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New options and programs approved for CMS

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will significantly increase the range of choices for families in the 2014-2015 school year, including six new magnet programs, two new middle-college offerings and an added early college program.

The new offerings, approved by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education in a Dec. 11 vote, also include consolidations at two schools and the addition of a grade 13 at the district’s Cato Middle College.

“We are very pleased that our Board of Education has supported our strategies to provide more choices to our families,” said Dr. Heath E. Morrison, superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. “These new and expanded programs, as well as the new middle colleges and a new elementary school, will help us educate every child, every day, for a better tomorrow.”

The Board of Education voted on 13 separate proposals as part of the expansion of academic options for students.

Two proposals involve consolidation. One would create an iMeck Academy at Cochrane, a full magnet program. It would also merge the home-school attendance area for Cochrane with that of Garinger High, giving Garinger students the opportunity to choose the Cochrane iMeck Academy, which will open in August 2014. The second consolidation would occur at Olympic High, merging the International Business and Communications Studies school with the International Studies and Global Economics school. It also adds a new school with an advanced manufacturing and entrepreneurship theme at Olympic. The changes will be effective in August 2014.

Six of the proposals involve adding or expanding magnet programs.

  • Hawthorne will add a medical-science magnet program in 2014 (a pilot program for medical science began in the current school year).
  • McClintock Middle will add a partial-magnet program with a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) focus for the 2014-2015 school year.
  • The new and as yet-unnamed elementary school providing relief to Winget Park will be a partial magnet and the entire school will have a focus on engineering. That school will open for the 2014-2015 school year.
  •  Long Creek Elementary will establish a full Montessori magnet program starting in the 2014-2015 school year.
  • Cato Middle College will add a grade 13, offering students the option to remain an extra year and complete an associate’s degree, in the 2014-2015 school year.
  • Coulwood Middle will add a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) partial magnet in the 2014-2015 school year.

The Board also voted to add three new options for high school students. Middle-college programs serving grades 11-13 will open at the Levine and Harper campuses of Central Piedmont Community College. The Levine program will begin in January 2014; the Harper program will begin in August 2014. An addition early college program will begin at UNC-Charlotte in 2014-2015. Called the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC), it will serve grades nine through-13, starting with grade nine the first year and adding a grade in each of the following four years.

The Board voted to continue the district’s shift to K-8 by adding grades six through eight at Mountain Island Elementary. Grade six will be added in the 2014-2015 school year, with grades seven and eight added in the next two years.

The Board also voted to change certain school boundaries, shifting the home school for some Hawk Ridge Elementary students living in the Ballanmoor subdivision to Elon Park Elementary beginning in the 2014-2015 school year.

For more details on each of the changes, click here.

Parents will have an opportunity to learn more about new and existing programs at the CMS Options Fair, Jan. 11,  at Phillip O. Berry Academy.

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