2017-2018 Student Assignment Review
Phase II: Home School Boundaries and Feeder Patterns

​​​​​Phase II of the Student Assignment Review focuses on aligning home school attendance boundaries and high school feeder patterns with the Goals and Guiding Principles for Student Assignment established by the Board of Education.  


Key Milestones

Identify Criteria  - Based on feedback from more than 2000 community members, CMS identified four metrics to assess each of the district’s 138 home-school boundaries and how they aligned with the Board’s goals. The four metrics are:

  • Proximity – the average home-to-school distance in miles for all the students enrolled in a school.
  • Intact feeder pattern – the number of schools to which a school continues.  If a feeder pattern is completely intact, all the students in a given elementary school continue to a single middle school.  Similarly, all the students in that middle school would continue to a single high school. 
  • Socioeconomic diversity – the size of the largest socioeconomic group assigned to a school as a percentage of the school’s overall assignment. 
  • Utilization – the ratio of teachers to core classrooms, not including classrooms in mobile units.

Evaluate Boundaries and High School Feeder Patterns  - CMS staff applied the criteria to all existing boundaries and high school feeder patterns to identify those that least support the Board’s Goals. This process was informed by our Guiding Principles for Student Assignment which require that CMS continue to assign students to a home-school in proximity to their home address and consider the following factors:

  • Socioeconomic diversity
  • Overcrowding / low enrollment
  • Travel distance from home and time on the bus
  • Keeping students from the same neighborhood together
  • Population density
  • Intact high school feeder patterns (having students from the same elementary school go to the same middle school and having students from the same middle school go to the same high school) 

Develop Proposals - CMS staff developed options for new boundaries and high school feeder patterns that better support the Board’s Goals.

Present Proposals to the Board  - On April 25, 2017, Superintendent Clark presented proposals to the Board of Education.  To learn more about the proposals:


Share Proposals with the Community (May 2017)  - CMS needs the support of the community to successfully implement proposed proposals. We are committed to ensuring that you can get the information you need about the plans.  

​​ Conduct Public Hearings on Proposed  Boundary Changes

You may sign up to speak by calling Board Services, 980-343-5139 option 4. Requests will be accepted from the Thursday prior to each public hearing through 12:00 p.m. the day of the meeting or in the meeting chamber by 6 p.m.

Individuals will be allowed up to 2 minutes to speak; group requests will not be allowed; requests may not be made on behalf of others. Please call between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

  • May 9, 2017:  requests accepted May 4 - May 9 at noon

  • May 24, 2017:  requests accepted May 18 - May 24 at noon

The Board of Education will also be conducting a work session on Student Assignment at 5:00​pm on May 16 in the Government Center, room 267.  For more information  o​n this work session and all Board of Education meetings, please visit the Board Meeting Dates and Agendas​ page.
Vote by Board of Education on Boundary and Feeder Pattern Proposals  (May 24, 2017)
Implement Approved  Recommendations (Fall 2018 at the earliest)




5/24/2017Boundary and Feeder Pattern Changes Approved at Board Meeting
4/26/2017Meetings in Communities with Boundary Change Proposals - May 1 to May 22.
4/26/2017Facebook Live Q&A with Superintendent Clark about Phase II Student Assignment
4/25/2017Board Meeting: Present Boundary and Feeder Pattern Recommendations
4/20/2017Community Meeting: New Language Immersion PK-8 /Albemarle Rd. Elementary and Middle relief
4/6/2017Board Meeting: Reassignment and Transfer Policy,
3/28/2017Board Meeting: Transfer Policy, PreK-8 Options, and Boundary Criteria
3/14/2017Board Meeting: PreK-8 Update & Policy on Reassignments and Transfers
2/28/2017Board Meeting: Prek-8 Non Magnet School Discussion
2/17/2017Board Meeting: Update on Community Engagement Sessions to Inform Criteria
2/13/2017Community Meeting for West Charlotte feeder pattern (Project Lift)
2/9/2017Community Meeting for Harding, Olympic, and West Mecklenburg Feeder Patterns
2/8/2017Community Meeting for Butler, Independence, and Rocky River feeder patterns
2/7/2017Community Meeting for South Meck feeder pattern
2/6/2017Community Meeting for Hopewell and Hough Feeder Patterns
2/2/2017Community Meeting for East Meck and Myers Park High Schools
1/31/2017Community Meeting for Garringer and Vance Feeder Patterns
1/30/2017Community Meeting for Mallard Creek and North Meck Feeder Patterns
1/26/2017Community Meeting for Ardrey Kell and Providence Feeder Patterns
1/24/2017Board Meeting: Working Session on Student Assignment Review Phase II
1/10/2017Board Meeting: Review Timeline for Phase II of the Student Assignment Review
1/4/2017Phase II Begins
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