2017-2018 Student Assignment Review
Board reviews proposed Phase 1 changes
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Key Aspects: Phase I Student Assignment Plan
  • ​Methodology to determine socioeconomic status (SES)
  • Transportation Zones
  • ​Methodology to incorporate SES priority in the lottery
  • Rolling 4-year plan to increase the number of option/magnet seats
  • Entry and continuation requirements for school options and magnets

Methodology to Determine SES 

Seven factors will be used and each c​​​​​orrelate to educational disadvantage:

  • ​​Household income
  • Parent educational attainment
  • English language ability
  • Single parent household
  • Home ownership
  • Number of minors in the household
  • Home school performance

Transportation Zones

Transportation zones have a significant impact on choice for families:

  • Students in a given Transportation Zone have priority access to options in that zone ahead of students from outside of that zone.
  • Students are eligible for CMS transportation for options in the transportation zone.
  • The Grey Transportation Zone will merge with the Violet Transportation Zone reducing the number of transportation zones from 4 zones to 3 zones. The 3 zones will be equally divided by SES.

School Options & Magnet Lottery

Students are assigned to seats based on a series of guarantees and priorities

  • Sibling Guarantee – allows a younger sibling/twin of a student already assigned to a school via the lottery or School Performance Priority to attend the school of the older sibling/twin.
  • Continuation Guarantee – allows students currently enrolled in a school via the lottery or the School
  • Performance Priority to continue to the next level school for the program, if one exists.
  • SES Priority* - assigns students a priority for seats designated as either low, medium or high SES based on the student’s block group and family reported data
  • School Performance Priority*- provides a priority for students attending a home school designated by the state as low performing for three consecutive years.
  • Proximity Priority- provides a priority for students residing within ⅓ mile radius of a full magnet. This priority does not apply to partial magnet schools.
  • Transportation Zone Priority – provides transportation to school options and magnets within the zone for students residing in the zone. Students in the transportation zone have priority for options in that zone ahead of students residing outside the zone.

*Indicates new lottery priorities

New School Options and Magnet Seats (2017 – 2018)

  • “Old Newell” ES- Computer Science/Coding (full magnet)
  • Billingsville ES- STEM focus on Health Science (partial magnet)
  • Paw Creek ES- Computer Science/Coding (partial magnet)
  • Early College @ UNCC- Early Educators (school option)
  • Merancas Middle College (school option)
  • Secondary Montessori (full magnet)
  • Hawthorne Academy- add Public Service & JROTC from Marie G. Davis (full magnet)
  • Marie G. Davis- transition Global Studies to International Baccalaureate (full magnet)
  • Winget Park- shift STEM magnet from Palisades Park ES (partial magnet)

Entry and Continuation Requirements

Adjust entry requirements based on theme-based standards with a bias toward increasing access and eliminating unnecessary barriers while maintaining high standards of rigor and student performance.

  • Early College: Add “college ready by start of 11th grade based on UNC Charlotte placement criteria” as continuation requirement
  • Middle College: Remove GPA entrance requirement; Keep placement exam and transcript review as continuation requirement
  • Global Studies, Leadership, Military & Public Service: Remove all entrance requirements; Remove “pass world language and AP courses” continuation requirement; Keep “participation in JROTC and/or Public Service Academy and associated courses annually” continuation requirement
  • STEM/STEAM: Remove entrance requirements; “Participate in STE(A)M co-curricular and pass STE(A)M/Project Lead the Way course each year” continuation requirement
  • World Language: Remove entrance requirement; Keep “pass two consecutive world language courses each year” continuation requirement
  • IB: Level 3 EOG/EOC Reading and/or TD continuation and/or PYP continuation as entrance requirement: Remove Level 3 EOG/EOC math as entrance requirement; Keep continuation requirements and “students may opt to complete IB content certificates if not on track to complete IB Diploma by end of 11th grade


Access to School Options and Magnet Programs
P.O. Box 30035
Charlotte, NC 28230-0035
Phone: 980-343-3000
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