CMS Launches School Choice Plan

CHARLOTTE, N.C., (NEWS RELEASE)— Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools announced Jan. 11 that families now have access to the new School Choice plan, which offers a wide menu of theme-based programs and magnet schools.

The program is available for the 2017-2018 school year. It supports the first phase of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education student-assignment plan.

“We are committed to providing options that will engage every student by meeting unique interests and learning styles,” said Superintendent Ann Clark. “It is our mission to educate every child. Offering this wide range of choice will help us do that.”

More than 22,000 seats will be assigned through a lottery. The lottery is open to all families with students enrolled in the district by Jan. 24, 2017. Among the School Choice programs are the arts, science, technology, engineering, computer science, mathematics and health sciences. Additional choices include languages, Montessori, global studies, International Baccalaureate, early and middle college.

The lottery application window opened Jan. 6 and runs through Feb. 14. The School Choice lottery provides access to programs other than a student’s guaranteed seat in an assigned home school. Students who are accepted into a choice option are guaranteed transportation to schools that are in their transportation zone.

To learn more about School Choice and the lottery, please visit