming tenancy
  • Copy of residential lease
  • HUD closing statement


ONE (1) of the following documents must be shown:

  • Any ONE utility bill or work order dated within the past 30 days, including: gas, water, electric, telephone, OR cable
  • Valid North Carolina Driver's License OR Valid North Carolina Identification Card
  • Dated within the past 30 days: Payroll Stub, Bank Statement OR Credit Card Statement
  • Current Vehicle Registration
  • Dated within the past year: Vehicle Tax Bill, Property Tax Bill, W-2 OR Medicaid Card


ONE (1) of the following documents must be shown:

  • Letter from approved agency (group home)
  • Refugee resettlement letter
  • Copy of Charlotte Housing Authority lease

These documents are for address verification and must reflect the current address for enrollment or change of address.  CMS has an appeal process for families who have difficulty verifying proof of residency, so students can be enrolled without unnecessary delay.  Call Student Placement at 980-343-5335 or the International Center at 980-343-3784 for more information.

Residency Affidavit - This form is available at any CMS school or the Student Placement Office

Proof of Residency Frequently Asked Questions

This residency policy does not apply to homeless students, as defined by the McKinney-Vento Act.

For more information about the CMS residency policy email or call 980-343-5335.

4. Proof of ALL Current Household Income

 ( Please see options below)

  • 2 Consecutive pay stubs (within past 60 days)
  • Tax returns
  • W-2 OR 1099          
  • Unemployment or Disability statement
  • Child support
  • SS/SSI benefit letter
  • Letter from employer
  • If there is no source of household income, please have the relative or friend providing financial support write a detailed letter including the amount of assistance provided.

The following documents are required by the 30th day of school:

·Current Immunization record        

·Health Assessments for all new Pre-K and Kindergarten students


For more information, call (980)343-5950, email or visit the Pre-Kindergarten Office located at the Smith Family Center, 1600 Tyvola Rd, Charlotte, NC 28210.
Información en Español: (980) 343-5138