2017-2018 Student Assignment Review
About the 17-18 Student Assignment Review

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education is committed to providing the best education possible to every student in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Student assignment – where students receive their education – is one of the most important parts of this work. As a district, we want every student to achieve at the highest levels so that all students graduate ready for the next step. How well we educate students is directly linked to their subsequent opportunities and economic mobility, which affects the overall prosperity of our community.

To ensure that student assignment continues to meet district needs and reflect changes in our community, the Board of Education completes a comprehensive student assignment review every six years.  We launched the most recent Student Assignment Review in October of 2015 and completed it in May of 2017.  


The timeline provides an overview of the Student Assignment Review process.  You can find detailed information and related documents in the table at the bottom of the page.   

►Jan. 2015:

The Board launched a community-wide survey. More than 27,000 responses were received, providing insight into what community members value most and least about their school assignments.  

►Oct. 2015:

Survey data used to help the Board develop Goals and Guiding Principles for Student Assignment. The goals represent the Board’s priorities for assigning students to school. The guiding principles provide the superintendent and staff a blueprint for developing the student assignment plan.  

►Aug. 2016

1200 community members participated in meetings where they were able to provide feedback on topics including transportation zones, potential new programs, and lottery criteria.  (See Results of Feedback)

►Nov. 2016

The Board approved Phase I recommendations including consolidating transportation zones, prioritizing socioeconomic diversity and students from low-performing schools in the lottery, and adding 4207 new magnet seats.   

►Apr. 2017

Staff complete analysis of all CMS schools and identifies opportunities to improve student travel distance, split feeder patterns, socioeconomic diversity.  The Board reviews Proposals for Fall 2018-2019 and determines which proposals should be brought to the community for feedback.  


Community meetings were held in communities that would be impacted by recommended changes.   

►May 2017

After refining proposals based on community feedback, the board approved motions that define the specific changes to home school boundaries and feeder patterns.    (See Related Policies and Board Motions for details)

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